Jay Beckman

Full-time photography is new for me.  It comes on the heels of a 20+ year career in the sports-television industry.  I’ll always be grateful for the experiences I had covering the major pro sports at the network level (and for the eight Emmy awards garnered along the way) but a life lived out of rental cars, hotels and suitcases had started to take a toll so it was time to push the reset button.

I was always the guy who would stop and look up when something flew over.  I was always the guy that other people on our TV crews came to when they wanted to know “what was that that flew over the stadium or the racetrack?”  Crosswind Images is now my way to answer those questions and to share my interest in, and passion for, aviation.

Aviation is mankind’s greatest blend of science and art.  I often find myself looking to shoot those design details or features that make an aircraft both effective and attractive.  To me, there’s no such thing as an “ugly airplane.”  I also feel an obligation to record and document aviation history whenever possible.  While we may be losing the men and women of our “Greatest Generation,” we can keep their stories alive through the aircraft they flew.

I’m excited by the pace of change in photographic technology and I hope to continue to develop unique and striking images by blending that technology with my own imagination.  I’ve been fortunate to have had some images published early on, but I’m still in search of that really “big break” so I’m constantly hunting for new shooting opportunities.

I am a (nowhere-near-as-active-as-I’d-like-to-be) private pilot, a member of AOPA, EAA and the Arizona Aviation Photographers group.  I am a resident of Chandler, Arizona and I prefer Canon cameras and lenses.

Crosswind Images would not be possible without the unwavering support of my wonderful wife Kristen.


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