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!

 

February 19th, 2015

Violet, Jessi & Adam: The Toddler Session

 

I’ve known Jessi for years now.  We met through work, and if I could work every single wedding with her, I would be happy.   She’s one of the best planners out there!  But our work relationship has blossomed over the years into a real life friendship and I’m so lucky to get to do life with this one.   She’s a really incredible lady.  And this incredible lady has an amazing family… her husband Adam is smart & funny and their daughter Violet is ohmygod adorable.  Shooting the three of them was a breeze.  Why are they so cute?!

Violet turned one in January, and she’s growing up so quickly!  I remember getting the email with her very first pictures, I was in Amsterdam and had logged in at a coffee shop.  She was so tiny and beautiful and I was so happy for Jessi & Adam.  Now, she’s EVERYWHERE.  She’s not so tiny anymore, but she’s still so beautiful, and now she’s smart and funny and engaging.  These three people are so lucky to have one another!

Jessi, Adam & Violet – shooting the three of you was such a pleasure!  The three of you are such role models for Chris & I, and I hope we can do this parenting thing with half of the grace, respect & love that you have.  Love you kids :-)

 

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February 18th, 2015

Plus One Lunch

 

The people in the wedding industry are really really incredible people and I’m lucky to call a lot of them my good friends.  Not my good work friends, but my good real-life-I’m-having-a-crisis friends.  I consistently ask myself how lucky I am to know them!   So, it would make sense to me that their industry friends would be pretty incredible people too.   When I go to networking events, meeting those people are the highlights of my evening.  But it’s loud, you’re pulled in a million directions and there are so many lovely people to hug and catch up with, that it’s usually a brief encounter.  I wanted to get to know them better, I didn’t want to yell over a crowd and I didn’t want to leave my house.  So, I hatched a plan.

Plus One Lunches.  I invite three of my good industry/real life friends, and they in turn invite one of their industry friends.  I cooked a few simple things (the butternut squash recipe is here!), opened a few bottles of rosé and we gathered around the table.  We talked about real life and work life.  We had an impromptu How to Take Better Instagram Photos.  We talked about where we’d been and where we were hoping to go… with our lives and our businesses.  We shared and we laughed and I kicked myself repeatedly for having this amazing idea a year ago and never doing anything about it.  But it’s going to be a monthly thing now and I can’t wait to see how it all evolves!

 

 

 

Jessi of You & Me Events, Heidi of Heidi Ryder Photography, Yoleine of Yellow Bird Events, Kacee of Kacee Geoffroy Hair & Makeup & Amanda of Rosebud Floral Design were my fantastic first guests and made it so easy.  I was nervous, thinking that this whole thing was crazy and we would just stare at each other with nothing to say.  But that was silly because these ladies are incredible :-)  Thank you so much loves! 

I didn’t take any pictures while there were people here, and I really must get better at that (next time!).  But there are a few on the instagram, under the hashtag #plusonelunch

 

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February 13th, 2015

Behind The Scenes

 

The worst part of my job is culling.  At an average 8 hour wedding, my second shooter and I will snap about 5,000 frames.  And on Tuesday, I spend about 8 hours going through each and every one of them.  I shoot a lot, to hope I can snag one that has everyone smiling, at me, with open eyes (it’s significantly harder than you might imagine) or to make sure I’m getting the perfect angle on the incredible bouquet.  So, even though I can narrow it down to the amazing 800-1000 images that you’ll see, I have to dig through 4,000 that hit the cutting room floor.  It’s tedious and boring and I curse myself every week for shooting way too much.  I literally stand up and clap for myself when I’m done.  This usually wakes Basil and he looks at me confused and disoriented.

But, the 800-1000 picks that I fall in love with make it so good, and the images my second shooter takes of me are like the icing on the cake.  Some of them are truly truly terrible, and I can’t share them because I’m embarrassed.  But I keep a folder for the other ones and will glance through it at the end of the year.   Here are a few of the behind the scenes from 2014… well, maybe not so much behind the scenes, as in the middle of the scene.  You know.  :-)

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February 6th, 2015

The Hazelnut Photography Office

 

Where all the magic happens!  Ha, I guess… its’ where all the behind the scenes happens, and that’s kind of magic :-)

In 2008, Chris & I bought an enormous fixer-upper of a house.  We’ve spent six years renovating it, stripping each room down to its bones and building it back up.  It has been an incredible process, one of the most amazing adventures we’ve had…  tough and expensive, but an amazing test of our skills and resources.  Also, we have fun and it makes me look at my husband with so much pride and love.  Working together on these projects makes our marriage stronger, and for that, I love him even more.

Today I’m sharing a bit about my office over on my personal blog, Cocktails For Breakfast… you can see the post here!  Enjoy!

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February 4th, 2015

Baby Hazel: En Route

 

The Hazels are growing!

If you follow me on Instagram, I actually posted about our new addition a while ago!  And then never thought to talk about it on the blog.  So, here’s the newest of the updates… Baby Hazel is a SHE, which was super shocking to both Chris & I, as we’d been calling her him for about 10 weeks.  We’re hoping for my nose and Chris’ ankles, and it looks like we might be right!  She’s healthy and growing, I’m feeling totally normal and also growing.  Because it’s been such a run-of-the-mill and super easy (knock on wood) pregnancy, it’s hard to believe that it’s a real thing!   But this week, we’re rearranging the house to prepare for her arrival and all the new stuff that comes with her.  When that crib arrives, I’m guessing the realness of it all will start to settle in!

From a photography standpoint, I’m going to be taking 2015 a little bit slower than normal.  I want to make sure that I can give my full attention to the clients that I do photograph, so I will only be booking about half of the weddings I normally would.  I’m nearing my limit for the season, so if you’re interested in booking a 2015 wedding, let me know soon!   Other than that, I’m hoping to keep things running as normally as possible when our world flips around on itself!  It’s going to be a great year kids :-)

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January 26th, 2015

Harley: The Newborn Session

 

Ohh tiny little babies, with their tiny little legs and their perfect little feet… They are so fantastic and newborn shoots are one of my favorites to photograph, albeit, one of the toughest.  But Harley, this little one was such a perfect little rockstar and made it all so easy on her parents and I!  She likes to keep one eye open, never missing anything going on around her and she fought going to sleep like a champ.  But those few sleeping pictures at the end of our session, those are always the best and totally worth all the time and energy it takes to get them there.  Hey, first photoshoots are really exciting!
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This Aden + Anais Swaddle is from J.Crew, and I am obsessed with it :-)

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November 26th, 2014

Linh, Brian & Katie: The Family Session

 

Linh & Brian had the loveliest wedding a few years ago.  On the one hand, it seems like yesterday.  On the other, it seems like a lifetime ago.  It was a day full of love & laughter and these two haven’t changed a bit.  They made a new addition, the super adorable Katie, and she has the same vivaciousness that her parents have.  I was so happy to see these two again!  And meeting their little one, I was so happy!  It’s always so great to see my couples long after their day has passed!

Katie, Linh & Brian – Thank you!   Thank you for such a great session!   You three are such a good time and I was so happy to spend the morning with you!  Thank you for having me!

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November 25th, 2014

Marisa & Greg: The Beach Engagement

 

There are people in this world that are kind, and generous, and beautiful inside & out.  I adored Marisa the moment I met her a few months ago.  I was so excited to meet Greg at our engagement session and knew that if Marisa liked him, I probably would too.  These two… these two are so much fun and I felt like we’d known each other for years.  Shooting their session was pretty amazing, cold, but amazing and I’m pretty sure that their wedding next year will be one of my favorites in 2015.

Marisa & Greg – It was all so wonderful!   Thank you for being such rockstars!   I couldn’t be more excited about your wedding next year… I just hate that we have to wait so long!  See you soon!

 

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Marisa & Greg actually met at The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, so they brought a bottle along!
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November 24th, 2014

Wedding Albums… Important?

 

Well, I think wedding albums are important.  Although, I may be a little be biased.  It’s so fulfilling to see my images as a final product.  To hold the tangible, weighty and beautiful culmination of what can be months of hard work and decisions and collaboration.  It’s a beautiful beautiful thing my friends and I am so proud to hand these albums over to my clients.  I know that they will cherish these books for many years to come and that they become prized possessions.  It makes all of the time, effort and money that goes into them totally worth it.

This all seems right and good in theory.   But on Sunday, I met Linh & Brians daughter for the first time at their first family session.   I shot their wedding years ago, and it seems like a lifetime ago that I handed over their album.  I was so happy when Linh pulled it out at the end of our session.  Katie had never seen the album, and they wanted to show her their wedding day.

And watching Katie flip through this album for the first time was incredible.   Seeing her see her parents as a bride & groom, pointing out her aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents in these images that I shot for them… it was amazing and incredible and beautiful and overwhelming and I am so happy I got to see it.

So, get a wedding album… either from your photographer or from one of the amazing companies that create beautiful books.  Get those images out of your computer and into a single, tangible book that highlights every amazing moment of your incredible day.  You will be proud to show it off to the generations that follow you. People, it’s a beautiful thing!

 

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November 11th, 2014

My Home on Glitter Guide

 

Six years ago, we bought a house that was, well, not so pretty.   We’ve spent the last six years tearing down rooms and building them back up into places we wanted to share with our friends and families.  It has been one of the most amazing adventures of my life.  And finally, FINALLY, it is ready to share with the world!   Heather Kincaid shot the most beautiful images of my favorite places in the world and I will be forever indebted to her for documenting this home.  I will cherish these images forever and ever!  Moira Taylor Paris made me look oh so pretty.   And those girls at Floral Crush… well, flowers make everything so much better and they did an amazing job!

There’s a whole post over on Glitter Guide today, you can see it here!  And keep an eye over on Cocktails for Breakfast… I think I’m going to do some before and afters.  It’s so hard to believe that this is the same place that it was six years ago.   Now, to just dig up those old images!

 

 

 

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