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Riverside Family Photographer

Hello!  My name is Jillian and I am a Family Photographer here in Riverside CA.

Now that you are here, lets take a quick minute and meet the Donaldson’s!  I think I may have mentioned this somewhere before, but I love it when people consider their pets part of the family and include them in their sessions.  We had an interesting session due to just the weather alone, it started to rain as we all arrived on location, and my heart just sank.  BUT, this family powered thorough it and luckily enough the rain cleared right up and the rest of the day went off without a hitch.

When I originally spoke to them, they wanted a “grunge” feel for at least one of their photos, so keeping that in mind we headed off to some “urban” looking spots to see if we could find something good for their portraits.

Thank you so much for choosing Pure Photography!  I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I did taking them! If you are interested in having portraits done of your own family, feel free to give us a call at (951) 534-7457!


Family Photographer - Downtown Riverside


Engagement Photographer Claremont Ca


Engagement Photography – Claremont, CA

Claremont College is a gorgeous place for an engagement session.  There are so many beautiful places for pictures, that you will be hard pressed to decide which locations you like the best.  We spent a couple of hours just wandering around, shooting pictures and having a great time getting to know Stacy and Dan.

There are a few things about this session that you may want to note when you are thinking of doing your session.  Firstly try to prepare for the weather as best you can.  If you know it is going to be cold do yourself a favor and bring some blankets for your in between shooting times.  Believe it or not, this session was done in October and it was FREEZING!  So we wrapped our couple up in blankets while we wandered from place to place within the campus looking only quazi homeless during our trek!  Our bride was a total trooper and despite the cold, she looked amazing and didn’t stop smiling the whole time.

The second thing you may want to think about is if you are a person who wears glasses.  I like to photograph people to represent how they look all the time, so if you wear glasses, I would recommend that you bring them.  Of course, here is the side note.  Our very handsome groom wears transition lenses and this is the only pair he brought to our session, so as the sun came in and out of the clouds…so did our groom transition effortlessly (ahem!) between regular glasses and sunglasses.  So, my recommend is that if you have a spare pair of non transition lenses, those would be the best ones to bring.

Lastly, If your dogs are considered family, then by all means bring them.  I love photographing people with their pets, they add so much to the day.  If you do decide to bring your dogs, I whole heartedly recommend bringing an additional family member to wrangle the pups for you, so you get the most out of your session.

All in all, I loved this session, the colors were gorgeous and the couple was amazing!

We also were given the opportunity to photograph their wedding, which can be seen here

If you would like to book a session for yourself feel free to give us a call at (951) 534-7457 or visit the contact page of our website

Glendale Wedding Photographer

Stacy and Dan had originally become acquainted at work, but it wasn’t until they both had been invited to a birthday party for a mutual friend that the sparks really flew.  Their courtship begins and ends at Castaways restaurant in Burbank, Ca.  That is where Dan had taken Stacy on their very first date, and after many many more dates, popped questions, parties and planning… It is where they also decided to have their wedding reception.

When we were asked to be their wedding photographers, we could not have been more thrilled!  We set a date and did a gorgeous engagement session at Claremont College, which can be seen here.  Since they love their dogs as part of the family, of course they had to be included in the engagement session!  And to be honest…I was a little surprised that they did not make an appearance at the wedding.

Flash forward a few more months and here we all are standing at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, Ca getting ready to turn the page on a brand new chapter.  This church is just beautiful, not to mention it is a sentimental place for Dan and his family, which makes is doubly perfect.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.  If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the southern California area, we would love to hear from you.  We can be reached by phone at (951) 534-7457 or via the contact page of our website at

Glendale Wedding Photographer

Redlands Wedding Photography by Jillian Johnson at Pure Photography

Redlands Wedding Photography by Pure Photography.  This couple was a lot of fun to photograph and for being an October wedding, I don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect day!

When I walked in to greet Nora, I was taken by how calm, cool and collected she was.  She was one of those cool as a cucumber type brides, hanging out, getting ready and having some laughs with her family and girlfriends.  If she was at all nervous about her big day, she certainly didn’t show it.  I guess that kind of calm confidence comes from knowing that you are mere moments away from marrying the perfect catch!  True to form, their day went off without a hitch and after the ceremony, we headed outside to play and get some really great shots.

We found a few tucked in spots at the Mitten Building and had a ball.  This couple was so excited to document their day while having a great time.  They are such a classy fun loving couple and I think it really shows in the images we have created.  I hope they are as proud of them as I am.

Congrats you two!  Remember your good friend Jilly when it is time for some newborn baby photos!  😀

If you are in need of a wedding photographer we would love to chat with you.  Feel free to give us a call at (951) 534-7457 or drop us a line at


Redlands Wedding Photography - The Mitten Building


Riverside Wedding Photographer - Ojai Orchard Wedding





Riverside Wedding Photographer – Ojai Orchard Wedding

When I photograph a wedding, I always enjoy working with fun loving laid back couples.  Dora and Paul live in beautiful Ojai, California and seem to have completely embraced what the lifestyle there is all about.  They are fun loving, down to earth, artistic, kind and funny.  What’s not to love about a couple like that??

Paul’s family has always lived near the beaches in California, while Dora’s family has deep roots in Serbia.  Bring both of those families together and you get nothing less than a picture perfect wedding, complete with traditional dancing, toasts, and really really great food.  Oh and did I mention dancing??  I don’t think this bride stopped dancing for any more than the time it took to give someone a hug, and then she was back on the dance floor!

One of the things that I had learned about this couple was that they had been friends since high school and had maintained a friendship for many years.  It seemed that after years of searching around for the perfect matches for each, they eventually realized that the best matches for them had been right under their noses for years.  So it seemed to make sense to me that marrying your best friend was the way to go, don’t you agree?!

I wish you two all the best and many years of love and happiness.

If you are interested in photography services for your own wedding feel free to reach out to us at (951) 534-7457 or drop us a line via our website at


Baby Portraits

Children’s Photos at Six Months


I met this sweet family at fairmount park so we could celebrate their gorgeous girl turning six months old.


I have to tell you that this baby girl was having one heck of a happy day.  This chick was hilarious and having an absolute ball.  I was honored to document this great day and so thrilled that this little beauty was a laugh a minute!  I love love love doing family photos shoots with happy babies.


Thanks for all the big grins beautiful!  You made my job easy!!!

If you are looking to book a portrait session for your own child, feel free to give us a call at (951) 534-7457 or drop us a line at via our contact page


Baby Portraits - 6 month milestone

Professional Photographer Riverside

Welcome to the Pure Photography blog site!  If you wish to visit our website, please click here.

A little about our company!  We are a photography company that specializes in all types of photography here in the southern california area.  We offer a wide range of services from Weddings, Engagements, Portraits, Newborns, Children’s photography, Corporate head shots and pet portraits.

If you are in need of a professional photographer, by all means give us a call!  Our studio is located in Riverside California, but we travel all over the greater southern California area and beyond.  We can be reached at (951) 534-7457 or drop us a line through our contact form on our website at

If you wish to book a session or just have questions about the services we offer, we love talking to our potential clients!  We also invite you to look through our work here on the blog and also on the website.  You can also find us on InstagramPinterest  and Facebook!!

We love to tell your story.  There are no “do-overs” in life, capture it well.

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