Who are you?
I am John Robert Portman, or J.R. for short, and I’m originally from Laredo, Texas. After graduating from Tulane University with a double major in English and Studio Art Photography, I moved to London to work as a photographer and then to L.A. after that. I’ve been a professional photographer for nearly 2 decades, worked as a historic millworker in New Orleans and run my own furniture and lighting design shop, and also am currently a Google Trusted Photographer and Local Search Strategist.
What do you do?
In addition to my photography skill set and Local Search expertise, I am the Project Manager at 5 Stones, meaning I work directly with both the client and creative team to keep projects running smoothly. Like most people at 5 Stones, I wear many hats and I love it!
Why do you love working at 5 Stones Media?
When I had my own furniture design business, I quickly realized that getting people to buy my stuff was a complicated affair and required a lot of marketing savvy. Since then, I’ve found that I take great joy in helping businesses navigate the complicated realm of marketing, and being on a team of talented people who also feel that way is a blessing.
What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
The most important lesson I ever learned is that trying to do everything alone is not a sustainable strategy. I think real success can only come when you work as a team with God in the lead.
What is your proudest achievement?
One of my proudest achievements, though it is a little cliché, is my family. My amazing wife Leslie and my two sons Finley and Everett are my constant source of inspiration and humility.
What is your secret superpower?
My secret superpower is adaptability! I love a good challenge, especially those that require a multitude of skillsets. I truly love working a complicated project though to completion.