Jay Gilbert is a Los Angeles-based photographer who has collaborated with such music icons as RICK SPRINGFIELD, KISS, and STYX to capture unforgettable moments on stage and off. His work has been featured in musician memoirs (including New York Times bestseller Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield) as well as in the Los Angeles Times, Billboard Magazine, Guitar Player, Guitar World, and more.
Jay launched his career in photography as a teenager in Salem, Oregon, smuggling his Canon AE-1 into rock concerts to get the perfect shot of the likes of Van Halen, Queen and Cheap Trick. After college, he toured as a musician gaining invaluable experience in what it takes to record and promote an album. He later translated that knowledge as an executive with Universal, Sony and Warner Music Groups.
It is this unique perspective as a musician, music executive, and fan that makes Jay's approach as a photographer exceptionally artist-friendly. He understands the energy and creativity that musicians bring to their performances and the power of photography to convey an artist’s unique brand.
Whether he is shooting from the stadium floor or from an artist’s own home, Jay consistently finds the moment that is truly unique to the performer. He credits his success in part to the trust he establishes with his clients to ensure he captures the image that best tells their stories and supports their vision.
To read more about Jay's musical journey, visit his blog at: http://jaygilbert.tumblr.com