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    If you have landed here...bless your soul.  Welcome to our little tiny corner of the cyber world, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Below you will see favorites from our sessions we do professionally, and also loads of personal nonsense that we hope at least will entertain you.  If nothing less, you can keep up on our adorable children.  Really, they are worth the trip back here time and time again in and of itself.

    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: August 2008

family of five {a lifestyle session}

We have the privilege of calling this lovely family our neighbors.  Although they would think we are silly for saying it, they are just about perfect in every way.  They have 3 of the most adorable children, and really since we have lived in our home for the past 2 and a half years, they have been nothing but incredibly kind and generous.  When the dad, Matt, told us that all Angie wanted for Mother’s Day was a session with us, we were thrilled!  We hooked him up with a gift certificate, and recently we did this family session before school got going.  From skipping stones on the lake, hanging out in the field, to fishing, the whole session seemed to capture the essence of summer and I think that is exactly what Angie was wanting. Honestly, there were so many photos that I loved from this session that it made choosing difficult. I had a REALLLY hard time.

First you can meet the three kiddos.   :)

This is Nick, the middle man.

And Jake…the oldest of the pack.

And last but not least is princess Josie.  (otherwise known as “best buddy in the WORLD” to my kids.)

Here is their Mom and Dad- Angie and Matt.  I know they were slightly uncomfortable getting photos of just the two of them, (once you have kids it’s hard to be without them) but I ended up with so many favorites of these two!  It was ridiculous!!

I love this one. :)

The brothers!!

Handsome #1, and  handsome #2.

Little beauty.  I was asking her questions about school here, and she was thinking. :)

More of mom and Dad.  I just couldn’t help myself!

Josie was at our house the other day and Brett asked her if she would like the photo of her brother’s kissing her blown up REALLLLY big to hang over her couch.  She said “No WAY! I want the one of us rolling down the hill!”

Wowzers.  No wonder your children are adorable….You two are beautiful!!

We have a photo of our family like this in our house that we set up and took, and Angie has always loved it.  So we recreated it for her.:)

The boys decided to fish for a while….

Ok so I said, “How about you boys kiss Josie!”  She kept moving back every time they would try.  Finally Jake grabbed her, and after they kissed her, Nick is wiping off his lips.  They are so stinkin cute. :)

One of Brett’s favorites.

Josie looks JUST like her Mama, and the boys look like their Dad.

Thanks guys! We had a great time with you, as always. See ya in the backyard.:)

August 20, 2008 - 9:59 pm

jenny - Hoooly Cooow that is one of the most beautiful families I have ever seen! I loove the one of Josie on the hill.

August 22, 2008 - 2:42 pm

Maya - I love the photo of her thinking…so cute and funny at the same time! Grabbed your site from Betsy’s…sorry I didn’t get to meet you last night! Hopefully sometime soon!

August 25, 2008 - 3:46 pm

jess w. - i agree with jenny…this family really could not get any better looking! love the solo shots of the kids, the b&w one of mom & dad in front of barbed wire fence, the b&w one of mom & dad holding hands with the kids in the distance, oh, and the one of josie with mom– so precious! yet again, another amazing shoot brett and jess!

August 25, 2008 - 10:55 pm

lucy - such a great looking family! i love the pic of the kids rolling down the hill, the boys trying to kiss josie and nick casting that rod…adorable! beautiful location for a shoot.

August 29, 2008 - 2:18 pm

sandra p - You take GREAT photos! I love this set of the family..they’re So lovely…such cute kids and what
a loving relationship they seem to share. You made me fall in love with this family…

* i stumbled here from prophoto ! :D

danielle {senior session}

Wow oh wow!  Danielle….can you say BEAUTIFUL??  Because that is sooo what you are. :)

So, let’s see here. I had the pleasure of meeting up with beautiful Danielle to do her photos at a beautiful park here in Cincinnati.  Her beautiful Mama, beautiful Aunt, and beautiful cousin came along with us.  AND GUESS WHAT?  We had the most BEAUTIFUL DAY to work with!!  (Ok, a new adjective is now in order.)  But really, it was the perfect temperature, the sky was so blue with pretty white fluffy clouds, and the sunset was stunning!!  To top it off, Danielle was really a natural.  She had loads of advice from her entourage (that’s all I’m saying, I promise:)) but really I found that my favorite moments of Danielle were those where she just was herself, unscripted.

This photo screams 70′s, and I LOVE it. :)

One of my favorites!

Maybe it’s just me, but I think here Danielle looks like a blonde Claire Danes.

I love how she wrinkles her nose when she smiles! :)


This is where she gets the CUUUTE nose-wrinkling thing!  Her beautiful Mama. :)

She wants a peace tattoo….

So, people were walking their cute (TINY) puppy and Danielle’s Mom asked if we could borrow him for a picture.  Then we told the puppies parents to check the blog for his pic. :)


Then we had the crazy idea to get in the fountain.  SURE!  Danielle was up for whatever.

I love this shot too.

Thanks guys for a wonderful evening!:)

August 19, 2008 - 1:07 pm

Barb Williams - I am thrilled with Danielle’s pictures on this blog. I know she is beautiful, but Jessica really captured her personality! I would highly recommend studio3z for any pictures, it was a great experience. Danielle’s Mom.

August 19, 2008 - 1:07 pm

holly rouse - oh my gosh, what a great shoot. i totally wish i would’ve gotten in the fountain now! I REALLY DO! man, i need some fountain action. wow, she’s truly beautiful. as are your pictures, jess, OF COURSE!

August 19, 2008 - 9:02 pm

lucy - she’s goregous! i love that peace sign pic and i love the fountain pic too…oh, and the 70′s flower power pic too…oh, and the…okay, i love all of them. what a fun senior shoot. jess, you rock…and roll.

August 25, 2008 - 3:34 pm

jessica w. - Shut. Up. Danielle you are gorgeous!! I can’t even pick a favorite. My little cousin is all grown up! Can’t wait to see the rest of them. Fantastic job, Jess!

beauty. {full blown}

Recently I had a few canvases made up for our soon-to-be in home studio.  Let me tell you, they are BREATHTAKING.  I chose a few of my most favorite photos from recent shoots this summer, and I am just thrilled with the results!!  Really these pieces are so well made, and are truly heirloom quality. They even come ready to hang.

The photo of Dana below is from her maternity session (if that isn’t obvious) which you can view HERE.  I LOVED this session, like, to the moon and back!!  She was so stunning, and I knew the second I took this shot, “This is going to be a big canvas.”   I made Dana into a 20×30 gallery wrap canvas.

Here is my favorite shot from the session of my brother which was ROCKING!!  You can (and should) view that HERE.:)  This canvas is a 20×40.

There really is no real point to this photo.  I really just shamelessly wanted to show off my window boxes. :)  Aren’t they pretty?  Ha!  This reminds me of the gnome in Amelie that she takes photos of in different places.

Close-up details of the wrap.

And our third gallery canvas again in a 20×30.  Brett’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G shot he captured during Amber and Andy’s engagement session which you can view HERE if you’d like.

Please contact us at info@studio3z.com if you would be interested in getting a gallery wrap canvas from your session with us!

August 14, 2008 - 9:48 pm

wrecklessgirl - crazyamazing.

August 14, 2008 - 10:03 pm

Jo @ Allegro Photography - These are stunning- they will be a great addition to your studio! cool.

August 14, 2008 - 10:54 pm

lucy - i’ve seen these gargantuan canvases in person and i love them! if i could hammer a nail through my curiously hard wall, i’d get one myself…of myself!

August 15, 2008 - 8:57 am

jenny - I love them all, and I have to say I’m a little bit jealous of your window boxes :)

August 19, 2008 - 8:42 am

Cathy and David - Very cool! :)

my surprise. {it surprised me….really}

I honestly can’t believe it.  I pride myself on being the person who never has been surprised, can not be surprised, so just don’t think you can, you might as well give up.  I have ears, eyes, and any other type of sensory in the back of my head, and honestly not much gets past me.  Get the point?  Well my dear friend Becky, little sister Ash, and Mom proved otherwise.  Since my birthday was 3 weeks ago, I never saw it coming.  At all.

My Mom emailed and said we were having a “family time” at their house on Sunday afternoon.  Never thought anything of it, so when the kids got up from nap we packed everyone up and headed out.  Ash (my baby sis) called and said, “Mom wants to know when you will be here?”  I said, “Man, I emailed her like 3 times saying after the kids got up-3:30-4?” What the heck.  So we head on over.  I am wearing my grubs, not looking all that great…foot up, jamming out singing “Embrace Me” by Greg Laswell, when we start approaching my parents house.  They live on an old farm and we have this big field right before the house. All of the sudden I see all these cars parked out there. “That’s weird,” I think quickly, but 1 second later I see a huddle of people on the street and I think, “That’s even wierder.” (Yes, I think with made up words.)  At this point I am still zoned out, not having a clue what is going on.  The funny thing was all these people are standing around with a puzzled look in their faces (they were questioning whether that was our car or not), and I realize it is my parents, Aunt and Uncle, church friends, and my high school pals. What??!!  I saw my friend Becky holding a cake and then it clicked, but I still felt sorta out of place, I mean in my mind-my birthday was long gone!

Here’s what the scene looked like…I grabbed these off you myspace Meredith!

Then Brett whipped out his camera too.  I was overwhelmed.  In shock.

Back at the house with my Grandma and hugging Becky who coordinated the party.

Man, there were some good EATS!! My Mama knows how to feed people.

I am holding my Mom’s killer chocolate chip cookies.  I don’t know who I was looking at, but I know exactly what this face means:  “Have you tried these??! shesh. They are da bomb.”

That’s a lot of candles.

Wow.  I seem a bit under dressed.

My girls from school. Husbands were making fun of us because every time we are together we take a group shot.  They were saying, “So here we are August 07, and here we are January of 08, and here’s our spring shot in March 08….”  :)  Well we added another, August 08.

By the end of the party, Gabe was DONE.

After everyone left Brett wanted a picture in the tall grasses in the field.  I was not hip on another shoot in my recycling tee, (if you are my facebook friend you know I’ve-been there, done that) but we were just playing around.

Woah Ash.  BEAUTY!!

My cute baby sister…she’s single men.  But warning- you’d have to deal with me. :)

All in all we had a great day. The weather was AMAZING!! I realize looking back that I don’t do surprises well.  Maybe because I am a planner and when I have something set in my mind and get thrown for a loop, it is hard. It seriously took like an hour to sink in!:)  But I am so thankful to the family and friends who put this together and came out to celebrate the big 3-0 with little ol’ me. :)  I am a very lucky girl.

Love to you all!!!     ~jess

August 13, 2008 - 6:18 pm

jessica w. - fun day! too bad we’re missing tracy and jess g for our group shots! oh, and ashley, you’re g-o-u-r-e-g-o-u-s!!

August 15, 2008 - 9:22 am

rebecky - What a great day. I like that you got a picture of most of the people that came to celebrate your big 3-0. The picture of the food layout was delicious and Beautiful sisters in tall grasses is a Masterpiece. Those Wallace offspring are easy on the eyes.