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Your phone selfie is not helping your business….

Whew….  sorry to be so blunt about it your headshot, but it’s true.  It’s your business, its your baby.  The thing you spend all day and night at trying to make successful, missing nights out with friends, stressing over which insurance is best and what accounting program to use.  So when you put your business out into the public eye, on your Facebook business page, on your LinkedIn, your Instagram for all the world to see, why do you think a crummy cell phone photo is ok?    I see professional people doing this all the time.  You may decide to hire an accountant for your business, so as you peruse through all the local business options, are you going to pick the one showing that person in a blurry selfie with a group of friends drinking at the race track?  Probably not.  Accounting is serious business, and you will more than likely choose the professional who went “professional” all the way.  Their image and their company is important, they know it, and they want you to know it too.

So when you think corporate headshots or business branding… do you immediately think grey background and power tie?  Well just stop it.  A true headshot really portrays who you are and what you do.   For example, Jennifer here makes amazing juices and promotes a raw vegan lifestyle.  She is a super healthy, fun loving and very sweet “wants to get to know you” kind of person.  Putting her in a business suit on a grey background makes no sense for style and business brand.  Thats not who she is, that is not what her business image is about.  So just because you ditch the “fun” selfie, doesn’t mean this isn’t all about your business, your personality and that this isn’t personal.

A branded headshot session is going to take an hour-ish, and will be relevant for quite some time.  So it is a small investment in money and time that will really have a nice impact on your business’ image overall.

If you have questions about the process or would like to set an appt for your own session, by all means give us a call!  You can call direct at 951-534-7457 or reach out through our website at   All the best,  Jillian


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Photographer for Holiday Parties

As our current year is coming to a close we want to throw out a little reminder that if you are going to be wanting a photographer to cover your events, you may want to start that planning session now.  Everything gets crazier as we begin our decent into the holiday season and it is always a good idea to make sure your photographer is booked well in advance.

If you have any questions regarding our schedule for events or pricing, feel free to reach out to us.  We are happy to answer any questions that you may have either by phone, email or our website.

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Stylized photography shoots are so much fun.  You get to collaborate with really fun and creative people, all the while creating fantastic images for everyone.  When Chris Arnold of Christine Arnold Photography asked me if I wanted to tag along on a styled shoot, my answer was a resounding “oh hell ya!”.

Our model today was a classically trained dancer, and she she just knocked us all out of the park with her willingness to take everything to the next level.  She danced in the desert heat, all smiles and the sweetest disposition.  Tons of energy and such a fun girl, she was an absolute pleasure to be around.

If you get a chance to work with a classically trained dancer like Erin, you should absolutely jump at the chance.  If you are a dancer yourself and would love some beautiful images for your own portfolio, by all means give us a call.  We love working with fellow creatives of all kinds!

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite images from our session.  I really had so many that I loved and this is one of those photography shoots where it is just so hard to narrow it down to just a couple of ones to show off.

Our model the ever lovely: Erin Salzman

Hand made floral top by the super creative Kate Minelian at: Studio Kate Floral 

Hair and makeup by the amazingly talented Zenaida at: Beauty by Zenaida

Concept styling and literally everything else by super creative photographer Chris Arnold at: Christine Arnold Photography

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If you are looking for a more creative outlet for your child’s senior portraits than one of the big name photography chains perhaps a local boutique photography company like us is in order.  We really enjoy hearing about you and your child’s ideas for their session.  Do you want to keep it simple?  Do we need multiple outfit changes? Do we need to showcase a sport or include a beloved pet?   All of these options are ok, and in fact, they are more than ok.  This day is all about bringing out your child’s personality and showcasing who they are to the world.

This is a one of the bigger milestone moments and these photos will be treasured by your and your family for many years to come.  These sessions tend to run longer than a normal portrait session typically due to the outfit changes and often times multiple locations.  For senior girls, we always recommend having hair and makeup professionally done, this always gives that extra bit of polish to the finished images.

If you have any questions about our senior portrait session or would just like some additional information, by all means give us a call at 951-534-7457.  You can also reach out to us through our contact page here on the blog, or the contact page on our website at


So for this particular session below, she wanted super simple, no fuss. We did a combination of some studio shots and then wandered around outside to a few of the pretty locations I have here near my studio.  So take a look below and see how they turned out!  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.





One of the things I really love to do is create beautiful portraits of children.  As a photographer, these sessions can be some of the most challenging and yet often the most rewarding once you are able to view the final images.  We know its challenging dragging the kids around, shopping for what to wear, getting your hair done and then dealing with the inevitable grumpy day or possible melt down.  Hey, its kids, it happens… we plan for it, we expect it.  But it’s not a good reason to put it off.  Often by the time we have spent some time in the studio just relaxing most everyone is starting to calm down and get comfy, thats usually when the magic starts to happen.

Now with this portrait session, luckily that was not the case this time.  These gorgeous girls were pure sunshine from the minute they walked in.  We had a great photography session and their personalities really had a chance to shine through.  These are fantastic sisters and they truly love each other which is just so adorable.  For this portrait session we opted for a more stylized artistic shoot.  I had created a flowered wall back drop and the idea was for more of a white on white feel with a pop of color.  Something a little classic and timeless to be displayed as art.

I hope you enjoy the images below as much as I did creating them.  If you would like to book your own session, feel free to reach out to me at 951-534-7457, send me a note through our contact form here on our blog, or go to and fill out our contact form there.  We would love to talk to you about the ideas you have for your own family portraits!

Whether its corporate head shots, social media presence, or business branding, you only get one shot to make a first impression.  It is important to portray a polished and cohesive image that reflects who you are and what you do to those who may be considering doing business with you.  When you put forth the effort to have a polished on line presence, it shows that you care about your image and your business.

If you are considering having business portraits done, feel free to reach out to us.  We would love to work with you to come up with a strategy that best reflects who you are, and how you wish to be seen.

This session was for another local photographer who was revamping her on line presence, website, blog etc…  She is a very approachable and easy going person with a very casual elegance.  Our goal was to portray that through our shoot, and I think we did a pretty good job of capturing who she is.

You can contact us through our website here at or, just give us a call at 951-534-7457 we would love to hear about your up coming project.

Maternity & Pregnancy Photographer

Pregnancy Reveal Announcement – Second Child


So for this pregnancy reveal, we thought it would be fun to have the first child announce that the second child was on the way.  Since we were so close to Valentines day it had to be all about Cupid, Love and Valentines.  So we created a hand lettered chalkboard to announce baby number two, and of course we had to put big brother in a cupid outfit!!  I can honestly say that he was NOT happy about this sudden turn of events AT ALL.  One moment he is doing super fun baby things, and the next he is scooped up and all traces of his dignity have been replaced with a crocheted cupid outfit, complete with a quiver full of heart shaped arrows.


But seriously this is just the cutest thing ever.  It also has the added bonus of being total blackmail material for later on in life.  If you want to keep your teenager in line later on.. just threaten to show people the baby cupid photo…  We have already made plans to show this to all his dates and potential marriage prospects.  Life is tough enough, your getting a new brother or sister, so a sense of humor at this point is going to be ideal.  There is a possibility that some money has already been earmarked for therapy, we are good people like that… we like to think ahead.


So congratulations mom and dad on your latest new bundle of joy.  I cannot wait to meet the newest addition.





In Need of a Dog Photographer?

Classic Pet Portraits in Riverside


Thinking of hiring a dog photographer for classic portraits of your beloved pet?  Here at Pure Photography, we truly believe that pets are part of the family.  We love incorporating them into family portraits as well has having solo portraits done of your fur kids.


We offer a full range of options to get the best pictures of your dog.  We can come to your location, meet you at a favorite location, or if you want something a little more “formal” we can do a studio session.  Our goal is to photograph your pet and create a quality photographic heirloom that you will cherish forever.  This particular portrait was done in our studio, and Miss Grace could really care less about having her photo taken.   She is a very very very mellooooowwww dog.

So working with your dogs personality is going to go a long way towards getting you the best results.  Since Grace is so mellow and easy going (a.k.a. Lazy) if her owner wanted to have photos of her running through a field chasing a ball was just not gonna happen.  Here is Grace’s portrait of Grace doing what she does best…. Relaxing.   This is typical for her, and well within her scope of behaviors!  If you have a more exuberant pet, lets head on down to the dog park or the beach or wherever they are happiest.  We like to bring out their personality as much as possible.  So if you have questions about the process, just give us a call at (951) 534-7457 we would love to chat with you about your ideas.

Being a photographer in the Riverside area gives us a unique advantage to be centrally located to all of southern California, and we do love to travel!

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