Monday, June 02, 2014

Sunset in California

Never one for actively seeking a sunset photo, I don't shy away from one when it's being created right in front of me.

Here is one from the other day at Torrance Beach.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Business Portraits - Old Town Escrow in Pasadena

FotoNuova is an award winning photographer specializing in business portraits. Our main service area is in Pasadena which is a friendly and beautiful city with it's business clients that expect quality.

One of our Pasadena clients is Old Town Escrow. Please take a look at a few samples of business portrait work for the beautiful ladies at Old Town Escrow.












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Monday, May 05, 2014

Los Angeles Portrait Photographer - Day Off at the Getty

As a business owner, it can be tough to try to take a day off.  I never know if a day off can set me back in customer fulfillment, follow up calls or general business momentum.  There is that plus an instilled belief that only through hard work am I going to reach my business goals.

Little thought is ever given to personal health, rest or balance.  Knowing that these things are equally important to hard work, I need to stop feeling guilty about taking time off to refresh.

I had been putting off a solo visit to the Getty since January.  One thing or another continued to come up every time I placed this visit on the calendar.  Instead of reserving the day, I would make it unimportant by accommodating the needs of the business.

Finally, I had the opportunity to discuss this feeling with Ted Moreno.  With Ted's advice, i was able to move past the feeling of guilt and accept that;

1.  The mind needs time off to refresh and inspired.  A stagnant mind will make you less productive anyway so you might as well enjoy the time off.

2.  I was going to the Getty.  This is an opportunity to do what I love to do, which is study art.  Study composition, light, posing and perspective.  This in turn would only improve my portrait work for my clients. In essence, I'm working while still taking the day off!

I made a short video while I was there.  Here it is for your viewing pleasure.


Los Angeles Portrait Photographer - Day Off at the Getty from FotoNuova on Vimeo.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Los Angeles Senior Pictures In Studio

As a Los Angeles portrait photographer providing senior pictures, one of my favorite portrait locations is in the studio! I love to create a simple fashion portrait with solid colored backdrops. We tell our high school senior students to select their outfits that fit their personality and sense of style.

Together, we collaborate to create a beautiful senior portrait that will be memorable for many years to come! Come visit our studio in San Marino to see all of the possibilities!

Here are just a few examples of what we can create for your high school senior;







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Monday, April 14, 2014

A Dying Art

At one point in my life, I wanted to become a music video director.  I love the marriage of music and film.

This video accurately states the current state of a dying art.



I hope you found this as funny as I did!

Monday, April 07, 2014

How to Appear Slimmer in Portraits

As a business portraits photographer, one of the biggest obstacles which business owners tell me why they are not ready for a business portrait, is that they are unhappy with their appearance such as weight.

There are many easy solutions to this fear and dilemma. Although most photographers will not go to an extreme and use Photoshop to make someone look really skinny, an experienced photographer can help with ways to appear thinner and with success, help you look 20 lbs lighter!

Here are some of the ways I help my clients overcome these concerns with their body weight;

1. Wear Dark Solids

Clothing can work both ways. It can help you appear slimmer or help appear heavier. Wearing dark solids, dramatically gives the appearance of being thinner. The first reason is that dark solids help the viewer focus straight onto the face which is usually a stark contrast from dark clothing. The attention is naturally drawn away from the the body which is what your final aim is in a business portrait anyway.



The second reason is that dark clothing helps to conceal love handles and most other unwanted excess. It’s the illusion of light and shadow. Dark solid clothing may include black, charcoal, deep reds, navys, espresso and other dark variations of color.

Clothing design to stay away from are stripes, patterns, logos or prints which tend to over exaggerate weight and make one appear heavier. Stripes especially can make one appear wider. Other items of clothing to stay away from are overly form fitting clothes, bright reds or fluorescents. Aside from making you appear heavier, these colors also distract viewers from your face.

Lastly, stay away from high capped sleeves or sleeveless tops. The top of the arm is naturally at it’s peak in size. High capped sleeves and sleeveless tops tend to bring attention to this area. Stick with either long or jersey sleeves.

Wearing items on the no-no list and underneath a solid blazer may be helpful but not always. I always recommend to bring along a variety of outfits so that we can help if you are unsure.

2. Posing.

A good portrait photographer should show you how to pose you to help appear slimmer. Essentially they will use techniques such as turning your body at a slight angle away from the camera while bringing your face back straight onto the camera.

They should also help with posing your arm in such a way that will appear slimmer. This may be accomplished by placing the hand facing the camera on your lower hip so that it’s posed at an angle. All excess will naturally gravitate towards your body and be hidden from the camera’s view.

Additionally, extending your neck and chin up into the air and bringing it back down to a certain level right before the camera snaps, will help reduce double chins. There are more techniques given by an experienced portrait photographer that will be useful in appearing slimmer.

3. Prepare for Confidence

I always say that a minimum amount of mental preparation will help one feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera.

If you have a few days to mentally prepare prior to your portrait session, use affirmations and positive visualizations. Say an affirmation such as “I am comfortable and feel beautiful in front of the camera” paired with a positive mental visualization of you being happy and confident in front the of the camera. Do this at least twice per day.



Wear your best outfits that make you feel special. Additionally, splurging at a salon to do your hair and makeup should help you feel confident that you are preparing for the world to see you and your business at it’s best.

These techniques should help you get a leg up on conquering your fears of taking a business portrait. We all know that there is never an absolute perfect time where we feel comfortable with our bodies. There is no time like today!

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Event Photography - Glendale

One of the most important aspects of our business is to deliver a final tangible product to our clients.  It's so important to us to have our clients receive something they can touch, feel or hang.

Here is something we created for a client and her beautiful family that attended her 60th birthday celebration!


Digital photos are good for cell phones and social media.  But photographs should be more permanent.