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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: July 2009

stacey + morgan {in love}

Meet Stacey and Morgan!

These newlyweds are super adorable and fun!!!  When Stacey emailed me about doing photos of her and her husband, I was super flattered, because she is a fabulous wedding photographer in New York City.   They were going to be traveling to Ohio to visit some of Morgan’s family, and she said they would love to do a session with us.  So, of course, we made it happen.

They drove 3 hrs. to the session from Morgan’s family’s house.  Can I just say, it’s enough pressure shooting another photographer, but to have them travel in for a session puts even MORE pressure on! :)   As soon as we meet them though, we knew it would be fine.  They are fun and laid back, and were up for any adventure we wanted to take them on.  So that’s what we did- went on a little adventure.

I love light.  The way it moves and paints people.

Not to mention they were super hot in it.


body language…



(you are beautiful)


Big, beautiful, open field- Yes we’ll take some of that.

Since these two call Manhattan home, they were up for crazy “ruralness”….as long as I could keep the bugs away. :)




It’s been a while since I have done one of these:

Here is Brett’s view….


And my view of the same shot.


I am in love with this scene…{this moment}.


ahhhhhh….to love and be loved.

What else can you ask for in this world…


my favorite shot from the session.

Morgan your eyes are UNREAL.  Gorgeous!




New location…same hotness.


If you haven’t noticed, I added some new banners at the top of the blog, and one from this scene is up there. :)

BTW, Brett was standing and had me on his shoulder’s to take this shot.

(Sorry honey for giving you a backache for a week!!! ) ;)



So them.



Love this shot, and the flowers in her hair = perfect.



NO, THIS is SOOOO them.

(I think Morgan was saying he was about DONE.)



The cutest “chimper” around.


Stacey and Morgan, you guys ROCK.  Thanks for driving down and spending an evening in the “burbs” with little ol’ us. :)  We had so much fun with you guys.  Make sure to let us know when you are back in the wonderful midwest, and we’ll take you out for drinks instead of to a field of grass.

xxoo  jess+brett

July 20, 2009 - 5:24 pm

stacey ilyse - Um, Im in love with the photos!!!!! :) THANK YOU GUYS!! I can not wait to see all of them!


July 20, 2009 - 7:31 pm

Sara Montour - This is such a gorgeous session. BEAUTIFUL photos!

July 20, 2009 - 7:43 pm

holly - i am in love with you and your camera. yeah. totally and completely in love. this session…one of my favorites to grace any blog ever.

July 20, 2009 - 11:59 pm

lucy - jess and brett…seriously love everything about this shoot. totally cute couple! love it!!!

July 21, 2009 - 8:33 am

Gail - Gorgeous couple, gorgeous light, gorgeous locations. Nice job Jess!

July 22, 2009 - 12:33 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - What an honor!! Gorgeous photos too :)

July 23, 2009 - 5:30 pm

arenda - beautiful beautiful photos – i love the close up photo w/ their eyes closed. perfect!

July 27, 2009 - 11:19 pm

Maya Laurent - The locations in this shoot are amazing! Way to get the shot by getting on Brett’s shoulders!

August 8, 2009 - 10:09 am

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emily. {a studio3z senior}

Meet Emily!

She’s fun, sweet, smart, adorable, and maybe a pinch of sassy too. :)



We had such a beautiful night to work with!  Thank you 70 degree days in JULY!!! :)


Her smile is GRAND.  Talk about lighting up a room….I think it could light up a city!


Madly in love with this scene overlooking the Ohio river.


Sometimes I would ask Emily to be serious….


Sometimes it wouldn’t work!

(Her boyfriend was a fantastic comedian!  I may need to hire him to be my assistant.)


Emily’s Mom was in love with this mini-patch of sunflowers we found…This one’s for YOU Mama!! :)



This tree was beyond awesome….


And Emily + the tree = PERFECT.


How adorable!!




Then she got all rock star…

(This is where her sassy side came out.  haaaa!)


Told ya!


But she’s too darn sweet to be sassy very long.


We both agreed we loved this door.



I loved that she brought her Bible along.


And I loved her picture idea!  She loves taking pictures, and wanted to incorporate them into the session somehow.

Isn’t she a cutie!?!


THANKS Emily for choosing me to do your Senior photos!!  I wish you all the best in your last year of High School (YAY!!!), and I know you will succeed at whatever path you should choose.

All the best to you girlie! ;)


July 17, 2009 - 2:48 pm

Renotta King - I’m so happy! Two of my favorite families coming together – the Z’s and the Norths! Isn’t Emily about the most precious lil’ thing ever?! I love all the pics, Jess, you did a great job as always. Emily – you are simply beautiful and glamorous!!!!

July 18, 2009 - 12:01 am

Dana Halvorson - Super cute girl. :) Enjoy that last year of high school!
Being a photographer, I LOVE to hear which shots are peoples’ favorites sooo… my top two for this session are #14, and the one with Emily and her bible. Every time I get an email telling me you have posted, it makes me happy. <3

July 18, 2009 - 4:30 pm

holly - so so cute! i especially love the last two. LOVE the book & picture idea! so much!

July 20, 2009 - 3:51 pm

Amber - LOVE this session! Emily is a beautiful girl and you guys did an excellent job capturing her “essence” :)

July 30, 2009 - 5:02 pm

Adrienne King - So i saw that pretty picture of E*Naw next to the leafy tree on her facebook profile and said to myself “That has to be the work of a zwolinski!!” and i was right!! I love Emily! She’s all grown up…and yes, she is a little sassy… As always, great job guys!

shannon + mike {are married!!}

Shannon and Mike are a super sweet couple.  We knew when we met them that they would be great to work with.:)   They were married on the 4th of July, and it just rained all day long here in Cincinnati.  We had hoped for a let up, but it never did.  When I arrived I asked Shannon how she was doing with this and she  said, “No problem.”   She just blew it off and moved on.  The day was just about that laid-back.




The handsome men!


The beautiful girls!



Mike and Shannon chose to see each other before the wedding so that they could have plenty of time for photos….they were just adorable.

(See the rain behind them?)



Can I just say, Shannon and Mike, your children are going to have AMAZING eyes!!! :)


Mike wanted his own bouquet shot.


Shannon and her little nephew who she adores.  He’s a cutie pie.





Shannon, you are gorgeous!!

(She did her own hair too!)


Helping her Mama…..


I loved their programs that they designed themselves.


Being walked down by her father and brother. :)


One of their Uncle’s sang a beautiful “Ave Maria.”


Happy to be married!!!


Loved this church portrait.


Cake time at the reception….


They were pretty nice. :)


And some great speeches by their siblings.


Mike and Shannon, we are so glad you guys found us!  We enjoyed spending your wedding day with you, and we just adored ALL of your family and friends!!  Everyone was just a pleasure to work with.

We really look forward to seeing you guys soon. :)

Hope your honeymoon was perfect!   We wish you all the best in your future together.

Jess + Brett

July 15, 2009 - 10:47 am

Briony - i love the pew shot!

July 15, 2009 - 11:10 am

oneshotbeyond - gorgeous…every shot is so carefully done!

July 15, 2009 - 3:22 pm

Maggie - WOW…you guys got some really artistic shots here! Love the one of the guys taken underneath and the one where everyone is fanning out from each side of the b&g. So beautiful!!!

July 15, 2009 - 4:44 pm

Suzanne - These pictures are AMAZING!! I love ALL of them!! You are such an adorable couple!! The pew picture is awesome and I also love the one with you holding the umbrella!! They turned out so good!!

July 15, 2009 - 6:55 pm

Ron - Wonderful composition, impeccable attention to detail exposure etc.. Great work! These are some great memories!

July 15, 2009 - 9:48 pm

Cynthia - The photos came out gorgeous! You make a beautiful couple. The wedding was so elegant. Hope it was everything you wished for!

July 15, 2009 - 10:16 pm

Mike - Jess + Brett, you guys rock. You did such a great job and it was a pleasure working with you. I will make sure I spread the word on how great your work is. Thank you!

July 15, 2009 - 11:52 pm

holly - oh my goodness gracious! i love this wedding to bits and pieces. great job…you’d have no idea it was raining! love, love, love.

July 16, 2009 - 5:24 pm

mel - so glad they ended up using you guys!!:) they look great! olv is my family parish, and i have never even shot a wedding there! what did you think about not having a center isle? crazy huh. lol. the pics look great. adam told me they were cool people, sounds like they rock. cheers to NOT bridezillas!!

August 5, 2009 - 3:52 pm

Kim - OK. I’m getting more and more convinced every time I see your beautiful wedding photos, that we really need to do our whole entire wedding over so you can document it. One more and it just might happen. It’s just ridiculous how gifted you are! Also love the photos of Emily N. by the way. I have so much fun seeing all our Church friend’s on your site. Keep posting!!

a beautiful family. {who is close to my heart}

A couple weeks ago I had a great night hanging out with some of my favorite people.  One of my best friends, Becky, and her family decided to do a session with us.  It’s not the first time….here is the most recent session of her baby girl Addy…….. and I had to look back a little, but here is the last family session I did of them. :)   I was excited they came back for more!  What is just so great about these guys is how they have fun.  They love each other, and they just do their thang without thinking. :)

Here is Becky, Mama Patty, and brother Nathan.


Nathan is loving on his nieces, Addy and Emma. :)


Nathan had to leave early from the session, so we did the shots with him first.

This photo is SO THEM.  Go ahead and read into this photo however you want….this is Becky and her little brother. :)

(I think while I was taking this Becky was saying, “FIERCE.”)


Addy popped over….


Had to get Troy (Becky’s husband) and Nathan together.

Wow.  (We tried to come up with the dorkiest pose possible.  I think we did well.)


Emma!  She is 7, and a total ham. :)


Addy poo!!!



Nathan left, and we went a walkin.’


Becky has such a beautiful little family. :)  LOVE THIS.


Ma-maw Patty with her sweet girls…..


I thought Addy looked so cute hanging out in the car.


So sweet.


Becky and her girls…



Adin (my 7 yr. old) was working as my assistant with me. :)  I’ve been teaching him how to shoot (full manual), and he took some great shots!  This perspective made my heart so happy.  I think I may have him tag along more to see what he sees.  I think this is so beautiful. :)


Thanks guys for doing another session with me!!  It was fun as always.

Love you guys!

July 10, 2009 - 9:18 pm

rebecky - All these pictures are wonderful. It was such a fun session. All of us had a great time posing and being silly. You did a great job, Jess. Funny thing I rushed through the pictures without reading the comments you left and said to Troy ” I like the last picture– it is so cute of Addy’s scrunched up nose” then read it was Adin that took it. Great Job, A.J.

July 10, 2009 - 9:30 pm

wrecklessgirl - adin! you have such a fantastical eye! bravo!

July 11, 2009 - 12:13 am

Briony - hahah these are awesome! what a beautiful family :)

July 11, 2009 - 11:23 am

Amanda - Gorgeous!!! I’m kind of starting to think you only let ridiculously adorable and good-looking families hire you though. ;) HAHAHA!

And Adin…woa! I LOVE that picture, I really think the composition is so fresh and beautiful. =) Keep up the good work!!!

July 11, 2009 - 4:37 pm

shannon selim - Hey, I haven’t popped in for a while, thought I’d say hi… these are sweet photos… as always. Adorable family. So I hear Ash is in Ireland… what’s with that… she forgot to take us with her… :)

Hope you and the fam are doing well!!!!! Enjoy your summer!

July 12, 2009 - 3:44 pm

Jennifer Doumato Lamy - These are fabulous! Great job!

August 17, 2009 - 9:25 am

Chloe - Wow-don’t these girls look just like their ma? So sweet. Another beautiful portrait session.