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.

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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November 5, 2012

You might remember Melody and Curtis from their Philadelphia engagement session a few posts back, we now come full circle to their wedding day. I had met Melody and Curtis a few weeks after I moved to Brooklyn last year, they didn’t know that I have moved to NY yet so when we setup the consultation, we realized we only lived a few blocks from each other! I call it fate. So come there wedding day I knew it would be amazing, I had an awesome second photographer in Chanu of CIK Studios and Tim and Steve from Velare Imaginarium (whose video you can see at the end of the post). It was such a great day that spanned from Bryant Park & Hotel in Manhattan then heading up to the Bronx to the New York Botanical Garden. Definitely loved this one, you can even check out the feature on Style Me Pretty and the lovely introductory writeup that sums up Melody and Curtis’ wedding perfectly. Enjoy.

And as promised, the video from Velare Imaginarium.

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October 19, 2012

So for the last few weeks my contact form on my wedding website hasn’t been sending me emails, so for anyone who might have emailed me through there and I never responded, my sincerest apologies! I can’t even find the emails on my server to at least know who didn’t get through. But on the bright side it led to me revamp my whole website, so a bunch of all new weddings and the front page features my 9 latest weddings, so even if I may not be updating my blog all the time, my site will always be updated with my latest work. Feel free to visit Chaz Cruz Weddings if you haven’t been there in a while.

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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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March 14, 2012

Heres a fun shoot I got to do last week with Julie and Andy! Julie is a fellow photographer out of Seattle and was visiting New York with her husband Andy, which happened to coincide with their one year wedding anniversary. So it was definitely an honor to photograph their anniversary session in Brooklyn, on what was probably one of most gorgeous days you can ask for. DUMBO provided the backdrop for this awesome couple, can’t wait to hang with them in Seattle, enjoy.

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