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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

Chandalier

Capture The Love Studio

Album Spread

designHERimage Salon by Tiffany Chiang

Wedding at The Ranch Golf Club and Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose

September 7th, 2011 Comments off

The historically grand Hayes Mansion used to be a private estate. It now is a grand hotel with lush landscape and dramatic views. Yuanyuan & Mike’s wedding started in that estate and mansion and the ceremony was set at The Ranch Golf Club in San Jose with a sunset that casted a golden glow on the couple, literary.

As usual, Tiffany Chiang crafted a beautiful bride into a princess in both her hair styling and makeup artistry. Although we have never photographed in The Ranch Golf Club of San Jose…in fact, we have never been there but with 5 minutes of prep time and blessings of a beautiful sunset, everything beautiful was showcased in light.

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Wedding at The Ranch and Hayes Dolce Mansion in San Jose

Architect’s dream wedding at Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose

May 4th, 2011 1 comment

Jenny Chang & Josh Curtis, aka (JC)2 got hitched at Hotel Valencia in Santana Row this past weekend!! It’s about time too. These two love birds are the sweetest couple. They are hardworking, intelligent and outright impeccable.

Jenny is none other than the wonderful architect who drew our studio remodel plans a few months back. Her wedding this past weekend drew a tear in my eye. I get more and more sentimental as I photograph more weddings. I thought it would be the other way round but it didn’t turn out that way.

Their post-ceremony photos in Santana Row are fun and took less than an hour to create. Tiffany, our makeup artist & hair stylist did her makeup and hair. She was thrilled with the results, which prompted her review in Yelp about us and her. Check out the photos!

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Wedding

People HATE us on Yelp!

November 23rd, 2010 5 comments

We are very blessed to be one of Yelp’s highest ranked photographer in the bay area. Yup, with approx. 50 FIVE STARS reviews, we feel loved. However, today came an email stating that we now have a negative FAT ONE STAR review in Yelp! A one-star what?!!

We’re breaking the mold ! Making history and causing chaos in the industry. People officially now hate us on Yelp! 😉

– Michael Soo
Sad Photographer of the Year

Ahwahnee Hotel Wedding | Yosemite National Park

August 12th, 2010 1 comment

I’ve known Ben and Christine for a year now.  What started out as a client/photographer relationship has bloomed into a wonderful friendship.  They are a great couple and as I got to know them better, I saw the beauty in their personalities and everything around them. Their wedding was a clear reflection of that natural beauty.

Both Christine and Ben enjoy hiking, cycling, rockclimbing, and any activities related to nature, it seemed.  It explains their love for Yosemite National Park, a place that also happens to be home to many beautiful dogwood trees – Christine’s favorite flowers.  This is where they chose to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives together – their wedding day.

The Ahwahnee Hotel was their selected wedding venue and so my assistants and I were given wonderful accommodations there as well.  This is the best resort in Yosemite, where anybody who is anybody, basically all the celebrities, get to stay.  Whoohoo for us!  I may not be a celebrity but it sure was a pleasure to stay here and feel like one, and get to spend time with the bride and groom too.   It was the perfect rustic setting for a Yosemite wedding and the location, with so many interesting picturesque backdrops, was a photographer’s dream come true.

On the morning of, we sat down for a quick breakfast where I managed to capture a reflection of Christine’s favorite dogwood flowers in her cup of coffee.  The couple loved the picture and this image quickly became one of their favorite pictures as well as mine.  I followed along as Christine and Ben went on their scenic morning stroll.  The misty fog provided a nostalgic, romantic portrait on the bridge by Yosemite Falls.  In another photo, we captured the waterfalls gushing behind as well.

As the bride prepped for the wedding, I ran around busy, snapping shots of her wedding details.  Her M by Marinelli shoes, which she bought from FootCandy in Santana Row, had sparkly silver straps and encrusted jewel ornaments.  It was definitely pretty eye candy for the feet.  We did a photoshoot of them against a soft yellow silk cloth, where the handmade paper leaves (their wedding favor tags) were strewn about as if they had gracefully drifted off the trees. The round jewels on her shoes reminded me of her brilliant 6-carat engagement ring.  The ring itself was impressive and looked even more so when stacked on top of the other rings that they were using for their wedding ceremony.  The stack included two other especially meaningful rings – one for their daughter, Olivia, and one for their son, Nicholas.

Ben and Christine’s wedding was decorated with white flowers and some pops of yellow.  They included round-petaled white orchids, large white lilies with yellow centers, some smaller butterfly-like varieties of yellow orchids, and more.  The bride’s bouquet was also white with tinges of yellow centers and included a few feathers for flair.  These flowers and the white and yellow color combinations created an effect reminiscent of dogwoods.  They were the lovely designs of Karen Baba of www.plandecor.com

What defines the bride the most is probably her wedding dress.  Christine wore the much coveted Melissa Sweet Saffron dress and the matching veil, a look that has caught the eyes of many ladies browsing the Priscilla of Boston website or Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier in Campbell.  The Saffron dress is pretty to many because of its beautiful, soft silk organza fabric and its detailed embroidered flower appliques that are touched with Swarovski crystals, but the dress appealed to Christine in even more ways.  The sweet, little embroidered flowers reminded her of dogwoods and the whole dress itself had the rustic feel of Yosemite.  Even the veil was decorated with a border of dogwood-like flowers.  It’s a girl’s dream to be enveloped and surrounded by her favorite flowers on her most special day.  Christine had that, but even better, both she and Ben were surrounded by nature, all that they loved and all those who loved them, in the middle of one of the most beautiful national parks, Yosemite.