We had the good fortune of connecting with Jillian Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jillian, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was to be able to share my passion with others. Photographing people has always brought so much joy into my life ever since I picked up a camera in middle school. Being able to capture special moments in someone’s life is really something unique because they then get to cherish these photographs for the rest of their life. You can always reflect upon photos and reminisce over memories that mean the world to you. It’s important to have these keepsakes to then show generations to come.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My photography is vivid, whimsical, and enchanting. I like to capture my subjects in natural light with Arizona’s golden hour glow in the late afternoons. Something I am proud of would be my 1st place win in the Eric Fischel Phoenix College Contest. My photo was on display at the Phoenix Art Museum too! I got to where I am today by educating myself constantly on how to be a better photographer. I wouldn’t say it has been easy getting to where I am today! Everyone has their struggles but that’s what has made me stronger and grow as a professional in my career. I overcome challenges by diving deep into them (I like to tackle the hard part first) and being thorough with each step. Also, YouTube is your best friend these days! I want the world to know that not only am I a photographer, but I am also here to lift you up and support you through your session. It’s like we’re old friends catching up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona is filled with SO many great and exciting places to see and visit! First we would have to make a stop at Scooptopia in Central Phoenix for some Thai Tea Boba, because seriously… it’s the only kind of Boba I will have. A couple blocks South is Lux Coffee on Central that has mouth-watering homemade pastries and food, delectable coffee and an atmosphere unlike any other. For dinner we are going to Caliente in North Scottsdale where they have the most amazing chilaquiles and nachos. Wrapping things up, we’re off to AJ’s Fine Foods in Central Phoenix for a fresh warm bagel & cream cheese and a large tea for about $4 to then hangout on their patio and relax. When you hang with me, we are doing nothing but eating.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my extremely supportive parents. They have been with me every step of the way through my photography career. From being my subjects to letting me turn my old bedroom into a studio. I bounce my ideas off of my parents pretty much every time something pops into my head, and I value their opinions tremendously. I would like to thank friends, previous bosses, extended family and Phoenix College! I would also like to recognize my boyfriend for his continued support and encouragement.
Tim Correa – headshot photo