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

Student Internship Program with J.D. Small


Student Internship Program

An internship can enhance the value of a student’s education through the practical application of knowledge and skills under the supervision of a professional photographer.

The educational value of an internship depends most often on the student’s exposure to the practice of photography. Therefore, an internship must consist of a professional position in the photography studio. The majority of work performed by interns must be professional in nature.

Internship work includes but is not limited to:

Preparing studio for in-house photography
Assisting during studio photo session
Cleaning up after studio photo sessions
Preparing for on-location photo sessions
Assisting during on-location photo sessions
Cleaning up after on-location photo sessions
Preparing orders for clients
Phone contact with clients
Correspondence with clients
Computer data entry for mailing lists to clients and prospects
Possible attendance at professional photography meetings


Students may receive college credit for their work if the college/university approves such internship program.


Internships may be either paid or unpaid. The College/University and the photographer are not responsible for any insurance coverage for an intern. This includes, but is not limited to, worker‘s compensation, health insurance, and accident insurance.

Application Procedure

Students are required to make arrangements for J.D. Small Studios to send a letter (on our letterhead) to the Department Head which includes a description of intern tasks and responsibilities, the number of hours per week the intern will work, and the name of the supervisor that will be directly responsible for the intern’s work.

The student will coordinate with the College/University to assure the application materials are submitted to the College/University internship coordinator in a timely manner.

Upon acceptance into the internship program, the student will work with the College/University internship coordinator to secure an evaluation form. The internship supervisory will evaluate the student’s work on the form and return the evaluation to the Department Head before the end of the term.

Evaluation Process

Each College/University internship coordinator will determine the method of evaluation consistent with the College/University’s procedures. The pass/fail process will be outlined for the intern by the internship coordinator and the details of the evaluation process will be given to the internship supervisor.