Medical Headshots (ERAS, VSAS, etc.)

Headshots for medical doctors applying for a residency, away elective, fellowship or license.

For medical residency, away rotation and fellowship application processes, don’t miss the opportunity to make a great first impression and demonstrate your serious determination to pursue your career. Don’t look like taking the process lightly by attaching an amateur photograph. Since ERAS started requesting headshots, we photographed an increasing number of MD’s every year, and the standard for residency match headshot has risen significantly in the past few years.

Studio in Boston, MA

Many past clients have mentioned this service in nation-wide medical discussion forums, and we are receiving inquiries from distant cities. Unfortunately, at this point, we have a studio in Boston, MA only, and it is impractical to service elsewhere.

Image format and backdrop

The programs (ERAS or VSAS; AAMC) usually issue a specification for the image (size, framing). Some schools (such as BU and USC) seem to have a local guideline that specifies “light colored” backdrop, but others do not. Generally, we recommend a neutral backdrop like light gray, dark gray or metallic, for residency match photo. In many years of doing ERAS photo, I personally never heard of any problem related to the backdrop as long as they are neutral and nondistracting.

Increasing number of medical schools require headshots from their applicants. The specification varies from school to school, unlike the residency match process. Gather those requirements and forward them to the photographer in advance of your session to make sure you can use the picture for all the medical schools that you apply.

Besides the adjustments needed for these purposes, the process is analogous to corporate headshot. (see additional info therein.)


We know the idea of having pictures taken isn’t very appealing to many. But the truth of the matter is that you will take a better picture when you are not stressed and feel fresh. Arrange a right outfit (just the top only), book your session, and get a fresh haircut before the shoot. Choose a day when you have a predictable schedule and plenty of time to sleep for the best results. We get many tired minds in and out of our studio from late August right up to the night of September 15th. Take care of your headshot early.

Talk to the photographer and book your session now.

Service & Pricing

For people who need one picture for residency match, fellowship application or LinkedIn, photographing 1 outfit look with a gray or white background in studio. We’ll take a couple of dozen shots, with a quick image review to give you visual feedback and make sure we are on the right track. We’ll choose one best image from the session, and enhance it with color correction, exposure/contrast adjustments. You’ll get the selected image in the exact format ERAS requests, with extra copies of high and low-resolution JPEG files for print and online uses. This session usually takes about one hour. The session fee is $200 (including the image without watermark). One-half of the fee ($100) is required to make an appointment.

RETOUCHING: for all headshot packages, natural look retouching is $80–120 per image. You can decide the retouching option after reviewing the pictures. You will be watching the retouching process in the studio, and you will have the opportunity to discuss which elements to retouch.

Talk to the photographer and book your session now.

Testimonials by Residency/Fellowship Clients

A superbly professional, fantastic and efficient experience with excellent quality photographs. Needed to obtain professional portraits for fellowship applications as well as personal use, was able to very easily get in contact with Ryuji with expedient response, followed by a scheduled phone call to discuss the details of the shoot. He was very accommodating to a very tight schedule. With regards to his work he is very detailed yet swift, and definitely finds the missing piece of a photo with sophisticated ease. Excellent experience and would most certainly return for any additional photos ever needed in the future. Highly recommend.
– Youssra M. (Boston, MA, 11/9/2014)

I never write these types of reviews even when I’ve had an awesome experience because I am a third year medical student and never have the actual time to do so. But I am so grateful and impressed with Ryuji that I had to take the time. If you are a professional looking for corporate appropriate images for interviews or websites he is the guy. Like I said I’m a third-year med student in the Boston area applying for residency and if you know what I’m talking about you understand how high stakes this is. He took the time to understand what I needed but he also gave me his professional expert opinion. He’s done residency headshots before so he was able to bring actual experience above photography experience. He spent additional time with me and was so gracious the entire time. He had amazing tricks up his sleeve to calm me down and help me to relax so he could get the best shot!! I am so happy I found Ryuji and if I ever need a photographer again for professional or other reasons he is the guy. I will travel to Boston for his services. He is definitely worth the effort!!!
JACQUELINE PIRES (Google Plus, 19 Mar 2016)

When I applied to medical residency programs, I knew I needed a professional headshot but had never had one done before. I chose Beaupix because it seemed like Ryuji had a lot of experience working with a variety of clients including newcomers like myself. I’m very impressed by the level of service I got from Ryuji. I had a lot of questions for him and he was extremely helpful in answering all of them. He spent over an hour with me from start to finish and wanted to be sure that I was happy with the final result, which I was. He’s a very personable guy and makes every effort to make sure you are as comfortable as possible through the entire process. If I ever need another professional headshot done in the future I would 100% return to Beaupix.
– Erin F. (Boston, MA on 9/27/2015)

It was a pleasure working with Ryuji, especially after knowing that we have similar backgrounds in science. I admired his passion and commitment for the job he is doing. He is also very flexible with time. I e-mailed him last minute on a Sunday afternoon to arrange an urgent headshot that I need for my residency applications. He called me back the same day to schedule a time and the next day we were done with everything. Even though I was late for the appointment I stayed there around 1.5 hours, 30 minutes more than the allotted time, without feeling any pressure.

We did two sets of shooting. After the first one we went through the pictures to see what we can improve, what I liked or did not like. The second set came out perfect. Like many, it was very difficult for me to relax and be natural, but Ryuji made the shooting part of a conversation I (I was talking while he is shooting actively) rather than only giving instructions and expecting you not to move.The most helpful part was after the shooting while we were trying to choose the ‘best’ picture together, With every picture he explained why he thinks it would be good or not so good depending on the purpose of the picture. For example there were several pictures he thought that would be good for an audition but not for an application. At the end, I believe we chose the right pose for an “application” even though there were many others that looked good.

Overall, I definitely recommend Ryuji for a professional headshot.
– Deniz D. (Boston, MA on 8/25/2015)

I needed a headshot for [medical] residency application and found Ryuji nearby. He has a lot of experience with exactly what I needed, and the photoshoot went effortlessly with great results. He was very friendly, and makes you feel at ease to get those natural looking shots. It was great to have his insight and input as someone who looks at these all day, and was able to offer great suggestions both during the shoot and afterwards while choosing the picture.
– Jj L. (Boston, MA on 8/6/2015)

Ryuji was awesome! Because his residency application was coming up, my fiance tasked me with this very important task of booking a headshot session. I did extensive research, reviewed almost the portfolio of every photographer in Boston before reaching out to Ryuji. I appreciated the detail, the lighting, and the life that comes so naturally out of his photos. What really encouraged me to pick up the phone to call him was that a fellow Yelper mentioned that while he/she is not one who acts naturally in front of the camera, Ryuji talked to him/her during the session to help him/her relax while staying engaged and focused on his/her needs. This is exactly what my fiance needs, as he is not one to smile naturally in front of the camera. Because I called on a Saturday, I did not really expect him to call me back until Monday, but Ryuji called me back the next day and we were able to ask him some questions about the session, what to bring, what we should prepare, etc. He answered our questions with patience and professionalism, and he was super accommodating with the time frame that we had asked for. We immediately felt that we had made the right decision to go to him and that it was going to be a great session.

On the day of the shoot, we were 10 mins late because of traffic. Ryuji did not act impatient or annoyed, and greeted us with a big smile. Lacking experience, we were not sure which tie to pick so we brought like 8. Ryuji listened carefully to our selections. He helped us pick one and explained that it matched the suit and had just enough interesting patterns to bring out the life of the person being photographed, while preserving the traditional elements. It turned out to be so right! Neither of us expected it to look so professional and good on the finished photo.

During the shoot, Ryuji adjusted the lighting and equipment several times and played with several settings and ambiance, while engaging in conversation with us throughout for my fiance to become more relaxed. Ryuji continued to talk to us throughout the shoot and shared many stories with us throughout — he’s such an interesting person!

After taking photos for about 30 mins, we sat down to pick photos. Ryuji listened carefully to our preferences and helped us narrow them down to 2. Then he gave us his expert opinions for which photo to use for what purpose. We finally settled on one and Ryuji did a retouching on it to make the photo look natural and professional.

The whole process was such a breeze, and we thoroughly enjoyed the session. We left feeling like the money was well spent and we would highly recommend anyone to book a session with Ryuji for a professional headshot! I know I will! :)

Thanks Ryuji!
– Sofia Z. (Yelp review. 8/25/2014)

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Add-on options

For corporate/professional headshots, magazine-quality retouching is usually not essential, but if you can afford, it can significantly improve your impression. It removes temporary skin blemishes, lightening under eye circles and wrinkles, at 60/image. We perform retouching while you watch, a very detailed work that you won’t get bored watching. Since BEAUPIX does a lot of demanding fashion and beauty photography with in-house retouching, we have the level of skills that very few headshot photographers have. If you are particularly conscious about your facial features, a heavier retouching, such as facial contour correction (e.g., slimming face or fixing double chin) is also available.

For female professionals, good natural look makeup is essential. If you are comfortable doing makeup yourself, it is usually sufficient, but otherwise, the studio can arrange an experienced makeup artist for your session at an additional cost, usually 125 or 150.

Retouching to Perfection

Retouching to Perfection

Magazine-like retouching makes your headshot flawless, while maintaining natural skin and realistic finish.

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Professional Makeup

Professional Makeup

Professional makeup artists are a key element of great headshots.

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Composite Headshots

Composite Headshots

Studio headshots get organic backdrops through image composite techniques. No need to worry about weather and logistics.

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