/ 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.

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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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December 13, 2012

Oh man, loved this one. Brett and Stephen had a gorgeous wedding at a private home in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

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September 28, 2012

Alright, heres another fun one from Los Angeles. Last time we saw Theresa and Eric it was for their downtown engagement session, now for their wedding they kept it nice and green. The day was an amazing one, getting ready at the London Hotel in West Hollywood then heading over to Santa Monica for the ceremony at St. Paul the Apostle. We made a little stop at the Gamble House for some portraits and finally ended at Pandora on Green for the reception. A big thanks to the Little Branch for the flowers, Jordan Event Studio and Timeless Celebrations for the coordination and Shannon Sturgis for the assist.

Update: This wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty California!

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September 6, 2012

A fun one a few months back with one of my favorite couples, April and Joseph. You might remember them from their music themed engagement, now they’re back for the music themed wedding. We started off at the Embassy Suites in Glendale for their first look, then headed over to Brand Park for a few more portraits. St. Bernard’s church in Los Angeles housed their ceremony and the LA River Center and Gardens their reception. Thanks to Mary Frances of Floataway Studios for shooting with me.

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August 30, 2012

Photographing this awesome couple’s wedding tomorrow in New York City, so wanted to show off a lil of the work that we did for their engagement session. Melody and Curtis met at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, so we traveled back there to reminisce.

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July 27, 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and I’m getting back in the habit. A full season flying back and forth from San Diego and NYC has taken its toll on my social media, but this should be a fun way to get the ball rolling.

A few months ago I went to San Francisco to photograph a bridal session with a friend of mine Rita and her husband Chad. They got married in Bora Bora so they wanted to get some portraits done in San Francisco where they reside. Rita and I have been friends since high school and we got into the wedding industry at the same time, me with photography and her with makeup. She is an extremely talented makeup artist, so brides if you are in the San Diego or San Francisco area, definitely check out her work.

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February 13, 2012

Started off my 2012 wedding season with Linda and Aleksander in Los Angeles. They had a low key affair which was a lot of fun for me, just portraits and a party, what can get better than that? We started off at the Standard hotel then headed off to the Caltrans building in downtown Los Angeles to take advantage of the downtown views and awesome architecture. Then we headed off to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for dinner and dancing, enjoy.

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January 31, 2012

Heres a fun wedding at the Hotel Maya to celebrate the big day for Marjoriemay and John. We started off at the hotel for the getting ready, then headed to St. Anthony’s for the ceremony, then with a major break before portrait time, Joe (of Joe+Kathrina weddings) and I decided to partake in a little sangria action. Haha, that set the mood of right! We then went off and partied with May and John all night. A big thanks to the team from Bellz & Whistlez for coordinating such a gorgeous wedding day, enjoy!

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  • Killed it man. Thanks for being a continual inspiration to us.

  • Bobby Joe says:

    I love your work! Your series always do a great job of telling the unique story of each wedding and each couple. My buddy and I are going to be doing our first wedding shoot at the beginning of March, and we are using your blog as inspiration.