Jay Westcott

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Jay Westcott has always had a passion for photography, but it wasn’t until he served in the U.S. Navy that he thought about pursuing it as a career. He worked with a Navy photographer and kept borrowing his camera. The photographer finally said, “Jay, you need to go buy your own camera.” Needless to say, Jay did and was on his way. After a brief career in sales, Jay pursued a degree in photojournalism at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington. He has worked as a photo tech/editor at The Washington Post, as a staff photographer at The Washington Examiner as a staff photographer for TBD.com, and most recently as a staff photographer for POLITICO. Based in Washington, DC, he specializes in politics and portraits, and often the two intertwine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Washingtonian Magazine and countless other places, including his mom’s refrigerator. When he’s not out shooting photos, he can be found riding or racing bicycles or hiking with his daughter, Lauren.

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Photo Brigade Holiday Photo Gift Guide 2016

2016 gift guide

Keeping with our yearly tradition, we’ve asked a number of our friends in the photography community to share with us some gear they either highly recommend or hope to receive this holiday season! We’ll continue adding more gear to this list over the coming weeks, so keep checking back!

Photo Brigade Podcast #52 with Jay Westcott

Jay Westcott

On this episode Robert chats with Jay Westcott, a freelance photographer based in Norfolk, VA specializing in DC politics and Capitol Hill.

Run or Dye DC 2013 – by Jay Westcott

Run or Dye DC 2013

DC-based photographer Jay Westcott writes about his experience covering the Run or Dye DC 2013.

Onward – by Jay Westcott

Best of Politico

DC-based political photographer Jay Westcott was just laid off from his staff position at Politico and he shares his best photos from the past two years as he re-joins the freelance workforce.

Staff, Again – by Jay Westcott


Washington, DC photographer Jay Westcott reflects on transitioning from being a staff newspaper photographer to a freelancer and then back again.

BP CEO Portraits – by Jay Westcott


Washington DC-based freelancer Jay Westcott had 2 minutes to make a portrait of Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, who was in town to meet with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill regarding the oil spill in the Gulf.