310.722.2027 john@johndrussell.com


My name is John D. Russell and I am a Manhattan Beach Photographer. I work with brands worldwide…

Brands around the world hire me to create dynamic, powerful content, and strategy to effectively communicate their offerings and company culture to their audience. Services I offer include:


As a Manhattan Beach Photographer, I am internationally published and have been on assignment in over 30 countries. I was even recruited by Getty Images. My client list includes brands such as Toyota, Ford, Skechers, CBRE, Mindvalley, and many, many more.


My training and experience as a Manhattan Beach Photographer has enabled me to shoot video for clients such as Toyota as well as television. Most recently I was in India shooting stills, video and flying drone on a 10 day motorcycle tour with clients through India.


With almost 20 years of experience as a media and marketing professional, I am well versed in the psychology of marketing. I have helped brands around the globe and know what it takes. My team and I can assist with Web Design, Social Media, Keyword Research, SEO, and Online Advertising.

My name is John D. Russell and I am a Professional Photographer and Creative Director based in Manhattan Beach, CA. I specialize in high-end photography for individuals and businesses. I grew up in Manhattan Beach and attending elementary, middle, and high school here.

I primarily shoot commercial photography, portrait photography, and event photography. I also help my individual and business clients with video and drone work. In addition to photography, I also shoot video and assist businesses with marketing services. I manage a small team of talented, dynamic creatives and we assist our clients with web design, social media management, social media content creation, keyword research and analysis, and search engine optimization (SEO).

My client list includes brands such as Toyota, Ford, Skechers, CBRE, Mindvalley, AirBNB, and many, many more.

Service Areas Include:

Manhattan Beach • Hermosa Beach • Redondo Beach • Palos Verdes • Torrance • El Segundo • Playa del Rey • Marina del Rey • San Pedro • Long Beach • Hawthorne • Lawndale • Culver City • Greater Los Angeles Area • Worldwide


I am honored to announce that I am teaching a photography course at the Los Angeles Center of Photography titled, Photography for Social Change. Class is underway and I’m beyond stoked to be making an impact and leaving the world a little better place through my craft. Cheers to doing great things with people who truly want to make a difference! 

Latest Photography Work

Please take a moment to view some of my recent photography work.

Recent Photography & Video Testimonials

John will work until he gets the shot he knows will make you happy and beyond. He recently helped my office get updated headshots, photos of our team interacting with our clients, as well as pictures of our team at the beach as an added bonus…Fantastic! Thanks, JDR!

Matt Costantino

Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Health Source Chiropractic, Hermosa Beach

I needed new headshots for my website and I had a great experience. John was super responsive throughout the entire process. I am not fond of being in front of the camera and he did a great job of putting me at ease.  Great experience and great photos! Thanks, John!

Adrian Hall

Marriage and Family Therapist, One Heart Counseling Center, Manhattan Beach

John is a talented photographer who is able to capture the essence of his subjects from behind a lens. The best part of working with him is his natural ease and his professionalism. I worked with John on several all-day photo and video shoots and thank him for a job well done!

Sima Aziz

Marketing Director, Integramed Fertility, Redondo Beach

Want to work together?let’s connect!

As a Manhattan Beach Photographer, I work with individuals and businesses in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes and the Greater Los Angeles area. I am also available for travel Worldwide (I’ve been to over 30 countries on assignment!) and across the United States.

Please use the contact form below and let me know how I can help.