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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: March 2009

jason + elijah {vinegar + oil}

This week is “LA week” on the studio3z blog.  First up….

I constantly keep a mental list of shoots that I would like to do, and it probably changes daily.  One thing that has been on the list for a while is a night shoot.  I wanted a good challenge-just my camera + good lenses, no flash, and only using available light when found (because the whole shoot was new territory).  That is exactly what we did for this, minus 2 photos taken inside Elijah’s house.

Meet Jason and Elijah of {vinegar + oil}.  They are DJ’s, and pretty rad ones at that.


I feel like I need to apologize ahead of time for their hotness…It’s not their fault.  They really can’t help it.


*me loves*





One of Brett’s favorites.





{ !!!! }


my favorite, which will soon grace a wall in our home.






thanks boys.  you played nice.  xxoo


March 16, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Adam - Wow!
You guys are rockstars!
Love all of them…. Very diverse selection of shots.

March 16, 2009 - 1:40 pm

adam - 3rd one down is RAD.

March 16, 2009 - 1:42 pm

jess@studio3z - thanks adam….i love that shot like crazy.

March 16, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Elwood - Jess and Brett!

I love these!!! You’re both incredible. Thank you again for the shoot. The results are beautiful. The shot with the headlights is brilliant!

I miss you guys. Give my love to the kids.

xo e

March 16, 2009 - 2:26 pm

Raymond Texel - Some really fantastariffic shots!

March 16, 2009 - 2:27 pm

Vickey - awesome as always!!!

March 16, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Ramona - What an amazing shoot! All natural light? I don’t know how you do it. I love the variety. They are all fantastic but 3,11 and 12 are so hot.

March 16, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Liz - So…. is it just me or does Elijah look exactly like Elijah Wood? And if it really is him, are you totally pretending that you didn’t just have a photo shoot with a famous guy? Also… you really did an awesome job… lighting is perfect. It takes great guys to be willing to model for you like that! :) I should work in some more exercises for myself like this one! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

March 16, 2009 - 3:19 pm

julia - these shots are so frickin’ awesome. loving the retro-chic vibe!

March 16, 2009 - 3:31 pm

sara - my photography heart just exploded with joy and love. these are insane guys. word.

March 16, 2009 - 3:35 pm

Ellee - You are so fabulous. Can I be you when I grow up?

March 16, 2009 - 3:48 pm

shannon selim - so i guess these were kind of worth the week long wait of no blogging… i almost went through withdrawal!!! hehe.

amazing work, i think you’ve just entered into a new category of awesomeness, if that was possible!

i have to admit i was a bit shocked when i saw the subject matter… but that just goes to show the shallowness of our general brush with celebrity! don’t worry… i got over it! even still beautiful work… beautiful men. :)

March 16, 2009 - 6:46 pm

armando - wow these are fucking awesome. thanks for inviting me on the shoot! :)

March 16, 2009 - 9:03 pm

Myriam - Beautiful, seriously, amazing.
Ethan keeps asking for you guys!

March 16, 2009 - 9:41 pm

bobbi - wow!

March 16, 2009 - 11:18 pm

adam - lol. first off i want to say my husband is making love to your photographs. :) we are both overly impressed. youve taken yourself above the badass level. i really dont know what to say. im in shock. all of them. annnd how awesome is it to shoot people who are completely into it and always lookin HOT! remind me to get your autograph in may. :)

March 16, 2009 - 11:19 pm

mel - woops. i didnt see adams name was autosaved in the name bar. that previous comment was ME! MELANIE! peace. lol

March 17, 2009 - 9:28 am

gina@kiwistreetstudios - they like just kept getting better…each one i got to!
pretty darn cool..io!!!
welcome back! when’s tea?

March 17, 2009 - 10:38 am

jenny - love, love, LOVE it!

March 17, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Lori - The are not photos, but works of art! You inspire me to be more creative!

March 17, 2009 - 10:58 pm

Maya Laurent - Look at you rock stars!!! We are doing another band shoot soon and this just had my husband and I saying…”oh yea that is sweet!”

March 18, 2009 - 10:53 am

rebecky - Great shoot, Jess. Love all of them- the night shoot/retro is very nice. Prayerful Jason is my favorite.

March 18, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Konul - Awesome!!! Priceless!!!

March 18, 2009 - 2:53 pm

wrecklessgirl - these are darling, jess. darling isn’t the right word. i just think YOU are darling, so that sweet word comes flowing out too easily. rather, these are phenomenal. and sassy. perfetto!

March 19, 2009 - 9:41 pm

Bonnie - Just found your blog. So glad I did. These photos are heavenly.

March 20, 2009 - 1:57 pm

Mama - WOW the night shots are incredibly unique and freaking awesome! You both do an excellent job and have an amazing talent for photography ! Loving you…..

March 26, 2009 - 10:51 pm

gina&tony - holy cow, these are amazing! i mean, seriously, WOW. wow.


March 27, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Ryan - #3 Feels like a video capture its so hot, there is so much energy happening. I am totally diggin’ them all, but #3 is Stellar.

March 30, 2009 - 3:00 am

Sarah Q - DUDE. JESSSSSSSS. Those are AWESOME! I love love love them like caaaaa-raaaazy!!

March 30, 2009 - 7:33 pm

Sarah - Wow…just available light? I’m very impressed. My fave is…(had to count)… #9.

Love it!

March 30, 2009 - 9:48 pm

pamela - jason and elijah… they make one fine couple! I’m always watching my back with that Super JZ guy… :) Beautiful photos — I love the green van photo! xxx p

April 3, 2009 - 9:42 pm

lauren c.-openField. - …these are pretty rockin.

April 8, 2009 - 10:20 am

lucy - love it! you really captured their super sexiness. i like that! seriously, jess, amazing work. night time is the right time baby.

April 19, 2009 - 8:22 am

luvlee - bloody awesome.. I haven’t been by in so long. these are just cool.

September 16, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Sil - elijah you are just amazing!

September 1, 2010 - 4:12 pm

Edge - elijah wood is a dj? now THAT is sweet. great images. i’m addicted to your blog and your adorable family. keep up the great work!

May 11, 2009 - 1:54 pm

kelly + mark. {in love} » studio3z photography - [...] keeping things personal.  One idea was a night shoot, and then after they saw this one we did in LA HERE they said, “That’s it!!”  We decided to work around sunset and into the night, [...]

amy + caleb {are married!!}

Ahhhh…another beautiful wedding.  Actually this was our first wedding of the year, and what a fun one it was!!  It also held a special place in my heart because Amy is one of my sister’s bestest friends, and also has been a babysitter for our kids for a while.  When we began our photography business, Amy and Caleb weren’t even dating, but Amy said to me, “You will be my photographer for every major event that happens in my life.”  I thought this was so sweet, and a few years later, here we are. Funny how life works. :)

We have been so excited about shooting their wedding, and the day was so beautiful and everything went according to plan. Amy was calm and laid back, and she looked absolutely beautiful.


I loved Brett’s idea of the rings laying on the rings of the tree….


Caleb getting ready.


Everyone helping Amy look perfect.


These girls all looked so lovely.  Three of them are Caleb’s sisters, one is my sister (can you guess which one?), one is a friend who is going to be a “studio3z bride” this September (YAY!), and two are Amy’s good childhood friends.


And the guys looked mighty handsome themselves. :)


Brett took some great (and funny) groomsmen shots.  This one makes me giggle.


Prayer before the ceremony….


Getting ready to walk down.


Love this shot Brett got as they close the doors behind Amy and her father.



One of the sweetest parts of the ceremony was that they washed one another’s feet.  I have never seen this done at a wedding.  I love the idea.


Another really cool thing was that Caleb’s Father was the officiant. :)


One of my favorites of the day.  So glad I had them pause for a moment to take it.


Amy and the boyzzz.


We rocked out 10 mins of 25 degree weather like you have never seen!!! :)


This cake won my heart, and my taste buds.:)  It was made by Amy’s mother!   (I love how personal their wedding was!)

This photo is actually only the side section.  It was huge!!  The henna like detail is just BEAUTIFUL.


First dance as husband and wife.



Amy and her Dad had a very emotion filled first dance.  I felt like such a dork, crying my eyes out behind my camera. :)


I love this shot of Caleb and his Mom.


Then the party GOT STARTED!!!!  These people liked to dance.


We slipped outside for a few night portraits….yes it was probably about 20 out, but can you tell?  They look warm and cozy.


Back inside for dancing!  I had fun getting some artsy shots.


The next thing I knew Amy had changed and they were running out the door!!!  I guess when you are done, you are done. :)  Loved this shot of all their friends cheering them on as they leave.  It was so much fun.


We were also so happy and honored to have a friend shooting with us that day! Alex of Photo Finish, is a photographer based out of Hanover, Germany.  We actually met him here on our blog, and have since become friends.  When we heard that he would be visiting the US, we asked him up for a visit and so he was with us the weekend of Amy and Caleb’s wedding.  We met in person for the first time, and enjoyed getting to know each other.  Alex got some great shots of the wedding as well which he will soon have posted on his blog HERE!  Keep an eye out for them this coming week. :)

“ALEX, the Alex” (what our kids call him from the movie “Madagascar”) you are AWESOME, and we are so happy to have met you!

Here is Alex with the bride and groom….


And the 3 of us at the end of the night! We made a pretty good team. :)


Amy and Caleb, we can’t thank you enough for having us as your photographers!  We loved our time we got to spend with you, and we wish you all the best in your future together!!  We hope to see you guys around, sooner than later.  Hope the honeymoon to Mexico was AMAZING.

much love!

jess + brett

March 13, 2009 - 5:17 pm

amy - WOOHOO!!These are so amazing!!! You guys are awesome! I am so excited to see the rest! Thank you for capturing our special day so perfectly.

March 13, 2009 - 6:18 pm

wrecklessgirl - i adore this wedding!!! :)

March 13, 2009 - 9:06 pm

Ashie - Gorgeous!!! I really truly absolutely love these! You captured this day just as it was…..Beautiful!

March 14, 2009 - 11:15 pm

Maya Laurent - Way to rock the first wedding of the year!!! I love that shot of the foot washing…isn’t that the neatest thing in a ceremony?

March 15, 2009 - 8:53 am

Mandy - These are so gorgeous. It seems like your lighting in every single one is PERFECT. The are so completely clear and beautiful. You certainly captured the romanticism of the day.

I have never seen the feet washing thing either, but I think its a great idea.

March 16, 2009 - 3:56 pm

shannon selim - he looks like Ty from extreme makeover…

March 25, 2009 - 9:35 am

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March 12, 2010 - 9:50 am

my sister is married! :) | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] dessert table was UNREAL. Every single one on this table rocked my socks OFF.  The baker is Amy’s mom, one of our brides and one of Ash’s BFF’s. [...]

we are back.

It is cold.  It is grey.  We are back in OH.

Next week will be photos of our trip…some business, some fun.

This photo pretty much sums up our time on the West coast.


Amy + Caleb’s wedding up tomorrow! :)

March 13, 2009 - 8:18 am

betsy - Welcome back! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!

March 13, 2009 - 8:47 am

Alex - Hey!

Welcome back…. “Arnold pronouncing” ;-)

Kids looking healthy… yeah, the California sun… that´s it!


March 15, 2009 - 10:31 pm

adam - cant wait to see the pics. :-D

out of here. {LA bound!}

I am sitting here in the airport….of course while traveling with our 4 children and our friend (total of 7) we arrived entirely too early because I was freaking out about being late.  Oh well, better early than late I suppose. :)  We will be out of town hopefully enjoying some nice LA sunshine for the next week.  Because of this, I will not be as available, but I will be answering emails as much as I can.  We will be working there as well in California, not just playing.:)

Here’s a quick web-cam shot of me with my good pal Renee who is traveling w/us to help with the kiddos.  We have been friends since 5th grade, and this is the second vacation she has come on with us!! :)


Have a great week everyone!!!!

March 7, 2009 - 9:58 am

Ashie - Come home….