seattle commercial photographer of people, product and food



With more than 15 years of experience in commercial photography, graphic design, marketing and advertising, Jonathan Schmidt is able to offer a range of services to his clients.

Born and raised in Wyoming, Jonathan Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Wyoming. After graduation, Jonathan's first job was that of an Art Director where he gained experience producing graphics for print. Just a few years later, he moved West and has since been living and working in Seattle, Washington. His first role in Seattle included in-house product photography, brand management and art direction. A quick learner and hard worker, he advanced to overall company management and the title of COO. Having a desire to focus his efforts more on the creative side, he decided to pursue his passion for photography and open his own photography studio. For the past 7 years, Jonathan has been working as a free-lance commercial photographer. Recent clients include: University Village Mall, Moss Adams, Washington Athletic Club, the College of Idaho, Washington Bankers Associate and Schwartz Brothers Restaurants among others. Along with shooting in Seattle, Washington; photography projects have taken Jonathan as far north as Kodiak Island, Alaska; south down the West Coast shooting in Oregon and California; as well as the Western US states of Idaho, South Dakota and Nevada.

Jonathan's commercial photography and design work have been seen in national fashion magazines such as W, Elle, Vogue and Teen Vogue as well as in smaller publications such as the WAC Magazine, EDGE Magazine and Modern Jeweler. Projects have ranged from CEO's and fitness programs to supercomputers and fine jewelry; fresh Seattle seafood and top restaurants to cityscapes and fashion models.

Currently, Jonathan is offering commercial photography and graphic design services and is looking for partnerships with companies or individuals whose marketing and advertising needs are a good fit for his range of experience and professionalism!

To view some recent notable project images along with short descriptions of the project, please take a look at this project description page. Click here to see what people have said about Schmidt Productions work.

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Schmidt Productions is located north of Greenlake in Seattl e, Washington and can be easily accessed from I-5 or Highway 99 / Aurora Avenue. Please call or email for directions or product delivery options:

Phone: 206.949.8099


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The following includes a partial list of Schmidt Productions commercial photography and graphic design clients:

Alchemy Collections -- [Seattle, WA] Provided furniture product photography for modern furniture company.

BD Diagnostics -- [Durham, NC] Provided product photography for BD Diagnostics. BD develops, manufactures and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory instruments, antibodies, reagents and diagnostic products.

BizXchange -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait and product photography for barter business group improving business with trade.

Boma Jewelry -- [Seattle, WA] Provided jewelry and fashion photography for wholesale sterling silver jewelry company.

Bombar Public Relations -- [Kirkland, WA] Provided food and portrait photography for public relations group.

Black Hills Molding -- [Rapid City, SD] Provided product and corporate portrait photography as well as logo and web design for leader in wood manufacturing and sourcing of quality wood and wood products for the cabinet and furniture industries.

Broadmoor Golf Club -- [Seattle, WA] Provided event photography for premier private club providing an exceptional golf experience and features an impeccably maintained urban golf course supported by unparalleled facilities and services.

Chelsey Henry -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for an innovative designer of fashionable, multi-functional handbags, laptop bags, travel bags, totes, and accessories for the everyday modern woman with a mobile lifestyle and multiple role.s

Chinook Wood -- [Portland, OR] Provided logo design, business card design and web site design for wood importing and exporting business.

College of Idaho -- [Caldwell, ID] Provided photography of students, facutly and staff for marketing materials as well as graduation event photography.

The Commons at Federal Way -- [Federal Way, WA] Provided architectural photography for Federal Way shopping mall.

Cray Supercomputers -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product and corporate portrait photography for global leader in supercomputers, purpose-built for high-performance computing.

E. E. Robbins -- [Seattle, WA] Provided jewelry photography for Seattle area fine jeweler -- "The Engagement Ring Store."

Eden Home -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for Eden Home who have a complete selection of organic, all-natural and eco-friendly products for your home and life that won't have you compromising your sense of style.

EDGE Magazine -- [Toronto, CAN] Provided corporate portrait photography for digital Global Economy magazine for senior executives.

Donate Life -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait photography for non-profit organization which was founded by the transplant community in 1992 to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation and avoid duplication of effort.

Fathom Communications -- [New York, NY] Provided corporate portrait photography for integrated Marketing agency.

Forest Product Distributors -- [Rapid City, SD] Provided marketing consulting to wholesame lumber company with remanufacturing facility.

Go Girl -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for wholesale accessories for the dance trade.

Herban Feasts -- [Seattle, WA] Provided food photography for premier catering company.

Kimberly Baker -- [Seattle, WA] Provided jewelry photography for jewelry designer.

Kodiak Lodge -- [Kodiak, AK] Provided corporate portrait, food, adventure and product photography along with web design for world-class accommodations and fishing on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Life Center Northwest -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait photography for LifeCenter Northwest who is the organ and tissue program that services Washington, Montana, Alaska and North Idaho.

Loma for Hair -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for hair cair company whose products are formulated specifically to improve the condition and health of hair and scalp.

Luke Satoru -- [New York, NY] Provided jewelry photography along with web design for high-fashion jewelry designer.

Mallams Select Wines -- [Rapid City, SD] Provided logo design, business cards and web desing for importer of wines from Argentina and Uruguay.

Marriott -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait and food photography for national Hotel Chain.

Me Giant -- [Redmond, WA] Provided product photography for children's clothing line.

Monster Designs -- [Redmond, WA] Provided corporate portrait and portfolio photography for Redmond design firm.

Moss Adams -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait photography for Moss Adams LLP which is the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the United States, and the largest headquartered in the West.

Olympic Mountain Products -- [Kent, WA] Provided product photography for manufacturer of leading national brands, specializing in bath and body, advanced skin care, and home & garden.

Organic to Go -- [Seattle, WA] Provided food photography for Organic To Go which is a Café and Catering Company that Serves Delicious Meals Made to a New Standard with Organic and Natural Ingredients.

Plum Creek -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait photography for one of the largest private timberland owners in the nation.

Precept Wines -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography of wines for company that makes, sells and markets wine brands from some of the top wine producing regions of the world.

Roman Company -- [St. Louis, MO] Provided jewelry photography for designer and distributor of high quality fashion jewelry.

Schwartz Brothers Restaurants -- [Bellevue, WA] Provided corporate portrait, architectural and food photography for premier multi-concept restaurant and food service company.

Sea Grill -- [Tacoma, WA] Provided interior architectural photography for premier Tacoma restaurant.

Simon Youth Foundation -- [Indianapolis, IN] Provided corporate portrait photography for not-for-profit foundation fostering and improving opportunities for at-risk youth.

Shift Creative -- [Vancouver, CAN] Provided product photography for creative strategies, branding and design.

Something Silver -- [Seattle, WA] Provided jewelry and architectural photography for retail and e-commerce sterling silver jewelry company with stores in Seattle, Bellevue, Portland, Mission Viejo, Anaheim and San Diego.

Southlake Grill -- [Seattle, WA] Provided food, portrait and interior architectural photography for restaurant located in the Southlake neighborhood in Seattle, WA.

Sue Huston -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for Seattle designer of jewelry, handbags and timepieces.

Tai Foong / Northern Chef -- [Seattle, WA] Provided food photography for frozen food brand, Northern Chef.

Tip Top Creative -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for Seattle graphic design, creative and promotional agency.

Tom Douglas Restaurants -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for Seattle area restaurants owned an operated by Chef Tom Douglas.

University Village -- [Seattle, WA] Provided product photography for Pacific Northwest open-air lifestyle shopping center.

Utopia -- [Redmond, WA] Provided jewelry, interior and corporate portrait photography for jewelry and gift retail store.

Washington Athletic Club -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait, food and editorial photography for Athletic Club magazine and website.

Washington Bankers Association -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait photography for Washington Bankers Association who protects, develops, and advances the business of banking in Washington State.

Washington Mutual -- [Seattle, WA] Provided corporate portrait photography for national banking and financial center.

Waterways Cruises -- [Seattle, WA] Provided interior architectural and maritime photography for Waterways Cruises and Events which offers unique venues for private events and elegant dining cruises for sightseeing of Seattle and Lake Washington.

World Wide -- [Kent, WA] Provided jewelry photography for international jewelry designer and manufacturer.

Vox Medica -- [Philadelphia, PA] Provided corporate portrait photography for health care public relations group.

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Here is what some of my recent clients had to say about my commercial photography and graphic design work:

" . . . We have been getting a lot of ooohs and ahhhs about the current cover. In fact, it will be hard to beat it, especially since the April issue is on golf! Everyone has been saying it looks very elegant and classy and inviting, and our printer rep said she has not seen anything like that in the whole 8 years she has worked with this magazine. So bravo! . . . .

"The ad looks fantastic as usual. You are so easy to work with. What a breath of fresh air!"

"These look great :) Once again - you rock!!! Thank you! Man, I can't believe there are more."

"Hi Jonathan,
WOW! The shots look amazing. I am very happy with them . . . great color and style. Very professional."

"My first reaction . . . I love them!"

"Thank you again for your quick turn-around on our project - the finished result is more than I had hoped for!"

"Greg had GREAT things to say about the quality of your work . . . thanks for all
of your help!"

"Hi Jonathan!
The pictures totally rock - thank you! I love them, our team loves them and I know the attendees will too. Thanks for doing such a top notch job! :)"

"Everyone loves the final ad! It is beautiful and perfectly represents La Sposa. Thanks so much for getting this done so quickly!"

"This looks beautiful. It looks even better than the real piece. Thank you so much. I can't wait to see the rest!"

"Dear Mr. Schmidt,
I just wanted to comment on the Kodiak Lodge site. How beautiful!! There are some places in the world that nothing can do justice but being there in the flesh, however WOW! I am a former resident of Kodiak and you brought me to tears. Thanks heaps. Great job!

Melissa M."

This is great - thank you so much for being so accommodating to our tight schedule. The photos are perfect . . . Again, thank you, and I look forward to seeing more of your work!


Thank you so much for getting these posted quickly. We're looking forward to receiving the disks later this week. You have been a pleasure to work with and I'm confident that you will hear from us the next time to do a promo in Seattle.


"Thank you - you rock! Good to see I'm not the only one who works on weekends."

"I heard from Kristi up at our Everett Mall this morning and she said the photos worked out great. Thanks again for being flexible and getting on this project so quickly."


"Thanks so much for helping us out in with such short notice…"

"Jonathan… Everyone is happy with the photos!... I am glad that we stopped and took the BB&W shot. It looks incredible…"

Your pictures are beautiful!! Good Job! Thank you very much for sending them our way. Have a great day!"

"I really LOVE the photo you picked for the cards you made - the one with the light coming through Maddie's hair. It's stunning - Every staff person who saw me today stopped me and said how much they loved the photos you took."

"Dennis and I love how the web-site looks, the gift section is great . . . and so easy!"

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The above links are all businesses that I have provided services for and are recommended service or product providers in their respective areas of expertise. Below are other businesses that I would also highly recommend:

Janene K. Schmidt, CPA -- [Charleston, SC] Tax and financial management services.

American Tax Solutions, LLC -- [Spearfish, SD] Tax resolution services.

Mad Lounge -- [Seattle, WA] Web and Graphic Design services.

Award Masters -- [Pensacola, FL] Awards, trophies, flags including USA, state and flags of the world.

Uncle Flag -- [Pensacola, FL] USA, state and flags of the world. Annin authorized dealer.

Luminous Works -- [Seattle, WA] Digital imaging educators providing hands-on training classes to creative firms and individuals, specializing in desktop publishing, digital photography, web design & the Adobe Creative Suite products. We are imaging professionals and professional educators—we can, we do, and we teach.

Erik Fadiman -- [Seattle, WA] Adobe Certified Expert in Dreamweaver CS4 teaching web design since 2004. If you're just getting started or making the leap from print to web, I can help you. I provide custom training, workshops, and one on one instruction at the location of your choice.

X Gym -- [Seattle, WA] Seattle and Kirkland’s premier one-on-one personal training facility specializes in high intensity workouts requiring only 20 minutes, twice a week to achieve unsurpassed results.

X Gym Shop -- [Seattle, WA] X Gym's premier one-on-one personal training DVD for at-home or on-the-road workouts.

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PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRY LINKS -- Seattle, Washington Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers including professional and commercial photographers. -- American Society of Media Photographers including professional and commercial photographers. -- Advertising Photographers of American including profession and commercial photographers. -- American Society of Picture Professionals including profession and commercial photographers. -- Preferred Vendor in the Seattle, Washington Photographers Directory at Listings for commercial and wedding photography and photographers. -- Listings for commercial and wedding photography and photographers. -- Photography directory for commercial photographers, architecture photographers, wedding photographers, and photography resources such as assistants, stylists, rental studios, camera stores, equipment rental and more. -- Listings for Seattle commercial photographers and wedding photography.

Glazer's Camera -- [Seattle, WA] Professional and commercial photography equipment and supplies.

Rainier Photographic Supply -- [Seattle, WA] Commercial photography supply including film and albums.

Hasselblad -- Official Hasselblad photography and cameras web site.

Nikon USA -- Official Nikon photography and cameras web site.

Fujifilm Professional Photography -- Official Fuji photography and cameras web site.

B&H Photo-Video-Pro Audio -- [New York, NY] Professional photography e-commerce retailer.

Smugmug -- Online photography print ordering and sharing site.

Shutterfly -- Online photography print ordering and sharing site.

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