JDP Wins Thumbtack Best of 2015

Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015 won by JDP Photography for

professional photography on Thumbtack

This is based on the number of positive reviews from Thumbtack clients. Other (outside Thumbtack) clients gave reviews, too. We are honored to be a recognized highly-rated pro.

This year we have worked on small product photography, actor and model headshot and portfolios, corporate assignments that included group and single environmental portraits, individual portraits on a white background for extraction, and in-studio social media images for business promotion. Not to mention creating images for stock and promotional purposes and virtual tours for the Google Street View Trusted program.

We want to earn your 5-star review, too!

Thumbtack Executives on white background give 5-star review

We are enjoying the epic year we predicted in our January video. I love it when a plan comes together!


WomanSage Testimonial

A testimonial from WomanSage – “I really enjoyed working with you yesterday (Friday, May 30, 2014). You are such a wonderful photographer. Thank you also for being such a caring person and for the extra time you spent with [our guest].

Christine Steele, JD


About WomanSage

The mission of WomanSage is to provide opportunities, experience and education through diverse programs that enhance and empower all women – their families, careers and communities.

Our Values: Welcoming, Encouraging, Collaborative, Forward-Thinking, and Community-Minded.

Inspire. Connect. Achieve.

WomanSage is a non-profit organization of women, coming together to support women who are facing serious life challenges with no support. Through the monthly Salons and other fundraising events, women can enjoy the camaraderie of other women, while supporting the WomanSage Cares Philanthropies

The WomanSage Cares philanthropies help women in need to get back on their feet as contributing members of the community. Often referred to as “forgotten” women, these women fall through the cracks. Many are just a step away from welfare, struggling to make ends meet. Others are dealing with serious family situations or are caught in a 24/7 care cycle for an elderly or sick relative, with no support structure and no relief.

The goal of WomanSage is to help as many “forgotten” women as possible to reclaim their lives. In fact, several WomanSage Cares recipients have gone on to become thriving sustaining members of WomanSage. It is this unique circle of engagement that distinguishes WomanSage from other charity groups.

At the heart of WomanSage is the monthly Salon. WomanSage Salons bring together the finest of dining experiences, along with a roster of fascinating guest speakers, to provide a richly rewarding evening and opportunity for women to meet other women and forge lasting friendships. The revenue that flows in from the Salons as well as donations and sponsorships help fund the philanthropies: Transition Makeover and WomanSage Cares.

If you are not already a “Sager” perhaps now is the time to join. Jane Glenn Haas, founder of WomanSage, used to tell women, “This is your time.” Her dream was to create a thriving, lively group of women, to gather together and have the time of their lives, while supporting other women. Maybe this is your time.

Executive portraits go fun and sassy

Corporate casual executive portraits of John Raymont, Kurion, Inc.

Corporate casual executive portrait


When I was asked to create a fun and sassy photograph of one of my clients, a corporate executive, I was really excited. As my style of corporate headshots and executive portraits is pretty traditional, I relish the opportunity to deliver something new, fresh and current.

While the studio session wasn’t exactly like a high-key model shoot, John Raymont, Founder and President of Kurion, Inc., delivered very natural fun and sassy “looks” for this round of executive portraits. It was hard selecting the best single image. His expressions conveyed different messages and could be used to tell a different story based on usage of the photograph.

High-key white backgrounds are very popular these days. It makes the subject stand out from the background and also makes it easy to crop the subject out and place on other backgrounds. It eliminates distractions around and behind the subject and is the best solution for social media profile pictures.

At all of our studio sessions, we capture tethered – camera connected to the computer. The images download as we are working and you are able to select your favorite image(s) during your portrait session. Still can’t make up your mind? Need a second opinion? We can also upload to an online site for your convenience.

Executive Portraits Take On a “New” Size

Executive portraits and profile pictures take on a “new” size

Lorna Scherff, Speedpro Imaging

Traditionally, our executive portraits and profile pictures have been delivered sized to 8”x 10”, high resolution, suitable for print. Because many online and digital uses require a horizontal and/or square format, we are now delivering square-formatted photos along with the traditional sizes. It means that you can now receive 8”x 8” high resolution files with your order. We will provide the best crop, as usual.

The benefit of such a crop is its ease of use and best cropping for most online media. It will fit without any adjusting once you have uploaded the image to your social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others.

Executive portraits and profile pictures are created in our studio on a variety of backgrounds. However, the most frequently selected backgrounds are light gray or white. They are simple, not distracting, and really make the subject (you!) stand out. We also have dark gray, blue and taupe for a more traditional look.

We provide How to Dress guidelines to help you get ready for your portrait session. The goal is to have the viewer look at your eyes, not your clothes and jewelry. By being well prepared, you help create the best image possible. With our enhancements and retouching (included in all of our studio portraits) you will have a photo to be proud of and enjoy sharing.

This is an executive portrait of Lorna Scherff, Speedpro Imaging, located in Tustin, California. They specialize in premium, large-format digital graphics for signs, banners, retractable banner stands, vehicle wraps and more.