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Medical Residency Headshot Services

July 7th, 2015 Comments off

Medical Residency Headshot Portrait

Medical Residency Headshot Portrait

It’s tough competition to make it into a career that saves lives. We here at Capture the Look understand the trials and triumphs of a medical career, especially for those embarking on their adventure in medical residency. Before having the privilege of sleep-deprivation from high-stress intensive training, possibly in another country for international experience in areas that need a higher level of medical care, you’ve got to prove your stuff but submitting application after application after application of your choice of programs, hoping you become their choice in the end. Pitted against thousands of other students for the distinguished 10-or-so positions offered, you’re looking at 1% odds of making it. Then you get the distinct honor of paying off your education, and considering the interest accumulation for when you can finally afford to do so, this could mean hundreds of thousand dollars of debt.

How to tackle such a mountain of an obstacle and prove your passion to be of help to others? Like any competitive career, it starts with the resume, in this case, the program application. Most require a headshot photo, representing you at your most professional, compassionate, and well-rested. Aside from dressing up for such a shot, it’s out of your hands as you rely on your friendly photographer to figure out lighting and your most flattering angle. With the advancement of technology, many people these days find and choose their doctors based on client reviews, educational credentials, and, yes, a photo of what they look like, offered by many “Provider Finder” online services.

Put your best foot forward and represent yourself well with a headshot from Capture the Look—fast, friendly, professional. With makeup service ready on-hand, you can be assured that your picture will give you a leading edge and a great first impression. That’s the easy part. Now, on to the end goal of finally having the title of “Doctor” in front of your name.

Our Inner Superheroes – Engagement Session

April 10th, 2013 Comments off

Jordan and Alex both graduated from San Jose State University, sharing a love for drama. Naturally, they wanted to reenact one of their happiest moments—when Alex proposed—in the SJSU theater where they had spent so much of their college lives.

San Jose State University Theater Engagement

But fun-loving Jordan and Alex have more than just a theatrical flair; they also have superhero alter-egos!

San Jose State University Theater Backstage

Many, actually, as in their engagement photo session, we played up Alex’s love for comic books by bringing to life some of DC’s and Marvel’s most beloved icons. Like the Gotham bat signal projected against a dreary sky and Green Lantern’s power ring, Jordan and Alex are each others’ light through dark times, their mutual symbols of hope and strength.

Batman and Green Lantern

Batman and Nightwing

The fun does not stop with a mere studio shoot, however. Since Alex grew up around the redwood trees and beaches of Santa Cruz, we also photographed them spending a day out in nature and enjoying each others’ company (this is what superheroes do on their days off).

Superheroes in mid flight

Threading waters in Santa Cruz

We all can relate to the appeal of superheroes, those larger-than-life legends who live in a fantasy world not too different from our own reality. At some point, we have felt like cast-out freaks, different from the rest, harboring a dark side no one else could possibly understand. Like Venom, this side of us threatens to take over, drown and incapacitate us.

Black Spiderman - Venom

It takes a pure and true force of nature to allow us to see the “freakish” as “unique,” to accept us for who we are, to help us conquer our dark sides. Believing in superheroes is a way for us to cope with the mundane and to bring out the best in ourselves through impossible and trying times. Not much different from the power of love.

Spiderman scaling a wall at sunset

Photography Studio Renovated! Happy New Year!!!

December 31st, 2011 Comments off

As we say goodbye to 2011, we also say goodbye to the headache of renovating our photography
studio. We spent 3 months dealing with the fine white dust from the drywall, the teeth-shattering jackhammering, and the noise from dawn till dusk. Renovation is super stressful, especially if, like me, you’re someone who is meticulous about the tiniest details: light, color, the shape of the tiles, design, ambiance, and on and on.

But the good news is that our studio renovation is finally complete! Champagne all around, please! Happy New Year!!!

Photographer of the Year

We decided to go through the remodeling process because we wanted to be able use the studio as an elegant backdrop in photos. Renovation of this proportion usually takes 6 months, but we
completed a majority of it in just under 3 months because we are utilizing the space as a studio and can’t have such a long downtime. We had to be extremely creative in making the renovations in sections.

We did all the interior design ourselves, and we’re so please with how it turned out! The studio used to be really dark, but now light pours in from skylights and windows. Glass doors open onto the yard, creating a flow between indoor/outdoor living space.

We created more light by adding 7 new skylights, and a bunch of new windows. We also installed at least 60+ new light fixtures into the studio, most of which are LED (energy efficient and non-toxic).

The interior has a wedding theme with a glamorous, contemporary, warm and extremely sexy feel. The furniture is modern and cozy, the perfect place for couples who are getting married to get comfortable, have some wine and cheese, and chat with us about their plans.

The fireplace is elongated, see-through and set into beautifully curved tiles, bordered by wood. The other side has a large black granite surround, sitting on a sensual red wall. The see-through fireplace is fun because it’s essentially 2 fireplaces in one.

The salon also received a facelift with new light fixtures, glass French doors and new flooring.

With its beautiful lighting, flowing design, comfortable furnishings and elegant touches throughout the space, visitors tell us the new studio has the feel of a high-end lounge.

Reception Room

Crystal Light Panels

Wedding Albums atop a see through fireplace


Capture The Love Studio

Album Spread

designHERimage Salon by Tiffany Chiang

Engagement Session in San Francisco | Photo • Cinema for Becca & Jed

August 9th, 2011 Comments off

So exhilarating is the experience of getting to know two people in love. We felt very blessed photographing Jed & Becca’s engagement session in San Francisco and San Jose. The photos are possibly one of our best so far. We strive for unique photos every time and it makes us super delighted.

Oh, about the best shot, here it is. Thoughts?

Photographer for the Engagement Session in San Francisco

And here are the others shot in San Jose’s HIstorical Park, beach, Palace of Fine Art, etc. So MUCH fun! At the end of it all, Jed, Becca and I had a blast. They also decided that they also wanted us to be their wedding videographer. It’ll be fun doing photography and videography / cinematography in the Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto and the San Mateo County History Museum. Can’t wait!!!

Photographer for the Engagement Session in San Jose

Engagement Session in San Jose

trytpch of love


Engagement photography in San Francisco

Engagement Session at Palace of Fine Art

Engagement Session at Palace of Fine Art

Engagement Session at the beach in SF

Foster Care Family and Children Photography

July 21st, 2011 1 comment

Angela, a social worker from Department of Family & Children’s Services called a mere 4 days ago. “Will you be willing to donate your family & children photography services to two foster care children who are separating? The sister who turned 18 and her little brother. The sister’s parting gift are photographs of she and her brother together”, she explained somberly.

I was left speechless for a few seconds and replied, “God, yes, of course!!!

You see, most of my unsolicited calls are from so-called SEO-experts who wants my money to “put my website on the front page of Google” and ones that tells me I’ll receive a big fat check from Nigeria. So, this came in an unexpected (but pleasant) manner.

The photoshoot was quick but the energy in the room was boundless and fun. Jack & Jaylyn were shy but not for long. Jumps, screams and laughter filled the room. It felt like a normal photoshoot but significantly better. The very fact that I know these photos will be great memories for these kids now and forever. Not much different than a worn old photograph that was kept in the wallet of my 70 year old uncle, that reminds him of his lost brother…

Gave the kids a super big hug after the session. I felt sad, but very contented.

Foster Care Children Captured

Foster Care Children Captured

Foster Care Children Captured

Foster Care Children Captured

Foster Care Children Captured