Perhaps you were made for such a time as this.

If you are here, I know you are currently in an amazing season of life right now -- may it be an engagement to your beloved, welcoming a new sweet baby into your family, or celebrating a milestone in your career! 

A moment like this deserves to be captured artfully and intentionally created into meaningful photographs for you to cherish for the rest of your days, no matter what is going on in the world. This is photography with purpose, soul, and natural simplicity.

All That Is Lovely

My name is Jiza (pronounced with a long i), and I am a contemplative soul pursuing “all that is lovely” (Phil 4:8).

For almost a decade, I have had the blessing of documenting extraordinary milestones of couples entering into marriage, families celebrating the arrival of a new little one, or brilliant individuals starting a new career or business all over the country.

I began my photography with the simple desire to remember events. I bounced around to different internships, part-time jobs, and workshops — learning about lighting, composition, and style. However, what I love most about photography is the ability to capture what otherwise would have been a fleeting moment and then to have the ability to create it into a tangible memory. As a military wife & mother of 4 children, I quickly learned how these milestones, these organic moments and treasured little details, can flash by before our eyes.

As I embarked on my own photography career, I discovered that my greatest desire was to capture everything that makes this life a human experience. These are moments that help build a life story, and I want to celebrate them through photography. Devoted to my art while also highly valuing the client’s experience, my team and I strive to balance the curated and composed with the real and the unexpected.

Photography by Lauren Emily Photography

Crafted & Inspired

Olive and Cypress was crafted and inspired by the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 41:

I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
the fir and the cypress together,
so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

We were created and placed on this earth with people and with these experiences for a greater purpose. Let’s celebrate life!


Christine & Brian

“Jiza is AMAZING!!! Seriously, you cannot go wrong in choosing her to be your photographer! We loved her work so much that we flew her into Texas to take both our engagement photos and our wedding photos, and we both agreed afterwards that it was one of the best decisions we made related to wedding planning!”

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