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J.D. Small StudiosAerial

J.D. Small
PO Box 27336 Lansing, MI 48909-7336
  • p: (517) 281-5633

J.D. Small has been providing professional photography for the past 50 years.  J.D. Small Studios specializes in on-location photography of architecture, interiors, exteriors and people.   Our 24x30 foot studio is fully equipped to provide you with premium quality photography for all of your in-studio needs offering digital and film – 35 mm, and 4x5 formats


Based in Lansing, Michigan,  most of our work is in the Mid-West. We travel throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, but have also expanded into Maryland, New York,  New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California,  producing high-quality, dynamic photographs. 


By combining state-of-the-art technology and years of experience, J.D. Small Studios is confident they can provide you with the quality of photography you expect.  Specializing in innovative projects such as …


Ø Business Portraits 

Ø Architectural Photography

Ø Interior Architecture

Ø Exterior Architecture

Ø Board Portraits

Ø Executive Portraits

Ø Magazines

Ø Brochures

Ø Animals

Ø Product Photography

Ø Aerials

Ø Studio Photography

Ø Location Photography

Ø Black and White Photography

Ø Fine-Art Prints

Ø Artistic and Technical Retouching


… J.D. Small Studios is certain they will provide you with beautiful photographs every time.



“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 every 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


You want your digital identity to tell your story.

That is what we do.  Let us be your personal brand manager.

When the time comes for updated photographs, please let us help.

Photographic Specializations Aerial, Architecture, Corporate/Annual Reports, Event, Interiors, People/Lifestyle, Pets, Portrait, Product/Tabletop, Still Life.