Jean Laninga

Studio Owner / Lead Photographer

Jean is a professional portrait photographer and owner of Jean Laninga Portraits.

For any woman who may not have had her photograph taken in years or had a day all her own, Jean's promise to you is to celebrate you through a legacy of timeless, classic, elegant portraits that you will not only love and be proud of, but will be cherished for generations to come.  

Although she will photograph anyone, her passion is for women her own age, in their 40's-50's and up. She gets where you are in life; children growing up and out, health changes, our own parents aging, career changes, and we see and feel life's toll on our bodies and souls and don't feel as beautiful as we did in our 20's - 30's, we shy away from the camera, even the mirror, and we are uncertain of what we look like; we are absent from our own life story. She wants to tell your story with you of all the phases of your life. She wants your children to have beautiful images of you when they go looking for photos of you. This is for you, this is for them, this is forever.

As a woman who struggles to see her own beauty, Jean has made it her personal mission to create the most beautiful images you've ever seen of yourself. Jean invites you to a personalized boutique portrait experience where you will be guided every step of the way with skill and love, you will fee empowered and confident. It is her job, her passion, that your session is a life-changing experience that transforms you for the better and your photographs take your breath away, and you say "Oh my goodness, is that me?"

Jean has been working as a professional photographer since 2008, and currently works out of her private studio in Central Downtown Phoenix. She is a graduate of the Sue Bryce 12-Week business startup and current member of Sue Bryce Education who mentors to photographers in business. She also loves a decaf Starbucks mocha frappuccino with coconut milk no whip. What's yours?





David Laninga

Studio Owner / Administrator

As Jean’s right hand man in charge of things behind the scenes, David is a skilled graphic designer, second shooter, general studio administrator, and all things geeky needed to run the business. He assists with graphic design, consulting, bookkeeping, and events at the studio.

He is well-established in the printing industry with immense knowledge in digital artwork since the 1980's. He started in photography during school and has been involved in digital photography since the 1990’s. 

David spends his recreational time photographing the intense monsoon storms in the Phoenix Valley and produces beautiful movies via timelapse and drone footage.



Clarisse Ringwald

Stylist, Clarisse Color Creations

After more than 25 years as an image consultant, Clarisse believes that all women are beautiful — even the ones who think they aren’t. She considers it her responsibility to help clients discover that part that is different from everyone else, and teaches how to accentuate it and feel good about it. She utilizes Fashion Feng Shui® and performs an Essential Color™ Analysis with 70 color drapes to determine which colors, fabrics, and styles will most compliment her client’s  unique coloring and personal energy. She creates a look, and educates her clients on what is truly best for them as individuals. She loves showing clients how to enhance their natural beauty so that they feel confident in their own skin AND turn heads in all the right ways. 




Jacob Hamilton

Hair & Makeup Stylist, Owner SimonStylez Cosmetology

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Debbie Verver

Hair & Makeup Stylist, Owner Makeup by Debbie Verver

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Debbie started her career in the cosmetic industry 24 years ago, developing her talent through training sessions, seminars, apprenticeships, and hands-on projects ranging from fashion shows to photoshoots. Through her appreciation of beauty and expertise in color theory, her experience has allowed her to learn and continue to grow in this ever-changing industry.

Debbie offers a number of services that would accommodate any client in the studio. She is trained in HD (high-definition) and offers airbrush foundation for that flawless, long-wearing, natural finish. Debbie also has a background in training, and is available to teach correct colors and placement to ensure confidence that your makeup will always look it's best for your face and style.

Debbie enjoys working with our clients, helping to make their vision come true for their special day where she works hand in hand with our client to achieve that perfect look she has always dreamed about. She uses airbrush foundation for that perfect finish that will last the client all day, with 10-14 hours of wear. She also has a wide variety of false eyelashes to choose from to complete the beautiful creation. All of her products are high quality and long wearing for your special day.



Creative Director, Supervisor

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Rufy has fulfilled the role of Creative Director and General Studio Supervisor since I started this humble business in 2009. His mixed heritage of German Shepherd and Terrier contribute to the studio with skills making sure all things are safe and pass his rigorous inspections. His constant supervisory skills are put to use overseeing all aspects at my home office where he keeps by my side as we work. 











Our private boutique studio is located in the Downtown Phoenix area of Medlock Place and serves Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and the greater Phoenix Valley where we offer portraiture,
and specialize in glamour, beauty, the mature woman, and women's fine art portraiture.
By appointment only.  
Call 602-616-4582 to schedule your complimentary consultation.