• studio3z photography {the blog}

    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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Yearly Archives: 2009

studio3z 2009 {in action}

We can’t tell you how great of a year it has been for us. This evening as we sit at home sitterless, we are thinking back on our year and the many great people we had the privilege of meeting. If you were a part of our year in any way, THANK YOU so much. We can sincerely say we have loved getting to know each and everyone of you.  From the people we did sessions with, to the beautiful wedding days that we were a part of, to the fantastic support of all you blog readers, we couldn’t do it nor would we be motivated, without you.

You may remember our “studio3z in action” slideshow from 2008.  Here’s a look back at us doing what we love doing in 2009.  Same two people, same crazy Brett antics.

We wish you all love, joy, peace and growth in 2010.

Stay tuned soon for our yearly contest where you get to vote on the best of studio3z, from 2009.

Happy New Year everyone!!

December 31, 2009 - 9:28 pm

Kel Lee - Beautiful! I cant wait to do a family shoot with you this year. I cant wait to capture everything going forward as well!

December 31, 2009 - 10:27 pm

Vickey Weiss - love it!!! love you guys!

December 31, 2009 - 11:40 pm

jodie - super cute you guys! happy new year’s!

January 1, 2010 - 1:15 am

Alice - What a fun slide show! Brett sure does get himself in some precarious positions while shooting. Sometime, I’d love to see a side by side comparison… crazy position to get the shot, paired with the results :)

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010 - 10:15 am

Perel Alexander - You are amaizing

January 1, 2010 - 10:53 am

Maggie Bensch - This kind of made me tear up…you guys are SOOO amazing! I’m pretty glad I met you two as well, you know.

January 1, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Maya Laurent - You two are so cute! Wishing you the best in 2010!

January 1, 2010 - 5:14 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - i love this years!!! too funny…esp the one(2) with brett doing what i’ll assume is a ‘models’ pose!!!! lol!!! you two are adorable;)
unless my hubby comes shooting with me, i’ll never have this!!!!

January 1, 2010 - 10:49 pm

holly - super duper adorable. i can’t wait for our warm weather, sunshiney family session! love you, love you, love you!

January 2, 2010 - 12:07 am

Michelle Davies - What an awesome review of the year! I bet you guys are a blast to hang out with. And, ummmm….how often does Brett get hurt? LOL!

January 2, 2010 - 5:18 pm

Gail - For REAL how has Brett not BROKE something by now with his crazy monkey antics?

Love this post girl. :) Congrats on an awesome ’09!

January 4, 2010 - 10:03 am

kaila - love this! My hubby and I need to take more photos of each other shooting- we often just forget. My husband shoots just like Brett! I cannot wait to see what 2010 brings for you guys… thanks for all the inspiration! Blessings!

January 4, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Ryan - I think this is my favorite post yet! Happy New Year and thanks for capturing our most memorable year!

January 4, 2010 - 7:44 pm

jason z - brett’s “action poses” are making me smile

January 6, 2010 - 8:44 am

Katy Cosse - Brett’s balance amazes me… and you both look like you’re having so much fun. I’m so excited to work with you this year!

January 6, 2010 - 8:57 am

AmyPunky Photography - This is so fun to see you in action! But Brett scares me with his crazy postures! LOL :) Happy new year! Hope 2010 will be as good (and even better) as 2009!

January 6, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Michelle Kane - Absolutely brilliant! Love this look back and behind the scenes!

January 6, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Chloe - wow, I don’t know you and I love you.

January 7, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Ang - I love this slideshow! love the behind the camera shots! Can I ask what program did you use to put this slideshow together?

January 8, 2010 - 3:23 am

dietrich - AMAZING lovly colleague. i’m following your blog as a pro and like your work (clients & private pics (like my little rockin daughter) …. kind regards dietrich

January 12, 2010 - 3:43 am

Alex - Hi my dear friends! I really like those best of a year…. I laughed a lot of times, to be honest mostly about Brett aka Spider-Brett ;-) And yeah, I saw MYSELF on some pictures. THANK YOU! It was really one of my biggest moments in 2009 to meet you and even to shoot a wedding with you!!! I´ll never forget this – NEVER!!! All the best for your lovely family for 2010!!! L-O-V-E from snowy Germany, Alex

meredith+chris+emma+olivia+josie {a studio3z family}

I have to admit, this family was a complete breeze to photograph.  They are super adorable, and knew how to just be themselves.  We had a load of fun running around a part of town that we had never shot in….and the spontaneity of that, along w/their incredibly laid back nature, made it seem like we weren’t working at all. :)

When you shoot your first frame and it comes out like this, you know it’s gonna be a good day!


the family totem pole.


cutie pie josie. ;)


love this!  these girls are ADORABLE.



fall /winter textures ROCK.



I can’t tell you how big this photo makes me SMILE.  I think I owned that same little jacket and have pics of myself in it when I was 2!! Meredith, you dress your kids so darn cute!


I want to blow this up for our studio…this little photo does no justice to the authentic family moment happening.  Mama Meredith getting her eyeball ripped by her baby!!  SOOO been there.


Perfection x 5.


Josie’s looking up at the crazy man in the tree…I’m sure you all can guess I was the one on ground level.


Beautiful Olivia….she decided to try out the playground.



:)Chris your face is priceless.


Emma is a total sweetheart.  Who knew there were 13 yr. old’s who are polite, and kind? :)  She loves guitar, so we wanted to capture that.


“Little bear ears” likes to pluck the strings on big sis’s guitar.


Lovely Mama moment.

(BTW, she’s one flipping HOT Mama.)



Ok, I need to preface this next section…when we met them this day it was FA-REEEZZZZING.  They showed us the clothes they brought along, and said, “I don’t know if you know this show called ‘Mad Men,’ but we brought family costumes.”  AYKM???!! I could have photoed them allll day in these clothes.  In fact, if it wasn’t 30 degrees out, we may have.

This first one titled “body language” rocks my socks.


Hello amazing sun flare!!

(p.s. studio3z fact: we only use 100% real sunflare.  Never adding any photoshop flare.  Like, why would we?  It’s there…It’s free!)



Josie! The star of the show!


If you saw the post yesterday, you saw this.

One of my favorite family photos we’ve ever taken.


And, I think the star of the show has changed!!!


LOVE LOVE this shot. Can you believe this was shot in 2009?






Oh my GOODNESS!!!  Brett and I were GA-GA for this family. :)  They were amazingness.

Meredith, Chris, Emma, Olivia, and sweet lil’ Josie…you guys were such a pleasure to hang with and photograph.  So glad you found us and were sucked in after watching our blog! :)

much love!


December 22, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Chantel - What an awesome session! I love every photograph!

December 22, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Briony - stinkin awesome…just incredible photos!

December 22, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Vickey - one word……awesome!

December 22, 2009 - 12:50 pm



December 22, 2009 - 1:04 pm

holly - your sessions just keep getting more and more totally and completely AWESOME. i can’t even take it! ;)

December 22, 2009 - 1:07 pm

holly - oh and can you do me a huge favor and tell me some of the lenses you used on these photos? because i am in la la love.

December 22, 2009 - 2:33 pm

rebecky - Love it! It is a Super SWELL session.

December 22, 2009 - 3:30 pm

Amber - Very beautiful session!

December 22, 2009 - 3:36 pm

Abra Michelle - How awesome to have such amazing people to work with. What a wonderful job you did capturing this family’s personality.LOVE it.

December 22, 2009 - 10:04 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - this was supposed to be on this post!!!!
but it is sooo worth saying again!
i think gaga over this session is an understatement. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious???????? did i spell it right? AWESOME LOVE!!!!

December 23, 2009 - 9:15 am

Perel Alexander - I love that family! They are awesome…
Great photography work!!!

December 23, 2009 - 10:12 am

Barb - ya leave me breathless with these!

December 23, 2009 - 11:33 am

Tom Z - Chris – how’d you get my hat….and my car. Incredible photos of some incredible people!!!!!

December 23, 2009 - 12:24 pm

Alexandra Hodges - holy cow!!!!!!!! these are amazing! LOVE the Mad Men Series ;) Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing guys! Have a wonderful xmas and merry new year!

December 23, 2009 - 2:24 pm

jason z - i dig the vintage shots and i love that they had “Mad Men family costumes”. rad!

December 23, 2009 - 8:20 pm

Michelle Davies - Pure genius! I LOVE the shots with the car! So timeless and classic.

December 23, 2009 - 9:38 pm

Maya Laurent - WOW! What an awesome session! I love all the vintageness! Is that a word? It should be for this session!

December 27, 2009 - 8:45 pm

Ann - I love this family’s style. Great pictures as always! Meredith, can you tell me where you got your boots?! I love them.

December 28, 2009 - 11:55 pm

ayres photography - This set of photos is brilliant! Beautiful, beautiful work, guys! This is the first time we’ve stopped by and commented, but we’ll definitely be back. :) Keep up the amazingness! -Jenn & Ben

January 5, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Emma Case - Honoured to rub shoulders with you on Sarah Rhoads Self Portrait Project… came to have a look… this session literally blew me away.

January 16, 2010 - 8:14 am

wrecklessgirl - loving this entire session!!! the styling is amazing and bright and fun! just catching up on your blog now that i have a dsl line available to use in italy (at least for the next few days!) .. missing you guys!

August 18, 2010 - 9:44 pm

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May 4, 2011 - 10:13 am

a lil’ family stay-cation. | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] for some tasty treats and the most yummilous coffee in town. We were shocked to run into some out of town friends as soon as we got there….funny thing is we were really bummed as we had tried to get together [...]

you’ll want to come back tomorrow.

trust me. ;)


December 21, 2009 - 3:37 pm

Bonnie - Amazing!

December 21, 2009 - 6:57 pm

Kaylie - I’m so excited to see this one already :)

December 21, 2009 - 9:03 pm

katie - wow.

December 22, 2009 - 12:44 am

Dana Halvorson - Can’t wait!

December 22, 2009 - 9:40 am

Briony - awesome style. love this shot.

December 22, 2009 - 11:57 am

Deyla Huss Photograp - These are AMAZING!!!! every single one of them is stunning and so much fun! great work as always!

December 22, 2009 - 12:00 pm

oneshotbeyond - well done on both sessions!

December 22, 2009 - 10:03 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - i think gaga over this session is an understatement.
did i spell it right?

baby sophie {newborn}

I just adore doing newborn sessions.  Not only for the obvious reason (they are mushy balls of sweet sugar you could just eat up)…but also the honor of being able to witness the birth of a family.  Wether it is a first child, or an additional child, a new family is reborn as each one comes  into this world.  I can’t think of many things that are more magical in life.   I think having photos done in those first few early days is such an important thing….to capture this new glowing love between each person.

Stephanie and Chris welcomed baby Sophie into this world last month, and they couldn’t possibly be more happy.

she is a sweetie…. rarely cries…..

and she completely lights up their life.





I love this moment.


little baby skin :)



so precious!







what a sweetie!







Stephanie and Chris, thank you for having us into your home to capture your sweet little Sophie! :)  We can’t wait to watch her grow!

December 16, 2009 - 9:22 am

Christine - These are all so gorgeous! Great job! I can’t wait until my friends start having their babies in January so I can really get into take baby photos. I have only done them a few times previously.

December 16, 2009 - 10:23 am

holly - ah! baby! makes my ovaries ache…just kidding…

December 16, 2009 - 10:32 am

Sandy - So beautiful…I love newborn shots…esp love the one with the windows reflected in her eyes, and the maroon rug…brings out her little rosebud lips…makes me wish…nah, scratch that.

December 16, 2009 - 12:07 pm

mel - as if i wasnt excited enough for sunday..i just got a little bit more pumped:)

December 16, 2009 - 12:25 pm

Amanda - Oh my! So BEAUTIFUL! Makes me so sad I missed my nephew’s birth earlier this year, though my photos aren’t anywhere near the amazingness that is yours and Brett’s, still, wish I’d been there.

December 16, 2009 - 5:48 pm

Gail - Oooh – these are so so sweet. And man, you REALLY know how to make a girl covet a macro lens!

December 16, 2009 - 8:03 pm

Cathy - These are incredible. I especially love the b&w’s. But the shot of dad kissing her forehead is my fave. :)

December 17, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Susan - Hold her, kiss her, love her, keep her warm and healthy. You are blessed.

December 17, 2009 - 8:25 pm

Adam Cavanagh - Gorgeous work!!

December 18, 2009 - 9:41 am

Wendy - What great pics…she is absolutely beautiful and so sweet. Hold her near for as long as you can…they grow up so quick.

December 22, 2009 - 12:01 pm

oneshotbeyond - I can’t get enough viewing of cute little newborns! With a 16 and 13 year old I am missing the days of little babies. So adorable!!!

December 29, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Angie - I look at these almost every day. My favorite little brother, my favorite new niece, a beautiful new mother, and two wonderful, creative photographers! What a combination for me!