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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: January 2009

in action {2008}

Ahhhhhh….what a year!  We just LOVED 2008.  We have met so many new and great people and places.  We have watched our business grow and blossom into something we thought would only remain in our dreams.  Brett and I both found ourselves getting a bit teary eyed looking over our photos to choose for this slideshow.  To those of you who we have had the pleasure of spending time with on a session, your story is so important to us.  THANK YOU for allowing us to document it.

I began compiling these images last January and have been looking forward to making this since.  I realize now that we don’t have footage of me shooting Senior girls (because I go alone) and we tend to forget at weddings to shoot each other due to the hustle and bustle (our pals Bobbi+Mike make it look so easy). :)  But there is always next year.  So here, compiling what I can in a 3-minute slideshow, are some of our sessions of 2008.  Enjoy!

January 9, 2009 - 11:03 am

Jeff Schaefer - Awesome!

January 9, 2009 - 11:26 am

Vickey Weiss - Love it!!!!

January 9, 2009 - 11:43 am

lucy - rock and roll jess and brett! here’s to yet an even more fabulous year! cheers!

January 9, 2009 - 1:13 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Very cute…I like this idea! I would totally book you if I wasn’t already married :) Guess I’ll just have to wait til I start having babies :)

January 9, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Heather - Love the playground shots! You guys rock – Here’s to an awesome 2009!

January 9, 2009 - 6:25 pm

jason - i LOVE that song. PERFECT choice!!!

January 9, 2009 - 9:11 pm

holly rouse - well, you may not shoot each other, but you do make it look incredibly easy to be awesome parents, awesome photographers, awesome bloggers, awesome photo editors, awesome people, awesome friends…yeah, i just love you guys.

if i’m half as talented and successful as you someday, i will be a happy, happy polly.

January 9, 2009 - 9:20 pm

rebecca-linh rodgers - you two are adorable. loved watching the behind scenes and recognizing the faces from this year’s post.
how fun. :) happy 2009!!

January 10, 2009 - 12:07 am

Maya Laurent - Love it!!! We are so bad at taking photos of each other when shooting too! Gotta add that to the list for 2009! You two are gorgeous!

January 10, 2009 - 4:49 pm

Mark Stein - I found your site from the gallery at prophotogblogs and I really enjoyed your slideshow! It’s fun to show clients these behind the scenes images. Great work you guys! I am working on my own new blog today, what a cool product!

January 10, 2009 - 4:52 pm

Mark Stein - Sorry, I forgot to ask you. What backpacks are you guys wearing? Do you like them? If you would be so kind to share some info I’d appreciate it, I’m in desperate need of a gear bag!

January 10, 2009 - 4:54 pm

rebecky - I loooooooooooooove it. so fun. I love all the pics.

January 11, 2009 - 10:14 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - you two are just adorable! i love the babies on your back!
can you say superdad;)
happy 2009!

January 11, 2009 - 10:21 pm

Chatti - awesome. i love seeing photographers in action

January 12, 2009 - 3:29 am

Jasmine* - Uhhh, can you say FABULOUS?!?! :)

January 12, 2009 - 8:43 am

Alex - Stunning!!!

Reminds me to take more pictures each other while photographing a session, thanks!!!

But why are always the men lying on the ground??? ;-)
I´m like Brett in this way…

And another question: What song is that?

All the best
Alex (Saturday is getting closer!)

January 12, 2009 - 8:11 pm

Julie - I’m a frequent visitor and this is my first comment, yay! I love the slide show, you guys are too cute. Love your style. I already told my boyfriend that when we want some photos of us, we’re traveling to OH! :)

January 13, 2009 - 10:15 am

jenny - Fantastic! I can’t wait to see more :)

January 13, 2009 - 3:22 pm

esther - WOW! That was reallly cool! I loved that. Say “hi” to Brett from us.

January 13, 2009 - 10:05 pm

Monica - Wow! The love shows through!

January 14, 2009 - 6:32 pm

tracy - wow…i love seeing you two behind the scenes. i’m so proud of what you guys have done that i seriously had tears in my eyes looking at your slideshow (maybe it was the song)!

January 15, 2009 - 12:05 pm

Renotta King - Spectacular pics of an even more spectacular family!!!! Love you guys!

May 12, 2009 - 9:27 pm

Max Surikov - Fanshmabulous work. Good luck in 2009.

December 31, 2009 - 9:19 pm

studio3z 2009 {in action} | Cincinnati Wedding Photographers - [...] 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 [...]

family of 5. {lifestyle session}

This beautiful family saw their neighbor’s Senior photos by us and said, ‘We want photos like that!”  When the Mom (Hanna) contacted me, she told me she loved how laid back and natural the photos were.  To make their story even more interesting, they are from Sweden and have been living here in town for a year and a half.  They would soon be returning at the end of 2008, and although I tried to convince Hanna to just pack me in her suitcase so I could do her session in Sweden, we ended up doing it here.  Bummer.  It was FREEZING and snowing, but this family is so fun and warm,  it really made no difference.

It was really important for them to capture their experience here in the states.  They lived near a local high school, so they asked if we could shoot by there.  The Dad (Bengt) has an AWESOME old truck that we fell in love with!!  It was rusty, old, and loaded with character.   We arrived to the scene and they were all geared up in their local attire!  Hanna shared with me that this was their first family photo session they have ever had.  What an honor for us!

Here they all are….The kids from left to right are, Johanna, Jonatan, and Maja. :)


I don’t know what Brett was saying, but it must have been funny….


This car is Bengt’s pride and joy.


One of my favorites.  I love Maja’s sweet little face! :)


I loved that they brought the American Flag.


Seriously, this family is STUNNING!


LOVE this.   It makes me smile.  I hope this is such a great memory for these kids throughout their lives.


A Daddy ATTACK!!!


This track and field area is important to them.   Hanna is a runner and would come to run here all the time.


We decided to take a run through the football field!!  I LOVE happy families.



As we arrived at our next location, Bengt was doing some “tricks” for us.  He had us laughing so hard!!!


Love this shot of Johanna in Dad’s truck.


Jonatan is a handsome little guy.




Then Mom and Dad got about 2 minutes alone for shots.  :)


They are adorable!!!!



After we said our goodbyes, Bengt had to make a GRAND exit.  He peeled out and waved goodbye!!!!


Well, since these were taken, this beautiful family has left our country and headed back to their home in Sweden.  I’m sure all who knew them in the U.S. will miss them and we were so happy to hear they made it back safely.

Hanna, Bengt, Johanna, Jonatan, and of course precious Maja :)  We LOVED meeting you all and spending a bit of time with you.  It was such a pleasure to capture something special for you to remember your “holiday” here in the USA.  I hope you can look back on these photos fondly for years to come!

All the best.

Brett and Jess

January 7, 2009 - 8:24 pm

lucy - i LOVE this family session! they are so adorable and you all look like you’re having such a fun time! mom and dad are such a cute couple. nice job jess and brett.

January 8, 2009 - 5:31 am

Alex - OMG

What a great great great session!!!!
I like swedish people and they fit great to the Ohio State ;)

The kids are cute, the parents are “movie stars” and at least the car is wonderful.

And tell me: How do you do this crisp and contraty b&w´s ????

Best from ice cold Germany

January 8, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Deyla Huss Photog - These are absolutely stunning images, so much fun!! great work!

January 8, 2009 - 12:44 pm

Renotta King - Amazing!!!!!!

January 8, 2009 - 1:43 pm

shannon selim - that last photo is great, i love the expression on his face!!!

January 8, 2009 - 2:55 pm

Amanda - LOVE IT!!! This family is too cute and I’m sure they will always treasure these pictures, they are just stunning and fun and you really get the sense that they capture a special time for this family. =)

January 8, 2009 - 3:32 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudi - these are so fun!!! what a great family!
the last one is my fav:) i hope he has that one done up BIG!
btw, love your new updates;)

January 8, 2009 - 5:51 pm

snow - i couldn’t wait to see these and they turned out awesome! i love the picture of johanna in the RAT. miss you guys, snow.

January 8, 2009 - 10:25 pm

Samantha Manning - These definitely define our neighbors! Especially Bengt and his truck :) . Maya is just so cute. Great job Jess and Brett! Such amazing pictures. We miss you guys!

January 9, 2009 - 11:30 am

Vickey Weiss - This session is fabulous!!!
what lens were you using for the daddy attack photo and the one of mom and dad nose to nose?

January 9, 2009 - 12:04 pm

jess@studio3z - Vickey~ Both of those shots were taken with the 70-200mm on a camera with the crop factor. :)

January 9, 2009 - 2:54 pm

Holger Sandelowsky - I, dad and grandfather thank you for these lovely pictures of my beloved over there.
Holger Sandelowsky

January 10, 2009 - 12:08 am

Maya Laurent - That is so cool that they brought that American flag! Awesome, casual and totally fun family photos!

January 10, 2009 - 10:34 am

Hanna - I keep coming back to these pictures all the time. What a grand finale for our stay in Ohio. I do believe this stays as the one and only family photo session we’ll ever do, seriously – we could possibly not find anyone like you, Jess & Brett. Thank you so much, from all our hearts.

kamaria {a senior session}

Kamaria is an extraordinary kind of girl…the type that walks to the beat of her own drum.  When I first heard from her and we were talking about the look she wanted, I knew we would have some fun.  She is laid back, loves books, loves acting, and has a big beautiful smile.  I told her we may have an overcast chilly day and she said that was more fitting for her…I got a kick out of this, because I am the same way.  Anyone can appreciate the sunshine, but it takes a different type of person to find beauty in gray days.

Of course it would only be fitting for her to bring her books along.

This is what she can be found doing quite often.  These are a few of her current favorites.

Then we switched things up, and went walking around.

Such pretty eyes and a brilliant smile. :)

Love this look…

We considered using this yellow doorway which I used in her friend’s Senior session…I typically try not to repeat the same backgrounds on shoots.   We decided it was too good to pass up.  (It looked so cute with her outfit!) Here she is saying, “Sorry Mary!”

“Seize the day.”  I love her shirt.  I want it.

This was right after she did a soliloquy for me. :)  I love that she laughs at herself….a great character quality if you ask me.

I love this photo.  There is a very natural, organic feel to it.

Just something she did, I snapped, and I dig.


Kamaria, thanks to you and your family for your patience with your blog post. :)  Thanks also to Lainey (Kamaria’s AWESOME friend) for carrying around all the clothes, shoes, etc. that day!  It was A LOT!!!

Best of luck to you and your future Kamaria!  When you are a famous actress on Broadway don’t forget us little people. :)

January 6, 2009 - 12:26 am

holly rouse - Kamaria is one of my many beautiful best friends!
these fit her oh, so well. i love love love her book idea. that is freakin’ RAD.
that’s so kamaria!
love to you, mama jesse

January 6, 2009 - 5:43 am

Alex - Again nice pictures and pre processing :-)
Like the last one with the colours.

And I like your background even more!

by the way: Sanne just finished the book Emma from Jane Austin ;)

January 6, 2009 - 7:18 am

Samantha Manning - OH MY GOSH KAMARIA. These are gorgeous – they’re so you! I love your smile in all of these. I called Lainey while she was with Kamaria doing these haha. Amazing!

January 7, 2009 - 1:40 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - You are totally rockin’ the senior sessions!! Great pics and I love the new blog and website:)My blog face lift is on the oh so long list of to-do’s :)

January 7, 2009 - 1:52 pm

Maya Laurent - She looks so natural in all of these! I love the book ones!

January 7, 2009 - 4:08 pm

Kamaria - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Jessica! I love all of my pictures! You are brilliant!

January 8, 2009 - 8:10 pm

mary - hahaha! these are grrrrreat! it’s okay that you used the yellow door! that picture and caption made me smile. haha. it really did look awesome with your outfit! love love love the pictures!

January 20, 2009 - 11:12 am

Maureen Grady - i vote for Grace, #9 – she is so beautiful and sweet

January 20, 2009 - 11:28 am

Tural - My vote is for my cutest and smartest niece Leyla. Do I need to write any more reason?

Why is She sad?

January 20, 2009 - 11:41 am

Natik - #1 – Leyla. This is a nice and vintage-looking picture. And also, she is my sister’s granddaughter – the prettiest granddaughter!

January 20, 2009 - 11:46 am

Leyla - I am voting for Leyla and Zazi! Leyla – because she is named after me and she is my mother’s favorite granddaughter, Zazi – because I am in love with his blue eyes! :) )

January 20, 2009 - 11:57 am

Rustam - My family’s vote is for Leyla and Zazi, because we love them and miss them. My Dad says hi to you all!

January 20, 2009 - 12:07 pm

Vusala - I have been carrying Zazi’s picture with me since Konul emailed it to me. I love him so much and I show his picture to my college friends and brag all the time how handsome nephew I have. Zazi, you have my vote! And I am voting for Leyla too and waiting for her to come back to Baku that I would take a good bite of her yummy cheeks!

January 20, 2009 - 12:10 pm

Jeyhun - Greetings from cold Aberdeen! Without hesitation I am voting for Leyla and Zazi because I haven’t seen any other kids prettier and more handsome than them. I love them and I am proud of my sister and Chad for them.

January 20, 2009 - 12:21 pm

Ziya - When I saw Leyla she was only 6-month old. Now she is a young lady. And I haven’t met Zazi yet. I am voting for Leyla and Zazi because I get to know them through your pictures. They both are adorable!

January 20, 2009 - 12:35 pm

Qurban-Konul’s uncle - Without thinking twice, Leyla is getting my vote! Her mother grew up in my arms and now she is a mother herself! I wish we could see her and her family more often. I vote for Leyla and Zazi because they are my family and we are waiting to see them this summer!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! {best wishes for 2009}

I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve, and are off to a great start for 2009!  I am so excited when I think back on the year we have had here at studio3z.  It was a great year, and we hope 2009 is even better.  A huge THANKS to all of you for your support…whether you check our blog everyday and leave us comment love often, or if this is your very first visit-we thank you for taking the time to view our work- our heart.:)

Usually Brett and I stay home on NYE, but we got a sitter this year for the first time so we were able to go out for a night on the town. I thought I would share some of our photos! We went to Jeff Ruby’s steakhouse in downtown Cincy, and were joined by our good friend Matt from Columbus and his girlfriend Laura.  Laura’s sister and her husband, another couple of their friends and their parents also joined us for dinner.

Here is a photo Matt took of us….ALSO, these shots were all taken with our new camera- the Canon 5D Mark ii.  It was VERY dark in the restaurant.  These were mainly shot at 3200 ISO!!

Matt and Laura…they are precious.

Our dinner table!

2 minute countdown….getting the champagne ready!


:)  Thanks Matt.

They make a great couple.

In other news, we have our NEW “love + marriage” site up and a new splash page!!!  If you go to studio3z.com you will see new stuff.  The blog is up next on the list. :)

HAPPY 2009 from studio3z!

Brett and Jess

January 2, 2009 - 10:28 am

Konul - Jessie,

I like your new website! And I saw some new pictures that I don’t remember seeing before.

Happy New 2009!

Love and good luck,


January 2, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Maya Laurent - Looks fun! Best of luck in 2009!

January 3, 2009 - 11:09 am

Maggie - Jess- I LOVE the new website/new look! It looks fabulous :)
Lovely pictures of you and the hubby as well.

January 3, 2009 - 1:36 pm

Hanna - So GOOD for you to get out on NYE! Happy for you. Love the pics as usual.
Can’t wait to see ours on the blog, any time now, I hope! No panic, take your time.
Back in the cold and dark Sweden,

January 3, 2009 - 5:34 pm

holly rouse - i just spent an hour looking at the site.
seriously. i am in love with it.
i love youuuuu

January 5, 2009 - 5:50 am

Alex - Hi Jess & Brett,

we also wish you all the best for 2009.
And hey… congrats to the 5DMKII… I like to see it live with you :-)

Only 12 days left and the plane is ready for take off!

All the best
Alex & Sanne