Why Choose Ridgeway Portrait Design?

Here are some things to consider in making your choice:


There are a lot of photographers in the area...

In fact, with each new day, you have even more choices! That's because these days there are photography hobbyists every day who are buying digital cameras and an inkjet printer and declaring they are now "professional photographers!" They then set up a low cost website and voila, they are "professional". Some of them are even fairly good, but some are not. They may not have a studio, or backup equipment, or be insured, or have much real photographic experience. How do you choose? Is it really a matter of just comparing prices?? No. There is more to photography than just owning a camera. It's more than just pressing a button.


John Ridgeway, is known by many, even among other professional photographers, for the quality of his work. He  strives for excellence in all that he does! He backs that up by sharing a wide range of examples of his photography right here on our website so that you can see his style and the quality of the imagery. Judge for yourself!


John has been in love with the art and science of photography for over 35 years, and we have been in business for over 29 years. Drawing from  years of experience, he is able to take on most any photographic challenge and create excellent results. John has taught at many photography conventions and workshops over the years, and has educated many pro photographers around the country.

Light and Composition

Many people have praised John’s work on his use of light and composition. Photography is in essence "painting with light", and thus light is a key component. Look carefully at John’s work. You will see the difference in his lighting. Some photographers just focus on composition and their lighting is flat and boring. They disregard the huge importance of excellence in lighting!


Something You Truly Value

Our family photographs are often among our most cherished possessions. Think about this: Of your major purchases over the past year, how many of those "things" will still have any value at all 30 years from now? When your kids are grown and then they have their own kids, will anything you purchased today even be remembered then? The one exception is a photograph. Most people say that if their home was burning down, they would try to rush in and save their photographs. We appreciate the fact that the service We are providing is something that will be valued and cherished for generations and thus it matters a lot to us that John create the best work possible, simply because it matters so much to you.

Your Needs Matter!

Your needs matter to us! John listens carefully to your needs and tries to accommodate what you care about! Do you feel uncomfortable about your complexion or weight? There are many things John can do in his photography and retouching to address whatever your concern might be. Or if you want to do something creatively different, John is more than happy to work with you to create a photograph you will love!


Photographers vary widely in price, and they vary widely in quality. We have focused our business on creating outstanding images rather than the cheapest price. We do offer specials to give you even greater value, but we always focus is on the quality of our work, so that you get the best quality for the price.


We offer lots of options! You can come to our full service studio, or we can come to you, or we can meet at a location of your choosing! John’s photography is not "cookie cutter" everyone-looks-the-same studio photography. Let's get creative and produce unique and beautiful photographs!

Prepared To Do The Job

As we mentioned, some photographers simply buy a camera and say they are a "professional." In our services as a professional, John backs that up with the experience and the equipment and resources to do the job. We have a complete studio with dressing room. We have high quality lighting and photographic equipment, and redundant backup equipment. If something fails, John can keep on shooting! When requested, we can arrange for hair/makeup artist services to be available right at our studio or on location. Plus we are insured (which sometimes is required by some commercial employers). John is truly prepared to do the job!