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A few weeks ago I got the “all clear” from my Oncologist, so we had to flex on cancer 💪🏽 I’ve had so many CT scans, blood work labs and appointments over the last 3.5 years that I’m surprised I’m not a mutant superhero from the amount of radiation 😂 Finally my doctor is easing up on my scan frequency after being cancer free for this long. I’ve learned so much about myself and life over the past few years, and with every new day I’m just happy to be alive and present in these moments. Happy to be a father/husband/son/brother and watch my daughter grow each and every day. These are the days my friends, so enjoy it ❤️ #testicularcancer #cancersurvivor #fuckcancer

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If only I could tell you the things we’d go through together when we first met 11 years ago. I still remember you the night we met vividly (2nd time). It’s as if the party around us stopped and all I could see was this uncommon joy and undeniable light amongst the crowd. You’ve maintained this even through motherhood now and you’ll never know how incredibly lucky I am to have you in my life. When we first got married, I had this vision that you would lean on me any time life got hard - that I would be the tough man to pull us through difficulty. My God did that quickly change a few months later when we went through cancer. My vision was flawed and fell short of the actual beauty of marriage. You could have easily left me like other spouses of cancer patients do, but you held me tight for so many nights when I thought I just couldn’t go on with treatment any more. And you gave me reasons to live. Very few will truly understand what we went through, and I love that about us. Because even now when we catch each other’s gaze from across a room, I can’t help but feel so grateful for the life of peace and blessings that we have now. A lot of people look up to me because of my cancer journey, but I look up to you Sarina. You inspire me on so many levels and you don’t even know it. You are the most amazing, most loving mom and the hardest working BOSS woman there is!! And somehow on top of this you get MORE beautiful every year. How the hell did I get so lucky?! They say that you can only connect the dots of life looking back, but honestly it’s always felt right going wherever you are, my love. Cheers to 100 more years, babe. And thank you for giving me my greatest gift. Happy Birthday Sarina Cruz ❤️ Photo by some of our best friends, @stewartandconnie

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Yesterday (May 17th) marked 3 years since I finished my 4th and final round of chemo. I would’ve never thought I would have been the one to have cancer. You hear news of cancer from afar, but you would never think cancer would happen to you, let alone in your 20s. I felt like a completely normal young adult. I thought life owed me 80 years of health. So when Sarina and I got married we had no idea I’d be diagnosed with stage 3a testicular cancer just a few months later. It started with a peculiar soreness. I thought I slept wrong or just strained myself. Then over the next few months the pain became more and more present. When I went to see a doctor it was chopped up to just an infection, but 2 weeks later the antibiotics didn’t take away the reoccurring pain. The morning before I went to visit a specialist, I was having pretty significant breathing pain. Sarina was at work and at one point I thought I needed to call 911 as I doubled over on the floor in pain. Somehow the pain went away minutes later and we visited an urgent care as soon as Sarina got home. I got a steroid shot and before I could leave the doctor did a last minute chest scan. But visiting the urologist the next day brought the word “cancer” into my life for the very first time. “We’re going to do some more blood work and an MRI. There’s a small chance it’s not cancer”. The urologist revealed that the x-ray I had done the day before showed several nodules in my lungs. How can I ever describe the feeling? Dressed in a hospital gown awaiting the MRI, I fell apart in my wife’s arms. And everything became numb for a long, long time. Removal of one of my testicles, a lung biopsy while I was awake, hundreds of needle pokes, blown veins, thousands of miles travelled all for chemo and many times where I just couldn’t go on anymore. No longer was I struggling with depression and family problems, hoping that I wouldn’t wake up in the morning or waiting for a car accident. I was on my knees begging God for my life off PCH, after a shoot, the day before my scan to see if the past few months of treatment worked. And I’ll never forget that feeling… because I realized the gift of LIFE [cont’d in comments]

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Fully enjoying being on leave now that our baby girl is here but I can’t help but share some recent works from right before we became parents 🙃 #danielcruzphotography

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No first dance is complete without a dip under the great oak tree 💙 And damn do I LOVE this couple and Florida wedding so much!! 😍😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Walking on a Dream Love doing these type of shoots lately with friends 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Back home from the most beautiful wedding in Florida! Ryan, Jessica and their families are like family to me, and I wouldn’t have missed their wedding for anything. The Spanish moss at @theribaultclub was insane and their day was effortless. Love these two so much and can’t wait to share more!! #danielcruzphotography @theflowerstudioai @badgleymischka @bonobos @angiemartinoevents

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Thank you God for carrying @sarinakcruz and I through the worst and delivering us here. I can’t believe that our sweet baby girl is finally here and that my heart has grown in ways that I can’t describe. Grateful is the word that comes to mind ever since going through cancer with my wife by my side. I’m grateful to have a life to live, grateful to have the most incredibly strong partner in Sarina, and grateful to be trusted with such an amazing gift that is my daughter. By God’s Grace we somehow made it through and were able to have our healthy daughter even after all of the chemo my body took. Grace Isla Cruz, you have my heart forever. Thank you Sarina for making me a dad, and thank you God for my life. I would usually write more, but I don’t want to miss a beat in this new beginning. 💛 P.S. It’s time to cancel the sperm bank!! 😂

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It’s been such a great start for weddings this year. Summer + Phil exemplify a love to admire and I’m just so happy they’re finally ONE!! 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Went off-roading and hiked through the woods for this gorgeous maternity session. I can’t wait for you to meet your baby girl, Steph & CJ! 🌲 #danielcruzphotography

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That Newport coast golden light!! Can’t get enough of it and these two 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Samantha + Andrew tied the knot and we celebrated in an epic Red Rock Canyon snow storm!! I love clients who are down for any weather, even if my fingers stopped working at the end 😂😭❄️ #danielcruzphotography

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These moments will always be just as important, if not more important, then all of the set up and beautifully lit photos that we orchestrate as artists. The fact that I had the opportunity to photograph Katie’s dad’s whole wedding party some 36yrs later still blows my mind. I loved everything about this wedding in New York 💙 #danielcruzphotography #kleinfeld @kleinfeldbridal

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When my clients ask if they should do a first look - JUST DO IT. Don’t even question it 😍😍 #danielcruzphotography @misshayleypaige #hayleypaige

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All of these rainy/snowy days have me excited for the Spring sunshine and having a blast with my couples as always 💃🏼😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Sierra with the 🔥! Every college senior session needs to be like this 🙌🏽 #danielcruzphotography

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When after months of planning, you realize you are finally married!! Riding in their Rolls Royce certainly paid off capturing this moment of pure joy moments after their ceremony. Congratulations to this beautiful couple on recently welcoming their new baby boy! Love you both 💙 #danielcruzphotography #callablanche

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I was lucky enough to photograph these high school sweethearts’ wedding a few years back and now their maternity session after C.J. has returned from deployment!! Stephanie and C.J., you’re going to be the most amazing parents to your daughter, and I cannot wait for you guys to welcome her very soon! And aren’t they going to make the most beautiful baby?! 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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It’s all in the details with @misshayleypaige gowns. @jennapress absolutely ROCKED this dress!! ❤️ #danielcruzphotography #hayleypaige

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Love photographing the last light of the day with these 2 lovebirds 💙 #danielcruzphotography

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Morning walks around Yosemite this year reminded me of finishing my 4th round of chemo: My oncologist and nurses reminded me to go for walks outside to recharge my spirit - because the truth was that no matter how high I kept my chin, I was beat up mentally and physically, really bad. And when the silence of the valley was interrupted by some far off animal or crackling fire, it reminded me of everything I was thankful for. I’m just blessed to have a chance at living. Because even the most simplest of things can make a world of difference to someone. And though it never gets easier posting these types of things, if I can reach just one person it’ll be worth it. Come what may.

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Joshua Tree hangs are the BEST hangs. 🌵 Shoutout to Frisco for taking off his leg cast and beasting through this session when he should’ve been on crutches ✊🏽, and Jenn - I just really love this girl’s style!! 😎🤘🏽 #danielcruzphotography

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Throwing the most gorgeous wedding in your backyard is always a great idea. Love these two so much 😍💙 #danielcruzphotography #moniquelhuillier #moniquelhuillierbride @moniquelhuillierbride

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Nothing better than a Laguna Beach sunset with these two lovebirds 💍😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Scenes from a dream ✨ From @chardphoto’s AWESOME workshop - take it ASAP! Big ups to the sponsors - @kissbooks @shootsac @noblepresets #chardworkshop #danielcruzphotography

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Sadye + Colin on the coast. Obsessed with these two and their session! More to come 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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It’s been a minute since I showed my favorite venue some love! NY brides, do yourself a favor and book your wedding at @bournemansion. Every time I photograph a wedding here I get to experience a little slice of heaven. Beautiful scenes everywhere you turn! Super excited to return here next year for another gorgeous wedding 💙 #bournemansion #danielcruzphotography @kleinfeldbridal #kleinfeld

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Did you hear?! 2 posts ago I announced mini sessions, and spots are already booking up! Gift yourself or someone you know a $350 mini session perfect for the Holidays and Holiday cards. Families, couples, pets - spots are open to it all! DM or email to book your spot before they’re gone! daniel@danielcruzphoto.com #danielcruzphotography

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Jenna in her @misshayleypaige gown, looking effortlessly beautiful!! 😍😍 #danielcruzphotography #hayleypaige

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Cyber Monday has me feeling all kinds of 😍😍 for my family sessions lately!! For the first time ever, take advantage of Holiday Mini Sessions at a discounted rate of $350 ($250 off my full sessions). There are a limited amount of dates/times. Send me a DM or email to inquire about availability!! daniel@danielcruzphoto.com #danielcruzphotography

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We’ve prayed for you for so long, baby girl. Sarina and I love you so much already. Thank you God for this blessing after cancer. You’ve seen us through, and we will sing your praises forever. Amen Thank you @jcguzmanphoto for continually capturing so many special moments in our lives. Love you hermano

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Throwing it back to @stellasimona + @ziekofficial unforgettable wedding!! Every detail and moment was perfect for these two, and it’s still one of my most favorite weddings. Blessed to have these two beautiful people in my life to this day 💙

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Thursday Heat for ya’ 🔥 “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Because if you’re not learning, you’re dying. Major shoutout to my good friend @chardphoto for letting me hang at his AWESOME photography workshop a few weeks back! If you haven’t taken his workshop, take it fam 🙌🏽 Shot at the #chardworkshop Hosted by @chardphoto - Big shoutout to sponsors @kissbooks @shootsac @noblepresets

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Sunset walks with the best damn wedding party!! 😍 #thecaganaps @misshayleypaige

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You guys!! Sarina and I are so thankful for all of your phone calls, texts, comments and messages from our announcement! Who knew that two people from a small town could amass such an amazing support system through our testimony! Thank you for keeping us in your prayers too. It’s been difficult for me to share my journey lately because it brings up a lot of pain that I can feel my mind burying - but from this I’m overwhelmingly encouraged to continue sharing in hopes of encouraging others! All love Photo by @jcguzmanphoto

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I’ve been struggling to write for days, and the only word I can find is “grateful”. If you’re new to my story, I’ll begin to tell you that God saw my wife Sarina and I through the worst time in our lives when I was diagnosed with stage 3a testicular cancer 2 years ago, 6 months after our wedding. I don’t expect you to understand this, but I was completely ready to die. I was ready to not see my 30th birthday this year - you have to be, and I had to be. It was the only way to cope with having such a progressed form of cancer that spread to my lungs. And if you could show me a glimpse of what my life was going to be after chemo, it would’ve brought me to my knees. And it does today in thankfulness of my God who has just begun to paint this beautiful picture in our lives. I gave myself and my cancer to God, and I trusted in his plan. And when we tried to start a family before starting chemo (because we weren’t sure I could produce after the drugs wrecked my body) and miscarried, we again chose to give our future to God. Together Sarina and I pray day in and day out, sometimes in tears, remembering what He has done for us and how we’ve been used to share our testimony in the most unlikely circumstances. And though nowadays it’s painful to share my testimony, I will continue to be God’s warrior and show what good He has brought to our lives. Witness how great our God is. We are proud and blessed to announce a beautiful, miraculous gift arriving April 2019. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here I am. Send me." Photo by my brother, @jcguzmanphoto

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Kickin’ it in Joshua Tree with dope clients will always be one of my favorite things! Jenn + Frisco, I’m so glad that we met. Mega shoutout to @chiarashine for helping us connect! 💙 #danielcruzphotography

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Loving this one from Sadye + Colin’s engagement session in Newport Beach! Can’t get enough of these two. More on the way 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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Hailee + Micah bringing that Laguna 🔥 #danielcruzphotography

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Tis’ the season for new chapters! Congratulations to my amazing clients Lisa + John on the birth of their beautiful baby girl!! A favorite from their session - can’t get enough of details lately 😍 #danielcruzphotography

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I always know it’s going to be an amazing wedding day when a wedding party is as lit as this!! Breaking it down one-time on the LA streets!🕺🏽💃#danielcruzphotography

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Details of a quiet sunset. A favorite moment from a recent engagement session that I can’t wait to share more of #danielcruzphotography

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Happy Anniversary to two of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. Photographing their wedding at the Four Seasons Lanai @fslanai last year was one of the most incredible moments of my career, and I’m still so thankful to have been in the presence of their love. Love you both 💙 #danielcruzphotography #fslanai

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Katie looking absolutely stunning on her wedding day in her @kleinfeldbridal gown!! Sometimes you meet a bride that is so effortless and kind, that it’s impossible to not have beautiful moments like these. I’m still beaming from photographing this very special wedding at the @bournemansion. 💙 #danielcruzphotography #kleinfeld #bournemansion

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When my wedding clients start a new chapter. Life is sweet, and this babe will have the best parents 💙 #danielcruzphotography

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Want to know how to make my day? Bring your pup along to your shoot!! 😭🐶 @lifeofindie__

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Can I have Katie + Richard’s wedding every weekend, please?! Killin’ it at @bournemansion 🥂 _______ #danielcruzphotography #loveison #whatreallymatterslove #theweddinglegends #dirtybootsandmessyhair #soloverly #loveandwildhearts #radstorytellers #lookslikefilm #authenticlovemag #wanderingphotographers #kleinfeld #kleinfeldbridal #randyfenoli #bournemansion #omega #nywedding #nyweddingphotographer

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I can always count on that California light to come through when my Washington clients visit for a session! 🌞 _______ #danielcruzphotography #loveison #whatreallymatterslove #theweddinglegends #dirtybootsandmessyhair #soloverly #loveandwildhearts #radstorytellers #lookslikefilm #authenticlovemag #wanderingphotographers #livefolk #indiebride #santabarbara

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Marcus & Ana looking absolutely beautiful on their wedding day in San Francisco. I could shoot their wedding forever 💙 #martinandkwoktakethewalk _______ #danielcruzphotography #loveison #whatreallymatterslove #theweddinglegends #dirtybootsandmessyhair #soloverly #loveandwildhearts #radstorytellers #lookslikefilm #authenticlovemag #wanderingphotographers #livefolk #indiebride #sfwedding #martinaliana