JAY DANIEL - President, Principal Photographer, and Graphic Designer

Growing up in the SF Bay Area, Jay attended UC Berkeley to graduate with a degree in Bacteriology. But a career working in a hospital clinical lab was not for him; so he left in 1978 to pursue a self directed education in art and photography.


Opening his first studio in Fairfax, Marin county, in 1980 some of his first commercial clients were locally headquartered clients like Fireman's Fund, Fair Isaac, Auto Desk and Micro Pro. Throughout the 80’s he also pursued a body personal work which was exhibited and critically acclaimed. His portfolio NAKED CAFE was published in American Photographer magazine in June 1986.


He continued to take assignments throughout the 90’s and went on to publish editorial/commercial assignments. Some of his work was feature in magazines such as Wooden Boat, Sunset, Tomorrow, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and Better Homes.

In 2004, when his children were young, Jay made a business decision to become a studio photographer only, and stop traveling to be able to spend time at home with his family. Hence the creation of Black Cat Studio, which was designed to embrace the oncoming technology that was becoming part of the photographers toolkit. BCS, originally located in San Rafael, specialized in People, Products and Fine Arts. Since then BCS has photographed for local corporations, portraits and artists. He has also been known to photographed paintings, sculpture and make superior prints.


Lately he has emerged as a creative graphic designer; assembling books, posters and record covers for well known artists. Some of these clients include Crystal Lockwood, TheArthur Wright, Mickey Hart and the Jerry Garcia Foundation.

Jay lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife & two sons. If he is not working he is usually spending time with family, volunteering time to the community, and biking through Marin county on the weekends. He also has an affinity for riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle to work and through the countryside.

Jay’s Highlights

  • Born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in San Anselmo, Marin County, California.

  • 1975: graduates UC Berkeley, BS graduate in Bacteriology.

  • 1976: begins photography studies at the College of Marin, Kentfield, CA.

  • 1979: publishes first image on a magazine cover called ‘Wooden Boat’.

  • 1980: opens first studio, Jay Daniel Associates, Fairfax, CA.

  • 1985: exhibits Naked Cafe photographs at Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA.

  • 1985-2012: 2 studio locations in San Rafael, CA.

  • 1989: photographed Oakland A’s program covers.

  • 2012: moves studio to current location, Novato.

  • 1992-94: on the faculty of UC Berkeley Extension.

  • 1996-2003: on faculty of Academy of Art College, San Francisco.

  • 1998: Jay Daniel Associates becomes Black Cat Studio