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 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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November 22, 2009 // portraits / sneak peek

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November 16, 2009 // families / portraits
I got referred to my client Jennifer (or Da for short, get the title now?) by her good friend Be and I knew that she wanted some stylish shots for her own family. We headed out to the convention center in downtown San Diego and we got to the portrait making!

Teaching kids how to be cool early.


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Jennifer Phanhthaly:

Great job Chaz!!!!!

(11.16.09 @ 04:42 PM)
tracy kinnaman:

thats cute

(11.22.09 @ 10:50 PM)