Friday, November 21, 2014

Rose Parade Family Portrait Photographer in Pasadena

As a Pasadena family portrait photographer, it's always a special treat to serve visiting families that come to enjoy the Rose Parade. Pasadena is the home of the Tournament of Roses, Rose Parade, Rose Queen, Rose Court and the infamous Rose Bowl game and every year. Families from all over the world come to our city and delight on what our beautiful town has to offer. Visiting families come every New Years and we are pleased to offer these families with family portraits that will commemorate their visit for the Rose Parade.

Pasadena is home to the most stunning portrait locations and offers both natural and beautiful architectural settings. Some of the best Pasadena portrait settings are at Pasadena City Hall, Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena Arroyo, the Rose Bowl area and a lot more locations. These locations are stunning and provide Rose Parade tourists with a beautiful backdrop for beautiful family photography.

On your next visit to Pasadena consider creating a family portrait to make your own Rose Parade memories. Please call our portrait studio for a complimentary over the phone consult about creating a beautiful and commemorative family portrait during your Rose Parade visit in Pasadena - (626) 588-2445

















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

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.


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

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;







FotoNuova specializes in senior pictures in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. Click this link for more information; Senior Portrait Photographer | FotoNuova

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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Los Angeles Senior Portraits

As a Los Angeles Senior portrait photographer, it's always a blast to get an opportunity to co-create with teens.  Teen girls seem to love to create and undergo the model experience which makes for a really fun time.

Here are a few recent portraits captured in the studio;







FotoNuova specializes in senior portraits in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. Click this link for more information; Senior Portrait Photographer | FotoNuova

Friday, March 28, 2014

Business Portraits - Old Town Escrow

Here is a recent business portrait of the beautiful ladies at Old Town Escrow.


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Friday, March 07, 2014

Teen Portraits - Kelsey

Here is a recent studio portrait of teen Kelsey.


Working with Kelsey was a lot of fun!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Business Portraits - What Should I Wear for my Business Portrait?

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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Friday, February 14, 2014

Pasadena Business Portaits - Old Town Escrow

Today's beautiful site for Old Town Escrow's business portraits. 

Pasadena City Hall is gorgeous!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Los Angeles Portrait Photographer - Cerritos Sculpture Garden

I've photographed many portraits for clients at the Cerritos Sculpture Garden.  It's a beautiful location to photograph in.  There are a good number of diverse looks in such a small space.

It has to be one of my favorite locations to shoot at in Southern California.

Here is a photograph of one of the stunning sculptures in the garden.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Maternity photo ideas - Roman Greco

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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Monday, February 03, 2014

Family Portraits Photographer - Yelp Review

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

Friday, January 31, 2014

Event Photographer Los Angeles - The Harrington Group

The Harrington Group is a public accounting and consulting firm based in Pasadena and San Francisco. The Harrington Group provides services to over 250 non-profit organizations.

This January, The Harrington Group celebrated the induction of a new partner to their firm. Celebrations were hosted in Pasadena and San Francisco.

The Pasadena event was hosted at the Harrington Group corporate office. The room was full of guests ranging from family, employees and clients. Chabeli Sanchez of P.S. & Associates created a beautiful setting with stunning furniture and draping. Renzo of Renzini Catering provided the most delicious food that was out of this world! Amanda from Rosebud Floral Design provided beautiful table center pieces and as always, knocked the ball out of the park.





















The San Francisco event was hosted at the Cartoon Art Museum. It was an extremely unique location with cartoon artwork hanging in their gallery. Once again, Chabeli of P.S. & Associates did an amazing job creating the vibe for this event.















FotoNuova specializes in event photography in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. Event Photography | FotoNuova