Vendor Spotlight | Jiza with Olive & Cypress | Virginia Wedding Photographer
Meet Jiza Zito, Owner & Lead Photographer of Olive & Cypress LLC. Her emotional and sensitive style brings out the very best of some of the most important days of your lives. From engagements, to weddings, to your growing family – she’s there for all the big moments. Learn more about her here!
What makes you or your business stand out and why should a couple hire you?
As a person, I see endless beauty in creation, richness in love & relationships, and purpose & meaning to a person’s story and unique individuality. So, a couple who hires me and my team isn’t just hiring O&C to simply take nice pictures. They would be hiring O&C because of the way we view life. Photography is simply the creative extension of the value and meaning we see in life.
What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?
People. I never get tired of meeting people, experiencing their geniuses of talent, or hearing their story. Everyone has something different to bring to the table, and it all beautifully comes together for that one particular day and event of a wedding. What other industry can claim that?
What’s your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
Keep focused on what it is truly about: Your love for each other and your marriage. Wedding planning and marriage preparation can be a crazy time, but it can also be a joy-filled and fulfilling time. Remember to routinely turn off the noise in order to be present to one another and to just be together.
Hiring a wedding planner will also be an incredible help and worth the investment in the wedding planning journey.
What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
Bridal capes make my heart flutter (I’m looking at you, Lily Collins), and I’m a sucker for every variation of a first look.
How do you de-stress?
I love nature walks. Put me in a garden, on a hike in the woods, or along a shoreline. This is where I find rest, peace, and inspiration.
What are your top three favorite movies (or books)?
Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Jacques Philippe, Grace Over Grind: How Grace Will Take Your Business Where Grinding Can’t by Shae Bynes, Interior Castle by Teresa d’Avila
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Can a musical count as a concert? Because Broadway’s Hamilton was pretty amazing!
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Every Sunday is pasta night in our home, and every Friday evening is a meatless dinner and family movie night. It may seem small and simple, but as a military family, these little routines have maintained a rhythm in our household through many changes over the years. It’s predictable, repeatable and comforting. We are many years into it now that one of our children will definitely say something if/whenever we try to change the menu!
Anything else you want our followers to know?
I am often asked how to pronounce my name. My name is pronounced with a long “i” (JY-zuh), but please don’t feel bad if you don’t get it right away. I’m totally cool when someone asks me about my name.