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Ray Johnston Designer Photography - 32 Reviews - 803 2nd St Ste 302, Davis, CA - Photographic Studios Reviews - Phone (530) 756-0499

Ray Johnston Designer Photography

803 2nd St Ste 302
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 756-0499
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Ray Johnston Designer Photography - Davis, CA
Ray Johnston Designer Photography - Davis, CA
Ray Johnston Designer Photography - Davis, CA


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Professional Photo Shoot for Head Shot 5/12/2011

Ray was amazing! I needed a few business pictures for new marketing material and Ray did a wonderful job. He met with me ahead of time to better understand my goals for the pictures and provided valueable recommendations for how to dress for the photo shoot. more

Ray Johnston Photography 5/12/2010

I recently had a fun photo shoot with Ray Johnston at his studio just around the corner from the Bo Tree in Davis. With his sharp creative eye and his knowledge of lighting, backgrounds and yoga he came up with some incredible asana images in both black and white and color. Pros: High quality images Cons: None more

Fun family Photograph 4/13/2010

We contacted Ray Johnston with the hope that he could accommodate us for a family portrait during the holidays. It was the perfect time when our three sons and their families would be visiting from out of state. There were thirteen of us and all different ages.....Ray helped to keep our photo shoot comfortable, fun, and a great experience for all of us. He captured us in a perfect artistic light with a wonderful insight into who we were. We made a wonderful memory that day and have a beautiful family portrait we will always treasure. Pros: Comfortable, professional setting with artistic flare more

A True Artist 10/18/2009

After doing some research I settled on Ray Johnston. From the moment I walked in his studio I knew he was the one I wanted to work with. I could tell by his knowledge, the pieces hanging in his studio, and the appearance of his studio that I was going to be working with a true artist. He struck a graceful balance between dispensing his knowledge and listening to my vision. He was incredibly supportive in helping me realize my vision while also putting a beautiful and subtle part of himself into each of my photos. I would absolutely, without a doubt, work with him again and to get to the end of this review and not just recognize Sarah, but also give her credit along with Ray for the amazing editing job on my photos and her great customer service would be a disservice to Ray Johnston Designer Photography! I look forward to working with you both again very soon! Pros: A Creative Visionary! more

Best Baby Photographer!! 10/8/2009

We just had Ray shoot our 9 month old daughters Baby-Portraits and I must say.... he is amazing with babies! He was so calm during our photo session, took time for outfit changes, made sure the lighting was perfect and saw to it that our baby girl was having a blast. The professional portraits were just that...Professional! Our baby was happy and comfortable and the high end - end product was amazing! So many great images! He truly captured our daughters personality and showcased this wonderful age. more

I like it, I like it alot! 7/15/2009

This guy really knows what hes doing! He is a pro all the way! Thanks again! Pros: Helpful Cons: none more

Outstanding experience with a family portrait 7/14/2009

We are a family of five that at long last decided it was time for a family portrait (now that the kids are all in their late 20s!). Ray was extremely personable and professional in preparing us for the photo session; in selecting photo settings, suggesting poses, and conducting the outdoor photo shoot; in helping us select the variety and number of poses we wished to have memorialized; and in producing top-quality, beautifully edited prints. Overall, we were delighted with the experience and the results. Pros: Creative, top quality, professional, flexible, and fun more

Awesome place to get headshots!! 5/13/2009

Ray is very good at giving advice and knows where to look to get some really great shots! I had trouble deciding on just a couple pictures. He was great in the studio and is very accommodating. He's wonderful at making headshots for prospective actors/actresses and has worked in the industry for years. Pros: Very high quality photographs and a great photographer! Cons: Expensive, but worth it! more

Swiss Passport Photos 4/15/2009

Ray was realy great with our 3.5 year old daughter and son age 1.5. There was no way our son was going to cooperate, sit still ,look at the camera, yada yada until Ray brought out his secret weapon - the rubber chicken. It was amazing. Passport photos for Switzerland and Canada were perfect, plus he's a nice guy. With Ray you get small town service. I was surprised at the cost, $65 per set (but 50% off for the second set of Canadian passport photos was nice). We called around and most places charge the same or more just for US passport photos and they don't know how to handle foreign passport pictures. With so many foreign students at UC Davis you can see how he got into this line of work. Pros: Understands the guidelines Cons: You have to book an appointment more

Senior Portrait 3/23/2009

Ray's work is beautiful and I especially appreciated his patience and stamina when working with a 17 year old! The results are outstanding and capture my daughter's energy, playfulness, and personality and not a single picture looks 'posed'. Thank you Ray for caputring her at this time in her life!! Pros: Captures the Essence of the Person more

Great Business Photos!!!! 2/13/2009

I'm a realtor in Davis, across the street from Ray's Shop, I had a few head shots taken for a shopping cart advertisement and he made me look GREAT!! I would highly recommend his services for any picture taking occasion!! Go Ray Johnston!!! more

Business Head Shots 2/7/2009

When our company required new professional head shots of all scientific and consulting staff, we selected Ray Johnston Photography to provide the service. Ray provided tips prior to the photography session on wardrobe and make-up, and worked with each individual taking multiple shots using different angles and lighting to achieve the highest quality head shot possible. We were very pleased with the results and will use Ray Johnston Photography again in the future. Some of our staff have talked about also using Ray for family portraits because they were so happy with his service. more

Amazing Fashion Photography 9/22/2008

I am a local fashion designer and had a new piece that I needed high quality professional photos of. I've admired the photos in the window of Ray's storefront for years and decided to take a chance with him. I was thrilled to discover that in the past he worked as a fashion photographer for a number of years and really understood how to work with models and highlight a garment. I modeled my piece and while I was modeling, Ray gave me great direction during the shoot and created a positive and comfortable atmosphere. He paid special attention to the lighting so as to capture the vibrant colors of my garment accurately. I am so happy with the photographs that I purchased from the shoot. When the opportunity arises, I will definitely be able to submit them for publication in magazines and books. I took a chance with Ray and discovered that he was a sure bet. Pros: Friendly atmosphere, Very experienced, Great Lighting, Great studio space Cons: None more

Best Photographer for Child Modeling! 8/26/2008

Pros: Great service and products for your money! Cons: None more

Great Passport photo work 8/3/2008

The requirements for Canadian Passport applications are very specific, and I had already had one application denied because of shadows in the picture I had taken at Kinkos. Ray knew just what to do. He used reflectors and a quality flash, and touched up the photograph with Photoshop. He even gave me another print at no charge when one was inadvertently ruined. I just got my passport on Friday. He is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. I am a very satisfied customer, and will know to go there first next time I need a passport photo or any other photography work done. more

Masterpiece Portraits 6/8/2008

Ray is a photographic artist who knows how to use a camera and lighting. I wanted memorable photos of my kids who are finishing up high school and starting college, pictures of them at their best youthful vitality. But, being a photographer, I didn't want good smiling poses, but something extra. I wanted thoughtful poses that revealed something about their character. Pros: Thorough preparation in preliminary consultation Cons: Wait for final prints more

Fast, Easy, and Professional British Passport Photos 5/30/2008

I am a student at UC Davis and have a trip planned to travel to Europe this summer. I'm also lucky enough to have a dual citizenship with the UK. Both my passports needed to be renewed which means new passport photos. When I renewed my American passport, I did it at the post office and wound up with something not dissimilar to a mugshot that has to last me for 10 years. I learned my lesson and went to a professional for the British passport. Ray Johnston was great! I got a great photo that meets all the specifications. He was really nice, helped me figure out what the specifications for a British Passport are and spent time retouching the photo to eliminate shine and enhance my features. He used the right lighting (not that awful fluorescent lighting). He even retouched a blemish or two. In a small town like Davis, it can be hard to find a place that can handle the technical needs from another country, Johnston made my life a lot easier. Pros: nice, inviting place, professional quality, parking relatively easy, great service, pays attention to the details Cons: a little pricey more

Amazing Baby Photos 3/1/2008

Ray has done an outstanding job photographing our son. We were first introduced to Ray's work at the Sutter Davis Birthing Center. While my wife was in labor, we would "take laps" around the ward. Ray's portraits decorate many walls in the Birthing Center, and let me say they are absolutely beautiful! It was there, even before our son was born, that we decided Ray was going to capture our son's first year. more

Irish Passport Photos 2/16/2008

I've needed photos for my Irish passport for a while but been frustrated by the strict requirements that are so different to passport photos in the US! So I called to Ray and he took excellent photos for me that fit the specifications perfectly, and now I'm on my way to renewing my passport. =) more
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Photographer shoots museum quality images families, high school seniors, business portraits, models, & more in the Bay Area and beyond.

Owner Message

  • Ray Johnston Designer photography offers museum quality portraits that are timeless. More than just photographs, Ray delivers a masterpiece when only the finest will do.

    With a background in motion picture film, Ray always asks himself, "How do I create a two hour movie in one frame?" Some of his clients have compared him to Norman Rockwell with a camera. Ray uses different angles, lightings, backgrounds and poses to tell a story with every portrait, creating a family heirloom to pass on to many generations to come.


  • Photographer shoots museum quality images families, high school seniors, business portraits, models, events and more in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • 11/20/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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