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Wedsite updating for lifestyle and luxury weddings

wedsite updating

Hi there! My website is slowly turning into a wedsite! A site more devoted to proposals, engagements and weddings. The content changes will reflect my  move toward lifestyle, fine art, and luxury weddings. I still intend to work within photographing events, head shots, commercial work as well as models and stock photography. Yet the main focus will be more toward capturing those tears of joyful happiness. 

2018_07_20 Model Jasmine’s Belle Isle shoot

So today I got the chance to work with my friend Jasmine, after a year, shooting on Belle Isle. The plan was actually to work with her with a Thumbtack client to capture a marriage proposal. I would engage with photography while she worked on the video end. Well the couples plane took off later than expected which threw off the day. Yet to make the best of it we headed to Belle Isle anyway to shoot.

Model in Canary Yellow Jumpsuit
Jasmine in Canary Yellow Jumpsuit


Believe in yourself. Believe in your talent.

If you have only one thing to learn its that you must believe in yourself. There are times where doubt will hit you like a bowling ball on the daily. Maybe today is not the day. Maybe this is not the moment for you. Or heck maybe you are not talented at all. But do recognize that regardless it is important to believe in yourself. Believe in your talent.

Your talent may not be easy to see. You may have masked your truth with another desire. Challenge yourself to revel that talent that is inside you. Yet always believe in yourself.


blog image of MILO Detroit work desk

MILOdetroit this afternoon was such a rush. When the owner has trust in your abilities to let you do what you do it is both a relief and burden within the same breath. Talk about challenging your sense of direction. Definitely pushed me into working a bit differently. Decisions placed into my hands have really pushed the idea of making clean photography a mission. To also bring out more of the emotional content that is not an easy task. Yet I am aware of my ability to build trust with my subjects through communication of where I would like to take them. To learn who they are and what they are about. To learn as much as possible. The ability to be open, a bit wacky, yet professional drives toward a trust. That trust given is such intoxication rush that I am still feel while opening up the images taken today. I can’t wait to shoot again.

Models need for Stock Photography shoots

Female and Male models need for some TFP or as well TFD, test for digital, images. I need models of all shapes, sizes, races etc! I am working on my stock portfolio. I will have mood boards and trends listing of what I am needing to add to my stock portfolio. Some of the shoots will be small while others will add a bit of production to create salable images.

You will need to sign a model release with a witness of your signature prior to the shoot. Each image submitted for stock will be sent to the model as well. My plan is to have at least 4 images from each shoot. It may vary below that based upon technical qualities of the image itself, yet I am shooting to have 10 usable images from each session. The images will be high resolution with basic retouching. You will be able to view a pdf of the images selected to also make your final choices if 4 images were not chosen from the shoot.

Please email me at either:


and send a headshot as well as full body shot.

Thanks for your time and keep clicking back for updates on trends listing and shoot dates.



Rachel Lyn Buford 10-14-2017 1:00 p.m.

As tears from heaven fall for those who suffer and for those who try to aid those who are suffering. Such a somber, gray, rain filled day. There was a moments break. Literally when Rachel pulled up the rain subsided for a brief period of time. And as she left the rain returned more voracious than before. This weather summarizes the emotional ebb and flow of the portrait session.

I chatted prior with Rachel about her job as a social worker to get a feel of what she deals with on a daily basis. To be informed that the Governor of Michigan actually pulled funding from the system that you thought was in place to help people is appalling. The images and story in Rachel’s own words will post upon the Portrait Project page soon.

Hugs and Love


Portrait Project 10-14-2017


Today’s #PORTRAITPROJECT will start around 1 p.m. with a person I have waited to photograph for a long time now. I recently had the chance to shoot with her for a lens test and the images are quite amazing. Today I want to photograph her portrait for my project. I also wanted to photograph her with her fiance for my engagement photography work, yet today is not shaping up to be the best day for that.

The hurricanes of recent have the residuals of tropical storm fronts that have slowly made their way to Michigan so it has brought quite a bit of rain this way. I hope to have a break to get outside today, but it does not look promising.

Setting up Instagram Wedding page

Okay so if I have been working on building clients for various work that I do it would appear to be just as important to set up an Instagram page. With that comes my new Wedding Instagram site. The site will be all about wedding. From engagement photography to the last dance of the wedding. Also tips for brides as well as grooms.

So go to @wedding.jsingletonphoto on Instagram to add to your list of friends. Plus make sure to tell all your friends to add as well. Don’t be shy about hitting the page up with some “pins” for Pinterest too!


Sign of Portland, Oregon
The sign that you have arrived in Portland, Oregon

The scene is Portland. If I could describe it in one word it would be wow! The mountain ranges are beautiful and majestic. Scenes so amazing that you would have to stay for at least a week to take in a fraction of the scenery. Or you might have to just live there for a while. But I only had two days to work with to create some amazing images for my Women With Bikes client. Now I wish I had more time.

Having the luck to photograph a friend from high school was not only a nice way to start on my updated session but also a chance to catch up with what was going on with her life, family, loves and businesses.

testing with Jasmine Kesemeyer

“Absolutely amazing and phenomenal model!”

tease photo of Jasmine Kesemeyer face and shoulders
Testing with Jasmine Kesemeyer
Photo by J Singleton

Jasmine Kesemeyer is was an such an amazing person to work with if you want to call it work. I had the pleasure of an outstanding first test shoot with her Sunday July 16th at 7:45 in the morning. I scheduled early because its all about getting the right light and at times some might not appreciate the time factor. However I was very pleased to see her in the driveway at 7:35 ready to roll. Super attitude and ready to create some magical images.

It was our first shoot and I have to say her movements, natural charm, and expressions still have me wishing I met her a few years ago. It was like a dream come true. I would seriously have to say it was like working with a model from New York. Just so outstanding. I can’t compliment her enough for the short period of time we shot it was magic. I really would like to shoot with her like on a daily basis if I could. The next shoot can not come early enough for me.

The tease photos is just to get you ready for the post page I am setting up for test sessions. In the coming months there will be a specific page for the sessions as I will blog about the experience from start to finish to give my insight on the models I photograph. The evolution will be fun to watch unfold so keep your eyes open for the link that will post on my Facebook business page JSP J Singleton Photo 

Let me know what you think of the images and the models.