Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

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


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.



WOMEN WITH BIKES cropped image of woman on motorcycle with heels

WOMEN WITH BIKES – jsingletonphoto pin up series for women who own and ride motorcycles

Women! Get your motor running!

jsingletonphoto is now taking bookings for WOMEN WITH BIKES! These photo sessions are for those motorcycle enthusiast who want image of themselves with their pride and two wheel joy! The sessions are your own personal pin up images with you and your ride. If you are looking for a social media album to show your friends or large metal art prints to hang on your wall this is the place to put on your brakes.

The sessions will include consultation with me as to what your goals are for your individual session. It will also include make up and hairstylist suggestions as well as clothing styling to fit the look you want to achieve. Be it a hard leather look or something a bit more reveling the session is yours to discover a hot look for you and your motorcycle.

This blog announcement will be one of many to start up the WWB sessions. Now I must admit that the product name may change or be altered because I am in the beginning stages of putting together these sessions so please keep watching for blog updates.


  • WHEN – Booking starts today 5/10/2017 (Check for available dates)
  • CONTACT: email – jsp@jsingletonphoto.com or jsingletonphoto@gmail.com JSP J Singleton Photo on Facebook
  • WHERE – Sessions will be based upon consultations
  • WHO – All women who want to have some cool, sexy, fun and wild pin up fashion images with their motorcycles.
  • *PRICING – $$$ to $$$$$ – these will be stylized shoots so expect the cost to be reflective to the value of art. Customized pricing currently. Session setting *fee currently start at $200 and up

*(subject to change)


Thanks for stopping by and please book your session today!!!





Soft Opening at The Conserva


So I received a soft opening invite from my multi-talented photographer/artist friend Janna Coumoundouros to her and her husbands restaurant venture The Conserva! A new culinary experience in the midst of its start up in Ferndale, Michigan. It was such a wonderfully tasty adventure for me to try out their fares last Saturday October 29. From the non-alcoholic beverage to several of the gourmet meals put together by head chef Matthew Baldridge.



Matt and Janna have been serving up their dinner club pop up experiences through out to Detroit area. To bring culinary delights to those who might not get a chance to have an opportunity to experience fine dining cuisine. Matt providing of course the delicious art and Janna providing the visual delicacies bring on a joyful experience to several senses.


Starting out first with a Nick Silas special non-alcoholic cocktail which I felt was much better than a soft drink that I initially ordered. Nick put together a lemon and lime concoction that was effervescently refreshing. Very light without a sugary after taste which was indeed flavorful. Steve Baldridge, Matt’s brother, set up up with a great seat and view in front of large windows that allowed a view of the area surroundings and offered great light for photographing their dishes.

Onto my first menu choice of Roasted Avocado with soft egg yolk, shallots, gremolata, & croutons. This was so tasty that at the end I cleaned the plate as best I could. My next dish was the Smoked Pork Belly with rum, raisins, garlic, & toasted chic peas. It was so well done and the visual plating made it hard to photograph without starting to salivate. The last dish on this night was the Charred Octopus with garlic, cucumber, sesame oil, & lemon zest. It was so delicious I must admit I could have ordered a few more dishes of this meal all alone.

I do plan on revisiting The Conserva! in order to meet up with Janna to chat some about the art work she has on display. As well I have two other dishes to try out. The Tallegio with cranberries, shallots, balsamic, & focaccia and the Popcorn with duck fat & rosemary. These dishes and cocktails are very reasonably priced for the soft opening. As this event was not open to the general public as to work out the business and cooking side of the restaurant keep your eyes and ears open to hear updates. So if you know Matt or Janna you might want to ask about what they have cooking up in Ferndale soon!

I will update this blog with more information and images of the event soon!

Thanks for the invitation Janna and Matt!!

Retouching helps with your creative process

Model Rachel Simone, Makeup: Tayla Ashford

Before and After retouching

After I spend time on a shoot be it a personal project, stock images or client I work on toward a finished product with retouching the image. I find it much like being the chef at a restaurant. You don’t want to send out a meal with no seasoning or that is half cooked. It would ruin the meal and experience completely. That’s why I put in the necessary time to make sure the images have that look of perfection.

Model: Rachel Simone

Makeup: Tayla Ashford


Family Photo on demand Thanksgiving Day

Uber and jsingletonphoto deliver a Family Photo on Thanksgiving day

David Woessner Family

David Woessner group – jsingletonphoto©2015

Family Photo on Thanksgiving day? Sure, why not?! I participated with the Uber promotion “Uber Family Photo” on Thanksgiving day. It was a great time to photograph families at home for the holiday. It can be a hard task to gather several family members to have a photo taken. What better time to do so when you have a captive food gathered audience. So Uber contacted local Detroit area photographers to a ride along with drivers to deliver a photographer to take a family photo on Thanksgiving day. On the phone app “PHOTO” was an added slider option to choose. Once selected a driver and photographer would arrive within minutes to capture a great portrait.

Logan Wert Family

Logan Wert – jsingletonphoto©2015

My gracious Uber driver, Scott Zimmerman, arrived on time with a great welcoming smile. Scott made the time pass by with great Uber travel stories. Scott also helped carry my gear to and from each of the houses. He kept me on my 15 minute a house schedule by starting a timer on his phone. After the timer would sound he would return to the house asking how everything went while picking up the gear I had packed up. This coordinated operation made the time go flawlessly.

Jack Folbe Family

Jack Folbe bunch – jsingletonphoto©2015

Everyone was extremely kind and welcoming to the service. It was actually a surprise to most of the families that someone ordered a photographer from Uber for a photo on Thanksgiving day. Yet everyone was happy to participate in capturing the holiday spirit. So much so that I was offered to stay and wait for a meal. And there was a beverage offer as well. Yet I did have a scheduled to keep. And with that I snapped a picture with a family members cell photo to post on Instagram with the hash tag “UberFamilyPhoto”.

Sumeet Uvaidya Family

Sumeet Uvaidya gang – jsingletonphoto©2015

I would like to send a special thanks to all the families that participated with not only me but as well four other local Detroit photographers and Uber drivers. We were lucky to capture some wonderful memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. And thanks Uber for asking me to participate! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving time with family and friends.

all photos copyright of jsingletonphoto©2015

Scott Zimmerman  (248) 804-9040 claudiasdad7739@gmail.com



Detroit photographer with head shot tip

Today’s tip: Smile!


Nothing gives more general appeal than a smile for a broad range of professions. It’s a simple way to attract more potentially positive responses to you! Someone they could be open with and willing to share their valuable time. Now mind you there are areas where a smile might not be as effective in certain types of businesses, yet the overall place to start would be a confident and most of all a “real” smile.  And even if you don’t use the Cheshire cat grin, try smiling with your eyes or “smize” to convey a person who is very approachable!




Deloitte Detroit and Autoweek                          Photography by jsingletonphoto


Detroit based Photographer shoots an American Eagle

Kelsey looking spectacular during her Ambassador senior photo session for Detroit based photographer J Singleton. jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

American Eagle model Kelsey Knickerbocker looking spectacular during her Ambassador senior photo session for Detroit based photographer J Singleton.
jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Way up high where the eagles soar, on this photographers adventure there were a few spotted. One such as American Eagle model Kelsey Knickerbocker. I got a chance to photograph Kelsey and her Northville, Michigan family the Knickerbockers in Aspen, Colorado during a destination senior Ambassador shoot. The altitudes we were at can be a challenge for some, but Kelsey took it all in stride.

Kelsey Knickerbocker poses next to the native trees of Aspen. jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Kelsey Knickerbocker poses next to a group of birch trees native to Aspen, Colorado.
jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved


Senior Ambassador Kelsey Knickerbocker jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Senior Ambassador Kelsey Knickerbocker
jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved


Puppies are just to cute to resist for Kelsey. jsingletonphoto©2013

Puppies are just to cute for Kelsey to resist.


The shoot flew through from early to mid-afternoon with only a few quick changes and a couple of stops due to puppies who just happened upon the location we were shooting. All in all the senior shoot where Kelsey will be representing J Singleton Photo at Northville High school went fabulously. Also special thanks to Tom and Chris Knickerbocker for the amazing accommodations at the Hyatt  Grand Aspen. The staff at the Hyatt were phenomenal and I would highly recommend a stay there.

Kelsey and her dad Tom Knickerbocker share a moment together.  jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Kelsey and her dad Tom Knickerbocker share a moment together.
jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved


So the SEO say’s UPDATE!!!

It does occur to me that in order to get the word out that I am a photographer available for work in the Metro Detroit area and that I really need to keep an update of the work I have created as well as the personal work and projects that keep my mind busy and creative. With that content is definitely king on the web. With that in mind I plan on grabbing a few pieces of the past and of recent to show a mix of work. I want you as the audience to have your eyes glued to the monitor (for some great SEO time) yet, also to keep in mind that in the near future you will need my ability to not only be your solution but also your recommendation to others.

In the picture above I have captured the American Flag in the foreground of the 2013 Detroit Ford Fireworks Display 2013 http://michiganfireworks.com/events/detroit-fireworks/ sponsored by the Detroit Parade Company http://www.theparade.org/fireworks.php

I have taken this photo from the Detroit City Apartments from the 29th floor http://www.villagegreen.com/detroit/detroit-city-apartments/




Eastern Market on a Saturday Morning is a great place to shop for produce, groceries and specialty items. And at Shed 1 there is a great little gem run by The Pottery Guy. You should check it out. It is truly a great place to shop!



Out of no where comes helping hands~

I was sent to shoot an article for Modeshift.org of the ground breaking construction of the new Meijers Grocery store on 8 mile and Woodward Avenue to show what new community improvements and renovations the 8MBA (Eight Mile Boulevard Association) had in store for the area. As I was waiting to cross onto the Woodward overpass bridge I noted a man that appeared to be homeless. I made it across the traffic and just as I did two people showed up out of no where, one with a box of goodies and the other with a few bottles of water. They asked the gentleman if he would please accept these donations in which he happily accepted, yet he did ask if they would say a prayer of thanks with him for such a kind gesture.

I see there are angels in the city of the strait.

I have been shown that people do care for other people.

That’s strait up kindess!