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Monthly Archives: June 2009

getting out of here!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Brett and I are heading out early this morning for a BEAUTIFUL wedding in Vero Beach, Florida.  We will be gone all weekend and staying at the Costa d’ Este resort.  I know, life is hard. :)  If you call or email us, we will get back to you on Monday.  Thanks for being understanding!

Something that is going to be extremely hard is being away from our babies…especially our little guy.  Here he is right after he enjoyed his birthday treat.  Isn’t he a cutie pie?


Happy weekend everyone!!!

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erica + jacob {married part II}

Now for the second part of the fabulous wedding of Erica and Jacob!!!  If you didn’t see the first part, click HERE.

One of the best things you can do for a photographer, is give them plenty of time for photos.  Erica and Jacob gave us a great amount of time for photos of the bridal party, and also of just the two of them alone. It was wonderful!


Erica could work that camera like CRAZY!  I almost needed my camera pried out of my hands around her…..


While I worked with Erica, Brett went off to do some “groomals.”

WORK it Jacob, WORK it!





Some details of their amazingly beautiful reception at the Contemporary Arts Center….one of my new favorite venues.





Dan (who you may remember) gave a “best man” speech that got a great reaction.


In fact, I thought all the speeches were perfect.


“This Side Up” got the party rocking!!


I looked over and saw this sweetie sitting there and quickly took this shot.


boyz on the dance floor!


How perfect are they??  They left the party and went exploring the Arts Center for some interesting photo opps….we found this bizarre film playing, and I love their silhouettes.


Think they had fun??




Erica and Jacob, we are so happy that Kristi and Dan sent you our way….we just ADORE you guys through and through.

The kindness you, your family, and friends all showed us was unbelievable- and even though it was YOUR DAY, you were constantly making sure I was eating and drinking all day long. :)  You guys brought us in as part of the group, and we are so thankful.  How flipping lucky we are to have this job, and meet such wonderful people!!

We wish you all the best, and much happiness as the years go by.   See ya at Kristi + Dan’s wedding in a month and a half! :)

jess + brett


June 17, 2009 - 7:18 pm

Nessa - Number 5 is one of the most stunning images I have ever seen in my life. These are amazing, but number 5 took my breath away. :)

June 17, 2009 - 11:46 pm

Sharon - Again, amazing! So beautiful. You both have such an eye for those beautifully quiet moments. What a great team!

June 18, 2009 - 3:21 am

Alex - Hey guys – you really worked it out! Awesome shots… And I finally know what lens will be the next in my bag :-) And Brett is shooting with the “Tupperware” on his flash? :-D Best, Alex

June 18, 2009 - 9:18 am

Brett Z - Alex, the Alex . That ain’t no tupper ware…that’s the fabulous “fong dong” from Gary Fong :-)

June 18, 2009 - 4:30 pm

Deyla Huss - Stunning! Fabulous work you guys!

June 21, 2009 - 1:23 am

mike - Great photos. You guys are definitely talented!

June 24, 2009 - 2:48 pm

Maya Laurent - Love the film one with their silhouette!

July 2, 2009 - 8:20 am

April Cochran-Smith - The silhouette shot is absolutely amazing!

August 19, 2009 - 4:26 pm

kristi + dan {are married!!} » studio3z photography - [...] us over a year ago, and has since been such a huge fan and supporter of studio3z.  She even sent Erica + Jacob to us, who we love too!  :)   Going to this wedding was like a reunion with all the same [...]

erica + jacob {are married!!}

Everything about Erica and Jacob’s wedding day was perfect…..the dress, the locations, the weather, the cake, the flowers, but most importantly- the two of them.  They united in love surrounded by their dear family and friends, and we were so incredibly honored to be a part of their day.  Everything was gorgeous!

Because it was nearly impossible to narrow down the photos, (I love way too many!) I am splitting their wedding into two blog posts. :)

I thought it was such a sweet moment when Erica did her Mom’s make-up.


Then she did some touch-ups of her own…


Then “curl-master” Kristi did some touch-ups on Erica’s hair. :)


bling | bows


this is what the guys do when the girls are getting pretty…


And then a few minutes before the wedding, they get dressed.


Usually to sit around and wait! :)

(They ordered pizza.)


The girls help Erica get into her amazing  Carolina Herrera dress.  It was soooo gorgeous!


One more irresistible shoe shot.


Her beautiful Mama walked her down the isle.  Hi Claudia!



Everyone enjoyed the ceremony…in their own way.


Brilliant shot Brett….

(my favorite ceremony shot)



I think this photo deserves to be on canvas….what do you think?


Party time!!


New take on an old classic…guess I like her shoes a bit. ;)


I think my favorite thing about these two together, is the way they make each other laugh.  It is contagious.


Jacob thinks he is camera shy….I think not.


Lovely ladies.


I know, I know….she is RIDICULOUS!!!!


I turned around and saw this….the gals talking casually, and I loved it.


Work it you beautiful thing you!!






Want more??

Ok, you win!!  Tomorrow you’ll get LOTS more!!!

June 15, 2009 - 6:42 pm

Erica - Jessica – These are AMAZING! You did such a wonderful job! I am so excited to see the rest of the pictures! You are truly talented.

June 15, 2009 - 6:44 pm

kristiakaruss - insanely awesome pictures! Cant wait to see more!!

June 15, 2009 - 7:06 pm

Claudia Lundblad - Jessica: Great job!I love them all.Excited to see more.

June 15, 2009 - 8:34 pm


June 15, 2009 - 9:39 pm

Briony - wow beautiful! i love love love the one shot from the distance next to the stream…just wow!

June 15, 2009 - 9:57 pm

lucy - love these photos jess…seriously, so beautiful! erica and her dress are stunning…and that church shot with her and the ceiling…um, yes. canvas, please! love this shoot. can’t wait to see more!!!

June 16, 2009 - 3:05 am

Alex - Only one word: CANVAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

June 16, 2009 - 9:56 am

gina@kiwistreetstudios - beautiful! and i vote for the teal parasol shot as a canvas too;)

June 16, 2009 - 3:35 pm

Kaila - simply amazing! Beautiful!

June 16, 2009 - 8:23 pm

mel - yummy:)

June 17, 2009 - 12:24 am

betsy - HOLY COW!!! This wedding is SUPERB!!!! STUNNNNNING!!!!!!!

June 18, 2009 - 6:23 pm

Dan Cooper - I just stumbled upon your blog and have to say I’m very impressed. You guys have mastered natural and low light control. Your images are tack sharp, natural and artistic. Well done.

July 2, 2009 - 9:05 am

Raul Robles - Erica,
I am not sure if you remember me or not. I am your mom’s friend from back then when we both worked at Chiquita.
Your mother sent me the link. The pictures are fantastic, you both look beautiful. Congratulation and much happiness for a long, long time. I wish you both the best.

June 17, 2009 - 3:24 pm

erica + jacob {married part II} » studio3z photography - [...] Now for the second part of the fabulous wedding of Erica and Jacob!!!  If you didn’t see the first part, click HERE. [...]

erica + jacob {night before the big day}

Oh how I LOVE these guys!!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!  (Warning: You are going to get sick of me saying it, but it is the truth!)

Erica and Jacob asked us to photograph their families on the evening of their wedding rehearsal.  I don’t normally post rehearsal coverage on the blog, but I just loved everything about this one.  First of all, the location is one of my favorites in town, Mt. Adams Bar+Grill, and secondly, I just adore these families, and all their friends.  Did I mention that yet? :)


The beautiful couple.



What a doll!


Brett and I just love the ambiance of this place.


Jacob and his Grandma. :)  Doesn’t she look so proud of him?


The root beer was a hit!!



The proud parents!


These girlies were so adorable.


Erica, you are precious. :)


PREPARE for a fantabulous wedding post of this couple on Monday!!!!


June 14, 2009 - 9:37 am

Shannon Oscar - Such beautiful moments. Makes me happy to look at them.

June 15, 2009 - 12:08 pm

steve+z - LOVE the kids with the root beer! Very, very cool shot!

June 15, 2009 - 5:18 pm

Erica - LOVE the rehearsal dinner preview! Can’t wait to see the wedding blog post!