Thank you for visiting my website. I am a professional photographer, artist and published author.
My recently published book, 'The Great Peninsula', is a pictorial journey through the hills of Palos Verdes that only a local perspective can bring. For more information on 'The Great Peninsula', please click here.
The second published book will be coming soon. It is called 'Coastal California: The Wildlife'. I am proud to have contributed some of Southern California's most fascinating wildlife photography to this upcoming coffee table style book. For more information on 'Coastal California', please click here.
Future projects include a third book with a focus on the homes and gardens of Palos Verdes, containing an overview of micro-communities and the variations of style and historical standards each section of the peninsula brings.
Other publications provided by the Vanderlip Heritage Foundation are underway.
I work with commercial and private clients who are seeking digital, stock and pictorial solutions to their businesses and homes. For more information on the services I offer, please click here.
My photo galleries contain my collected and collaborative works, which changes regularly with new additions and removal of limited prints. Each designated piece is limited to 25, signed and numbered.
I am a strong believer in enhancing arts in education, animal welfare and environmental preservation. With every purchase, a portion of the profits will go to a charitable cause that reflects your choice of one of the above.
My education in photography started early when my grandfather; friend and shooting partner to Ansel Adams, would take me on short lived adventures, showing me early on the ingredients of a 'complete photograph'. Continued photography classes at Chadwick School enabled me to further understand dark room and development, revealing complexities and standards each artist works on throughout their entire life.
In 2008, I decided to evolve my photography in to a full time career, giving me the opportunity to immerse myself in what I had started years before.
Since then, I have created excellent friendships and client relations with amazing people and companies. And with any healthy relationship, it lasts and boasts lifelong consistency in delivering the best of times.
I have been furnished with excellent references from many previous clients and companies, with incredibly thoughtful letters of recommendation that I am always proud to share.
I use the best products and use specific cameras, lenses, ink, and print material for each style photograph service and piece. I will only use the best available to represent my work.
My photographs are taken with Leica Monochromatic, Hasselblad and Sony Full Frame cameras. Drones are Mavic 2Pro and Mavic 3, providing panoramic and dramatic nightscapes.
I am FAA Licensed with full liability, accidental and equipment protection insurance with State Farm Business Insurance. I am an active member of the Professional Photographer's Association and registered with the Library of Congress for all copyrighted photography and art.
Current clients include Terranea Resort, City of Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Estates Foundation, M Music Magazine, Palos Verdes Magazine, Palos Verdes Beach Athletic Club, Keller Williams, Meredith Financial, Peninsula People Magazine, Port of Los Angeles, Warner Brothers, City of Rolling Hills, NAMM, Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor, along with many small businesses and private parties.
Artist collaborations include Steve Shriver, Don Crocker, Charlie Melwing, Jr McLaughlin and more.
Volunteer services are provided to: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Peninsula Education Foundation, Marine Mammal Care Center and the Humane Society of Southern California.
For portrait photography, please contact Tom Bertolotti at (424) 350-8317.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with me, please click here.
“Working with Erik Jay is always such a pleasure because he has an eye on the heart of the community and knows how to communicate that profoundness through his lens.” - Stephanie Cartozian
I have had the pleasure of working with Erik Jay at Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club. He provided outstanding photos and video footage for our new website. Erik’s passion and talent is clearly evidenced by the beautiful photography that he creates. His generous personality and demeanor make working with him a very pleasant experience. I would strongly recommend any business or individual to utilize Erik’s services as he will definitely exceed any expectations you may have for your project.
Club Director, Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club
To Whom it May Concern,
I am writing to emphatically recommend Erik Jay as a photographer. He has dedicated his valuable time as a volunteer to our organization and has created beautiful imagery of the work that we do and the animals we serve.
It has been a privilege to work with Erik. While his work speaks for itself, he is always available to help on a moment’s notice, shows up on time and with the most positive attitude, and his turnaround is extremely prompt.
We are proud to call him our resident photographer at Marine Mammal Care Center and cannot recommend his photography services enough.
I am very pleased to recommend Erik Jay’s website. He is truly a very creative and highly skillful photographer of nature’s beauty and did an excellent job of photographing my art for juried exhibitions which are critical to my business. Thanks to Erik, a really nice, talented and reliable man.
Don Crocker Rolling Hills artis
To Whom It May Concern: I highly recommend Erik Jay as a master photographer, teacher, and mentor. Over the past several years he has consistently helped me and guided my development with image capture and processing. His work in the book "The Great Peninsula," as well as his work for Palos Verdes Magazine and the Terranea Resort, has inspired my own photography. And despite his busy schedule and strong commitment to excellence in his own work, he generously offers help to so many other photographers like me. Erik's advanced skills with capturing and processing high dynamic range images is second to none. And his creativity and diligence with exploration deep into nature's visually spectacular environments-- by land, by sea and by air (via drones)-- inspired me to nickname him "The Jacques Cousteau of Southern California!" Any individual or organization that has an opportunity to work with Erik is fortunate. I look forward to his expansion and continued success in adding value to any operation he is associated with. Sincerely, Bruce B. Gordon Bruce Gordon Media
I am lucky enough to have worked with Erik Jay on a variety of projects over the last 10 years. Erik is the best photographer I know. Not only does the quality of his work speak for itself, he is very easy to work with. He guides you so the best possible pictures are produced. He is fast, efficient, and always is calm with a smile on his face. I will use Erik for anything I ever need photography wise for the rest of my life. When you find someone that does the job great from A to Z it is a no brainer! George Wissa, Owner
I have known Erik for several years. Professionally, I have had several opportunities to offer consultation services in support of the development of his photography business. I find him to be creative, open to suggestions and always with the best interests of his clients as a core principle. He is committed to spending whatever amount of time is necessary (and beyond) to create the optimum finished product.
Erik's artistry and ability to capture a feeling, a story, an imaginative experience in his photographs sets him apart and on par with the most highly sought after photographers. Whether Landscape, wildlife, gardens and museums or people he creates magic. The Great Peninsula book is a superior example of his contribution to the fine art of photography.
My highest recommendation.
To whom it may concern; I have had the pleasure of knowing Erik for about 5 years. We first met when I was looking for a photographer to help us with our new office wall art. Since that time Erik and I enjoy both a professional and personal relationship. The quality and style of Erik’s photography has always impressed me and I have enjoyed watching his body of work grow, improve, and change over the years. Erik and I are both life long residents of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. His work, I believe, captures not just the beauty of this special place, but also the harder to grasp and explain etherial elements of the area. Many photographers can capture beautiful images, but Erik’s ability to combine style, light, composition, depth, and most importantly feeling is what what truly separates him from the rest. Erik has also always impressed me with his ability to openly communicate. I have found this to be a foundational piece of any kind of business (and personal) relationship. Erik’s communication style is open, direct, and empathetic. It is my absolute pleasure to whole heartedly recommend Erik, not just as an exceptional photographer, but also as an incredible person. Sincerely, Michael H. Towle CRPC
Erik was amazing to us! He went above and beyond to make our pictures look incredible. Even when something wasn’t suppose to look good he captured just the right angles and made sure every image looks special. Erik has a great artistic eye, warm and easy going personality and he is super professional. We are so pleased with the results!
Erik Jay's photography is breathtakingly beautiful. He is not only a top notch photographer, he is a top notch professional. Throughout his time as Director of Photography at Palos Verdes Magazine, he has showcased the perfect balance of unrivaled creativity matched equally with a reliable, consistent professionalism. I feel honored to have had the pleasure of working with him. I believe a huge part of the success and growth of our magazine can be attributed to the gorgeous imagery he has provided to us. Whether it be a stunning vista, a priceless vintage car or family of four, he understands how to capture the beautiful essence of what he is photographing.
Owner & Publisher
Palos Verdes Magazine
Working with Erik Jay is as easy as it gets. I have worked with him for approximately five years.
He listens, understands and displays levels of professionalism that leaves me knowing I am working with the right person, no matter the task.
I trust him with my art and I know that his level of ethics will never let me down.
Owner and Artist
I first became a fan of Erik Jay's photography when I saw some spectacular images of Palos Verdes on social media.
After connecting, I realized we had many mutual friends and colleagues.
Erik was fun, friendly, patient, and had good ideas. His professional attitude made our time very easy and fun.
The results of the photography are some of my favorite images. I would highly recommend Erik Jay.
RE/MAX Estate Properties 63 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Erik Jay has been a friend to the PVE Foundation through his generous volunteerism and his excellent work.
He has provided our organization with his beautiful photos of Palos Verdes Estates for use in our various publications. Erik has been enthusiastically available to capture photos of events as we build our history.
He’s been a special partner of our organization, supporting us in our founding years, helping us to achieve our mission.
We are grateful for his support through his talents and generous spirit.
Palos Verdes Estates Foundation
Erik Jay is truly one of a kind.
Not only is he an amazing photographer, but he sees the world through a lens of love, kindness and appreciation for the beauty and nature and our community.
Getting to see the world through Erik’s eyes is a truly special experience.
Peninsula Education Foundation
Thank you for all of your amazing work with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Your remarkable photographs capture the beauty of the natural lands of Palos Verdes Peninsula. From sweeping panoramic landscapes with coastal wildflowers in bloom to close-up shots of Red Tail hawks swooping through the air high above, your photos confirm your beautiful pictures are worth a thousand words. With your strong commitment and dedication to photographing and sharing images of the places you love, you have helped enable the Conservancy to connect people to nature and appreciate the beauty of the coastal lands and wildlife of the area.
Working with you is a pleasure. In our effort to educate the public about the Peregrine Falcons that live on the coastal bluffs of the Vicente Bluffs Reserve, your dramatic photographs of this beautiful bird of prey opened up the community's eyes to the diversity of wildlife that exists on protected and restored lands in a full-page spread accompanying an article by the Education Director for Peninsula Magazine. Most recently, you brilliantly captured the enjoyment of the guests and the ambience of the al-fresco garden-to-table feeling of our event, Palos Verdes Pastoral Garden-to-Table Dining Experience.
The gorgeous photos highlighted the essence of our signature event with its emphasis on nature, sustainability and community. We are truly fortunate to be able to rely on your talent to help the Conservancy fulfill its conservation goals and look forward to collaborating with you again very soon.
Louise Olfarnes - Communications Manager
Susan Wilcox - Development Director
With his use of light and textures and a keen sense of what’s important now, Erik Jay captures inimitable images that are at once timeless and etched into the fabric of life on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, while honoring the historical perspective of this revered land.
Erik’s photographs seize moments in time, while telling a story entirely his own—through his unique lens. It’s a powerful essay that elicits emotions reflecting the artist community that established themselves here a century ago. Watch this artist emerge and depict the essence of an exceptionally stunning landscape.
Erik brings that same passion and distinctive perspective when he photographs musicians on stage or constructs one of his captivating portraits.
As you view his unrivaled photographs, allow them to light your soul and transcend the boundaries of space and time.
— Merlin David, M Music & Musicians magazine
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