Jozu Photography: Blog http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jozu Photography jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:05:00 GMT Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:05:00 GMT http://www.jozuphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u887690710-o39725580-50.jpg Jozu Photography: Blog http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog 120 120 Celebrating Adoption {Culver City Family Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/11/celebrating-adoption-culver-city-family-photographer After over a year of being a family, one year old James' adoption had still not been officially finalized. For legal reasons James' image was not allowed online until the adoption was official and mama Erin would have to put stickers over his face when she wanted to share something on social media. So what better way to celebrate the finalization of sweet James' adoption than with a family photo session? The stars aligned for this session and I happened to be available on the exact day of the adoption finalization. The family came straight from the court house to the session and we had a wonderful afternoon taking pictures and celebrating wonderful, sweet, adorable, hilarious James. Enjoy these special photos!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) childhood family http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/11/celebrating-adoption-culver-city-family-photographer Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:09:11 GMT
In Honor of Northern California {One Year Old Portrait Session) http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/10/los-angeles-photographer-in-northern-california-one-year-old-photo-session I thought I'd share a session from the beginning of the year that took place in Northern California's beautiful Jack London State Park. I am from Northern California, Mendocino specifically, and will always consider the mossy ground of a redwood forest to be the most beautiful and peaceful place on earth. The devastating forest fires up north have truly broken my heart. If you would like to donate to help the thousands of people affected by the fires please consider these organizations:

www.unitedwaywinecountry.org

http://www.communityfound.org

And please enjoy the special photos from my NorCal photo session with sweet, amazing, adorable Orson!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) baby childhood family http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/10/los-angeles-photographer-in-northern-california-one-year-old-photo-session Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:28:07 GMT
Big Sister Loves her New Baby Sister {Van Nuys Fresh 48 Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/7/big-sister-and-new-baby-sister-meet-van-nuys-fresh-48-photographer This First Moments or "fresh 48" session was so special. For those who don't know, "fresh 48" is a photo session done within the first 48 hours of a baby's life - taken at their place of birth. It is a wonderful time to capture photos of siblings and other family members meeting the newest addition for the first time. In this case I came back in the morning after baby Jane's 3:33am birth (which I also photographed!) to capture some moments with her doting new big sister, Arlene, along with Auntie and Grandpa. It was one of the most heartwarming events I've ever photographed. Arlene was so immediately taken by her baby sister. She was singing songs and giving her lots of hugs and kisses. Enjoy these special photos!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) birth fresh-48 newborn http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/7/big-sister-and-new-baby-sister-meet-van-nuys-fresh-48-photographer Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:24:38 GMT
Sweet Baby Boy at Home {Van Nuys Newborn Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/5/sweet-baby-boy-at-home-van-nuys-newborn-photographer I had the privilege of documenting Aden's journey from belly to birth, so it was truly special to document him at home as a newborn getting settled with his wonderful parents. Can't you just feel the love when you look at these images? Enjoy!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BABY FAMILY NEWBORN http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/5/sweet-baby-boy-at-home-van-nuys-newborn-photographer Sun, 21 May 2017 04:09:09 GMT
Beautiful Outdoor Pregnancy Session {Pasadena Maternity Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/5/beautiful-outdoor-pregnancy-session-pasadena-maternity-photographer There's no other way to put it. Noel is a pregnant goddess! I loved our morning maternity shoot in Pasadena. The light was creamy and warm and Noel and her husband Javier are such vibrant and fun people to be around and photograph. They couldn't be more excited to welcome their baby boy into the world! Birth story coming soon :) Enjoy these special pregnancy portraits. 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) MATERNITY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/5/beautiful-outdoor-pregnancy-session-pasadena-maternity-photographer Wed, 17 May 2017 17:29:35 GMT
Natural Hospital Delivery of Baby Boy {Los Angeles Birth Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/4/natural-hospital-delivery-of-baby-boy-los-angeles-birth-photographer-2 Photographing sweet baby Aden come into the world was a very special experience. This was an emotional and profound birth and capturing it was a true honor. I had photographed Ally and Ben's maternity session and had an inkling of Ally's incredible strength and grace after that session. But it was certainly revealed to me during her labor and delivery as she worked through her contractions calmly and peacefully and then pushed with determination and bravery. I was also astounded by her amazing support team - her loving, caring, and focused husband Ben, her doula Rachel, and her wonderful mother. Each birth story is unique, but the common thread is always the prevailing strength that love provides. This is why I am so drawn to capturing birth stories. Thank you Ally and Ben for allowing me to capture yours. 

   

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BIRTH FRESH-48 http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/4/natural-hospital-delivery-of-baby-boy-los-angeles-birth-photographer-2 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:43:03 GMT
One Year Old Boy Enjoys the Outdoors {Los Angeles Baby Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/1/adventurous-one-year-old-boy-enjoys-the-outdoors-los-angeles-baby-photographer I documented this amazing little boy's birth over a year ago. Now he is a walking, babbling, adventurous toddler and is so fun to photograph! Mom and dad are totally in love and it is so wonderful to capture the love and joy of this (growing) family. Spoiler alert! Mom is pregnant again with baby #2. I can't wait! Enjoy these fun photos! 

One year old boy shows off his two little teeth. Young family holds hands walking by a lake. Mom and dad playing with laughing baby boy.

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BABY CHILDHOOD FAMILY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/1/adventurous-one-year-old-boy-enjoys-the-outdoors-los-angeles-baby-photographer Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:58:29 GMT
Beautiful Connection Between Mother and Daughter {Westwood Family Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/1/beautiful-connection-between-mother-and-daughter-westwood-family-photographer I have photographed Bella and Stephanie for three years in a row now and it is always a treat. Bella is a beautiful, fun, and super photogenic kid who continues to grow in sass and inches every year. She is always a joy to photograph, but the most special thing about photographing these two is their connection. They are an incredible mom and daughter duo and dog Jeremy completes the family. We went to a park in Westwood and just had fun! This wonderful session made me grateful for the amazing weather that we get year round in Los Angeles. You'd never know this photo session took place in winter! Enjoy!

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) CHILDHOOD FAMILY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/1/beautiful-connection-between-mother-and-daughter-westwood-family-photographer Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:00:00 GMT
Adorable One Year Old Girl {Coldwater Canyon Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/1/adorable-one-year-old-girl-coldwater-canyon-photographer Violet is one of the most joyful babies I've ever met! I absolutely loved photographing her at Franklin Canyon Park in the beautiful Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles. I love venturing into the canyon because there is so much beautiful nature to be found right in the middle of LA! I photographed Violet when she was just a tiny newborn, so it was special to have the chance to take some new portraits of her as a one year old. Violet is going to be a big sister soon too! Mom's pregnant baby bump is just starting show. Enjoy!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BABY FAMILY MATERNITY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2017/1/adorable-one-year-old-girl-coldwater-canyon-photographer Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Happy Baby Boy Enjoying the Outdoors {Culver City Baby Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/12/happy-baby-boy-enjoying-the-outdoors-culver-city-baby-photographer I had the privilege of photographing this sweet baby boy when he was just a newborn last December at their home in the South Bay, so I was thrilled when his mom reached out to get some family portraits this fall. Little Dylan is a dream baby to photograph. He has a mellow temperament, but loves to laugh and squeal. I think the squealing pictures are my favorite! We had some yummy late afternoon sun and captured joyful, sweet images of this cutie and his wonderful family including his dog bestie Koa. Enjoy!

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BABY FAMILY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/12/happy-baby-boy-enjoying-the-outdoors-culver-city-baby-photographer Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:59:00 GMT
Empowering Images of Pregnant Yoga Enthusiast {Culver City Maternity Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/11/empowering-images-of-pregnant-yoga-enthusiast-los-angeles-maternity-photographer My beautiful client Ally had the wonderful idea to take some yoga images for her maternity session. Her yoga practice has been a big part of her pregnancy and I was excited by the idea of taking some special yoga mama portraits. I had a vision of having her up above the city commanding the sky, so we found a wonderful spot overlooking Culver City. It was an overcast day, so we got these wonderful moody clouds. Can you believe how beautiful, powerful, and strong she looks? I walked away from this session feeling so inspired and so in love with what I do. I am happy to say that I have started going back to yoga class (it had been months!) and even feel compelled to feed my body better too. We must love our mind, body, and soul everyday whether we are gestating a little life inside of us or just trying to be loving people of this planet. It starts with self love and self empowerment. Thank you, Ally for the inspiration!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) MATERNITY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/11/empowering-images-of-pregnant-yoga-enthusiast-los-angeles-maternity-photographer Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:52:17 GMT
Los Angeles Photographer Gets Ready for a Big Trip {Photos from Salt Lake City} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/9/getting-ready-for-a-big-trip---photos-from-salt-lake-city Today I have been preparing for a big trip to England. It will be my first time going "over the pond" and my excitement is through the roof. I have always been a little scared to travel with my camera (aka my baby) and often leave it at home because I don't want to risk losing it or hurting it. I end up relying on my cellphone for picture taking which produces underwhelming results for this photographer. I ALWAYS wish I had my trusty Canon 6D with me, so this time she is coming for sure! How can I not have my camera to capture the picturesque English country side and quaint cobblestone villages? The thought of photographing these places thrills me. The last time I brought my camera along was on a visit to Salt Lake City Utah, but I was lacking good bag to carry it in, so after extensive research I went for a new bag and it came today! It is called the Abbey Bag by Jo Totes. I'm excited to try it out.

I don't have any pictures of England to share yet, but in the meantime please enjoy these images from my trip to Utah. My love, Marc, and I rented a car and drove out to Antelope Island which I can easily say is one of the most jaw droppingly beautiful places I've ever seen. Enjoy!

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) TRAVEL http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/9/getting-ready-for-a-big-trip---photos-from-salt-lake-city Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:03:18 GMT
Emergency C-Section - NICU Baby {Los Angeles Birth Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/8/emergencycsection First I want to start off by letting you know that all parties involved are absolutely healthy and recovered now. The amazing doctor at Cedars Sinai detected the need for an emergency cesarian just in time and all that was needed for baby to recover was about a day and half in the NICU to regain some strength after losing and swallowing some blood. 

I feel so grateful to have been able to capture this unique birth story. Every baby arrives in their own way. You may remember this mama from the sunny pregnancy session I posted a few months ago. Of course she wasn't planning to have an emergency c-section, but her mother's instinct told her to go to the hospital even though she was only in very early labor. I rushed to the hospital and got there just after the surgery. I captured everything I could of this story - Mama waking up from general anesthesia and hearing that her baby was healthy, daddy visiting baby in the NICU, and then I returned the next morning to capture the moment mom met her baby boy for the first time. Please enjoy these beautiful images of this family's birth story. 

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CONTACT ME to set up a session or discuss birth coverage!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BIRTH C-SECTION http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/8/emergencycsection Sun, 28 Aug 2016 04:52:52 GMT
Fun and Vibrant 3 Year Old! {Baldwin Hills Child Portrait Session} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/8/arlene-gail-3-years-old-los-angeles-child-portrait-session I have been photographing this cutie since she was only a three month baby. Arlene and I have done many photo sessions together, but this one was the first one where she could actually talk to me. "Are we done yet?" she would periodically ask. When the answer was "no" she would happily go back to participating. No fussing at all! She has an amazing attitude and spirit. I can't believe it, but she turn three years old yesterday! We had so much fun exploring Kenneth Hahn Park in the Baldwin Hills area. Arlene remains one of my favorite people to photograph. She is vibrant, sweet, and silly. Enjoy! Three year old portrait in field Three year old laughing Little girl giggles Eye lashes and sun. sweet child smiles Black and white child portrait

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Happy birthday, Arlene! Hugs and kisses, Alonya

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) CHILDHOOD FAMILY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/8/arlene-gail-3-years-old-los-angeles-child-portrait-session Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:59:24 GMT
Sunny Day and Glowing Pregnant Mama {Culver City Maternity Session} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/8/sunny-culver-city-maternity-session A sunny afternoon at one of my favorite parks. A gorgeous pregnant mama. Creamy sunlight. Pure love! It was really special to photograph beautiful Vanessa as she and her husband await the birth of their baby boy. I am honored to also have been entrusted with photographing the birth of their little one. In just a few weeks I will officially be on call awaiting the notice that Vanessa is in labor. Enjoy these special images of pregnancy

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) MATERNITY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/8/sunny-culver-city-maternity-session Sun, 07 Aug 2016 23:58:10 GMT
Sweet Baby Grace {West Hollywood Newborn Session} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/6/baby-grace---los-angeles-newborn-session Oh sweet baby Grace! I loved everything about this West Hollywood newborn session. Grace was a perfect, yummy, curly little newborn who was a joy to photograph. Her parents, Beth and Marc, are some of the greatest people I've ever met. Gracie gave us a good amount of sleepy bliss which allowed me to capture these special photos. My goal was to keep the images simple and capture Grace's delicate sweetness. Enjoy!

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) NEWBORN http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/6/baby-grace---los-angeles-newborn-session Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:16:04 GMT
Adorable Family of Girls {Santa Monica Portrait Session} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/5/santa-monica-family-session---the-adorable-gubbins-family What a beautiful, sweet, fun family this was to photograph. Lucy and Mary, the adorable little girls, were so fun to follow around with my camera. I feel like I was able to capture some real genuine moments of childhood with this session - finding bugs, taking baby alien for a walk in the stroller, playing with mom's hair. Childhood is so fleeting and I love using my photography to freeze time in an artistic way. And then there was baby Margot who I was able to capture sleeping ever so sweetly in mom's arms. Enjoy!

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) CHILDHOOD FAMILY http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/5/santa-monica-family-session---the-adorable-gubbins-family Sun, 29 May 2016 23:05:23 GMT
Sweet Newborn Baby Girl w/ Toddler Brother {Los Angeles Newborn Session} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/4/tierney-noelle-newborn-session This was a really special session. I photographed the birth of precious Tierney, so I had a special connection with her already. Little brother Kieran was super fun to photograph too (that red hair!) and it was amazing to see him interacting with his new sister and learning how to "be gentle". I also took some time to follow him around and captured some wonderful images of him just being a toddler - turning on lights, playing in the curtains, laughing. I'm really excited about the images that came out of this session. Enjoy!

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) childhood newborn http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/4/tierney-noelle-newborn-session Tue, 05 Apr 2016 01:22:59 GMT
Beautiful Labor and Fast Hospital Birth of Sweet Baby Girl {Santa Monica Birth Photographer} http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/3/the-birth-of-tierney-noelle It was very special to witness and photograph Ann and Brendan welcoming their second child into the world. Ann was the most positive and cavalier I've ever seen a woman in labor be. She laughed and smiled through the process and won over the entire staff. By the time she was ready to push she gave one big push and out popped little Tierney. I'm not joking! The doctor couldn't believe it (you'll see some great expressions from the doctor below) and the room was jovial and laughing as they exclaimed and recounted the "one push". 

Thank you to the staff of UCLA medical in Santa Monica for being so warm and welcoming and to Ann and Brendan for being so open and allowing me to share these photos. Enjoy this beautiful and unique birth story!

A week later I was able to follow up with Ann and Brendan for an in home newborn session with sweet baby girl Tierney and big brother Kieran. 

 

 

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) BIRTH FRESH-48 http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/3/the-birth-of-tierney-noelle Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:36:08 GMT
Clayton Bradley Newborn Session: Los Angeles Newborn Photographer http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/2/clayton-bradley-newborn-session Remember that amazing birth I got to document? Well, just two weeks later I had the privilege of photographing little Clayton again - this time in his home. If birth is a whirlwind, then the experience of entering a family's home after birth is breezy, calm, and fresh. It feels like I am entering a sacred space and it is so amazing. I love capturing connection. I love capturing love. Enjoy these special photos!

 

 

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jozuphotography@gmail.com (Jozu Photography) NEWBORN http://www.jozuphotography.com/blog/2016/2/clayton-bradley-newborn-session Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:01:26 GMT