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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.
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!