"Jamie is one of the easiest, most natural, comfortable photographers I have worked with. The images he comes up with reflect that ease and comfort, and feel real and immediate. The effect is personable - exactly what I want.”
- Mollie Katzen - Author of the Moosewood Cookbook which is listed by the New York Times as one of the top 10 best-selling cookbooks of all time.
“Jamie Soja produces quality work whether photographing rock shows at the Fillmore or corporate events at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. His ability to accommodate our unusual schedule or last minute bookings, make Jamie our go to for a photographer.”
- Casey Fitzgerald - Sales and Logistics Coordinator- Live Nation Special Events - San Francisco *Nob Hill Masonic Center *The Fillmore *Cobb’s Comedy Club *Punch Line Comedy Club
"I have worked with Jamie on a bunch of projects over the last few years. We've shot everything from band portraits to food and I have been very impressed with the images he has created. Work with Jamie once and you'll see that he has a real passion and talent for his work. Not to mention he's a really nice guy."
-Justin Page – (former) Art Director - SF Weekly
"Jamie Soja's photography is sick. I feel he has been able to capture the essence of who I am visually in performance shots since I started my career."
-MATISYAHU, multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated musician
"Jamie Soja has the eye of an artist and of the artist. By that I mean his photography understands and expresses the art he is documenting. His work on Sweet Gratitude, A New World of Raw Desserts, captures the essence and spirit of our avant garde desserts and the chefs who created them."
-Matthew Engelhart - Founder/Owner - Cafe Gratitude, SF Bay Area
“Jamie has a great eye and was really wonderful to work with. The work exceeded our expectations and photos turned out as good as we could have imagined. Furthermore Jamie is dependable... fast... and easy to work with!”
- Cole Meeker – Artisana Nut Butters
I grew up in Sudbury, MA and have lived in Burlington, VT, Florence, Italy, and for the past many years in Berkeley, CA and San Francisco.
My work has varied greatly and assignments have included: : President Barack Obama: (@ A LinkedIn “Town Hall” w/ The San Francisco Giants @ The White House, w/ Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook HQ), Michelle Obama, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, The Dalai Lama, Anthony Bourdain, The SF 49rs, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Howard Dean, and Jack Black. My performance photography has appeared on many musicians’ websites and other publications include Madonna, Lada Gaga, Fergi and The Black Eyed Peas, Paul Simon, Joan Baez (Huff Post), Santana, Weird Al (Huffington Post) , Roger Waters Wall Tour, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Aziz Ansari, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Muse, MGMT, Al Green, Matisyahu, Elvis Costello, David Crosby, MIA, Graham Nash, The Dead, Pomplamoose - (gallery), Sharon Jones, Jackson Brown, Beck , Primus and many others. Additionally, I have been contracted to shoot photos at numerous music festivals including Outside Lands, Rothbury Music Festival, Chiemsee Reggae (Germany), The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Harmony Festival, Reggae Rising, as well as many others.
My photojournalism work has been featured on the cover, and in the contents of The Huffington Post, The Metro Silicon Valley (cover), SF Weekly (3 covers), The MetroWest Daily News (MA), Oakland Tribune (Cover), Dallas Observer(cover), Sacramento News and Review, Houston Press(cover), Riverfront Times (St. Louis) The Boulder Weekly, Tahoe Daily Tribune, The Contra Costa Times, North Bay Bohemian (Cover) The East Bay Express (multiple covers), Monterey County Herald, and numerous other print and online publications.
In February 2012 I had the honor of touring doing photography for 4 shows with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Joan Baez and Marianne Aya Omac. And then 2 more show in November 2012 with Joan Baez. One of the photos from the tour was in the Huffington Post. I have tested gear in a festival environment for Lowepro, one of the largest and best photography bag/storage companies.
My photograph of Grammy Nominated Matisyahu was selected to be part of the NY Photo Festival 2011 Audio-Visual exhibit by a jury including the Art Director of Spin Magazine and the Director of Marketing for The Metropolitan Opera. In 2011 I started being hired as a Live Nation Special Events house photographer for The Fillmore and Masonic Auditorium San Francisco.
I have covered varying stories including notable winery owners for the Metro Silicon Valley, photographing the viral video hit band Pomplamoose at their home, Yelp.com founders at HQ, and many more.
I have been a professional photographer since 2002. Although my primary field of work is photojournalism, I have also worked in numerous other genres, including, portraits, performance, and nature photography, I have also done still photography for the National Geographic Channel. Samples of my work can be seen in the various galleries on my website: http://sojaphotography.com/