About Me

With over 28yrs of broadcast experience as a camera operator and Director of
Photography, having traveled the world filming, I feel I can be an asset to your

I am a former full-time Director of Photography for Discovery Channel Canada (14 years), and a former Director of Photography for TSN (ESPN Canada - 8 years). I have traveled the globe filming award winning mini documentary style segments in many challenging environments.

My work includes: documentary, sports, Drama, news, corporate and commercial.

Throughout my career I have worked with: Discovery Channel, TSN, ESPN, CNN, NBC, CBC, CTV, Citytv, tiff, Global, Bravo, Second City, A&E, NASCAR, NHL Network, W Network... any many more

I have an extensive camera, lighting and grip package as well as a network of connections to help facilitate your production and crew needs.

I have been in the industry since 1990.

Sizzle reel
Added on 7/5/2018
Sizzle reel


Director of Photography – Daily Planet

December, 2003 — December, 2017
Television – Discovery Channel

Director of Photography – TSN / Sports Centre, Features

December, 1992 — December, 2003
Television – TSN, ESPN


I had the honor of working with Jay for many years while I was at Discovery Channel. He has a great work ethic, a creative eye and excels in the face of challenges. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for any job and would be happy to work with Jay again if given the opportunity.


Consistent, Creative, Compelled.

As an editor and colourist, I can tell you that one of the key ingredients into taking any production beyond the ordinary revolves around obtaining the best quality images and Jay Kemp, D.O.P., consistently delivers. Jay’s creative approach to every shot that passes through his lens lays the ground work for extraordinary story telling. Jay is always compelled to push himself further, to always get the “perfect shot”, to literally look at a scene from every conceivable angle and to even discover new ones. Equally important, the technical quality of his footage makes it a dream to work with in both the offline and finishing stages of production. On a personal level, Jay possesses a natural ability to easily collaborate with the many different personality types we all know exist on every production - this not only makes him a valued addition to any team, but when there is a positive attitude shared amongst the crew, only good things can happen.

Roy Janke

Jay is creative, professional & hard-working, with a great eye for detail. I have worked with him on many projects over the years and would highly recommend him.

Heather Sherman

I've worked with Jay Kemp for several years, on many projects, and would highly recommend him.

Denise Kimmel

Work with Jay Kemp

Request a Quote Send Message