On this week's episode, I am bringing on another photographer! After lots of thought, I am so excited to have wedding photographer Chaz Cruz on the show with me for multiple reasons, which I get into. Chaz is a photo magician and I've always admired his dope, individual style. Listen in as he shares how he accidentally fell in love with photography and turned his love for wedding photography into a business and personality based brand. My biggest takeaway from our conversation is learning about how he came into his own style and why it's so important to be true to you and not follow trends. We both share the same fear about becomming complaciant, which leads into the big announcement he shares at the end of the show. Enjoy!
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Follow Chaz's Hustle:
5:12 - How Chaz saw his business come into fruition in his fourth year of business.
6:50 - How Chaz got that Chaz Cruz wedding style.
7:50 - Chaz shares what he thinks is important for photographers starting out and how he held true to his vision.
9:40 - How all of his personal work comes through in his wedding photography; why he goes extra lengths to set up an idea.
11:00 - Growing his business vertically and how he chose his people organically.
13:06 - Finding balance; the hardest thing is to ask for help, but why it's important.
13:58 - How to keep the work exciting and how he focuses on a new element every year in his work.
14:45 - More about Chaz's style and how he got it.
16:25 - Advice: Shoot shoot shoot. Study study study.
19:45 - Getting out of his shell to create how he wanted to create.
20:12 - Chaz's big next move!
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