Jon LeMay is a native of Nashville Tennessee. He has twenty nine years of photography experience. His interest in photography began in middle school. His art teacher asked if he would be interested in making black and white prints for the yearbook. This was an interesting opportunity for Jon. The second the image appeared in the developer tray, Jon realized his career path. He began with a photography class in middle school. In high school he took photography, commercial art, yearbook and journalism classes. While in high school Jon had several after school jobs. They included graphic art camera operator and prepress technician at a local printing company; photo lab technician at a one hour photo lab; Jon’s employment with LeMay Photography lasted twelve years . The company began with wedding photography, portraits, and industrial assignments. They soon offered assistant photography services to high end commercial photographers. LeMay Photography moved toward commercial, editorial, and advertising assignments in 1995. The next ten years the company would specialize in commercial photography, photographing assignments for large publishing companies that include LifeWay Christian Resources, Bass Berry & Sims and Hammock Publishing.
In November 2004, Jon became Photography Manager for the Shop at Home Network in Antioch, Tennessee. At the time, Shop at Home was owned by Scripps Networks. The Network would be the online store for the Shop at Home Network and the sister networks HGTV, Food Network, DIY, and Fine Living. There he managed the photography department which consisted of two photographers and two image editors. He was responsible for building out a new state of the art photography studio on a limited budget. He was responsible for all images demanded by the company for website, print, and broadcast. He managed an image database with over eighty thousand images. In addition to management, Jon would photograph products for many categories which include Home Decor’, Home Solutions, Kitchen, Electronics, Beauty and Fitness, Jewelry, Hobbies & Crafts, and Coins & Collectibles. Scripps closed Shop at Home around June 2006. In June 2006, Jewelry Television, located in Knoxville, Tennessee purchased the remaining Shop at Home assets and continued the Shop at Home brand in Nashville offering fewer categories. The product line consisted of Coins, Sports Collectibles, Knives, Watches, and Home Solutions. Jon worked here as photography manager for next one year and six months. During this time the E-commerce team and Photography team built a robust watch business from the ground up. Jon developed a strategy for photographing wrist watches that included a style guide displaying four to six views of the watch on the company website. This was implemented and a huge accomplishment for the E-commerce and Photography team. Although the watch business continued to thrive, the other categories couldn’t keep Shop at Home on-air. The company closed in March 2007. After closing Shop at Home, Jewelry Television salvaged the watch business under the brand JTV Watches. The Nashville team launched a new website in one month that consisted of watches and watch accessories. Jon continued as Photography Manager in Nashville photographing only wrist watches and accessories from March 2007 until December 2008. In October 2008, the photography team and the E-commerce team launched a new product detail page which landed www.jtvwatches.com in the top 100 internet retail sites on the internet by Internet Retailer Magazine.
In 2010 Jon decided to start his own freelance photography business, Jon LeMay Photography. For the past two years, Jon has photographed assignments for Amazon, ABC - Television, Dillards Department Store, Bass Berry & Sims, Taigan, Viking Wholesale, Delfasco, Cobham Avionics, HCA, and Digital Pix & Composites.
In June 2013, Jon was hired on as staff photographer at Saks Fifth Avenue joining a group of creative professionals given the task of opening an e-commerce studio in LaVergne Tennessee. The team built sets and set up the studio infrastructure to comply with Saks studio standards. My primary responsibility is to style and capture images of Jewelry, Watches, and Home Goods for the Saks Off 5th website. The images created adhere to strict image standards and style guides. I also train staff members and manage jewelry image production. From time to time, in addition I also photograph shoes, handbags, and accessories.
In August 2016, Jon was hired by Pre-media Company, Hudson Yards, now a division of LSC Communications previously a CAPS Visual Communications company. He was hired on as lead photographer and soon promoted to Photography Studio Director then Photography Studio Supervisor. Being responsible for the day to day operations of the photo studio, Jon would manage work load, direct photographers, schedule models and stylist, build set plans and assign work for on figure garment composite photography. The scale of the operation included two shifts and as many as two bays per shift. He was also responsible for purchasing and maintaining photography studio equipment.