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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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Yearly Archives: 2008

chloe {turns 2!}

It has been such a pleasure seeing and photographing this little girl at so many milestones in her life.  It started with her Mama’s maternity session, and now I blink and she is 2 years old.  Where oh where does the time go?  As I was getting this post ready I was reflecting on all of our sessions, so I went back and looked at a few.  I decided to grab a couple for you to see how big she has gotten.

First our most recent session.  Let me say, she is ALLL two!!  She is sweet as could be, but that girl is like chasing the wind.  She DOES NOT sit still very long….like maybe .000084 seconds.  She gave me an amazing workout the other day. :)

Look at those EYES!!

I just love that little curl. :)

Such a CUTIE.

Exploring and playing.

I love this age…watching their little minds at work.

We were at the library, so she went to check out some book.  Smart I tell ya. :)

In reflection….I was there the day she was born at home.  Oh, it was such a beautiful day.

One week precious little thing….

One of my FAVORITES at her 6 month session.

Her fun 9 month session….

And her 1st birthday. :)

I love every chance I get to shoot this little gal.  Maybe down the road with a sister or brother??  That would be fun! :)

Thanks to Chloe and Chloe’s Mama Jess for hanging out with me!  I always love seeing you guys.

December 10, 2008 - 5:57 pm

lucy - awwww chloe is just as adorable at 2 as she was on day 1! i’ve only “met” her through your shoots, but i get a little tear in my eye seeing her at 2. she is simply precious. great pics jess.

December 10, 2008 - 11:13 pm

holly rouse - so, so sweet. another home birth? you and chloe’s mama truly amaze me.

December 11, 2008 - 5:54 am

Alex - Was ein suesses Maedl!!!!

ooops, that´s what I say in German ;)

The eyes and the facial expressions…. awesome!!!!
The one on her 1st year is gorgeous!

All the best as ever,

December 11, 2008 - 5:55 pm

Candice Brooke - These are amazingly cute. I love every single one of them.

December 13, 2008 - 12:25 pm

Melissa - Very cute photos again of my niece! She doesn’t take any bad photos, does she?! She is so adorable & loving! Love you Chloe! From your favorite Aunt Mel! :-)

December 29, 2008 - 10:31 am

Maya - She is just a doll! I love the thumb sucking shot. ADORABLE!

December 15, 2010 - 9:54 am

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hannah {a senior session}

When I received a call from Hannah’s Grandmother about doing her Senior photos, I was thrilled!  Hannah is very good friends with a Senior that I just did- remember Mary, the cutie who loved Audrey Hepburn and wanted part of her session in a shoe shop?  Well, Hannah is her neighbor and great friend.  Hannah is awesome.  Super sweet, fun and confident….and she is GORGEOUS!  She is also a ballerina, so she spends a lot of time practicing along with her regular Senior year stuff. :)

We started out walking around and looking for some interesting new places….

We had just about the best light that day….it was freezing out, but you’d never know that.  She was brave in that dress!  (Her clothes were AWESOME.)

such pretty eyes….

We had fun exploring and finding light…

she was more than willing to play around with my light experiments. :)

I have a feeling this girl will get whatever she wants out of life….

LOVE IT!  There was a guy standing nearby drooling while we shot this…he just acted like he was on the phone. :)  HA!!!

MAJOR THANKS to my new friend Gina of Kiwi Street Studios who clued me into the next location we went to. It was just what we needed. :)

The sun was just getting PERFECT and we rocked it out as fast as we could!

This small example gives this photo no justice….it is SO RAD and deserves to be a very large print or canvas.   Really, it deserves it. :)  The light + the wind gently blowing her shirt = pure AWESOMENESS.

Love your smile Hannah. :)

It has been a dream of mine to photograph a ballerina.  I have always been obsessed with the beauty, grace, strength, and discipline of a ballerina, and photographing some of that has been on my “wish list.”  When I mentioned it too Hannah, I thought she might think it was dumb/weird but she loved the idea, and was really excited!

She began with some stretching….OUCH.

so graceful….

You see those legs?  Don’t mess with her.

I think this is my favorite from the entire session.  I LOVE THIS!!!

Hannah, thanks so much for having photos taken with me!!! I know you didn’t want Senior photos because of what you have seen out there, so I hope these will change your mind about what Senior photos can be. :)You are a wonderful person and I wish you all the best in your future.

December 8, 2008 - 5:23 pm

mary - HOLY CRAP. THESE ARE SO AMAZING. jess, you rock. hannah banana, you look incredibly gorgeous in all these pictures. AH. the locations are so cool. i want another session!

December 8, 2008 - 6:15 pm

Liz - I LOVE that last one! They are all so beautiful. :D Great job!!

December 8, 2008 - 6:16 pm

lucy - wow these are amazing! i love the different locations. Hannah is absolutely gorgeous and her ballerina poses + your location = a totally rockin’ Senior shoot! seriously jess, LOVE IT!

December 8, 2008 - 7:53 pm

holly rouse - i am really, truly, completely JEALOUS of this.
(aka: probably my favorite senior shoot to date)

December 9, 2008 - 6:29 am

Alex - I think this will really change the mind of senior sessions ;)

Awesome light… great locations!

Hope to see the large print or canvas live in the next year :-D

Best from Germany

December 9, 2008 - 5:58 pm

adam - love the RAD pic…….i will agree with the canvas statement.
lighting is awesome.

December 9, 2008 - 7:08 pm

Alyssa - I love them! She is so pretty

December 9, 2008 - 7:28 pm

melanie - that last image is rad.

December 10, 2008 - 9:20 pm

gina w - wow jess, really really beautiful! and i see you found the boathouse;)
the last one is my favorite too!

December 11, 2008 - 11:31 am

mary’s mom - I am crazy for the one that deserves a canvas and I love the one with Cincinnatus, too! I love this kid and knew that the two of you would find some amazing shots together!! Again, Jess, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE with what you find through the lens! BRAVO!!

December 17, 2008 - 8:20 pm

rebecca-linh rodgers - Hannah and the images are simply STUNNING! amazing work!

December 29, 2008 - 10:32 am

Maya - That location totally rocks!!! Love the lighting experiments!

music and loved ones.

Whenever my brother comes to town from Virginia for a show, I make sure I go see him.  Since he was going to be in town for Thanksgiving, someone he knew asked if he wanted to be added to a show at Molly Malone’s in Covington, KY.  Our very good friend Matt happened to be in town that night from Columbus, and Billy and Matt have been know to do some fun improv music when we all hang out at my parents on T-day.  Billy asked Matt to accompany on a couple songs with his flugle horn…it was awesome.

Billy started out with some solo stuff….if you missed the promo shots I did for his solo album, look HERE.

I promise that no husbands were intentionally flicked off in the taking of this image.

(I was kinda grumpy, so Brett did all the photos this night.)

Matt chowing down some Irish grub before his debut.  Vegetarians, I apologize. :)

They were rocking it out!

They even sang together…

Chatting it up afterwords…

:)  The End.

December 4, 2008 - 5:44 pm

billy - Fun times! I love you.

December 4, 2008 - 6:13 pm

Ashie - I want a copy of #2!!! Please?

December 5, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Amanda - Very cool! What a fun and creative family. =) “Flicked off”…too hilarious. ;)

December 9, 2008 - 1:41 am

matt - love the memories, ya’ll! ‘n the meat shot… next year’s album cover. yah. ;)

peri + holly {mama + daughter}

Ever feel like someone comes into your life for a reason?  That’s how I feel about this little gal Holly.  From the moment I “met” her over the spring and summer as we chatted over email about shooting her Senior photos, we got along like old pals.  Even though we may be years apart in age, we shared so many of the same interests. Over time, our conversations went much deeper, and a saw a sweet girl, who instead of doing what most girls do the summer before their Senior year like planning for college, going shopping, or hanging out with friends, she was home caring for her mother as she went through rounds of chemotherapy.

I remember when I met Holly’s Mother Peri back in July. She was weak, but stood strong and proud watching her only child have her Senior photos taken.  Peri had found a lump in one of her breasts 10 years ago, had it removed, completed radiation and moved on.  One day last May she leaned over towards Holly in the car, and felt a lump.  She went to the doctor, and they did a mammogram, and a CAT scan, and saw nothing.  Peri insisted that something was going on, and after a biopsy the Dr. said that yes indeed their was cancer, although they were not sure exactly where.  Peri decided on a double mastectomy, and after the surgery they found that it had indeed spread to both breasts, and was caught right before moving into her lymph nodes.  She handled the surgery bravely, encouraging Holly all the way.  Holly wrote a beautiful essay for school that she shared with me, and gave me permission to share whatever I wanted with you all.  One of the things that stuck out to me and can tell you a little about Perri’s personality would be the T-shirt she wore the day of her surgery…it read, “Cancer can take my ta-ta’s, but it can’t take my sexy.”   I just loved that. :)

Their story also hit a special chord in my heart because I barely remember my biological mother who died of cancer when I was two years old.  To see the love these two have and the trial they have braved together, has touched my heart in a way I can’t explain.

Peri has finished her months of chemo now, and is on her way to a beautiful recovery.  Hair is beginning to regrow, and with that comes the excitement of what lies ahead. It has been a long journey for their family, but the time and tears they have shared have only brought them closer.  When Holly had the idea to do a shoot a few months back for just the two of them, I thought it was an incredibly beautiful idea.  Indeed, it was such a special session for me…of love, of laughter and true celebration.

We spent most of our session in a cute little tea room in O’Bryonville, The BonBonerie, where Holly and Peri enjoyed tea and lunch together.

This is one of my favorite shots Brett got shooting into the mirror menu on the wall.

Then we had some relaxed portrait time.  These two are adorable. :)

Peri, you are so beautiful! :)

Even though it was COOLLDD and raining, we ventured out for a little walk.

And ducked under a few doorways from the rain….

Well at least they did! :)  Doesn’t Brett look great with his polka dot umbrella??

Holly adores her Mama so much. They are so sweet together.

Holly I am so happy to have shared these moments with you and your beautiful Mom. Peri, I am so happy to have met you and been able to hear your story.  May God give you many, many, many more years together and may your story touch many more lives!  Thank you for letting us be a part. :)

With love,

Jess and Brett

December 1, 2008 - 4:12 pm

Annie@VarlandPhotography - What a beautiful story… It brought tears to my eyes.

December 1, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Vickey - wonderful in every way

December 1, 2008 - 4:29 pm

lucy - what a very precious session! love these photos. they are both gorgeous! love it!

December 1, 2008 - 4:30 pm

Michelle Yam - Thanks for sharing this beautiful and touching story, Jess! Love the photos! :)

December 1, 2008 - 7:21 pm

holly rouse - oh, you made me cry! these are perfect and beautiful thanks to you two.
like i’ve said before, you are so awesome at capturing LOVE.
i can’t wait to show my mama these…she will be in love with them.
thank you for all your love and friendship!
i am a lucky, lucky girl to have the z’s in my life.
and, of course, incredibly blessed to have Mom.
so blessed.
more love than i’ll ever be able to communicate via the internet,

PS: i hope this blog has upped my celebrity status in the z household
holla to Priya and the boyzzzzz! (sounds like a band name)


December 1, 2008 - 8:10 pm

Amanda - Wow! Breathtaking photos and the story of this mother-daughter duo brought tears to my eyes. My favorite has to be the two of them under the umbrella nose-to-nose. =)

Here’s wishing Holly and Peri MANY MANY years of mother-daughter fun to come. They sound like an amazing family with tons of fun and heart. =)

December 2, 2008 - 5:22 am

wrecklessgirl - WOOOOOW. these are

the image where you are shooting through the window is my favourite, ever.

December 2, 2008 - 5:22 am

wrecklessgirl - and peri (and her daughter) are GORGEOUS. beyond that. stunning.

December 2, 2008 - 5:37 am

Alex - Poooohhhh…. what a story.

I´ver never ever seen a Mom & Daughter-Session yet. What a great idea!

Great captures… The mirror picture is awesome.

All the best

December 2, 2008 - 11:53 am

corinne - thanks for making me cry, jess, holl & peri!
these pictures are amazing & i know that they had so much fun having them taken.

December 2, 2008 - 1:29 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Beautiful pictures and a beautiful story! I hope you had some carrot cake while you were there…it is the absolute best I’ve ever had…and is rated the best in Cincinnati :)

December 2, 2008 - 5:04 pm

Lauren - What a beautiful story to go along with such beautiful pictures ;) I’d have to agree… the writing on the mirror picture is awesome!! So touching.

December 3, 2008 - 12:23 am

rebecca-linh rodgers - (sigh) those were amazing. (tears)

December 3, 2008 - 7:01 pm

gina w - what a precious and beautiful story (and photos) you’ve shared with all of us…one of strength, faith and above all…love.
it touches me closely as my mother went through this 10 years ago-still going strong! i remember the fears and dark days. but in the end…love conquers all. your photos show that love and tenderness between mother and daughter…the one of holly looking up at peri reminds me of the little girl that will always be in holly looking ‘up’ to her mommy.
just beautiful. i wish everyone in their family much love.

December 4, 2008 - 9:51 pm

betsy - These are the most precious photos!!!!! WOW! How beautiful!!!!!

December 9, 2008 - 1:36 am

matt - i remember seeing this pics last time but the story really struck me this time. it made the pics even more beautiful. ditto on the tears. thanks for sharing their courage and inspiration…

December 9, 2008 - 6:25 pm

Michelle - This was such an incrediable idea and the moments in life that you captured for her daughter to cherish for the rest of her life WOW! As a mom, healthy and happy I would LOVE photos like this so I can’t image the Joy they brought to the two of them when life was handing them a bad hand. Praise God she is healing again. Thanks for sharing

December 9, 2008 - 7:39 pm

melanie - hard to stop the tears on this one. just makes you thank God a lil more for the time we have with all our loved ones! thanks for reminding me to be grateful!

December 29, 2008 - 10:35 am

Maya - Just beautiful. This photos are all so touching. The umbrella one is my fav.

May 25, 2010 - 4:21 pm

holly - revisiting these and tearing up … aw, mama!