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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: April 2009

nicki + kyle {are married!}

I said Monday, and Monday you got, barely.  Tomorrow is Brett’s birthday, so we are over at his Mom’s for dinner as I write this. :)

In the post before I introduced you to this lovely couple….Nicki and Kyle had a lovely wedding at the 20th Century, which is an old theater in Cincinnati. (How cool is that?!)  I have been there many times before, but this was my first time for a wedding, and I was amazed at how they made the place look just perfect!  Nicki and Kyle had a theme to their wedding, which was on the marquee outside of the theater (see down below).  I loved it!

Our day with them began with me with the ladies at the theater getting ready….


Nicki’s sisters help get her dress just right.


Meanwhile Brett was over with Kyle at his parents home.  No, you are not seeing double. :)  Kyle has a twin brother Kevin.  Kevin is on the left and Kyle is on the right.


It’s spring so that means dandelions.  The boys thought they would make beautiful boutonnières.


Kyle with his 2 brothers, and an old model T.


Nicki’s Mom helps her get her veil on.



New take on a traditional shot.  I thought it went well with her vintage theater look.


Nicki looked BEAUTIFUL!


Can you say BLING?


Walking down the isle….



Nicki’s tears of joy were the sweetest.


They are just perfect together.



the girls.


the boys.


Her veil was so gorgeous, it blew me away…

OK, that was bad.


Her flowers were beautiful!  She had different centerpieces on each table, and it looked great.


Love this.  Love this.



We went out before sunset for some relaxed portraits of just the two of them.  We loved that they took the time out to do this.


Oh my……






Did I mention how happy I was that they spent time with us for portraits?  REALLY HAPPY.



And of course…the marquee. :)


Nicki and Kyle, thank you for asking us to be a part of your beautiful day!  It was just perfect in every way.  We hope you had a great honeymoon!! :)

All the best~

jess and brett

April 13, 2009 - 10:25 pm

Cassie - I love everything about this wedding!!! The dress, the venue, the lights, the flowers….what a beautiful day!

April 14, 2009 - 9:01 am

Maya Laurent - I love the ceremony shot of her just smiling at her man!!! Gorgeous wedding guys!!!

April 14, 2009 - 1:24 pm

Laura and David - You guys did it again, these are awesome! It was very nice to see you both again and we hope you had a nice Easter weekend.

April 14, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Andy - great images!

April 14, 2009 - 5:59 pm

mel - nice work. im interested to see what the mark II does for me when we go back to this theater in sept. last year we shot there and the building has NO windows and each room had one standing lamp or tube lights!!it was awful.you rocked it out though, didnt look like you had any trouble at all!! im jealous. lol but youve given me hope!

April 15, 2009 - 10:05 am

Alex - Would have love to shoot THIS with you… GREAT! Alex, the Alex *sing*

April 15, 2009 - 9:03 pm

Amy Carruthers - You know you rock when a B&W sunflare image FEELS golden. : ) I love this wedding, it’s sweet and tender. And the dress? KILLER.

April 16, 2009 - 7:20 pm

holly - i love the veil shot…and the crosswalk shot…and the window shot. you two are filled to the brim with creativity and really know how to capture love…i think it’s because your life is filled with constant L-O-V-E, in all aspects.

April 16, 2009 - 7:42 pm

Brenda and Dale - What a handsome groom and beautiful bride! We love the artistic and unusual way that the photographer staged many of the photos. Enjoy these wonderful memories.

April 16, 2009 - 7:45 pm

jess w - i really love the action shot of bride dancing with her dad. oh, and of course- the b&w nose-to-nose shot with the sun flare-perfection! and, can i just say how much i’m in love with her ring?!? wow.

April 17, 2009 - 11:32 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - these are fabulous;)
especially love the bw nose to nose, the brides vail shot, the window shot, the crossing shot….you get the idea;)

April 19, 2009 - 1:36 pm

aunt bee - Those pix made me want to be young and in love like that again.
You know, like Johnnie and June too!

nicki + kyle {coming attraction}

I am running around here like crazy today but I thought I would at least show you a sneak peek of the goodness that is to come.  Meet Nicki and Kyle.  You will see this beautiful couple on the blog Monday.  Don’t miss it. :)


April 10, 2009 - 2:37 pm

Briony - love it

April 10, 2009 - 8:00 pm

lucy - i can’t wait!

April 13, 2009 - 12:31 pm

shannonselim - its monday…


April 14, 2009 - 7:07 am

Tabitha Blue - These are gorgeous! My favs are the 2 just before the last one!! Love the stairwell shot! And the ceremony with the lights and tears…. love it!

Grreat job!

April 17, 2009 - 12:51 am

Kyle & Nicki - Yes! Yes! Yes! Love the pictures. We can’t wait to see the rest. The more we look at them, the more we like them. Not only are the picture priceless, but the blogs posted by your other fans have put us over the top. Jessica and Brett, you are amazing, and we thank you for it. Thank you for capturing us completely.
Love Nicki and Kyle.

just because.

Riah (pronounced Rye-uh) is our 3rd born baby…..he is four.

His real name is Xavier Yuriah, and his initials are XYZ.

The nickname came from his big brother Adin trying to say Yuriah and only getting out “Riah.” It stuck.

If we want to take photos, Riah is the most likely to be our model.


Riah plays alone the best out of our four.  He is also a good singer.  If he was playing by himself this week and you walked by, most likely you would hear, “How the Day Sounds” by Greg Laswell coming from his mouth-word for word.

His favorite hymn is “Amazing Grace” which has to be sung to him every night before bed.


He concentrates, is very methodical, and borderline obsessive compulsive about his schedule and routines.  Even though he is Mr. Safety, he is the only one of our kids to have been in a near death situation.  (Thank you Lord for keeping our baby boy with us.)


He loves his toy wooden train….as you can see.


He is funny, and he knows it.

Most of all….his smile.  I could never explain what that gorgeous smile does to me.  The closest would be to say that it lights up my life, every single day.


April 8, 2009 - 5:57 pm

Briony - what a gem…these pictures are stinkin fabulous…i love the black and whites with the train and man does he have a great smile. I can see why it brings you joy :)

April 8, 2009 - 6:16 pm

wrecklessgirl - i want to squeeze his cute little guts out! what a sweet lil thang, i lurve him.

April 8, 2009 - 6:46 pm

Bonnie - So adorable. I love his little teeth.

April 8, 2009 - 7:52 pm

Ashie - THREE near death experiences. I love my baby boy and I’m so glad you gave birth to that cute little kid!

April 8, 2009 - 8:03 pm

betsy - Awwwwww, how precious mommy!!!

April 8, 2009 - 8:23 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - isn’t it wonderful the little (and big) things that make each of our children special. i think his smile will be lighting up and melting hearts for a very long time;)

April 8, 2009 - 9:25 pm

Gail - What a cutie!! My favorite is the first shot where he’s peering at the camera. You and your hubby make the most adorable children :)

April 8, 2009 - 9:44 pm

lucy - even though he looked like a little ferret when he was little, he has the most beautiful, contagious smile. i love that it takes a few minutes for him to warm up to me after he wakes from a nap, then he’s a relentless ham for the rest of the day. he is every bit BOY, but he has the softest, most kind and selfless heart. riah rocks in front of the camera and off camera. i love that little boy.

April 8, 2009 - 10:01 pm

mel - i like that you put the pronunciation in there. lol. was that bc of me? xyz. awesome. on the way home adam and i were discussing their names and wondering where they derived. my guess was biblical. we very much enjoy ‘different’ names. i love that last shot. adorable.

April 8, 2009 - 10:07 pm

jess@studio3z - Mel…I put the pronunciation in there because I had a few people who called him “REE-YAH.” :) Just an FYI.

April 9, 2009 - 1:32 pm

holly - When he wouldn’t go to bed, i pulled out the full name in an attempt to sound stern. “Xavier Yuriah Zwolinski, please go to bed.” It worked. ;) He’s such a charmer. He gave me homework to learn the rest of the lyrics to “Amazing Grace.” (I only know a few verses.) love.

April 10, 2009 - 12:00 am

tara - he is beautiful.
i LOVE that his initials are XYZ.

April 14, 2009 - 9:02 am

Maya Laurent - He is too cute!!! I love his laughing shot…looks like he knows how to have fun!

baby paige {fives weeks old}

Welcome little Paige Janelle….She was 5 weeks old when I came over to her house to photograph her.  What a little cutie!

Here is Paige getting some love by Mommy and Daddy (Brittany and Joel).  It is so much fun watching new parents.  They are just as cute as the babies. :)

Check out that look on her face!


First baby smiles are the biggest heart melters.


Daddy + daughter.


Paige was so cute!  Every time the camera was on her, she was well aware.  This was her “Vogue” pose.


See what I mean?  She was staring right at me!!


Did I mention she was brilliant?  This is her after I said, “How many weeks old are you Paige?” :)



This is Paige’s Aunt Janelle, who she gets her middle name from.


Naked time!  Paige was not interested in looking at me…she just wanted to look out the window.


Love her yummy baby rolls.


When my daughter saw me working on these she said, “Wow, she is SOOO lucky to have so much hot pink.” :)



She went to sleep for just a minute or so.




At the end, everyone got Paige dressed up and we went out to get some fresh spring air.



Thank you Brittany and Joel, for having me into your home to photograph your precious little family. :)

April 6, 2009 - 4:33 pm

holly - these are just perfect. paigey is such a girly girl already. she definitely gets it from her mama! don’t you just love her expressions? priceless. you really captured how incredibly sweet this family is. i love! love, aunt holly

April 6, 2009 - 6:03 pm

Maya Laurent - I love the hot pink!!! That shot of her sleeping is so precious!

April 6, 2009 - 8:04 pm

betsy - Great job Jess! Congrats to Brit and Joel!

April 6, 2009 - 9:34 pm

mel - i like the jazz hands picture. adorable.

April 8, 2009 - 10:36 am

Alex - Absolutly adorable!