Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Engagement Session Viewing

Earlier today we hosted a viewing session at the studio.  Our clients get really excited to see their images for the first time projected very large on a big screen!

It's a very special experience and so much better than viewing your portraits for the first timen online.  Viewing images online is an underwhelming and very dull experience. 

You should see each image in your portrait collection in a very grand and beautiful state!


Monday, October 15, 2012

The Little Monsters Portrait Event!


We love sharing the Halloween spirit with our friends.  This Halloween, please join us for the Little Monsters Portrait Event!

We will be providing a complimentary Halloween studio portrait and a 4x6 print for children that come dressed in a costume!

Please come by and join us for a small treat and refreshments while we provide you with a precious memory to keep forever!  This is the perfect Halloween event for the little ones!


Saturday, October 27, 2012
2:00pm - 4:00pm

FotoNuova Studio
936 Huntington Dr. Suite E
San Marino, CA 91108

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dan and Nancy Wedding Featured!

Cool! One of our weddings was given a full feature on Ceremony Blog!

Dan and Nancy were married on a stunning yacht in Marina Del Rey! here is there wedding details featured on our blog: Dan & Nancy Wedding

Thank you Ceremony!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Three Tips for an Amazing Family Holiday Portrait in 2012!



It’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.  





Tip 2 - Here is What You Should Wear

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!

Holiday Portrait Sale
Offer for limited only!



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Friday, October 05, 2012

Katie's Portrait from the SLR Workshop

Last month I hosted an SLR workshop at the FotoNuova studio. Our lovely model was Katie who provided her modeling expertise for our workshop. Here are some images from that day.




God's Gift - Mussels, White Wine and Spanish Chorizo

This summer, I was reintroduced to the fine edible delight of steamed mussels with white wine and Spanish chorizo! I was on a portrait assignment in Tuscon, Arizona of all places. We dined in this small restaurant filled with locals. Their food was amazing. I'll be sure to post their info once I remember the name of the restaurant. Anyhow, their steamed mussels dish was something to remember. Since then I have craved the taste so much that I decided to try a similar dish on my own. The recipe is so simple anyone can do it. It can be labor intensive when it comes down to debearding and soaking the mussels but it so well worth it!


Monday, October 01, 2012

Redfin Portrait for Elise

The amazing Elise, dropped by the studio for her business portrait.  Elise is a real estate agent in the LA area.  She has just become a member affiliate of Redfin!  As a member of Redfin, agents are required to submit a portrait that meets certain portrait specifications.

We were very pleased to help Elise.  She is an extremely special person!