Hello! I'm Alonya Eisenberg, owner of Jozu Photography. I specialize in birth, maternity, newborn, baby, and child photography.
I grew up in the gorgeous coastal town of Mendocino in Northern California. It is the land of tall old-growth redwood trees and craggy bluffs overlooking a sparkling ocean. The daughter of a midwife and a disc jockey, I learned to appreciate nature, art, music, and the miracle of birth from a young age.
My photography journey started young. I remember tromping through the woods with a little point and shoot camera and taking pictures of banana slugs. They were all out of focus, but the thrill of picture taking had me hooked. Later I would get into developing my own film in the high school dark room. I had moved on from banana slugs to more dynamic subjects. My little brother James was my favorite person to photograph. Eight years younger than me, James was the little love of my life. I loved to follow him around trying to catch his every expression. Now I shoot digital and love the creativity that digital processing allows for.
As the daughter of a midwife I have always been surrounded by bumps, birth, and babies. Though fascinated and very drawn to that world I always considered myself a creative spirit and never felt compelled to follow in her medical footsteps. I love babies and kids and even nannied for a few years out of college. One day a big wonderful light bulb went off. "I can combine my love and talent for photography with my love for all things baby and have the perfect job!" And here I am now. I named by business Jozu Photography after my cats Joanie and Zuzu (Jo and Zu for short) who made me the cat person I never thought I would be and who were my little subjects when I was practicing and refining my skills.
I also spend time writing and performing comedy, fantasizing about travel and sometimes doing it, and trying not to eat too much cheese.
There is nothing more beautiful than a woman squeezing her partner's hand through labor or an innocent newborn swaddled up and dreaming or a toddler with the case of the giggles. I see phenomenal beauty in these things and I love using my skill as a photographer to create invaluable images that preserve everything you love and cherish most about this moment in time with your family. I would love to be your photographer!
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