Thursday, January 31, 2013

Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals

Time is almost running out for this month's business portrait promotion. Reserve yours today by calling 626-588-2445.

Take a look at a recent business portrait we captured on location. Simple use of natural light and the right pose can make everyone look amazing! This portrait had very little need of environment to tell a story to potential clients or employers.

As a Los Angeles business portrait photographer, in the month of January, we are offering a "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals"

Take advantage of our weekday "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals" offer: $200 Regularly $220. Come to the studio where we will capture that one shot you need. Then, relax at the studio while we enhance your portrait and shortly after we will send you off with a disk containing all of your high resolution images.

Act now and we will throw in a complimentary enhancement and teeth whitening service! Call today for your appointment! 626-588-2445

Offer expires January 31, 2013





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FotoNuova is a Los Angeles portrait photography studio. We provide business headshots in Los Angeles, Pasadena and throughout all of Southern California

Monday, January 28, 2013

Los Angeles Business Portrait Photographer

Here's a recent business portrait that was created specifically for Linked in. Look at how a very simple business portrait can portray so much more professionalism than a snapshot. These can portraits can be used for Linked in, Facebook pages, Yelp! pages or profiles, websites, business cards, brochures, resumes and just about any other business use.

As a Los Angeles business portrait photographer, in the month of January, we are offering a "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals"

Take advantage of our weekday "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals" offer: $200 Regularly $220. Come to the studio where we will capture that one shot you need. Then, relax at the studio while we enhance your portrait and shortly after we will send you off with a disk containing all of your high resolution images.

Act now and we will throw in a complimentary enhancement and teeth whitening service! Call today for your appointment! 626-588-2445

Offer expires January 31, 2013







FotoNuova is a Pasadena business headshot photographer offering business, executive and entrepreneur headshots in Los Angeles and throughout all of Southern California.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Making Sacrifices

Marines and had been stationed in the Middle East shortly after Liam was born.

I had the blessing of capturing this family just before they all left to North Carolina where Damien is stationed.  We created their family portrait in Pasadena.

I know that for me, sometimes I take for granted the sacrifices each service member and their families make for our country.







FotoNuova provides family portraits in Los Angeles. FotoNuova serves families in Pasadena and surrounding areas.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Los Angeles portrait photographer lends his hand for a worthy cause



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

Monday, January 21, 2013

3 Simple Tips to Help You with Family Portrait Day Anxiety

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 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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Friday, January 18, 2013

Stand Apart from the Competition

I wanted to share something really unique and special. In a time of a down economy and when the job market is so competitive, it's so very important for job seekers to stand out and gain any advantage they can in being memorable to hiring managers. Hundreds of applicants are likely to be applying for the same jobs. It would be a great idea to stand out from the pack.

Just look at how unique this resume is!:


This job seeker took his FotoNuova business portrait and placed it on a very original looking resume design. If I was a hiring manager, this resume would stop me right in my tracks and force me to take a good look at his qualifications. Furthermore, by looking at his portrait it would help me get a feel for who this person was before I met him. Isn't this already a leg up on this candidate's competition? I mean how many resumes have a portrait on them? Stand apart from the sea of black ink on white paper!

These same principles apply to business owners and executives. Having a warm and friendly portrait will help tear down the imaginary wall that exists among one another. A professional portrait is a very powerful communication medium.

Your business portrait can be traditional, modern or natural light/business casual. Luckily we provide all three styles!


During the month of January, we are offering a "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals" Take advantage of our weekday "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals" offer: $200 Regularly $220. Come to the studio where we will capture that one shot you need. Then, relax at the studio while we enhance your portrait and shortly after we will send you off with a disk containing all of your high resolution images. Act now and we will throw in a complimentary enhancement and teeth whitening service! Call today for your appointment! 626-588-2445 Offer expires January 31, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Holiday Portrait Love

More beautiful words from a recent family portrait in Pasadena taken during the holidays! We are extremely stoked and honored from the love!

My wife and I were very hesitant about taking family portraits with our twenty month old. Our baby can be rambunctious, to say the least. Moreover, neither one of us were particularly enthusiastic about "modeling" for an hour or more. It's just not our thing. However, our relatives wanted some good pictures for their mantel. A friend of ours recommended FotoNuova, fortunately for us. Aaron's professionalism, flexibility, and creativity were phenomenal. After talking to us for a while, he suggested an outdoor, natural location that definitely fit our style. Moreover, our son could frolic, be happy, essentially, be himself. What was more impressive was that our son truly enjoyed the experience. With Aaron's magic, our son became a ham, posing for the camera, laughing, playing...it was a great experience all around. The result? The photographs were phenomenal, the background and lighting blending gracefully, creating classic, clear, enduring images that will become fixtures in our family's homes. Thank you, Aaron, for your vision for our family. - Larry M.







FotoNuova is a portrait photography studio in Pasadena, servicing Los Angeles and more.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Holy Testimonial

Awesome review today on Yelp! from Jeremy's Holy Communion portrait session.

Seeing as though that Yelp! loves to filter reviews from business pages, I thought I would post it here for you all to see:

Last spring I had the honor of witnessing my 7 year old son's 1st Communion. Capturing that milestone in our family was very important to me. I needed to find a photographer who would take portraits of my son that would depict how special an event it was, while still allowing my son's vibrant personality to shine through in a two dimensional medium. Aaron Gil of Fotonuova was that photographer. He came to a location that was convenient for us at a time that would provide the perfect lighting for the shoot, while still taking into consideration my schedule. The first thing that Aaron did upon arrival was to connect with my son. He was able to set the tone for a very comfortable and natural shoot. My son had a blast, even though he was dressed in a suit! The chemistry and rapport that Aaron built with my 7 year old allowed his personality and charisma to jump off the image. Thank you, Aaron for your wonderful work and professionalism, which has given me beautiful portraits and memories to last a lifetime! - Ana C.

Thank you Ana!



FotoNuova is a portrait photography studio in Pasadena, servicing Los Angeles and more.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Christmas Initiatives

This Christmas we made an attempt to focus on the wonderful spirit of Christmas. Sometimes, living in a big city can make one forget about what is at the core of Christmas when everyone is bustling about.

Please see my previous blog post; "I'm Bringing Christmas Back" for the check list of Christmas spirit initiatives we wanted to accomplish this past season.

Here are some images from some of those initiatives:









FotoNuova is a family portrait studio in the Pasadena area.

Friday, January 04, 2013

New Year, New Business Portrait

2013 is among us people!  Time for new habits, new outlooks and reinvigorated business fervor!  I know I have been veraciously working on making changes and adjustments to my business for 2013.  Chances are that you are too.

One of the simplest yet most effective changes one can make, is to have a professional business portrait created.  It helps to build trust to prospective clients and it shows that you are serious about your business.  Not to mention, social media marketing is king in today's world.  Having a snapshot on your Linked in account from your vacation in Hawaii last summer is just not going to cut it with today's clients!

It's all about trust nowadays and what better way than to show prospective clients that you are not someone to be leery about?  Whether you are a real estate professional, attorney, independent contractor or freelance artist, you need a social media presence to survive in today’s business climate. Trouble is, in these days, every business has a social media account.  One way to make your online presence stand out from others is with a simple studio portrait.  Stop using those snapshots and show your potential clients that you mean business with a simple studio portrait.  They are simple and affordable and say so much about you and your business.

For those that don't have a business, 2013 may be a year that you want to get that promotion or that new job.  How better of way than to differentiate yourself from the competition?  Show everyone that you are serious about your skills and abilities!  Show them that you are available and are ready to tackle the job!

In January only, we are offering a "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals"

Take advantage of our weekday "Simple Studio Portrait for Professionals" offer:  $200  Regularly $220.  Come to the studio where we will capture that one shot you need.  Then, relax at the studio while we enhance your portrait and shortly after we will send you off with a disk containing all of your high resolution images.

Act now and we will throw in a complimentary enhancement and teeth whitening service!  Call today for your appointment!  626-588-2445

Offer expires January 31, 2013




Some professions require a more traditional portrait background.  Not a problem!  We do those too!



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