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Carlson-Productions photographers John and Jim have fun creating stories with photography.

Commercial Photographers

Our dedication to bringing your vision to life is over 22-years in the making.


Whether it's our creative approach, diverse capabilities, or talent connections, our reputation is more than who we are. It's our practical and collaborative approach that puts you where you want to be.


We start by fully understanding the story you want to tell and what's needed to communicate your unique goals. From there, we'll gather our gear, assemble the crew, and bring your vision to life, through our lens, in the studio or on location.


Proud to follow in our grandfather's footsteps, our passion for photography developed at an early age. We grew up behind the lens and learned the value of putting clients first, and treating others the way we'd like to be treated. Jerry Wooliver was one-of-a-kind. His zeal for life, sense of humor, and attention to detail guide us in all that we do.


The Carlsons understand the power of photography and capturing the moment. They developed a deep passion for charity by working with Flashes of Hope.  They are honored to be working with children who show their courage through their smiles. In addition, they photograph strong, beautiful families filled with hope.


Our commercial and advertising clients range from architecture, automotive, and corporate, to lifestyle, colligate, and product. Our work has appeared in such publications as Architectural Digest, Ambassador, The Builders Journal, Esquire, Crain’s Business, Detroit Monthly, Hour Detroit, Detroit Home, Mi Blue, Trends Kitchen & Bath, Wards Auto World, Corp!, Smart Business, Faith, and Worth magazines - just to name a few.


Discover how working with us help’s your organization reach your full potential without hassles or complications. Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our clients are saying:

For over a decade we have counted on Carlson Productions exclusively to satisfy all of our photography requirements. Our clients love shoot days because John and Jim Carlson make photography fun for everyone involved. Best of all, the final product always exceeds expectations.​

Brian D. Gray


Working with Carlson Productions for nearly ten years has been seamless in every aspect: targeted project objectives, creativity, and execution of flawless final images. In each shoot, John and his entire team have surpassed expectations and have moved mountains to think outside of the box. Their technical knowledge and strong aesthetic vision produce only the best quality images for use in our print and online marketing materials.

Katie Kunesh

College for Creative Studies

A key partner of our agency, working with Carlson Productions is always a pleasure. Their attention to detail and passion for what they do consistently translates to an excellent final product. With the energy they always seem to bring to the table, our clients love interfacing with Jim and John just as much as we do. I'd recommend Carlson Productions to anyone who wants to rise above the rest.

Casey Wood

Account Executive, Phire Group

If you are looking for a high-quality, thoughtful and detailed photography company, look no more. Carlson Productions LLC is your solution. The expert team at Carlson carefully and strategically plan out each photo shoot well in advance and sweat out the details before, during and after. Their photo expertise, precise technical skills in lighting and composition, and eye for taking well-crafted photos are unparalleled in the industry. Their finished photos are amazing and make a huge difference in our college advertising, marketing, web and social media materials. I highly recommend Carlson Productions LLC.

Ted Coutilish

Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Community Relations Oakland Community College

I've been working with both John and Jim for a number of years and I would consider them our "go to" photography source for a number of reasons. They are dedicated to their craft, they make pictures that are both usable and beautiful, and they are an absolute pleasure to work with.​

Scott Pryor

Creative Director, Pryor Design Company

Wow!  What a fantastic day it was for all the employees of ETI … with truly stunning results to boot! Thank you so much for being such a pleasure to work with.  The way you engaged all of the ETI team and showed them how truly interesting their jobs really are left them pumped up and proud.  I’ve never had such a positive response from a group of employees after a day of photo shooting … and they haven’t even seen all the spectacular photos yet! I consider our team lucky to work with you, and I look forward to doing it again as our company evolves.

Bill McLendon

President and CEO, ETI Tech, LLC

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Carlson Productions is a proud member of:

Carlson Productions are proud members of AIAP in south east Michigan.
Carlson Productions are proud members of ASMP since 2009.
Carlson Productions are proud members of the Construction Association of Michigan.
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