Jeanne Dozier Clayton

Jeanne Dozier Clayton, Director of Photography at Southern Living
Title: Director of Photography
Education: Auburn University, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Jeanne is the Director of Photography at Southern Living magazine. She spends most of her time producing and directing photo shoots for feature and cover stories in a range of topics including home, travel, style, and food. She manages two other photo editors, and works with the business manager to assure that budgets are accurate and all freelance photo talent is properly onboarded and paid.


• American Photography: Selected: AP31 (2 images), Chosen: AP 32 (1 image) AP35 (3 images)

• American Society of Magazine Editors:

Juror: 2015, 2019, 2020

Best Cover Finalist: 2020, 2021

• City and Regional Magazine Association:

Juror: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

• Folio • City and Regional: Use of Photography Award: 2017

• Society of Publication Designers: Cover of the Day 2013, Merit Award 2015, Nice Spread, 2018


Jeanne is a life-long creative. Her first job (and secretly her favorite) was dressing mannequins in a department store. After that, she spent several years as a photographer/photo assistant/adjunct photo 101 professor until one summer she landed at Health magazine as a photo coordinator. This job turned into a career. She has been lucky enough to work with award-winning photographers, stylists, art directors, and editors for many years. When time allows, she enjoys participating as a juror in national and regional competitions and portfolio reviews.


Jeanne started out as an art major at Auburn University, but fearing the impractical, she ended up with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. As she started her working adult life, fine art continued to call. So in her free time she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentration in photography and painting from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She didn't really know what she was doing at the time, but both degrees prepared her perfectly for the career she has today.

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