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