Another Happy Customer!

I LOVE making people happy with the photographs I make…It’s one of the blessings I celebrate…making people happy.

That’s why I like to say, “Happiness Happens Here!”

Food photography is something I really enjoy, so it warmed my heart to receive this wonderful email, there’s really not much more I can add to it:

“John Robert, I love you so much!  You are a photo God!

Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner, been a little busy, yeah.

The pics are AMAZING!! Not that there was ANY doubt!

Yes, I know how to rename and re-size, but thanks for asking.

You are my hero!


Nancy A Freund

Little Bohemia

540 W Front Street
Traverse City, Mi 49684


Word of mouth is priceless, please tell
others about Little Bohemia, thank you!”

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What’s the one thing that EVERYONE wants?

It’s been the ONE eternal quest in all humanity.  

It’s written into our Declarations of Independence.

It seems to be ingrained into our psyche…The search for HAPPINESS.

Life is full of challenges, hurdles, hills, mountains, tragedy.

The harbor from the storms of life are laughs, smiles, hugs, excitement and entertainment that makes us HAPPY.

I am so fortunate.  I’m in the ‘happy’ business of photography.

People often remark how happy I am here at work…how I love working with people and making pictures with them…and making them HAPPY!

Photography celebrates happiness!

I could never be in in a downer job.  Having to deal with bad stuff, injury, divorce, acrimony, death, sickness, bad news….UGH!

I love to make people happy!  I affirm them with creating beautiful images of themselves, or what they create, or the environments they create.

Milestones are celebrated through photography.  New jobs, engagements, promotions, campaigns, marketing, weddings, accomplishments and creations are all heralded through special images.

Think of photos you treasure that make you happy.

Photography Records YOUR Memories.

Every single portrait I create, the subject is always so HAPPY with how great they look….they tell me it’s almost ‘mental health’ to see themselves look sot great.

Who says you can’t buy happiness?

Happiness Happens Here, every single day!

Come see, here at the Happy Studio!

Then, you can sing like these guys…

Thank YOU!




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The Power of “LIKES”

Yesterday, we were working in the portrait studio on lighting changes, because I’m rarely satisfied with the status quo…I always like to push myself and wrangle the light…I am the master of the light, I don’t let it push me around.  After we had finished with one lighting setup, I wanted to test one more light.  I was working with my assistant Stephanie in front of the camera.  Soon I had the results I was seeking for her, so I said, “let’s switch”….I wanted to see how the light would fall on someone with 99% less hair.  She’s used to me coaching her and I encourage her doing the same.  I took her position and in just a few moments, here’s what we made.  Other than a quick conversion to B&W, using one of my formulas, this is a straight “print”, as we used to say in the darkroom. (no dodging, burning or manipulation).

For chuckles, I put the file up on my Facebook page as my “Profile” image.  In under 24 hours, that one image had garnered over 125 “LIKES”.  This proves the simpler the better.  Many of the comments were most flattering.  Most Facebook profile photos are “selfies” or snapshots.  It’s the rare bird that posts a real “made” image, versus a snap.  Look at the value of a made image!  Wouldn’t you love to receive praise for your image?  If so, we are here for you.  Give us a call and let us turn your image into simple power.  Thank you!  JRW                                    231-941-4020

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The Bijou by the Bay

BIJOU 2014 CENTER 2800 hi res webIf you haven’t had the chance to attend the new Bijou by the Bay, in Clinch Park in downtown Traverse City, you owe yourself the treat! The former Con Foster Museum has been transformed into the most modern, clean, delightful movie experience you will have, other than it’s sister movie palace, the great STATE Theatre, downtown on Front Street, Traverse City.  The theatre walls are adorned with two spectacular murals by artist Glenn Wolff.  The Bijou is a must-see in Traverse City….here’s a recent interior image I had the pleasure to make.