BEHIND THE BRAND
How did Black Cat Studio get its name?
Jay had three black cats throughout his studio history. When Jay moved into his first studio in Fairfax in 1980 he bought his first black cat Andy who lived with him in his Fairfax studio for 10 years. Jay then moved his studio to San Rafael and Andy died soon after. He then purchased a second black cat named Rocky, who was a studio cat for about 10 years before he passed away. Although Jay had not been looking for another one, he ended up adopting a 3rd black cat named Spooky from a client who could no longer care for it. Since Jay had black cats in his studios for 35 years, he chose the name Black Cat Studio.
Jay Daniel - President (Photographer, Graphic Design, Imaging)
Jay started photography studies at College of Marin and opened his first studio in Fairfax in 1980. In addition to his studio work throughout the 1980's, Jay travelled the US photographing for editorial and commercial clients: working on movie sets and producing magazine covers. He also pursued a body of personal work called "NAKED CAFE" that was published in American Photographer Magazine in 1986. In the late 1990's Jay started a family and made a business decision to focus on studio photography. Over the years his business developed to include giclée prints, scanning, imaging, graphic design, and web design. Jay has always been an avid supporter of the arts and frequently volunteers/donates his time. In his spare time you can find Jay long-distance bicycling around Marin/Sonoma counties, gardening, or enjoying time with his family.
Ian Johnson - Master Printer (Printing, Photography, Imaging, Scanning)
Ian Johnson started his career in the field working in freelance photography and video production. Throughout his time at Santa Rosa Junior College photography was his main subject of study where he received an Art: Applied Photography Certificate in the fall of 2019. He applies his skills in the digital realm of photo printing/editing and personal photography practice. Ian has been working with Black Cat Studio full-time assisting with scanning, photography, imaging, and printing. In his spare time Ian enjoys skate boarding, rock climbing, spending time with friends and family at a concert or at checking out the latest fashion trend.