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  • February3rd

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    As a family portraits photographer, It’s always a thrill to hear from clients and when we are doing a great service for them!

    One such client, Audrey, posted a wonderful review of our family portrait service and what it meant for her on Yelp!

    You may find the actual review here: Yelp Review

    I recently had an interest in having portraits taken for my son and I and decided to consult with Aaron Gil from FotoNuova…and I couldn’t have made a BETTER decision!

    Aaron was absolutely awesome! His expertise, professionalism and easy-going personality made our photo-shoot not only comfortable, but FUN! Aaron exhibited and executed confidence in his work, but also allowed us to be creative with our ideas, which resulted in a successful shoot that exceeded my expectations.

    Aaron really captured the moment. Our images came out clean, classy and cool, and I am most pleased.

    I assure you that whatever your photography needs may be, Aaron Gil will not disappoint… -Audrey A.

    Thank you Audrey!

    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

  • January27th

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    As a family portraits photographer, I have the honor of creating portraits for a diverse range of families. Some are large and some, very small.

    Audrey and Savian are the size of 2. Mother and Son. Nonetheless, the love and bond they have for each other is immense. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

    Here are a few samples from Audrey and Savian’s portrait.

    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

  • January7th

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    Our supersized wall portrait being installed at Huntington Reproductive Center, HRC in Pasadena today.

  • January6th

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    Creating a portrait for Justin was a fun experience. As a Pasadena Photographer I had the opportunity to capture natural portraits of Justin at Lacy Park. He has a quiet and wise soul. He was a real joy to be around.

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

  • 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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  • October14th

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    3rd Annual FotoNuova


    Little Monster Bash


    You are invited to a Halloween Fair,
    So come by for munchies & mayhem if you dare.
    This kids party will be quite a site
    for costumes are a must on this pleasant night!

    Please join us for some freaky fun, creepy crafts, mystical magic, yummy desserts and more!
    Children dressed in costumes are welcome to take home a free studio portrait!  Fun for the whole family!
    Saturday, October 26, 2013
    2:30pm-4:30pm

    FotoNuova Studio
    936 Huntington Drive Suite E
    San Marino, CA 91108

    This is one of the studio’s biggest and best events of the year!  Don’t miss out!

    Admission is Free!
    Please R.S.V.P. below


  • September13th

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    Pasadena family portraits photographer, FotoNuova provides Southern California families with fine family, maternity, newborn and high school senior portraiture. Here are a few beautiful family portraits captured recently by family portraits photographer FotoNuova.

    FotoNuova is an award winning Los Angeles photographer that specializes in family, baby and maternity portraits. Our aim is to create emotional and loving portraits that will endure a very long lifetime.

    Contact FotoNuova today for your complimentary chat! 626-588-2445

    What should you wear for your family portrait? What is the best location for your family portrait? How can I best prepare mentally for my family portrait?

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    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

  • June8th

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    Los Angeles family portraits photographer, FotoNuova provides Southern California families with fine family, maternity, newborn and high school senior portraiture. Here are a few beautiful family portraits captured recently by family portraits photographer FotoNuova.

    FotoNuova is an award winning Los Angeles photographer that specializes in family, baby and maternity portraits. Our aim is to create emotional and loving portraits that will endure a very long lifetime.

    Contact FotoNuova today for your complimentary chat! 626-588-2445

    What should you wear for your family portrait? What is the best location for your family portrait? How can I best prepare mentally for my family portrait?

    Answers to these questions, plus exclusive specials and more when you subscribe with FotoNuova!

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    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

  • April19th

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    We won!!!

    So in January of this year, I decided to pursue WPPI’s 16×20 Print Competition. It happens to be one of the most renowned competitions in our industry. It’s judged by a panel of prestigious portrait photographer’s from all over the world. I don’t know if it’s the absolute biggest of all print competitions but I do know it’s the biggest one I know and I have been in this business for 10 years.

    Well guess what? We won! We won first prize in the Glamour/Boudoir category and Grand Prize for the entire Portrait division! I am also so very elated to state that our print scored a perfect 100. From what I am told, there have been about 5 perfect 100 scores in the last 15 years of WPPI print competitions. That number is adjustable depending on who I ask so don’t take me to school on that.

    Here is the winning print:

    In making the decision to enter, I wanted to select just the right piece of work. I decided on this selection from a series that was created and inspired by an Ingres painting. My sister Ximena helped with the make up and styling for this particular series. I sent this image to my master print maker, Jonathan Penney. He created the beautiful magic that was needed to make this baby a winner. He selected the final appearance of this portrait, the right paper to display it on and matting which are all essential ingredients for a winning print.

    All of this collaboration culminated in a winning print! I am so, so very honored in the most humbling way to be recognized by peers in my industry. Although I do not know who the judges where as of now, I am eternally grateful to them for this great honor.

    Here is the wonderful message I received from WPPI:

    Dear Aaron Gil:
    Thank you for entering the WPPI 16×20 Print competition. We had an extraordinary response this year and we appreciate your participation. We are proud to report we received 2,000 entries, which is nearly 25 percent more than last year! Your work sets the bar for our industry, and this year’s competition is one to be proud of! From the entire crew at WPPI, thank you for all your hard work!


    Below you will find your image entry number and score. If you did not score an 80 or above, you may want to consider some of the basic tenets of good image-making: proper exposure, lighting excellence, good posing and expression, adequate retouching and excellent postproduction techniques.


    Here is a guide to help you determine the value of your score:

    100 Exemplary – Best possible use of all skills and creativity: new, fresh, and unique
    95-99 Superior – Approaching the highest standard in imagination, creativity and technique
    90-94 Outstanding – Exhibiting exceptional skills in all areas
    85-89 Excellent – Very good use of imagination, skill & technique
    80-84 Above Average – Good standard of professional skill, creativity, and technique
    76-79 Average – Average professional skill and technique
    70-75 Below Average – Requires improvement in technique
    Your WPPI 16×20 Print Competition Results
    1ST PLACE Grand Award Winner
    GL-8860
    Glamour/Boudoir
    Score: 100.00
    Your Title:Fruit of the Harem


    Lastly, here are the awards proudly displayed in the studio!

    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

  • April12th

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    Sometimes we are hard pressed with finding a unique and perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mommies in our lives.  Did I ever tell you about the one year I was so uninspired that I purchased an atrocious, plastic, fuchsia colored wall clock for my mom?  To give this story more ridiculous poignancy, this was in my adult years too.  This was in the 90′s which explains the plastic fuchsia.

    Needless to say, I got a very uninspired and disappointed “thank you” in return from my mom, complete with a forced smile and all.

    This year, if you are on the search for something truly unique, please consider our;
    Limited Edition Mother & Daughter Portrait
    This month we honor the very special bond between a mother and her daughter.  It’s been our wish for quite some time to create something unique that expresses love and beauty.  We believe that this special, limited edition mother & daughter portrait says both and we hope you do as well.  This is dedicated to all of you mother’s out there that have a very special bond and relationship with your daughter.

    Our limited edition mother & daughter portrait will be offered for a limited time.  Please call the studio to reserve your mother & daughter portrait:  626-588-2445.
    $495
    For your limited edition mother & daughter portrait creation with a remastered wall gift print.  Regularly $569.  Limited availability.  Expires April 30, 2013.

    Call 626-588-2445 to reserve your limited edition mother & daughter portrait!

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    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