J.D. Small - Photographer


(517) 655-3518

Contact J.D. Small

Lansing, Okemos,& Williamston Michigan


Satisfied Customers say,

“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

“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.

"I am extremely pleased with the photos you took. I called you out there because frankly we were having a great deal of difficulty getting some of those shots and you have the equipment and the talent that you were able to do some things that we just couldn’t do otherwise and you made it look great. Frankly I don’t know how you could do any better.
So, once again, I am very appreciative and you did a fine job for me and any opportunity we have we will come back to you. Thanks for all of your help."

~Bill McCloud,
Briarwood Realty

"Thank you very much for the personal delivery today. We really love the pictures you did of Jessie. Thank you again for helping us, JD. You have no idea how much we appreciate you!"

~Love, Susan, John, and Jessie Barry



JD Small Studios


J.D. Small has been providing professional photography in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and New York for over 40 years. Based in Lansing, Michigan since 1986, J.D. has built a reputation of quality and excellence receiving numerous awards from professional organizations.

J.D. Small Studios is known for professional expertise in on-location and in-studio photography with a first-rate 24x30 foot studio which is fully equipped to provide you with premium quality and dynamic photography for all of your in-studio needs, offering digital and film in 35 mm, 2 ¼, 4x5 and 8x10 formats.

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 …

• Interior and Exterior Architectural Photography
• Executive Portraits
• Church Directories
• Sports and Event Photography
• Magazines and Brochures
• Children and Family Portraits
• Pet Portraits
• Product Photography
• Aerials
• Studio and Location Photography
• Black and White Photography
• Fine-Art Prints
• Artistic and Technical Retouching
• Billboard Photographs


Clients from all over the World

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.


Professional Memberships

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American Society of Media Photographers
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Greater Lansing Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce
Meridian Area Business Association
Michigan Retailers Association
Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance
Small Business Association of Michigan
Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce



J.D. Small, He’s Big in Photography