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  • February18th

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    As a photographer that specializes in business portraits, we get this question very often here at the studio; “What should I wear for my portrait?”  I always respond by thanking them for their question as what you wear is so very important for what you would like to reflect in your portrait.
    My response is always, wear what best reflects your personality and how you envision yourself in your industry.  If it’s formal and conservative, wear elegant suits, silk blouses or dress shirts for men.  Dress as if you are going to an important business meeting.
    If you and your industry is more relaxed and informal, wear a pair of nice dark jeans, pretty blouse and blazer.  Dress as if you are taking a client out to lunch on casual Friday.
    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 making the body appear slimmer.
    Stay away from stripes, patterns, plaids, prints, logos or lettering.  These patterns tend to distract the viewer whereas solid colors tend to isolate faces and keep you as the focus of the portrait.  Primary red and primary blue tend to cast funny colors onto face so I would suggest to stay away from these colors as well.  Both these colors as well as fluorescent also tend to be dominant forces in portraits.  We don’t want anything competing with you!
    One does not always have to be overly concerned with wearing matching tops and bottoms.  Coordinating colors and finding colors that complement each other is very important.
    Instead of matching, try to pick two simple colors that coordinate well with each other. When in doubt, dark solids are always the way to go!
    At FotoNuova, we suggest that our clients bring along 3 to 4 outfits and we will help them select the best one for their warm and friendly business portrait!

    FotoNuova specializes in business portraits as well as corporate headshots in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. Business Portraits | FotoNuova

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  • February7th

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    My guess is that if you are reading this, you may be looking for maternity photo ideas and considering a maternity portrait?

    I’ve personally heard from some women that they fear taking maternity portraits as they think it will entail naked belly’s, topless husbands and tummy kisses. While some certain styles tend to become popular and pounded into our heads over and over, maternity portraits don’t always have to follow the same line of thought all of the time.

    In fact, the canvas is wide open when creating your maternity portrait. For instance, I happen to love history and love when clients want to incorporate a historical style to their portrait. One of the themes I love is a Greco Roman theme. It’s completely unique and dramatic. A theme that you can get away with when you are expecting a baby. Pregnancy is a time full of love and beauty and this theme suits it so perfectly. It will most certainly be a conversation piece in your home and a memorable portrait for years to come.

    Here are two ways we have incorporated the Greco Roman theme for maternity portraits:

    Coasts of Rome

    This is a very simple and beautiful idea for a maternity portrait. It incorporates a dramatic piece of coastline but can be captured in a natural field of tall fresh or dry grass.

    You only need one piece of fabric in either silk or of the flowy variety. You can purchase a silk or silk like fabric at almost any fabric store or online. We have done it with large pieces of cheesecloth as well.

    Add various accessories such as period costume jewelry, a rope belt and sandals that help to give it the look of the period. The jewelry for this portrait is inexpensive costume jewelry we purchased at Forever 21. Captured this in a beautiful natural setting and you are sure to have maternity portraits that stun! More on this idea within our feature here: Grey Likes Baby Feature

    Neoclassic Greco Roman Setting

    From Wikipedia the Definition of Neoclassicism: is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the “classical” art and culture of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.

    So in essence, during the 1800’s and early 1900’s, there was a popular movement to emulate classic art that was Greco Roman in style. In studying some photographs from this period, there was a romance about them with women often trying to emulate the poses and styles of these ancient people. One unique aspect about these portraits was that there were often elements of their current time period that you would not find in ancient Rome or Greece. Elements such as what was then, modern furniture or decorative items such as perfume bottles and hand mirrors.

    We created this Neoclassic style for a maternity portrait with our clients.

    We incorporated elements that would be found in such a photograph such as the oriental rug, antique chair, fabrics, fruit and other ornaments.

    One can take these ideas and certainly make it their own style. It could be more colorful and have more modern themes to it. You can make have the same kind of vignette and incorporate other time periods and styles such as Art Deco, 70’s or your favorite decade, modern simple and Alice in Wonderland tea party. We can go on and on.

    Whatever your style may be, the most important aspect is to create maternity portraits that you will be able to look at 10 years from now and have them remind you of this special loving and beautiful time in your life.

    FotoNuova is an award winning photographer with maternity photo ideas providing services in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. For more information, please visit our website at: Maternity Photo Ideas | FotoNuova or call 626-588-2445

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  • January3rd

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    As a family portraits photographer, I am asked quite often by clients for suggestions on where is the best location to have a family portrait taken?


    My response is always the same, location is very important but in the end, the most important aspect of your portrait should be about showing the emotional relationships and love you have for one another.


    To get an idea of what setting my clients would feel more comfortable in, my first questions back to them are do you prefer an outdoor setting or in studio?  Is your family comfortable in natural areas or do you prefer architectural settings?  Selecting a location for your family or personal photograph is important.  The location you select provides a very personal message about you and your family.


    We were thinking about having our family portrait taken in A studio?

    No longer is a studio portrait just for clients with traditional and conservative tastes.  Family portraits in the studio with solid color backgrounds paired with coordinating colored clothing and modern furniture are gaining popularity.  Many of today’s families like to emulate the look and feel of fashion portraits in clothing catalogs.

    family portrait in the studio



    A studio portrait is traditionally hung above a fireplace, displayed in family rooms and staircases.  A studio portrait is one that is captured only once every few years as there can be a lot involved in deciding about outfits, hair style, backgrounds and such.


    The downside to a studio portrait is that there may not be a variety of poses captured to select from for your final prints due to limited background availability.  It can also be difficult for toddler age children and the reason is that small children love to roam and explore.  Roaming is a very natural thing for toddlers to do.  In a studio setting, the portrait light is fixed and limited to a small space.  There is usually very little to no room for small children to roam.


    What are the benefits of having our family portrait taken outdoors?

    An outdoor location offers a different appeal from a studio.  Generally an outdoor location offers more versatility.  A family has the flexibility in selecting their portrait to be formal, casual or sometimes even both.  These can be used for mantle prints as well as smaller prints.  The outdoors provides for natural light which has very complementary qualities for facial complexions.


    outdoor family portrait


    Additional benefits of capturing your portrait outdoors is that you will have more possibilities as far as backgrounds are concerned, usually resulting in a collection of portraits to select from for prints and other memorable products.  Families with toddlers will feel a little more at ease outdoors being that an outdoor environment is stimulating and usually safe to roam.  If your portrait is captured at the right time of day, allowing your toddler to roam may make for beautiful spontaneous portraits of your child.


    What are some other possible locations for our family portrait?

    Another possible location that is quite often overlooked is in your own home.  Having a family portrait created in your own home adds a very personal touch.  The same family portrait principles apply for your home as they do for a studio or outdoor portrait.

    Some families may select to capture a more formal portrait indoors.  A portrait photographer may bring in external lighting to create a beautifully lit family portrait.


    Recently we created a beautiful outdoor portrait in front of our clients home.  They were so elated to have a personal family memory to hang over their mantle.



    Now just imagine this, days before their portrait, I took a drive by their home at what I thought would be the most perfect time of the day for the most beautiful natural light.  In my mind I framed 4 possible portrait backgrounds for this family of 3.  The results were stunning and they selected a beautiful portrait set in front of a pretty magnolia tree.  I hope that in years to come, they will come to look at their family portrait and it will bring back beautiful memories of that time.  Maybe in the years that come, they’ve moved onto a different home and it reminds them of the great memories they had at their former home.  Maybe they still live in the same home and it makes them realize how much that pretty magnolia tree has grown with their family.

    Either way, portrait’s are meant to bring you beautiful and emotional memories of your precious family.

    FotoNuova is a family portraits photographer providing services in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. For more information, please visit our website at: Family Portraits Photographer | FotoNuova or call 626-588-2445

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  • July9th

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    Earlier this year I received a call from a writer at Real Simple magazine. She asked if I could provide what I felt were some of the best poses that would help readers look good in pictures. Needless to say, I was beyond excited!

    Real Simple magazine is one of my favorite magazines that we still subscribe to. I use their recipes all the time!

    My quote was used for the article in the July 2013 issue. The whole article is a very interesting piece and includes very helpful tips from other photographers all over the nation. Download the article below.

    To download the full article please click here: Real Simple: How to Look Good in Pictures

  • June25th

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    So your child is about to reach their first full year on Earth.  Celebrating a child’s 1 year birthday is a pretty big deal in some cultures.  In American culture, it’s also an opportunity for new parents to buy silly party hats, hire a scary clown and host a large birthday party to mark the momentous occasion.
    As a family portrait photographer, quite often I am asked by parents to create a portrait of a toddler at their 1 year mark or sometime soon after.  The most popular question I am frequently asked by clients is, “Should we have his or her portrait created in the studio or outdoors?”
    My response without thought is always, “Outdoors”.  Okay, I may be a bit biased about the beautiful outdoors.  Why with its green grasses, mountainous backdrops and colorful flowers, how could anyone be so biased?
    Well there is actually a more practical reason from those listed above.  A portrait studio is usually dark, cramped and small.  There is little room for roaming.  Sounds like a solitary confinement cell doesn’t it?  Actually, there is a very small area about the size of a medium circular area rug, where a photographer can properly light an individual or family for a portrait.
    A child between the ages of 1 and 2, is really excited about the notion of their new found skill of walking.  Couple this with the fact that they can stay fixated or amused on one thing for about a whole 40 seconds, and you have a child that has absolutely no interest in being restricted to a small area.  A toddler being held by another family member in a studio family portrait is very doable.  However, a toddler having their portrait taken on their own would not be a day at Disneyland for the parent or the child.
    Therefore, I always recommend an outdoor location for a toddler portrait.  A lush green and natural area can keep a child’s interest for about 20-30 minutes with a few attempts to have your child look at the camera in between.  The air is fresh and the light is bright.  The area for the right kind of portrait light is abundant enough for a child to walk around in.  Add to this that there a more likely to be diverse backdrops that will give you more options to chose for your final prints.
    Having these portraits created outdoors, will also provide an opportunity for your photographer to capture many natural expressions your child makes.  My daughter used to have the habit of tucking her bottom lip under her top teeth.  As a new parent, I thought it was the cutest thing.  Each time that I look at her portrait with that expression, it makes me remember what that time was like and brings back an assortment of happy memories.
    So grab your baby, bring a handful of outfits to capture him or her in and enjoy the beauty of a toddler portrait that is created in natural light.

    FotoNuova is a family portrait photographer providing services in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. Aaron creates beautiful toddler portraits for clients to enjoy for a lifetime. For more information, please visit our website at: toddler Portrait Photographer | FotoNuova or call 626-588-2445

    You’re welcome to reprint these articles on your website and in your e-newsletters free of charge, provided that your don’t change the article in any way and you include the byline above.

    In doing so you agree to indemnify, www.fotonuova.com and it’s directors, officers, employers and agents from and against all losses, claims, damages and liabilities that arise out of their use.

  • March1st

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    Here is What You Should Wear

    As a family portraits photographer, we get this question very often at the studio; “What should I wear for my family portrait?”  I always respond by thanking them for their question, because what you wear is so very important for what you would like to reflect in your family portrait.

    My response is always, 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 favorite recommendation as a family portrait photographer with years of experience, is to wear dark solids.  Dark solids always help with appearing slimmer.

    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 florescents 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 complement 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.

    Lastly, I always tell my clients that the most important thing is that this family portrait will be a visual memory of your family that you will look at everyday on a wall.  You want to ensure that you are happy with how you look and that the end result is a family portrait that shows the emotional relationships between one another.

    Aaron Gil is a family portrait photographer and owner of FotoNuova.  Visit today for more informational tips from a family portraits photographer.  Aaron has more than 10 years of family portrait photography experience and is an award winning photographer.  Visit his portrait website for further details.

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  • February23rd

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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

  • February19th

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    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

    You’re welcome to reprint these articles on your website and in your e-newsletters free of charge, provided that your don’t change the article in any way and you include the byline above.

    In doing so you agree to indemnify, www.fotonuova.com and it’s directors, officers, employers and agents from and against all losses, claims, damages and liabilities that arise out of their use.

  • January22nd

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    Let’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
    You’re welcome to reprint these articles on your website and in your e-newsletters free of charge, provided that your don’t change the article in any way and you include the byline above.

    In doing so you agree to indemnify, www.fotonuova.com and it’s directors, officers, employers and agents from and against all losses, claims, damages and liabilities that arise out of their use.

  • January22nd

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    Los Angeles portrait photographer lends a hand for a worthy cause

    Los Angeles family portrait photographer creates a wonderful and unique Santa experience for families walking for arthritis.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    PRLog (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 at

    FotoNuova is a Los Angeles area family portrait photographer.  FotoNuova is a portrait studio in San Marino.