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The Pasadena Museum of History has just opened an exhibition of historical wedding dresses from 1850-1950. I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot opened on February 14th and is open till July 14th. The wonderful exhibition honoring Pasadena weddings of the past as well as other Southland communities. The collection includes vintage wedding dresses owned by previous Pasadena residents. Intricate design and patterns are featured in the 19th century wedding gowns.
We had the opportunity to photograph these wedding gowns for the Pasadena Museum of History prior to the exhibit opening to the public.
Please be sure to stop by!
I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot 1850-1950
The Pasadena Museum of History
February 14th – July 14th 2013
FotoNuova is a Pasadena wedding photographer providing wedding photography in Pasadena, Los Angeles and throughout all of Southern California
Selecting a location for your family portrait is important. Location provides a personal message about you and your family.
If the you desire a more formal, conservative taste, then you may choose to have their portrait taken in a studio. A studio portrait is traditionally hung above a fireplace, displayed in family rooms and staircases.
An outdoor location offers a different appeal from studio. Generally an outdoor location offers more versatility. The outdoors provides a variety of natural light choices, flexibility concerning moods, and an either formal or informal display. Furthermore, just as a movie setting has a large impact on the message being communicated to the viewer so is the same for your portrait.
Depending on your personal taste, you may have your family portrait taken in the studio or an outdoor setting. Either way FotoNuova can create a stunning memory that last for years to come.
For a complimentary consult regarding your family portrait, please contact us at the studio at 626-588-2445 or visit our website at Family Portraits Photographer | FotoNuova
Posted in: Articles, Photography, PortraitLet’s face it, most folks dread the notion of having themselves photographed. Most are simply not accustomed to maintaining poses and smiles for so long. When the time comes to pose for the camera, we all tend to tense up and become uncomfortable. The nerves start to take over, stirring butterflies in our stomachs and producing sweaty palms. Add in unfavorable factors such as unpleasant weather, thirst, hunger and fussy kids, and it’s no wonder people feel anxious. The bad news is being in a state of anxiety during your session will certainly be conveyed in pictures.
One bit of good news is that your photographer will try to put you at ease. Often this comes in the form of encouraging words, jokes or instructing you to take deep breaths. Getting great looking pictures is a collaborative process between the model and photographer.
But on your portrait day, you really want those very special and important photographs to be perfect. These are the photographs you show to your friends and family. These are the photographs that will serve as your historical documentation and the legacy you leave behind. Your children and grandchildren will get to know these photographs well.
Don’t worry, there are solutions: As a portrait photographer, I tell my clients that a few minutes of preparation will help ease those nerves and stir up your creative posing ideas.
Here are three tips that will help calm those nerves and sure to have you relaxed for family portraits!
1. Clip And Save! Prior to your family portrait, flip through a few of your favorite magazines and determine which photos contain poses and expressions you enjoy. Study the elements of these photos: How are the body, arms and legs posed? What is the expression in the eyes and mouth? Clip your photos and continue to study them when getting ready for other events and by the time your portrait session arrives, you will have a mental file of poses and expressions that you enjoy. You should feel free to strike a few of those poses between shutter clicks! Some might want to bring along their clippings for visual assistance.2. Snack & Sip: On your big day, it is so very important that you cater to your body. Running on an empty stomach only compounds any discomfort. Plan to carry a few fruits, granola bars and bottled waters. On the way to your portrait session, find a moment to eat a quick snack, drink water and serve your body. This will help ease and comfort your stomach and you’ll be in better spirits naturally!3. Mini-Meditation: A few minutes prior to your shoot, ask your photographer for just a moment of alone time. Remember that portraits are forever and taking a moment just prior is very well worth it. Now, find a quiet spot where you can sit comfortably. Close your eyes and keep them closed for the duration of this exercise: Take 5 deep breathes. Inhale deep through the nose and exhale out through the mouth. Allow your muscles to gradually release. Now as you begin to relax, create a mental picture of yourself posing for your photos. Visualize yourself looking into the camera in a very relaxed manner. Briefly envision yourself effortlessly flowing through many poses. Bring to life a mental vision of you looking at the resulting photos and loving the outcome. Imagine that you are naturally aware of which angles are complimentary and automatically take the best stance to enhance your look. Continue with a few more supporting scenarios. Then, allow this image to fade.
You want more?OK, let’s take the mini-meditation it up a notch by creating a mental Happy Place that can be summoned later in your actual session. It’s easy and useful: Think of a very happy moment that took place in your life (It only works if you select an event that you remember clearly) and relive the details … Where are you? Who is with you? What is the time of the day? What is the weather like? Remember the happiness and joy of the moment. Continue to hold this great feeling. As the feeling reaches it’s pinnacle, rub your index finger and thumb together to lock in this Happy Place. Then you can allow the image to fade. By the time you open your eyes, you should feel more relaxed.If your nerves start to get the best of you during your photo session, rub your index finger and thumb together to recall your happy moment. The power of positive thought is immense. Maintain that a positive thought while your photographer is clicking away.It’s that easy! Now you can say goodbye to thoughts of stiff cardboard-like photos and say hello to easy – and beautiful – portraits!-Aaron
FotoNuova is a portrait photographer in Pasadena. We provide family portraits in Los Angeles, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California
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Los Angeles portrait photographer lends a hand for a worthy causeLos Angeles family portrait photographer creates a wonderful and unique Santa experience for families walking for arthritis.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPRLog (Press Release) - Jan. 22, 2013 – The number of arthritis sufferers is astounding, and many become crippled to the point that the most basic daily needs become a struggle.
“For many, arthritis strips away their humanity. It is a very frustrating existence. This is why we were so glad to be a part of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Glendale, CA,” said Aaron Gil of FotoNuova.
FotoNuova was on hand for the runners, walkers and families, providing complimentary “Vintage Santa” portraits. The Santa was modeled after Father Christmas and was an awe-inspiring sight.
“Many of the runners and families were very pleased to see Santa. Most of the children were just in complete awe at him. It was a really great time for everyone involved,” Gil continued.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk was sponsored by Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Teams exceeded their goal of $100,000 dollars, but FotoNuova was along as well to donate their services for the excellent cause.
“We provided everything necessary for a professionally produced, studio portrait. It is a portrait that normally commands a very large sum in our studio, but we were happy to provide it for free to those who ran on behalf of arthritis research,” Gil said.
FotoNuova is a full service photography studio, providing family portraits, business portraits and other photography services to Pasadena and surrounding areas.
“We take great pride in making any and all events special with our discerning eye for detail and capturing the perfect moment in each and every portrait. Our complimentary work at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is only a sample of our work,” Gil concluded.
Those interested in learning more about FotoNuova, and their portrait studio should visit their website atFotoNuova is a Los Angeles area family portrait photographer. FotoNuova is a portrait studio in San Marino.
In my youth, I had a very special affinity for Christmas. It was a purely spiritual experience for me. The sights, the sounds, the scents and the tastes all would contribute for my love of this special holiday. Over the years, the experience went from spiritual to one that was customary and hardly special. Then it went to routine. Then tedious. Now it’s a feeling of indifference. I felt that the world had changed and made Christmas a bad ol’ commercial. I blamed the crowds, the savagery and the indifference to Christmas contained in others.
But society is not to blame for this, I am. No one or thing can make me feel good or bad unless I want them to. I can only bring back that spirit for myself. Now that I have 2 children, I not only have to do this for myself, it’s my responsibility as a parent to do it for them. Therefore I have resolved to overwhelm myself and family with the Christmas spirit this year.
The day after Thanksgiving, we had a family meeting and have decided on some initiatives to help us with that. Here they are in no particular order:
1. Decorate the outdoors and indoors of our home with lights, wreaths and decor
2. Purchase 1 new decoration for each the outside and inside of our home
3. Fill the home with Christmas scented candles
4. Attend a Colonial Christmas dinner at Riley’s Farm
5. Send out a Christmas card to family with portraits of our children
6. Select a Christmas tree as a family
7. Decorate the tree with the fireplace on, to Christmas music while drinking egg nog and hot cocoa
8. Cook a Christmas goose! Can’t wait for this one!
9. Attend a tree lighting event
10. Vintage Santa portraits for the kids
11. Drive the Pasadena Christmas light tour while listening to Christmas music
12. Light the fireplace every Sunday evening
13. Listen to the Nutcracker suite at least once this season
14. Make a Christmas craft with the kids
15. Make Christmas cookies
16. Go to Disneyland for the Christmas experience
17. Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”
18. Go to 1 Christmas classical music event
19. Try 3 new Christmas beverages at Starbucks
20. Take plenty of photos for this season
21. Take plenty of Christmas inspired photos and post on Intstagram. Follow us @fotonuova
I hope that some of these can help you and your family to bring that spirit back. I will leave you with a very powerful and inspiring scene from one of the greatest Christmas films of all time.
Posted in: Articles, Photography, PortraitIt’s October! Where did the time go? It’s ok because Fall is the best season of the year! Perfect weather and perfect natural light patterns cast by our Sun! A perfect time for a new family portrait you have been thinking of!
I’ve come up with 3 tips for your amazing holiday family portrait in 2012
Tip 1 – The Best Time is in the Fall
With the coming of Fall comes holiday family portrait time! If you are anything like me, you don’t want to hear about the holidays until after Thanksgiving! Heck, Halloween is not even here yet! Most folks are not ready for holiday portraits in the Fall. We are busy adjusting to our new routines that are impacted by back to school and other activities. In Southern California, it’s hard to wrap our mind around the upcoming holidays as the weather is still very warm in September and most of October. Sweaters and scarves are far from the mind this early in the Fall.
In reality, the time for families to have their holiday portrait done is such a small window of time. October and November are peak season and everyone wants a new and fresh family portrait before the holidays.
But did you know that if you wanted to send out a custom holiday card with your beautiful family portrait this year, you would need to have your family portrait session about 4 weeks prior to receiving your beautiful custom cards? For the year 2012, it would be ideal if your portrait date was no later than November 18th. This would give the studio just enough time to edit your portraits, create a stunning holiday card and have it in your hands by the 2nd week of December.
If you are not considering a custom holiday card and are looking for prints as gifts for your family, the timing would be about the same.
Wear what best reflects your family’s personality. If it’s formal and conservative, wear elegant dresses and suits for Dad. Dress as if you are taking the family to an elegant restaurant. If you’re more relaxed and informal, wear a pair of nice jeans, sweaters and colorful scarves. Dress as if you are taking the family out to a nice family restaurant.
Now there are items of clothing that are complementary to the body and complexion. Then there are types of clothing that work against us. My recommendation is to wear dark solids. Dark solids always help with slimming.
Stay away from stripes, patterns, plaids, prints, logos or lettering. These tend to distract the viewer whereas solid colors tend to isolate faces and keep the family as the focus of the portrait. Primary red and primary blue tend to place their shade onto face so I would suggest to stay away from these colors as well. Both these colors as well as fluorescents also tend to be dominant forces in portraits I find.
When making a determination on how to coordinate colors with the family, one does not always have to be overly concerned with wearing matching tops and bottoms. Coordinating colors and finding colors that compliment each other is very important.
Instead of matching, try to pick two simple colors that coordinate well with each other. Once you have picked your two colors, tell each family member to select wear clothing featuring either both colors or one. For instance, if your colors are white and navy, dad can wear a navy suit with a white dress shirt, mom can wear an all white dress, sister can wear a navy blouse with white pants and brother can wear a white sweater and white bottom with a navy scarf. Both white and navy are featured in this family portrait without being matchy or clashing.
It’s fun to pick your own family colors that reflect who you are!
Tip 3 – Either You are A Nature Lover or Admire Architecture
One of the biggest inquiries I hear from families is where they should have their portrait created. The answer is very simple. Select a location that reflects your personality. Perhaps a location that is special to you and your family. This can be inside your home. It can be at a special park you used to take the kids when they were younger.
Thoughts to ponder and ask yourself are; Are you an outdoor family that enjoys nature or do you prefer cultural and architectural settings? Once you have decided this, you are very close to selecting your location. Ask your photographer for a few suggestions on which location he or she feels is best based on your preference for nature or architecture. Your photographer can also help select the best time of day for natural light in your selected portrait location. Locating the best natural light will make a significant difference in your portrait.
So there you have it, 3 tips for your amazing holiday family portrait in 2012! Availability for family portraits in October and November is competitive so please plan early!Yes, we love you! We are offering a 1 week sale on all Holiday Family Portraits! Call us at the studio to reserve your family portrait during the time frame o 10/8/2012-10/12/2012 and receive $50 off your portrait session fee!
Please call 626-588-2445 to redeem your sale for this week only!
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