Our Story

A Message from J.D. Small, Professional Photographer

You want your digital identity to tell your story. That is what we do.

Whether your a business owner, corporate executive, medical professional, or model, let us be your personal brand manager.

Over the past 50 years of serving many successful and talented clients, I have come to realize that all of these high impact people have quality support people like them to do what they do.

When the time comes for updated portraits, headshots, or group photographs,  please let us help. Every day, I help people to tell their stories with photographs.

J.D. Small, Owner/Founder of J.D. Small Photography Studios

About J.D. Small Photography Studios

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Partial Client List – J.D. Small

Photographs by J.D. Small have been published in hundreds of magazines, trade journals, and periodicals across the United States and Europe. J.D. Small has received many awards in Lansing, and Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo/Niagara and Rochester, New York; and Ontario Canada.

Past clients include such companies as the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Anderson Windows, Albert Kahn Architects, Auto Owners Insurance Company, Capitol Fur, Comfort Inn, Disney Stores, Dutch Made Cabinets, General Motors Corporation, Hobbs & Black Architects, Holiday Inn Hotels, Dancer’s Fashion Clothing Stores, K-Mart Stores, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Kellogg Cereal, Pioneer Cabinets, Rudd Cabinets, City of Lansing, State of Michigan, Detroit College of Law, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and hundreds more.

J.D. Small Studios has been contracted to photograph many celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Ernie Harwell, Captain James Lovell, Commander Jack R. Lousma, Jeff Daniels, Helen Thomas, Larry Page, Dan Jansen, Willie Nelson, Heckyll & Jive, The Temptations, Dr. John, Larry McCray, Shadowfax, D’CuCKOO, Wynonna Judd, Wally Pleasant, Cheap Trick, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Amy Grant, Governor William G. Milliken, Governor Jim Blanchard, Governor John Engler, and Governor Jennifer Granholm to name a few.

What a Few of Our Clients Say About Us!

“Words cannot express my gratitude for your presence and professional photography at our Golden Paw dinner. Thank you very much.” Judy Brown, Capital Area Humane Society.

“I want to take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation to you for the photo work you did at our Michigan’s Children event. The photos of the legislative awardees and our guests were a significant contribution to make and helped with the overall success of this event.” Sharon Peters, President and CEO, Michigan’s Children

“I wanted to thank you again for doing a wonderful job on the pictures. They turned out fabulous and we couldn’t be happier.” Theresa Stevens, Capital Area United Way

“Not only did you photograph our Senior Management staff and our invited guests but your ability to process the photographs so they could be given as gifs to everyone at the end of the evening was fantastic. Your photographs helped make it an occasion that will long be remembered.” Lynne E. Curry, BioPort Corporation

“I have worked with J.D. Small for several years on various projects ranging from architectural photography to cocktail parties and presentations. He has an extraordinary ability to photograph inherently difficult activities and present an excellent selection of photographs to choose from.” Sherry Loader, Michigan State University

“As always it is a pleasure doing business with a professional like you are J.D.” Ernest Betts, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Michigan State University

“Just a quick note to thank you for the great job you did on the Visitor Guide.” Marilyn Richards, Blue Pencil Creative Group, Inc.

“The client was very pleased, as am I. Given that Tom and I, as photographers ourselves, hardly are ever approached to do fashion work, we are both so glad that you were able to work us into your busy schedule at the last minute. We wanted the best fashion guy around. Thanks so much.” Martha Parisian, Matcom

Your pictures have captured the true essence of our character, and we receive nothing but compliments about our pictures and their high quality. You have given me the look necessary to help us stand out among thousands of other entertainment groups fighting for visual recognition. We don’t hesitate to recommend you to others and will continue to do so” Mark Stiles, Three Men and a Tenor

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Jolly Rd. East to Meridian Rd. Then south to Linn Rd and east 1/4/mile. Linn Rd. is just north of Interstate 96.
Map to J.D. Small Studios
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