I love my job, but it did not start out that way.

At age 9, my photographer father decided he needed help in his studio. I apparently was available to provide that help. Thus began my 12-year apprenticeship in the varied skills and black arts of professional darkroom printing, processing and photography.

This experience led to a more formal college education in photography, supplemented by courses at Brooks Institute of Photography, Art Center College of Design, and independent study with Dean Collins.

By 1979, I was hired to photograph the musician Phil Collins for a magazine cover. That assignment launched my career as a professional photographer.

I later turned my photographic eye toward Architecture, which became my specialty. I have always been intrigued by the elusive light that appears just before the sun goes down. So I became the “Night Time Architectural Photographer” who makes every subject glow with high detail and delicious saturated light.

By treating my trade as an art, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot outstanding architecture all across the country, as well as extraordinary residences in Mexico and the Amazon region of Peru.

Along the way, Paul Jonason Photography Studio has won awards in the fields of Architectural, Fine Art, Portrait, and Product Photography.

Did I mention that I love my job?


Client List

-Anheuser Busch

-Beato Custom Drum Bags and Cases

-Compaq Computers

-California Home Builders

-Canopus Customized Drum Products

-Cascade Designs Outdoor Gear

-Coast Magazine

-Coldstone Creamery

-Cupid’s Hot Dogs

-Doubletree Hotels

-Disney Studios

-Dreamhomes Magazine

-Drum Workshop Inc

-Estates Magazine

-Elephant Bar Restaurants

-Geoff Sumich Architect

-Green Scene Landscaping Design

-Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, SC.

-Hoilday Inn Hotels

-Horst Noppenberger, Architect

-House of Blues- Anaheim CA, Los Angeles CA, Dallas TX,  Las Vegas NV, New Orleans LA, Myrtle Beach SC, Orlando  FL, Boston MA, Houston TX.

-Hugo Boss-San Francisco

-Istanbul Agop Handmade Turkish Cymbals USA

-John’s Incredible Pizza Company, CA

-Kit Lietzow Interior Design

-Kyle Carter Homes, Bakersfield, CA

-Lorinart – Art Tabrizi Custom Fine Wood Products

-Malibu Lights / Intermatic

-Marriot Hotels

-MSR Outdoor Gear / Moss Tents / Walrus Tents

-Nickelodeon Studios

-Outdoor Research / OR

-Parker Metal Bellows Aerospace-

-Pravana Hair and Beauty Products

-Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

-Ron Firestone Architect

-Rusnak BMW, Westlake, CA

-Sapphire Restaurant & Grille, Laguna Beach, CA

-Seals Skirts Kayak Gear

-Shanghai Salon, Newport Beach, CA

-Shubin Donaldson Architects

-Sound Bakery Studios

-Southern California “Spaces” Magazine

-South Coast Magazine

-Studio Of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

-Sy Teller Architect

-Swinerton / Walburg Construction

-Tahoe Joe’s Restaurants

-Tecnica Outdoor Footwear

-The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

-USA Petroleum

-US Forest Service – Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

-Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

-Washington Mutual Banks

-Zen Spa by Donna D’Errico








Paul Jonason Photography: Night Time Photography, Commercial Photographer, Architectural Photography.
6520 Platt Ave. #156 West Hills, CA. 91307 | 818-687-8075