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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: May 2009

miscellaneous monday {i mean friday}

This may very well be the most RANDOM post I have ever done, so please do your best to follow along. :)  Let’s just say I gain my inspiration from my pal Betsy, who can pull off a random blog post like an eloquent diary entry…..

First up, did you see the Grey’s Anatomy Finale last night?  To be honest I don’t watch the show (withhold stone throwing please), but I hear that one of my favorite singer’s {Greg Laswell} wrote a new single for the show, and it debuted last night!  Did you hear it??

By the way, we have been asked about the music on our new Senior site (shown below), and Greg is who sings the first song.

So, go GREG!  Can’t wait to hear the new stuff, and see you in Columbus in July!


Next up…I have had some inquiries about Spring sessions, and frankly WE BE BOOKED.  If you are thinking you want a summer session or early Fall, let us know ASAP!!  We are filling up quickly.  We are full through the summer, with a few days left in August, so GET A MOVE ON!!  I always have this extreme guilt when I can’t finagle people into the schedule, so please LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A SESSION!  Please, and thanks. :)

Now personal randomness!  (I warned you about this post…..)

We went in April to Kings Island Amusement Park for Brett’s company picnic.  We LOVE doing this and were so looking forward to it this year, but it turned out to be a cold and rainy day. BOO.


We tried to stay on the bright side (free Starbucks, Ice Cream, and various other junk helped).


The look of sheer joy was continuous on my face.




Here’s Brett and Priya on some lame ride….P has a weird fear of anything outside of kiddie land.


Adin on the other hand is NOT afraid.  This photo made me laugh, so I decide do crop in so you could see Brett and Adin’s faces!! :)


Later in April we went to see Ray Lamontagne in concert.  Another singer who I ADORE.  His music and voice are beyond goodness.  So yeah, I bought tickets for Brett’s birthday to go….wasn’t that so sweet of me? :)  Haaaa. ;-)  Anything for my Brett.


We sat pretty far back and it was completely dark except for the stage….our Canon 5D Mark II (with 85 1.8) did a fab job.  Brett took these full raw size because he knew I would be cropping in, and WOW.  That camera amazes me to no end.


Wonderful show….I have a new theory that he is the only person I have heard live that is actually BETTER than recorded.  His raw, soulful sound is just a little lost in production.  Just a little.


Another day recently my friend Renee stopped by to show us her new bike.  Adin decided to go for a ride.


Gabe fell asleep in the car one day which he NEVER does, so I took a photo of all my babies together. :)  It has been a while since I had a shot of the 4 of them.

Check out those adorable bubbly lips!


And this week….

Kids have been sick, and Gabe is in the midst of the bad stuff as I type.  I took these yesterday and he just sat perfectly still, and stared.  He feels horrible. :(

(But he is still precious.)



I said, “Are you tired baby?”  And he laid down.



So there is a little catch up on the randomness of our life.  We are scheduled to have our “Mother’s Day” with my family this weekend because we had to cancel last weekend due to illness.  We are hoping everyone feels better soon.  *hoping*

Hope you all have a great weekend!


May 15, 2009 - 12:20 pm

alyssa - aww…love this post!

May 15, 2009 - 5:14 pm

Gail - I’m so jealous of the Ray LaMontagne experience! The next time I’m in Indy, I am DEFINITELY going!

And I am LOVING the sound of your friend Greg! Is his stuff on iTunes? That video was so fresh. I think my favorite part is their choreography with orange soda bottles in hand.

PS – Your family is adorable.

May 15, 2009 - 9:07 pm

wrecklessgirl - i am in love with your family. will your entire family marry me? i promise to love you until death do i part!!! :) i want to kiss those bubbly little lips and squeeze his lil cheeks!

May 16, 2009 - 12:27 pm

Lauren - Great photos from the concert guys! Good one of the kiddies in the car, too :)

May 16, 2009 - 9:08 pm

holly - booked?! noooooo :( i am really sad now.

May 17, 2009 - 1:20 am

lucy - there is just soooo many things that i love in this post…thank you for sharing…i love you!

kelly + mark. {in love}

As soon as I met these two at our first meeting, I knew I wanted to shoot their wedding.  I am quite the competitor, but more so with myself than anyone else.  I am always trying to look at my system, my work, and trying to step it up a notch as much as I can.  When we met Kelly and Mark, they had a very clear idea of what they were looking for, and they wanted something “different.”  Most guys come to meetings and listen as the bride talks about their wants…..Mark had a mental list.  He knew all the “tricks” of the trade, all the cliche’ poses, everything! :)  It made me laugh, and it made me want to give them exactly what they were looking for.

So, they chose us…and we are so happy they did.  They had a couple fun ideas for their engagement session, and they loved the idea of 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, and I am so happy with the results we got.

Meet Kelly and Mark :)  Aren’t they just adorable?


Loved this little area we found.




We worked around an area near their home, where they hang out often.





{they are} perfect.




They like to sit by the river and look out at our city, watching the lights dance on the water.  They really loved the idea of capturing that…..


We did too.  I love this shot.


How fun?!






Couple action shots-they crack me up.  As I was looking at Kelly + Mark I said, “Awesome!! I love it guys!” Then I turned around to see Brett sprawled out and I said, “HAAA! I LIKE THAT TOO!!”  SO here is me shooting Brett, at the same instance he was shooting me.  I had no idea he took that one of me until I loaded the cards.  I look like such a dude when I am in serious mode. :)


Stretch it Brett!


Kelly and Mark!!! We can’t wait until your wedding in September!  It will be just beautiful!!! :)

jess and brett

May 11, 2009 - 2:36 pm

kelly - I LOVE THEM!!! I have been super geeked since I saw them! I cant wait until September. I have been skipping around showing everyone! Thanks SOOO much!

May 11, 2009 - 2:43 pm

nancy dawson - These are gorgeous! jess and brett, can I snag a few of these to link to you on my blog?? I cannot wait to meet and work with you!

May 11, 2009 - 3:24 pm

jules @ cep - Wow… these are amazing. Love the photos! So jealous Lindsey is doing this wedding instead of me! Can we feature a few on our blog??

May 11, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Erin - Hey, Kelly’s matron of honor here…. these pictures are truly awesome, what perfect background… it fits Kelly and Mark perfectly. Cannot wait to see what the wedding photos will look like!!!

May 11, 2009 - 4:10 pm

shannonselim - thats cincinatti? parts of it look like england, which i’m sure is pretty hilarious to you, but some of the shots look like the row houses in england and the river could have been the thames… i need to come visit… so pretty!

May 11, 2009 - 4:24 pm

Lynn - Kelly and Mark,
These photos are beautiful. One of them brought tears to my eyes because, Kelly, you look so much like your Mom. Love, Aunt Lynn

May 11, 2009 - 6:39 pm

lucy - are you serious??? steppin’ it up a notch indeed! what a cool couple! i love these photos…esp. the ones at music hall and the sexy night shots! can’t wait to see the magic you’ll be shooting at their wedding!!!!

May 11, 2009 - 6:41 pm

lucy - um, i thought those mural shots were music hall, but upon second glance i think i’m mistaken….nonetheless…I LOVE THEM!

May 11, 2009 - 8:15 pm

Nicki - These were hot! i felt like a peeping Tom. Good Show. Brett better be careful he doesn’t pull a hammy.

May 11, 2009 - 9:40 pm

Briony - i love the second one!

May 12, 2009 - 9:14 am

Steve Z - gorgeous pics + super fun locations!! you guys are AWESOME!!

May 12, 2009 - 9:38 am

Susan Solo - Love all of these, but I especially looooooovvvveeee the night shots! And note to Kelly: your dress is gorgeous! You totally worked it out.

May 12, 2009 - 3:22 pm

Erin - The skyline photo is amazing! Lovely work!!

May 15, 2009 - 10:53 am

Deyla Huss - Fabulous job!!! these are super stunning images!

May 24, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Maya Laurent - Those night shots are just awesome!

studio3z seniors. {the site}

We are very pleased to announce our High School Senior site is now available for viewing!!!   Feel free to check it out and tell me what you think!

Thank you to all our past Seniors featured on our site.  I just adore each and every one of you, and I just loved working with you guys. :)

I am looking forward to all my 2010 Seniors coming up!

Click HERE to see the new site!!  (It has not been added to our studio3z splash page just yet….)


May 8, 2009 - 10:46 am

Erin - congrats jess. the site looks AWESOME!!! love it :)

May 8, 2009 - 2:13 pm

holly - you inspire me to no end, and–at this point–i feel my heart would be incomplete without you, your heart, and your sweet, sweet family. i love you, and everything you touch turns to dark chocolate–sweet with an edge, but always, always beautiful.

May 8, 2009 - 3:28 pm

Susan Solo - The new site is so fab! Seniors is a market that I’d really love to work in but haven’t given it a try yet. Although you sort of make me want to not even try to touch it because you set the bar SO HIGH! (I mean that as a very sincere compliment!)

May 9, 2009 - 10:26 am

gina@kiwistreetstudios - you have been busy!
just love it-all of it!

May 11, 2009 - 4:29 pm

Anneke - I was looking for the templates of those fantastic blogs I see around all the pro-photographers, I finaly did found ProPhoto Blogs and then I found you!!!!!!! I’m from Holland, so please forgive me my bad spelling. I understand and read English, but writing it is a whole different kind of story ;) . But I just wanted to say, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your style, blog, and photo’s!!!!!! I will be coming around more often!!!!

melissa + brandon {are married!}

Melissa and Brandon lucked out with a gorgeous April wedding here in Cincinnati.  The weather was as perfect as could be!



Brandon was looking quite debonair.



The girls pin a hankie onto Melissa, that has pieces of her Grandfather’s old ties appliqued on to it. It was a beautiful memento.


My buddy Chloe (who you may have seen here many times) is the niece of the bride, and was a gorgeous little flower girl. :)



The gals!


The guys!



There was a beautiful little covered bridge beside the church.


One of the sweetest things about this wedding was the fact that the Groom’s Grandfather, was his best man.  Brett got some cool shots of them together which I thought was very special.



Walking down the isle….


Another AWESOME thing at their wedding was the get away car!!

Would you believe me if I told ya this was Marilyn Monroe’s white Cadillac that was a gift to her from GM?





Entering the reception.


A few shots at sunset together…


See the boots??  She is a “Coach” lover, and found them at a store recently and said, That is what I am wearing!!”  I thought it was cute for her April wedding. :)


First dance.


Thank you Melissa and Brandon for everything!  You were so kind and welcoming, and we had a great time with you both!  Hope the honeymoon was wonderful. :)

All the best,

Jess + Brett


May 6, 2009 - 7:13 pm

Melissa - WOW the pictures are awesome Jess & Brett! You all did a wonderful job on these. We really appreciate you both! Thanks again for the awesome work. We love them!

May 8, 2009 - 7:57 am

Ashy - I love all the car pictures!

May 8, 2009 - 3:19 pm

Alex - Incredible! Love them all! Love, Alex

May 12, 2009 - 6:06 pm

Max Surikov - Great use of color. Well done.

May 19, 2009 - 11:01 am

Angela - What a beautiful job. You guys totally Rock! I love your style and this wedding looks beautiful =) Have a great day!