Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Three Great Books

The holidays are upon us. Anxiety sets in as we wrack our brains trying to come up with the gift that's just right. Maybe I can be of some assistance. Allow me to recommend a few books: TORSO, by my fellow photographer rSEANd Photography. (Caution: contents in preview are NSFW or minors)
Eccentric, by my friend and fellow photographer CJ Kim.
Intimo, by yours truly.
Just click on the titles of each book to preview and/(please)or order. Hope you all are having a wonderful start to the holidays and that this will be a memorable season for you all. peace & love

Thursday, November 17, 2011

3 Versions of Intimo Makes Gift Giving 3X Easier!

Want to enjoy the holidays this year? Get your shopping out of the way early so you have time to appreciate them! My book Intimo makes the perfect gift, is available in hard and soft cover and now as an eBook for iPad/iPod. Your shopping couldn't be any easier! Order now and avoid any anxiety over it arriving on time. All of December will be yours to enjoy! Click here to preview and order.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Work with Musician Maurice Harris

In 1988 the Pet Shop Boys recorded the song I Want a Dog, included on their album Introspective. Cincinnati musician Maurice Harris has just made his own unique version of the song and came to me to do still photography work for his video of the piece. His concept was delightful and it was a joy working with him and the rest of the cast and crew. Check out the video and be sure to go to Look for this and his other original recordings online! You're going to love it!

Monday, November 7, 2011

New Book Project!

This is my latest project. I've just finished poring through the 70,000+ images I shot during my years in the Philippines and am now beginning to work on the text for this, my new book project. I hope to have this ready in a few months to share with you all. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Intimo, by Jay Plogman is Now Available as e-book for iPad/iPhone

Hello all!

My book Intimo is now available as an e-book download for Apple iBooks. It is still available as a hardcover and softcover book, but now when you buy Intimo you have the option of purchasing it in e-book format for your iPad and iPhone! It gets even better: the Intimo e-book is only $19.99. Click here to jump to the book preview and order page.Note: The preview of Intimo shows only 65 of Intimo's 120 pages. I've left the best just for those who buy the book.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wonderful Memory

I was messaging with my good friend Yucel the other day about including some images of him in a book I am working on when I came across this picture here, which I re-edited just for this post. I shot this when I lived in Manila, Philippines. Yucel and I had only met a couple weeks earlier, and he was kind enough to accompany me on a trip to the Department of Immigration to renew my visa. While we were waiting for the department to process my paperwork he toured me around the old walled city of Intramuros. It was a wonderful afternoon and I will long remember his kindness. Since that time he has grown to be a close and cherished friend and I hope he likes this new take on the photo.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Welcome Autumn

Early autumn colors have begun to show themselves at Cincinnati's beautiful, and often overlooked gem, Rapid Run Park.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Quote from Model David Davila

Regarding working with various photographers, this is what Chicago model David Davila had to say about working with me in a recent interview with BLISS Male Mag:
Jay was an energetic guy and liked to do things in a more impromptu fashion. It worked well for us when we had our shoot.
David, for the record, was a joy to work with who was prompt, takes poses very naturally, takes direction well, and has a good personality. That worked well for our photo shoot, which was literally put together with just an hour or so notice - quite impromptu!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Photo Art Work

Graceful, artful, theatrical, powerful, and stunning are some of the words that come to mind after working on the images from the set of which this image is a part - and that's just what the model brought to these! Model Jabari Ajee and I were immediately inspired by the location and the light. His innate talent at striking just the right pose for any given setting is evident here as well as all the other images of this shoot - and this was unlike anything he'd done before - and it was a rare opportunity for me to be able to do as well. A special thanks from us both goes out to Cincinnati artist Anthony Luensman.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Appointments' Pen Fest 2011 Ad Work

New photo work, with graphics by Edson Cabalfin for Appointments' Pen Fest 2011. Check out the selection of fine writing instruments and quality accessories and gifts at one of Cincinnati's (and the nation's) most unique shops - Appointments here.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Intimo Preview

Check out the preview to my book Intimo!

Note: Only half of the book can be previewed. The best half is left to those who buy the book ;)

peace & love

To preview, click HERE.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Photo Special Soon to End!

My Summer Photo Special is about to end!

Now is the time to schedule your summer photo session! Be it a prenuptial shoot, family, business, or personal portrait session, now is the time to check with me for special summer pricing. Mention this blog post and receive 10% off any photo session quote! Offer is good on quotes given now through July 31st, 2011.

Some August dates are still available, so call or email me soon to get your shoot scheduled.


Monday, July 18, 2011

New! Small Business Packages!

Small businesses are looking to save money any way they can during these hard economic times. Money used for advertising needs to be used as wisely as possible.

Photography used right can go a long way towards bringing new customers through the door. I understand that and have assembled 2 packages inclusive of photo shoots and edits, even custom layout services incorporating a businesses artwork and text for sign layouts - and the banner signage! The best part? Both packages are under $500! Yes, the signage (up to 33" x 78") is included!

Check out this sign done for Ride Renovations:

This is ideally suited for small businesses ranging from boutique shops to restaurants to service providers looking to build their business.

Contact me at or call 513.388.7001 for the complete details!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Here's a few shots from a shoot I did of model James a few weeks ago along with my good friend, model, and stylist Jabari who styled this shoot.

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Work with Model David Davila

I recently had a great shoot with Chicago model David Davila. He's everything a photographer loves in a model. He is not only photogenic, but he's also easy going, personable, and takes great poses naturally. David has an incredible physique which he owes to years of wrestling and a continued regimen at the gym to which I personally would never be able to handle. I think we're going to see a lot more coming from David in the years to come!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Now Scheduling Summer Photo Sessions

Summer's here and the time is right for dancing in the, wait a minute: I'm not a dancer (no, really...I'm not), I'm a photographer! The time is right to schedule your summer photo session! Be it a prenuptial shoot, family, business, or personal portrait session, now is the time to check with me for special summer pricing. Mention this blog post and receive 10% off any photo session quote! Offer is good on quotes given now through July 31st. As they like to say on infomercials: Operators are standing by!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Z&D Hair Studio Photo Shoot

Recent work from a shoot for the good people at Z&D Hair Studio in Cincinnati, OH.

Contact me at for you or your company's photo needs.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Caleb's Tattoos

Model Caleb's tattoos so wonderfully draw attention, it's a shame when anything else in the photo dares attempt to compete, so here we minimized everything to a simple pose and cool lighting, letting the tattoo art do all the rest, but in rich b&w tones.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Latest shoot with Mark

Mark posed before my lenses for the first time a little over a year ago. Since then he's hit the gym big time and his physique is all the better for it. He's about to leave for a new life in California and wanted to get in another shoot before going, so we met a week ago and did this shoot. Even as I was snapping away both he and I knew we were getting some incredible images to add to both our portfolios. I'll miss the chance to work with Mark again here, but I'm guessing if I find myself in California, he'll want to get something together...and there might even be a sofa for me to sleep on if I need it. Best of luck out there, Mark!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Amongst the Ruins

I, like many of you reading this, probably never thought of finding abandoned, decrepit, collapsing buildings in Hawaii, but there's at least one. I ought to know: I spent a couple hours during my vacation there shooting in just such a place with model Caleb Shinobi. Here's Caleb checking out a roof in need of a little repair!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Work with Caleb Shinobi

Hey all,

I just returned last week from an amazing shooting experience with the one-of-a-kind model Caleb Shinobi. Caleb is a great model to work with because he is also into photography, so he has a sense for what is going on on both sides of the lens. He's also not your standard model in any interpretation of "standard". Caleb brings a lot to the, shoot. I could go on and on about how enjoyable it is to work with him. I first shot Caleb several years ago during my first visit to Hawaii, and we did our shoot on Sandy Beach using my Contax G1 (That's a film camera, folks!) We got along so well back then that we have kept in touch, and when I found myself returning to Hawaii I just had to do another shoot with him.

The shoot was great and we made dozens of remarkable images together, some of which I'll post here and in my site on Model Mayhem. So stay tuned!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Brian's Portrait

I did a portrait session with Brian last weekend. He was great to work with. This image, we both agreed, was one of the best from the shoot.

Oh, good luck on your new job, Brian!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring is Near - Schedule Your Photo Session Now

Hey Guys, it's Your Time Too! - Schedule Your Photo Session Now

Contact me at to begin scheduling your shoot.

Spring is Near - Schedule Your Photo Session Now

Spring is Near - Schedule Your Photo Session Now

Contact me at

Monday, February 14, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 14

OK people. It's St. Valentine's Day. Here's the 14th and final flower for you in my bouquet of images celebrating the day. Whether you choose to celebrate it or not, have a great day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 13

The morning of February 13th really ought to be the 11th hour for most people in buying Valentine's Day gifts this year seeing how the holiday falls on Monday. (That would be tomorrow for those not paying attention.) Lines will be long at the stores today, fellas. Get moving!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 12

It's February 12th. Only 2 days left for you procrastinators to get out and make that purchase that'll impress your lover (as well as the economy...LOL)!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 11

February 11th. Here's a big arrangement of flowers in the St. Valentine's Day set to kick off your weekend.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 10

Today is February 10th. Here's the 10th image in the flowers for St. Valentine's Day series.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 9

We're in the single digits here in Cincinnati on this COLD February 9th. Hope a little Valentine red warms up your thoughts in this 9th pic in the flowers for St. Valentine's Day set. peace & love

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 8

I welcome the sunshine this cold Tuesday, February 8th with pic #8 of the flowers for St. Valentine's Day set. If you have someone to celebrate Valentine's Day with and haven't bought or thought of the gift you'll give them, better put on your thinking cap and get to thinking. Tick-tock, people!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 7

It's Monday, February 7th. Time for pic #7 of my flowers for St. Valentine's Day series. Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Flowers for St. Valentine's Day Part 5

February 5th. Time for pic #5 of my flowers for St. Valentine's Day series. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Friday, February 4, 2011