Hola! My name is Chaz Cruz and I am a photographer based out of San Diego, CA. 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!
Happy Easter everyone! 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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Chaz: I love the shots. Can't wait to hear more about your time in NYC.

(04.05.10 @ 01:43 PM)

Youre tha best!

(04.06.10 @ 03:51 AM)
Edwin Himself:

Ralph Lauren should hire you.

(04.09.10 @ 09:21 AM)

Simply awesome!

(04.14.10 @ 12:48 AM)

It looks like you kept the best shots for yourself! lol! Love these pics!!!

(04.23.10 @ 01:50 PM)
Happy new year everyone!

I received a beautiful story from a woman named Maria about a child named Thomas who was born with a heart condition that keeps him in and out of the hospital. Being fed through a tube, he has displayed a willingness to live to be with his older brother and sister. So through the holidays it took a little longer to get a hold of them as the family was in the hospital with Thomas, but I'm so glad I waited it out as they are definitely deserving of the Giving is Awesome event. Because of Thomas' amazing determination and his family's love, I know our portrait session will be beautiful and also very meaningful to me and hopefully to everyone else.

Thanks again to Maria for introducing me to this beautiful family!
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That is awesome!! What a great choice!! :) Prayers for Thomas and his selfless family!

(01.04.10 @ 03:09 PM)
NEMA Photography:

That's great! Yes indeed, it will be very meaningful to all! Have a wonderful shoot with Thomas and his family.

(01.04.10 @ 03:42 PM)
December 13, 2009 // personal / portraits
I have joined up for Giving is Awesome, a worldwide photographic giveaway to a family who deserves amazing photographs. 

I'm giving $1000 worth of prints/albums to the winning family and the person that nominated them will get a free session from me (valued at $175) as well. 

How this works is you nominate a family who deserves photographs. Maybe they are going through some trying times, or they have given so much to others selflessly, or they just have really bad pictures on their wall, haha just kidding. 

To nominate others, email me at chaz@chazcruz.com with a great story! The nomination window will be open until December 21st and I will pick a winner on December 23rd. This is a great gift for deserving people, so please spread the word about this to everyone in San Diego. 

Here are some portraits that I have taken recently.


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One of my best friends, Andrea, is doing her part to help the green initiative by putting together a fashion show at Thin/Onyx on October 17th. I'm going to copy and paste a little blurb from her press release:

Ecologique: Fashion for a Green Future will begin with a social cocktail hour and trunk show, which will allow guests to network with other attendees as well as introduce them to great new green products and designs. In addition to the trunk show, a silent auction will take place featuring unique designer clothing, accessories, and green- friendly products. All proceeds of the charity auction will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego (www.komensandiego.org), the local Affiliate of the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

A few weeks ago she asked me if I could shoot some promo shots for a video she was putting together for a show and I was happy to oblige! Please visit the website or Facebook page for more information about the show! 

Here is the video created by Charlie Yi of Rock Step Productions.

So come out on October 17th and lend your support! It should be a great event!
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