Jean Laninga Portraits | Meet the Team




Jean Laninga

Studio Owner / Lead Photographer


Jean Laninga Portraits is the creation of photographer, seamstress, and all things fashion and beauty for the real women. As a professional photographer since 2008, though a pragmatist at heart, armed with her education in Clothing Design and Construction, work in theater costume design and her passion for empowering the normal, real, authentic woman, she opened her own private boutique studio in Uptown Phoenix. She is a graduate of the Sue Bryce 12-Week Business Startup and current member of Sue Bryce Education, a mentoring program for photographers in business where Jean has earned several honors for works submitted for accreditation. Though she works with all people and all ages, in her work, she most enjoys celebrating and pampering the mature woman with a transformative experience where she not only looks and feels beautiful, but then leaves with beloved heirloom quality portraits for herself and generations to come. 

What makes Jean’s portraiture unique is her specialty in a boutique-style portrait experience complete with design consultations, wardrobe styling, professional in-studio hair and makeup, fully guided photoshoot, and gorgeous prints, enlargements, custom framing, and folio box collections for her clients to choose from. She aims to take care of her clients every step of the way in this sometimes uncertain experience, in a safe and positive setting that's tailored for women who don't like getting their pictures taken, don't feel photogenic, or like pictures of themselves.

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?"

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.




Mane Attraction Salon

Professional in-studio makeup and hairstyling








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 contributes 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 the office where he keeps by my side as we work. 











You will find our private luxury portrait studio located in the quiet Uptown Phoenix Medlock Place district. We serve the greater Phoenix area as well as Scottsdale, Arcadia, Paradise Valley, Mesa, and Tempe. Here, you will be treated to a unique customized studio portraiture experience
perfect for headshots and branding, dating images, children and seniors, small families, boudoir and bridal, glamour, the mature woman, and women's fine art portraiture.
By appointment only.  
Call 602-616-4582 to schedule your complimentary consultation.