Many endoscopic, intravascular, and transvaginal applications require light to be delivered through optical fibers in a reflection mode. For photoacoustic imaging in reflection geometry, the front-face reflectivity of the ultrasound transducer face imposes a boundary condition that affects the light fluence and its distribution inside a turbid medium. Understanding and characterizing this boundary condition is critical for maximizing tissue illumination and therefore the signal-to-noise ratio of the photoacoustic signal. We systematically analyze the light fluence under three typical commercial transducer faces having reflection coefficients of 1.4, 18, and 28%, and compare the results to a transducer face with 60% coefficient at the laser wavelength of . Monte Carlo simulations and experimental results show that light fluence and distribution obtained inside a turbid medium with the use of the 60% reflection coefficient transducer face has a significant improvement over the others, especially at shallower depths.