John Robert Portman is a professional photographer, furniture maker, and lighting designer living and working in New Orleans. He was born in Laredo, Texas, went to high school in San Antonio, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Studio Art from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2001. The day after he graduated from Tulane, he moved to London and spent a year there learning the business side of photography by assisting world-renowned professional photographers. J.R. then returned to the United States and based himself in Los Angeles. shooting Advertising, Portrait, and Fashion Photography.

Today, J.R. is a Trusted Photographer for Google and specializes in helping businesses market themselves through all the powerful tools that Google has to offer.