/ the photo blog of chaz cruz

my name is chaz cruz and I am a photographer splitting time between san diego and NYC. my specialties include weddings, fashion and lifestyle portraits. this blog is named after my obsession with "the office" and of a lovable character named creed bratton. he writes about his random musings under a blog titled "creed thoughts," so I thought I'd do the same and name it "chaz thoughts." so please, browse around and don't forget to leave me a comment or two.

June 5, 2013

Hi all! I got a brand new website and blog hosted on, so this won’t be updated anymore. Feel free to go to the new digs and look around!

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May 14, 2013

Now this was a fun one. I traveled an hour north of San Francisco to the charming city of Santa Rosa for engagement session with Angela and Josh. I went up into the mountains to their private land and was in awe of the views and the serenity. See you two in San Francisco in September.

Josh asked Angela to marry him as she was finishing off a half marathon.


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April 2, 2013

Brooklyn in the house, specifically the botanical gardens. Didn’t have to travel too far from home to capture the love of Jenny and Ry at the Palm House. A gorgeous ceremony culminating with a crazy dance party, you know we couldn’t go wrong. Working with an awesome team made it way more fun as well, so a big thanks to Jennifer Bobé for photographing with me and Renzo and Annika from Magic Flute Videos.

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February 25, 2013

Last year, Kim and I had the opportunity to photograph the three day wedding ceremony of Nikki and Ren. The first two days were the traditional Cambodian wedding traditions, with the blessings and special ceremonies. While the last day was the party and man, did they party! But we had so much fun with everyone and it was definitely a wedding to remember or not remember, depending on how much Hennessy you drank, haha.

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February 22, 2013

While I was in San Diego a few weeks ago, my friend Tyler told me about this art show that he and his art collective, Yeller Studio and Sezio were putting together in a defunct parachute factory in downtown. I thought it sounded cool as one of my best friends Jordan Josafat was going to be collaborating on designing a wall. The importance of the show didn’t hit me until I did a preview of Jordan’s work, I brought a camera to document some of his work, but upon walking through the Parachute Factory, I knew that I had to come back and photograph the art and the artists.

I was able to photograph a handful of the artists and about half of the finished walls, as I came a few days before the one day opening so many of the walls weren’t complete just yet. I took about 5-10 minutes with each artist and piece, as there was so much to photograph in the given time I had. The opening of the Parachute Factory looked insane, as I believe they hit maximum capacity only about two hours into the opening. If you are on instagram, check out the hashtag #parachutefactory for some great photos of the opening.

I want to thank Saya, Edwin and Yeller Studio who helped me with the walkthrough.


Bradford Lynn.

Celeste Byers with Buster.

Katherine Brannock.

Christopher Konecki & Jordan Josafat.

Sean Dejecacion.

Christina Liu.

Kyle Miller.

Dusty Dirtweed & Elliott Moeller.

Edwin helping me with the walkthrough, had to protect yourself from that dust.


Product Etcetera.

 That Kid Peep.



Chandu Reading.

Dolan Steams & Ben Albert.

DTM, Neko, Surge, Honkey Kong & DieKuts.


The Parachute Factory by Yeller Studio. Photo by Chaz Cruz

Yeller Studio & Clarke1981.

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February 6, 2013

When you mix a sweetheart couple with a musical family, you have one of the funnest receptions I’ve ever been to. Laura is a lucky lady to have someone who can serenade her anytime and man, can Jonathan belt it out. Laura, send me that wedding video! Thanks to Chanu of CIK Studios for photographing and taking me around Long Island. We had some fun photographing at the Old Westbury Gardens and Fox Hollow.

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  • Laura Monte says:

    Chaz, you are amazingly talented and a pleasure to work with. May success continue to follow you! Only the Best- Laura Monte

January 16, 2013

Heres a fun one from last year, the nuptials of Cindy and Mark. We had originally seen them with their epic San Diego Airport engagement, now comes the full day of love. We spent the first half of the day in Old Town San Diego at the Hacienda Inn and the Immaculate Conception Church then headed to Admiral Baker clubhouse for the party. Thank you to Melissa Biador for 2nd shooting for me. san diego wedding photography (12) san diego wedding photography (13)


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December 18, 2012

Just got back to San Diego for the holidays and of course I have to post up some photos from an engagement session I had a few weeks ago with Jordan and Daniel in New York City. We went around midtown and hit the sights, going to the always photogenic Grand Central Terminal and Central Park. What beats NYC in the fall?

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