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    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: September 2008

the storm.

I find it odd that there was not much mention of how Ike would be hitting us.  But then again, it would crazy to think that the storm that rocked Texas would end up having strength when it hit Ohio.

When we left church Sunday we commented on the wind.  It was rather annoying to me as my hair kept blowing like crazy.  When we got home we had lunch on the deck and it was still windy, but we didn’t think much of it.  We put the kids down for a nap and made plans for the afternoon, and then all of the sudden the wind turned into a mad fury.  Living at the top of a hill we always have bad wind gusts, but this was unlike anything we had ever seen. We could hear how loud it was, looked out the window and the trees were blowing like crazy.  The wind grew and grew more and more loud and every other minute we had crazy gusts that shook the house.  What in the world?  We had no clue this was coming!  It was still bright and sunny, which made the whole thing seem not so scary and very surreal at the same time.

As we watched, the trees were bending nearly to the ground and we wondered how they didn’t break. I heard a crash and ran to look out our front expecting to see a window busted, and there was paper and debris flying towards our house like a scene out of the Wizard of Oz.  We noticed a wire down in our street which meant no way out of our cul-de-sac. The kids were still sleeping, which amazed us, and Brett and I stood there wondering if we should go get them in case a window would be blown through.  We watched as our neighbors garbage cans rolled over into our yard, and then on to the next.

We watched as the trees split and piled themselves up in our other neighbors front yard as if a giant was walking around and simply picked them up and placing them all over to cover the grass in rows.

Shingles went flying from off the roofs around us. We sat wondering what our own looked like.  I of course opened our front door to go outside, and the glass in our storm door was bowed in like it would bust at any given second.  I quickly shut the main door.

At 3:00 our electric went out.  We continued to watch the storm until it finally calmed, almost as quick and odd as it had started a few hours before.  Yes, it lasted for hours.  It was getting dark now and we lit candles.

The night was a long one…I wouldn’t have cared as much, but the kids are used to nightlights and fans. Riah, our 4 year old, woke up 5 times and we had to run in with a candle to check on him. Then we had to leave it in there until he fell asleep and then blow it out. FUN.  **Note to self:  buy flashlights for cases like this.**

The next day I woke up and realized I didn’t have coffee.  Maybe I sound like a total baby, but I was very, very, close to making a fire in the back yard and starting up my stove top espresso maker.  We have a Weber Grill and Brett’s 45 minute methodical process of starting it was not gonna cut it for me. I may have actually been shaking. Well, at least that’s how I felt.  As Brett assured me Starbucks would not be open, he showed me his left over espresso from the day before.  I quickly lit a candle and started warming my cup o’ joe.  It tasted like crap. But it still made me feel sane.  If I don’t look very happy here, I wasn’t.

After our breakfast of  fruit and nuts we went outside and began mingling with the neighbors as we all worked together on each other yards.  We picked up so many sticks and limbs and the kids helped our neighbor who had hundreds of apples and pears fall from her trees.

At the end of the day I couldn’t believe all that we got done.  Our cell phones had died because we couldn’t charge them, no TV, no computer, no INTERNET!, nothing.  I ended up journaling about my kids which I was picking up from about a year ago, we reseasoned all of our cast iron pots and pans, we read books, we did school with the kids outside, Brett mowed the grass, we cleaned off the deck….amazing!  We then went to dinner at Brett’s mom’s house because her power came back on, and when we returned we were so happy to have our electric back!!  It been out for about 30 hours. Our phone line is still out today, but my wireless internet began working this morning.

Thanks be to God that damage was not greater to our homes, and I can not even fathom what the people in Texas are doing with out power for 2 weeks or more, and all the devastation that has happened to their homes.  Last I heard we still had 600,000 in our area without power, and gas stations and restaurants were insane last night with lines down the street.   Who would have ever thought that a hurricane would effect Ohio so badly, but on a positive note it made us all calm down a bit and appreciate all the amenities that we so often take for granted.

I’m playing catch up right now with emails and editing so we will be back to our regular blogging soon.

September 16, 2008 - 9:36 pm

betsy - WOW! You know, I secretly hope for power to be out sometime so I can get old fashioned stuff done. I am so glad everything is ok! What an adventure.

September 17, 2008 - 3:37 pm

Maya - So glad you guys are okay and your home survived! We had pretty bad winds and several times I thought our whole house was going to pick up and move. Those tree photos are crazy!

September 23, 2008 - 9:38 pm

Laura Arnold/Turner - I’m glad that everyone was OK and safe! Our power was out until Thursday night… by Tuesday I was a wretched person to be around.

jessica + tony {are married!!!}

So I am going to have to apologize up front for this ultra long post, but we had the pleasure of photographing some dear friends of ours, and choosing was INSANE! I spent the whole afternoon yesterday on this, and I am still choosing as I go. :)

Jessica and Tony are adorable. They met in New York when my dear friend decided she wanted to get away from the town she grew up in, and live somewhere new for a while. You may remember them from their great engagement session, and if not click HERE.  This little plaque they had at their wedding pretty much sums it up.

I loved her makeup shots. I narrowed it to three, and then to these two.

Her beautiful dress…

Jess’s friend Allison from NY gets the party started.

Writing a love note to her future husband.

Tony prepares for the big day.

Boys in the bathroom.  Looking quite handsome.

On one of their first dates someone gave them this $2 bill as change.  Jess wrote on it as you see below, and Tony has kept it in his wallet since.  Love I tell ya, love.

Almost time.

This could be a photo from the 1940′s. I love it.

Tony with his friend Tony.  He’s the one who introduced these two lovebirds.

I called Brett saying we were out front and to stay clear and he replied that they were on the way back to the church. This proceeded….even though they were nowhere near.  I love these guys. :)

Tony’s three little nieces were just adorable.

They were married at the gorgeous Bell Event Center in downtown Cincinnati.  The place was stunning.

Jessica always dreamed of a romantic candlelit ceremony and that is exactly what she got.  It was one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen.

Afterwords we ran outside in between the rain coming and going and grabbed a few shots of the two of them.

YUMMY!  Cake by Tres Belle cakes.

The band was kickin’…..

and the dance floor was rockin.

A moment stolen during the reception.

Tony and his BOYZZZZ.

Things were winding down so they broke out the cigars.

Couple late night portraits back at the bar in the Omni.

You two are just precious and whenever Brett and I are around you guys, we don’t want to leave. Jess and Tony, we are so honored that you had us be such a big part of your day. As you know it is incredibly nerve racking taking on such a thing for a friend because you only want them to have the best memories from their night. I hope we captured that for you. I know you guys also were so concerned about us enjoying ourselves and having fun, and trust us-we so did. We loved your wedding (it really wasn’t as stressful as you thought Jess) and we think it was just perfect. Absolutely perfect for you two.

We love you, and can’t believe we won’t see you guys for quite a while.:(Hope you’re having a blast on Aruba, and we are counting the months until Spring when we hope to make it out to London!  WOOO-HOOO!!!

I have no idea what I am showing them here, but we all seem pretty intense. :)

Thanks to our friend Bassette who took this photo and a few others that night for us. :)

LOVE to you guys!!

September 11, 2008 - 1:59 pm

Jessica and Tony - This is our second time coming in to the “Business Center” from the beach to view the pictures!! We love them so much! Thank you guys for all your blood, sweat and tears into making this day extremely special for us. You guys poured your hearts into these pictures and it completely shows. Thank you so much for capturing that amazing day for us we will cherish these forever!

Much Love,

Jessica and Tony Schmidt

September 11, 2008 - 7:43 pm

lucy - AMAZING! jess and brett, seriously…these photos of jess and tony are awesome. i remember the wedding as absolutely gorgeous and seeing jess coming down the aisle brought tears to my eyes…it was all so perfect! even though it was raining outside, these pictures capture what that day was all about…a couple in so love, they can weather any storm. again, amazing.

September 11, 2008 - 8:08 pm

holly rouse - my sweet jess, please keep in mind that right now, at this moment, i am booking you a few years in advance. first comes love, then comes ENGAGEMENT SESSION, then comes WEDDING SESSION, then comes baby..wait, wait MATERNITY SESSION…THEN baby session(S).

um, so, yeah, keep that in mind. but first let’s get an autumn “just cuz” session in. oh, and have you had time to maybe dream up some layouts for my super awesome senior autograph book?

OH OH and i remember looking at their engagement photos…time flies!

September 11, 2008 - 9:30 pm

jason - Beautiful shots. The one from below the couple at the Omni is rad as is the 40′s shot of Jessica. The photo of the 4 of you is fun too.Suggestion – i would code any links to outside sites (like the link to Tres Belle Cakes above) to open in a new window so that people are not directed away from your site).

September 11, 2008 - 10:43 pm

Maya - It’s so hard when you’re good friends with the couple! Choosing photos is 10 times harder! :) You did a wonderful job…love the funny leaf shot!

September 12, 2008 - 4:32 am

Alex - Hi there!

Awesome session – like them all!

Best from Germany

September 12, 2008 - 11:27 am

Julia Meyer - You are soooo talented. I cannot get over how beautiful these pics are. I want more!!! I love you Jess, thanks for all your hard work and your efforts. I cannot believe how these turned out. I figured you you took pictures and that was okay, but when I saw these, I fell over. These are beyond professional, they are breathtaking. If you need a photo shoot for anything this is the couple to see.
Love and gratitude.

Julia M. (mother of the bride, Sept 2008)

September 12, 2008 - 5:33 pm

jess w. - oh! how i love them! these pics really tell the story of the whole day, which was one of the most beautiful weddings i’ve been to. had a hard time narrowing down my favs, but if i had to choose just one, i’d have to say the one looking up at them kissing at the omni. but i just love # 20–jess g., you look gorgeous!!! and #24, #27, and #28…ok, ok, i like them all! :)

September 17, 2008 - 12:22 pm

kelly - So hard to pick a favorite (as usual)!! I think it is a toss up between the make up shots and the 2 dollar bill shots…both are so creative. Nice shootsac…looks familiar :) I’m jealous of your electricity right now!!

September 29, 2008 - 4:31 pm

lucky designs - Beautiful photos!! (I found your blog via Bobbi+Mike)

November 2, 2008 - 12:58 am

steve zugelter - Wow! You have a very unique style, kind of classic meets modern. Cliche, yes, but very fitting for you. Hope we are able to work together someday!

September 4, 2009 - 6:13 pm

updates + a look back. » studio3z photography - [...] you want a refresher on these lovely people, here is their engagement session and here is their wedding blog post. If you can’t tell, I love them [...]

September 10, 2010 - 8:36 am

weekend in the city | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] make it out there to see her.  Since moving there, she has met her husband, Tony (you may remember their wedding), and over the weekend they celebrated their 2 year anniversary [...]

alex {a senior session}

When Alex’s Mom called about scheduling his Senior photo session we talked about details and when I asked about his interests and hobbies she told me that he was in the middle of getting his pilot’s license.  I thought, HOW COOL!  I suggested, “What about getting some shots with planes?”  She loved the idea so we planned to do the whole session at the airport. Brett and I were really excited about this session. We loved how it was so unique and personal to Alex.  But on a side note, if I had to hear Brett sing the theme song from “Top Gun” one more time, I might have screamed.:)

On to ALEX!!

This is the plane he flies with….

Then we walked around the airport and looked at some other cool planes.

They were taking off right behind us.

I love this old vintage plane. Looks like something off the set of “LOST.”

We tried to get some regular non-plane shots too around the hangers.

I love this shot because he was looking over and smiling at his Mom.   I can’t imagine how nervous she must feel knowing he is up in the air all the time. Alex has already enlisted in the air force too.  I know her heart goes up in that plane every time it takes off.

What a great SMILE!!

Alex, thanks so much for getting up early to hang with us. We had a blast walking around the airport and hearing about everything. We wish you the best of luck your Senior year, and the years after in the air force! Be safe for your MAMA. :)

September 8, 2008 - 10:04 pm

Penny Foust - Alex, I’m so proud of you……….You look to handsome!



September 8, 2008 - 10:07 pm

Penny Foust - Also, Tina you should brag you’ve done a great job being Alex’s Mom……..he seams like such a great young Man!



September 9, 2008 - 4:15 am

Alex - Hi Jess & Brett,

the 3rd is GREAT!!! :-D

Best from your friends in Germany

September 9, 2008 - 4:11 pm

holly rouse - finally a boy who smiles in his senior pics!

September 9, 2008 - 5:15 pm

jess w. - what a great spot for a senior BOY. makes for fun and unique pics. what a cutie! i love ‘em!

September 9, 2008 - 7:53 pm

jason - i wish i was there to hear the top gun theme; but i’m pretty sure i can picture it.

September 9, 2008 - 10:41 pm

Maya - What a great idea to take photos there!!! Awesome!!! Love the view of him in the cockpit.

September 13, 2008 - 8:26 am

Tina DeNiro - Brett and Jessica,
You did an awsome job! Alex was a bit sleepy and not really up for pictures. You made him comfortable and got him to smile. Thank you so much.

You have turned into such a good looking young man and I am very proud of you. I know mamaw would be proud too.

September 14, 2008 - 8:40 pm

Jovana - Great Job! Very unique shots. I love coming here and seeing what you both are up to. Keep up the good work!

December 17, 2008 - 10:40 pm

Lylia - Hi Alex! I saw your pictures, they look really good. How come you don’t come over anymore? I haven’t seen you in awhile. Stop by and see me sometime. Your little sister is beautiful! You must be very happy. :)

Aunt Lylia

an unexpected visitor. {flew in and flew out}

As we were getting all our gear together and preparing for a photo session a couple weeks back, we noticed a visitor sitting on our back deck.  Actually I was watering my flowers and never even noticed the uninvited guest peering at me from 4 feet away.  When Brett yelled a minute later, I walked out to see this guy staring at me.

We have a hot tub on our back deck, and since we live on a hill we get some major wind gusts ripping through.  The previous owners decide when they put the hot tub in, to also put up a wind shield behind it made of plexy glass.  It does a great job of stopping the wind, but also does a great job of stopping birds.  (You would think with how filthy it is, they would see it!  I purposefully DO NOT clean it.) We realized after the bird sat there for a while that he most likely had hit the glass and was injured or stunned.

Brett started taking pictures and he kept getting closer, and closer, and closer. I quickly reminded him that those suckers are fast, and could jump up and claw his eyeball out if he wanted too. Then I went inside to look him up in the internet to see exactly what he was. He is a Hawk (Falcon’s I guess are endangered-I didn’t know). My kids see him flying around all the time, and earlier that same day they were outside doing hawk calls. Call me crazy, but I think this guy was swooping down to check things out.  Kinda creepy.  Kinda cool.

a hawk + a super-soaker gun = weird photo combo

Brett got this shot of him blinking….

So, we didn’t know what to do and he sat there like an hour and we had to leave for our shoot. We said that we would call the animal services if it was still there when we got back. Brett’s Mom was watching the kids while we were gone, and she said about 2 hours later that it just took off. We were happy he moved on.

Very interesting visitor indeed. Our first official animal photo shoot.:)

September 4, 2008 - 3:32 pm

Maya - How cool is that…you look like you have a bird for a model! And the super soaker photo…I think that’s a pretty rare shot!

September 4, 2008 - 9:35 pm

Adrienne - Memoirs of the Lost Hawk. I’ve envisioned a movie trailor.

September 5, 2008 - 12:03 am

wrecklessgirl - THAT IS JUST INSANE!!! WHOA!!! :) love him!

September 5, 2008 - 8:50 am

Renotta King - He has such a “haughty” air of belonging – why do I have a feeling that there will be more photo opportunities with this guy? I think he’ll be back!

September 6, 2008 - 12:38 pm

holly rouse - jesse, my mom has an INSANE, OBSESSIVE love for hawks.
we were looking through these pics and she’s absolutely in love.
could we maybe buy a print of one of these or something?

September 6, 2008 - 10:05 pm

Mamaw Patty - These are just awesome photos …

Holly – your mom might want to consider getting a canvas print of her favorites from Brett & Jess. I have one of my granddaughters that they did and it’s just awesome.

September 14, 2008 - 12:49 am

betsy - WOW! Amazing photos! I see these all the time and they are so beautiful and HUGE!

September 14, 2008 - 8:43 pm

Jovana - AWESOME! How close were you able to get??

February 16, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Betsy - I love hawk spotting! This is amazing! Has he ever visited again?