chazthoughts.com / 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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June 11, 2011

I’ll be out of town from June 11th through the 20th, the first half of my trip will be to Hawaii for the wedding of AJ and Jelynna then the second half will be to New York City. I will do my best to respond to all emails and inquiries in a timely fashion. But till then, I wanted to introduce you to Refix Magazine, a new online publication created by one of my best friends Andrea. She has been working hard to promote green living and fashion and this magazine is a product of months of hard work! Check out the magazine as I have a spread of photographs starting on page 36 and another one of my amazing photographer friends Emily Sandifer has some of her gorgeous work featured as well!

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January 3, 2011

I compiled a collection of my twenty favorite photographs I took during 2010. When I looked back over my work at the end of the year, these were the images I were drawn to the most. I can still remember the feelings I had when I took these, it ranged from euphoric to heart-wrenching. I decided to pair them with twenty of my favorite songs from 2010, while all the songs were not created last year, these are the songs that were my biggest inspirations to keep enhancing my life and my photography. A lot of this work I haven’t blogged yet, so look for the full sets coming soon, enjoy the photographs and enjoy the music.


Houstatlantavegas – Sonnymoon


Summer Holiday – Wild Nothing


Zebra – Beach House


Wet Cement – The Morning Benders


It’ll Be Better (Francis & The Lights Cover) – Alex Winston


Feel it All Around – Washed Out


Blessa – Toro Y Moi


This City Ain’t the Same Without You – The Foreign Exchange


All Around – CEO


Silver Tiles – Matt & Kim


Island, IS – Volcano Choir


Awake My Soul – Mumford and Sons


Unforgettable Season – Cut Copy


Two Doves – The Dirty Projectors


You’re Going Back – The Tallest Man on Earth


Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap


Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives


I Remember – Yeasayer


High Hopes – Onra


To the Lighthouse – Memoryhouse

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June 16, 2010

Last month in New York, I had a photoshoot with Ruby Veridiano, a media personality from Oakland/NYC. She is one of the most inspirational women I have ever met, you can see it through her personality and all the hard work that she does. Did I also mention that she is one of the top 3 finalists for the head blogger position for Alicia Keys website, iamasuperwoman.com? She’ll find out if she wins the position in a few days, so you can lend her support by clicking on this link and comment on one of her blog posts.

Her idea for the shoot was a “glamour girl in Bedstuy,” so I headed over to Brooklyn and with the help of makeup artist Eileen Lei, we proceeded to go around the neighborhood and make Ruby’s vision a reality. Check out some of my favorite photos.

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  • love them! great photos, you captured all the right Ruby moments :) Can’t wait to use these for press shots, especially when we announce Ruby’s hired ;)

  • Pamela P. says:

    What vegetarian delight were you cooking up in that cheetah lingerie number you have on?!?!?! Or maybe the question should be: What would you have been cooking for up for someone special? Love all the photos! Super hot!!! So proud of you!!!!!!!

  • may says:

    Wow…i love all the shots. Love the outfits, especiallly the last ones. sexy outfit for the kitchen

  • Abel says:

    These photos are utterly amazing! And Ruby is amazingly beautiful

  • Donna says:

    Slurp!! Damn, you lookin super fresh!! I miss you! holler baller!!! xoxoxo!

  • Emily says:

    LOVE the b&w shots. I’ve never been to Brooklyn, but it looks like you captured the vibe perfectly! :)

May 12, 2010

the times online uk contacted me a few weeks ago to use a photograph of mine for their feature on the “40 bloggers who really count” featuring Joshua and Travis from street etiquette. I was happy to oblige and took a screenshot of their online feature. now if someone can pick me up the print copy from the UK, I’d really appreciate it! also, click here to view my blog post from their shoot.

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April 4, 2010

I’m finally back from new york and wanted to post up an entry with the stylish duo that make up street etiquette, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs. I met these two at self edge in new york and when they walked in, I knew I had to work with these fellas. they were recently featured in GQ as well as urban outfitters online, their style is amazing, they bring back style inspired by vintage photographs. we focused on the saddle shoe for our shoot, so after photographing them I definitely want to pick up a pair for myself. definitely check out their website and enjoy the photos and a big thanks to shannon sturgis for photographing along with me.

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