Hazelnut Photography

Jordana Hazel

Welcome, and thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere! My name is Jordana Hazel and I am a Los Angeles based wedding photographer. What began as a little hobby grew and became my passion. I've loved photography most of my life and feel incredibly lucky to have been able to make it my career. I am beyond honored to capture couples before, during and after the biggest step their relationship will ever take.

My website will give you a great idea of who I am as a person and as a photographer. But, you'll find my most recent work & a few personal ramblings here... go take a peek!

Should you have any questions, please shoot over an email (jordana@hazelnutphotography.com) or use the contact page on my website. I am super excited to hear from you!


July 10th, 2014

Karin & Doug: The Temecula Creek Inn Wedding


Karin and I go way back.  Way back.  She’s been a bridesmaid in not one, but two weddings I shot over the past few years.  (Melissa & Brook and Alli & Matt… it was so great to see you all!)  She was always one the liveliest and most fun bridesmaids, always making my job so much fun.  But last week she was my bride and it was so amazing to get to know her!  She’s even more lively, even more fun and even more beautiful than I’d thought.  And Doug got to marry her.  These two, they are such lucky ones.

Karin & Doug met at work… he was her boss.  I can only imagine how that all got started, but I’m so happy that it did.  Karin & Doug are absolutely wonderful together, they make a great couple and their wedding day was nothing short of perfection.   The were married under the trees at The Temecula Creek Inn, such a beautiful venue.  Her brother officiated one of the most heartfelt ceremonies I’ve ever documented.  It was sweet and funny and seemed a perfect representation of Karin & Doug as a couple.  Each detail was impeccable, little treats everywhere you looked.  But more than that, the warm and amazing welcome from every guests made me feel like we were attending an intimate gathering of the closest family & friends.  It was truly a lovely day, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it!

Karin & Doug – I hope that the Maldives are treating you well and that you each have a delicious cocktail in hand.  So many congratulations on a beautiful wedding and best wishes for the happiest of marriages.  I am so happy for you both!

Venue: Temecula Creek Inn / Coordinator: At Your Door Events / Videographer: Forrey Films / Florist: Flowers, Etc / Hair & Makeup: Beach Bridal / DJ: Vox DJ / Cake: Cakes to Celebrate / Photobooth: Drunken Pixel


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June 27th, 2014

Abby & Jonathan: The Sephardic Temple Wedding


She circled him at the beginning of their ceremony, then he circled her.  And they never let go of one another, never once.  They couldn’t take their eyes off each other.  The love was absolutely palpable, you could feel it emanating from the two of them, from their friends and from their families.  I don’t think I’ve laughed more, or shed more tears at a wedding.  It was such a special day and I am so happy to have documented every moment of it.

Abby & Jonathan were married on Sunday at The Sephardic Temple in LA.  It was a day that really focused on the two of them and the intense love they share with their families, who already seem so intertwined.    The stories shared were funny, sweet and an amazing view into their lives.  Each and every person I met overflowed with gratitude and admiration for each and every other family member.  It was so lovely!

Abby & Jonathan – I am so thrilled for the two of you!   You two are so intentional, so special, and I feel honored to know you.  This next adventure will be incredible for you both and I wish you nothing but the best.  Mazel Tov!

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June 26th, 2014

Michelle & Bryan: The Maravilla Gardens Wedding


Two people couldn’t be more in sync with one another.  It seems they’ve been following each other for most of their lives.  Now, they are next to one another, standing side by side, as they take on this new life adventure together!  These two, Michelle & Bryan, are so absolutely perfect for each other.  Their wedding day will go down as one of my favorites, because it was so genuine.  IT seemed to be a perfect representation of them, as individuals and as a couple.  They have a beautiful respect for one another, an immense love for their families and true admiration for their friends.  It was an incredible day, full of love and laughter and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the two of them!

Michelle & Bryan were married at Maravilla Gardens, one of my favorite little venues in Camarillo.  It was the perfect backdrop to their sweet wedding.  The Little Branch played off the soft nature tones of Maravilla with the most amazing florals and one of the most solid bridal bouquets I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting.  On the longest day of 2014, we used up every bit of light we could and celebrated long in to the night!

Michelle & Bryan – so many congratulations!  It was such a lovely day and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.  Thank you so much for your trust and your ease, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph the two of you.  I wish you nothing but the best in a long and happy marriage!

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June 20th, 2014

Agnieszka & Danny: The Spanish Hills Country Club Wedding


They danced to “All of Me” by John Legend, and I realized that this was truly a couple that took that sentiment to heart.  These were two people that went all in, held nothing back.  The seem to do this in their relationship, in their jobs, with their families and with their friends.  They are full of love and respect and gratitude.  I have no doubt that their marriage will be long and full.

Agnieszka & Danny were married last week at the Spanish Hills Country Club in a heartfelt and beautiful ceremony.  It was an amazing day that brought together two families from opposite sides of the world, uniting them into one beautiful unit.  It was an honor and a pleasure to document this step for all of them!

Agnieszka & Danny – Thank you thank you thank you!   I was so happy to be a part of your wedding day, it was absolutely perfect!  I am so happy for the two of you and am so excited to see where this life takes you both.  So many congratulations, I wish you everything good in this world!

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June 11th, 2014

Gabby & Dan: The Pasadena Backyard Wedding


At one of the very first photobooth I ever shot, Gabby was the coordinator.   Then she referred me to her sister, and Ruthies wedding was one of the very first I ever shot.  We go way way back!  They were both so supportive of me as I started my photography career, and I have been so appreciative!  And on Monday, Gabby married Dan, in the loveliest little backyard wedding.  They were surrounded by their closest family members and made their vows in the place they are most comfortable, their home.  It was simple and sweet, a wedding that was truly about the marriage that will follow.   Gabby & Dan were absolutely giddy with each other.  I didn’t have to coach or cajole, they just fell in to this easy rhythm with one another.  It was beautiful to watch, and makes me so happy!

Gabby & Dan – It was such a pleasure!  Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon!  The two of you are absolutely fantastic and I’m so happy to have been a part of this intimate affair.  It was so lovely!   So many congratulations to the two of you!

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June 9th, 2014

Jen & Blake: The Foundation For The Carolinas Wedding


I’ve known Jen for twelve years.  Which seems insane to me.  We were college roommates at Wake Forest and sorority sisters.  There were many late nights, uncountable trips to Golden Corral (breakfast, break, lunch, nap) and innumerable cocktails.  The stories we could share about each other are equal parts incredible and totally embarrassing.  But suffice it to say,  we laughed a lot, took care of each other and  It was such an amazing time in my life, probably one of the best, and I have so many of those good memories attributed to Jen.  Then we graduated, moved to new cities and started our lives as real people.   It’s been almost ten years since I’ve seen her, but when I got her email that she was engaged, we picked right up where we left off!


Jen and Blake got married after ten years together.  Ten years!  They met in college and moved to Charlotte together after graduation.  They are hysterical, they are kind and they are so happy together.  They haven’t changed from the two amazing people that I knew ten years ago and I am so happy to reconnect with both of their lovely faces.

Since they’ve now claimed Charlotte as their home, the wedding was held at The Foundation For The Carolinas in downtown Charlotte.  This area is so incredible and has changed so much from my last visit, umm, 1990, when my family moved down to the coast.  It was the perfect backdrop!   And their vendors… I don’t think I’ve EVER been taken such good care of by a vendor team.  Thank you so much I Do Wedding Consulting and Queen City Catering.  If southern hospitality could just become world hospitality, the world would be a better place! Another sorority sister, Lily Greenthumb, handled all of the florals and they were absolutely stunning!
Jen & Blake – It was so amazing to see you take this next step in  your relationship.  I am so honored to have documented it all for you and so thrilled for you both.  It was such a lovely day!  I wish you both nothing but the best and most incredible life together.  So many congratulations!

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May 20th, 2014

Carissa & Jason: The Venice Canals & LACMA Engagement Session


Los Angeles is such a big place, and it has so much to offer.  It’s one of the things I love so much about it here, there are more interesting places than I’ll ever get to see.  Having a reason to hang out in some of them is one of the things that makes my job so great.  But, in all the years I’ve been shooting in LA, that’s six now, I’ve never once shot at the street light installation at LACMA.  For such a popular place in LA, this seems kind of odd.  So when Carissa & Jason suggested it, I was so excited!  Seems like one of those shots an LA photographer should really just have.

Carissa & Jason are kind, and so sweet with each other.  They really wanted their session to reflect their love of LA, and it’s vastness, so we started in the Venice Canals.  It’s so lovely down there, and such an interesting part of LA!   Then we headed over to LACMA to finish up as the sun was setting.  It was PACKED there, but I love the images that we created.  It was a great day!

Carissa & Jason – Thank you so much for an amazing tour of LA!  It was such a great day and I couldn’t be more excited for your wedding! See you so soon!

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May 13th, 2014

Jessi & Violet: The Mother/Daughter Session


I’m always looking for ways to shake it up a little bit.  It’s easy to shoot the same thing, the same way, over and over again.  And honeslty, that’s part of my job… delivering a specific style of images, images that all have the same look and feel.  I work hard to do that so my clients are getting images that they expect to get.  But, to try something new, to stretch my legs a little bit, to get inspired… that’s part of my job too.

I’ve had an idea for a shoot, and my dear friend Jessi (who also happens to be a pretty amazing wedding planner!) was super in to it.  I wanted it to be clean, simple… just a new mother and her daughter.  I wasn’t really sure what we’d get, mostly, I wanted to play with lighting.  So we tried all kinds of things.  I experimented and tested and Jessi & Violet were absolutely the most amazing models.  At the end of the day, I realized that I just love natural light too much.  I turned everything off and kept it as simple as possible.  And when everything else was stripped away, I just saw a strong, beautiful and amazing woman loving a tiny baby girl.  And it made me so happy.

Jessi & Violet – Thank you so much for letting my practice on the two of you!  You were absolutely the best and I adore you so much.  Kisses to you both!
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May 12th, 2014

Adrienne & Garrett: The Maternity Session


New babies and growing families and really big life steps… it’s so exciting and one of the most amazing parts of my job.  To document these major milestones for lovely people, it’s really amazing.  I met Adrienne last year, we shot an incredible boudoir session for her husband-to-be, Garrett.  And now they’re married and getting ready to take on the next adventure together, a daughter!

These two were so much fun to shoot.  They’ve been a couple since college and have grown up together.  Their laughter is contagious and their love is palpable.  This little girl is already so loved, it’s a beautiful thing.  So, before their lives change all together in a few months, we took some time to document the two of them, as they are now.  We met at one of my favorite fields and they ran together as I clicked.  It was a lovely day!

Adrienne & Garrett – Thank you so much!  I couldn’t be more excited for the two of you and that fabulous little girl.  So many congratulations!

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May 7th, 2014

Agnieszka & Danny: The Dodger Stadium Engagement Session


I’ve been shooting session in LA for many many years now.  So, it’s rare that I get to shoot in a completely brand-new-to-me location.  There are the amazing LA standards that are so lovely, and such amazing locations, but something new always inspires me.  Makes me think a little bit differently.  And always makes me so excited.  So when I met with Agnieszka last year and she told me that Dodger Stadium was such a huge part of their lives, and that Danny had grown up there, AND that they wanted to shoot their engagement session there…  Done!   It was pretty amazing guys.

Agnieszka & Danny met through mutual friends who knew they’d be perfect for one another.  They seem to be the most amazing counterbalances to each other.  They each step in where the other might falter, they encourage and raise each other up.  They take on the world together, most of it all at once, and are so wonderfully great together.   I couldn’t be more excited to shoot their wedding next month!

Agnieszka & Daniel – thank you so much for the amazing shooting experience!   It was absolutely incredible and I’m so excited with what we created together.  I’ll see you soon!
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