Jay Carlson Photography

"My family is so important to me and you've given us something we well hold dear to to our hearts forever.  Jay made us look good and feel so comfortable, even my oldest, who never likes to be in a photograph turned out great.  I love the way our portrait looks on our family room wall. Our friends have given us many compliments on how beautiful they think our portrait is too!"


Mary Barranco

Redwood City, CA

"Jay puts his heart into each and every shoot and the breathtaking photographs that he is able to capture prove it. He is the complete package of raw talent, seasoned experience and pure professionalism. Jay is an excellent communicator and so organized: He goes out of his way to scout locations and think through potential pitfalls to ensure that everything goes seamlessly the day of the shoot. He is always the first one to arrive at any shoot and he has incredible patience, taking his time with the children until they are completely at ease and opening up for the camera. But what has really blown me away about Jay’s skill is that even when kids are having bad days he is still able to produce stunning, truly magical, photographs. I always look forward to working with Jay and, even more, to seeing his finished product."


Dana Hudepohl, Tampa Bay Chapter Co-Director

Flashes of Hope   www.flashesofhope.org


"We were very impressed with our family portrait session!  Jay really had a good eye for the location that would fit our family.  Our three year old son was hesitant, but Jay did a great job bringing him around to get him excited for the photo session.  Thanks Jay for such a wonderful experience. 

I love my portrait!"


Theresa Williams

Gulfport, FL

"I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the great work you did in creating our family portraits.  As you know, the large piece is hanging in the library and looks absolutely fantastic.  The smaller group photos and the "dual photo" of my granddaughter were a big hit as well." 


John and Lucy O"Rourke

Tampa, FL

"Jay Carlson did a phenomenal job with my photography session with my daughter and our animals.  They turned out amazing! His keen eye captured all the precious moments.  You can count on Jay to provide high quality service with utmost professionalism."


Sara Sayasane

Pinellas Park, FL

"Thank you so much for your heart and help in elevating the Red Carpet to a spectacular experience.  Your professionalism and experience blessed us, and blesses ultimately the special families we serve."


Sally DePalma

St. James United Methodist Church

    "My family and I are so grateful for your professionalism and your God-given talent!  We had so much fun at our photo shoot with you and the end result far exceeded our expectations.  You're indeed a talented photographer.   Thank you for making our time together a memory that we have a wonderful momento of!"


Barbara Brosch

Tampa, FL

"Just wanted to thank you again for the great experience on taking our first family portrait.  It was so wonderful that we could get our dog Daisy in the shot also.  We will always have a fond memory of the experience and now the portrait."


Mark and Mary Jordan

Tampa, FL

"It has been my pleasure to work with Jay on many occasions over the past 6 years in my role as one of the Chapter Directors for the national non-profit Flashes of Hope.  Our organization photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and we rely on volunteer commercial photographers to capture the children's strength and personality, along with the love and support of their family, in, what may be, the last photographs taken of the child.   As a result, we only work with the best photographers  and Jay is among the "best of the best" photographers we work with.   He is kind and patient, his turn around time is very quick, and, the most important part - the photographs - are consistently wonderful.  We hope Jay will continue to volunteer his time and considerable talents to Flashes of Hope for many years to come!" 


Nancy DeLuca, Orlando Chapter Director

Flashes of Hope