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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: August 2009

kristi + dan {are married!!}

We love Dan and Kristi!!!  You may remember them from their engagement session at Xavier University, which is where they met.  Kristi found 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 friends…and I LOVE when that happens.

The day started off with two nervous cookies.  I would say Dan + Kristi tied on the nerves scale. ;)



Getting the beautiful dress on…


Dan’s looking GOOD!



Such a beautiful bride…


They were married at the church on Xavier’s campus.  It was perfect.



LOVE this!


And we LOVE this bridal party!!!  You all are wonderful. :)


We had a HOT day….like the kind we’ve waited 2 months for, and it decided to show up the week of their wedding.

The boys decided to take a break from photos and chill in the party bus for a few.


But the girls cooled off too. :)


When I took this I gasped.  She looks like Eve, as in the “garden of Eden” Eve.  BEAUTIFUL.


Work IT ladies!! WORK IT!


Kristi, you are stunning.


The boys ventured out, but they were still HOT.  This photo makes me laugh. :)


Flipping LOVE this!


Have I mentioned we enjoy acting out musicals??


Then our favorite time….just the two loves.



Her dress was so rocking!


YOU TWO = precious.


This is so pretty LARGE.  As in, may be a new canvas for studio3z.


After a dance in, Dan swooped up his wife entering the reception.


I loved that their tables cards had photos of the two of them at the age listed.  They were adorable!


Wonderful prayers and toasts!


One of the many reasons I love Dan is that he ordered chicken fingers (the kid plate) at his wedding.



Another thing…these two took care of us like we were family.  Sweet as could be, and we couldn’t appreciate it more.  They kept telling us to grab a drink and we said, “Maybe later.”  Dan just brought  a beer up to Brett and put it in his hands.

As Kristi jumped in, guess who took this photo?


The groom, Danny boy. :)



Right before the reception, they clued us into a surprise….They had been working for weeks on a surprise dance that only the DJ knew about.  It started off normal and beautiful….


And then it turned AMAZING!!  They took clips of TONS of songs and danced away to each.  People were in SHOCK!



After that, the PARTY got started!!!





The Xavier boys were hilarious!


Did I mention we love these guys??  ALL of them!  Their friends, family, everybody.

They wrote us last week from Hawaii- while on their honeymoon!!  They said, “We kept telling people how great it was to have friends do our wedding and not some random stiffs…” :)They sent us some “studio3z inspired” honeymoon shots, and it totally made mine and Brett’s night.

We feel so incredibly blessed to do what we do, and share days like these with such awesome people.


Kristi and Dan!!  You two are just amazing people.  So kind, big hearted, and I love seeing the compassion you have for one another.  You fit together so perfectly.

We can’t thank you enough for the kindness you have shown us, and it was such an honor to be there on your wedding day and capture those moments for you.

We wish you two all the best, and many many happy years.

AND, we can’t wait until another friend in the group gets engaged to see you all again!!!  ;)

much love~

jess + brett

August 19, 2009 - 5:30 pm

Emilie - WOW!! Amazing pics!! The bride is gorgeous!!! :)

August 19, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Lauren - These are stunning Brett and Jess!! Just GORGEOUS, as always :)

August 19, 2009 - 5:53 pm

kristiakaruss - omg they are amazing!!!!!!!!!! even better than I could have ever imagined!!

August 19, 2009 - 7:54 pm

dubbledxu - the pics are really, really, spectacular. now i want to see the 60+ others that made the blog folder but didnt make the cut. you guys rule, talk to you soon…

August 19, 2009 - 7:55 pm

Nicole - These are absolutely fabulous!!! You have some wonderfully creative ideas – love it! And I agree, that dress is rockin’!!

August 19, 2009 - 10:14 pm

mel - awesome post. way to work it alllll daaaaay loooong! i really like the musical shot. :) you must have good sports to do that! i mean seriously, i couldnt imagine half the guys in typical wedding parties cooperating that well!

August 19, 2009 - 11:31 pm

lucy - how fun! LOVE her dress! kristi totally rocked it out!

August 20, 2009 - 1:40 am

Kylee - Love her dress! And I tried to pick my fave picture and failed — too many fabulous ones!!

August 20, 2009 - 4:55 am

Nielen - What an awesome post

August 20, 2009 - 8:44 am

Gail - Jess,
OOh, I so remember this couple’s e-session! Love them! You guys did an AWESOME job on this one! I think the Eve photo is my fave…no, wait….THE FOLK CORNER SHOT! Love that sign!!

And fo real, the whole Table #, photos of them at that age concept? BRILLIANT! It’s always fun to go to a wedding and see something you’ve never witnessed before, right?

August 20, 2009 - 9:10 am

Kairen - What a great looking session, I am amazed. This couple is great, I absolutely love the way they look at each other. My favorite pic is the group shot on on the stairs; priceless. I too remember their engagement session, they must love Xavier! The boys must be very close friends to tolerate such funny casual shots. Is there a video of their dance? Are the bridesmaid and the groom twins (if not they sure look it)? Jess & Brett – you’ve really outdone yourself on this one, congrats!

August 20, 2009 - 2:03 pm

oneshotbeyond - looks like it was a very fun and high energy wedding!

August 20, 2009 - 5:05 pm

adam - RAD WED.
love the new canvas shot :)

August 20, 2009 - 6:59 pm

Laurie J Kadlec - OMG. the pics are fab! I was there, and the pics definitely do justice to the most amazing event! You did a fab job on capturing the love these two super kids share. I love how creative your shots are. You’re the best I’ve seen. I am looking forward to seeing you again, possibly at Dave & Leah’s (my son).

August 21, 2009 - 4:14 am

Alex - Give me a G – Give me a R – Give me an E – Give me an A – Give me a T —- GREAT!!! Best, Alex

August 22, 2009 - 6:29 am

Bridget - If this is a ‘preview,’ I can’t wait to see the entire album. OMG, great photos, but how can they be too bad with Dan and Kristi? Great work Jess and Brett, you truly have a gift:)

August 24, 2009 - 5:40 pm

Marge Gurba - I wasn’t able to attend but, through your photos, I could actually feel what I missed. Great photos – creative, artsy, unique – fabulous!

August 25, 2009 - 2:24 pm

Mom D - A followup to Karen’s comment about the bridesmaid & groom being twins. No they are not, but truly very close in age. Just a beautiful most memorable day it was. Thank you Brett & Jess for your true gift you shared with all of us. True friends, I pray they’ll always remain.

August 25, 2009 - 2:25 pm

Mom D - Happy Birthday – Dan! You have made it to the ripe age of 26! Congrats!

September 1, 2009 - 1:06 pm

kristiakaruss - every time i look at these i love them even more! thank you thank you thank you jess and brett!!!

what i love.

Creativity….Fresh ideas…..

You may have seen this already, and I have been wanting to post this artistic endeavor for a while now.  The story goes something like this….adoring (and unemployed) fan creates a FANTASTIC video for a Death Cab for Cutie song.  He plans it out, and through a mixture of many many still photographs and video, he creates a wonderful piece.

People notice it.  People love it.

Death Cab notices it. Death Cab makes it their official video for their song, “Little Bribes.”

Fan is happy.  Fan now works. :)

Moral of the story: BE CREATIVE, and show it!  You may be surprised who takes note.

Death Cab for Cutie – Little Bribes from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

August 17, 2009 - 12:50 pm

Annie - LOVE Ross Ching’s stuff, but I hadn’t seen that video yet. Nice!

August 17, 2009 - 1:46 pm

Gail - This is SUCH a cool video Jess! I love Death Cab, but hadn’t seen this yet! Good for that guy. I’m such a fan of time lapse photo/video. I think this might be the most creative use of it I’ve ever seen!

August 26, 2009 - 8:18 pm

Maya Laurent - Super cool! Gotta show Pat this!

billy wallace {music}

Since my brother is out on tour again and my boys keep asking about him, I thought I would post photos I did recently for his new solo album.

Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues is touring currently, and you can hear some tunes and see his schedule HERE.

I’m starting with one of my personal favs….


He looks so much like Riah here, it’s funny.


His newest tat- (The Saint of Music) well, it was when I did the shoot.  He has since added….






He used this shot for his promo poster.  It looked rad.


He called this his JC Penny catalog shot.  I don’t think that was a compliment.


You’re cute Billy bob.





“Boys. Don’t. Cry.”

Use this photo for you Robert Smith covers.


Love you Billy.  Hope this tour goes well.

xo Jesse

August 13, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Gail - Your bro is cute and rockin a bit of the Jimmy Fallon vibe (which I feel like I have the right to say since I have a husband who is tall, dark and handsome and draws similar comparison – so it’s TOTALLY a compliment Billy!)

Nice work Jess!

August 13, 2009 - 4:40 pm

Vickey - love the last shot!!! fabulous light!!!

August 16, 2009 - 2:16 pm

jess - these are so artistic and really goooood! The biggest problem in this would be picking the favorite for the cover!

August 18, 2009 - 1:49 pm

Deyla Huss Photograp - Awesome Awesome shoot!!! love the post processing and vintage look to these, fab job!

August 26, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Maya Laurent - How awesome! You must be such a proud sister!!! I feel like I can sense his personality through these!

studio3z {news, updates, etc.)

Hey all you wonderful people!  If I haven’t told you lately, let me say…THANK YOU kindly for checking out our blog!  Whether this is your first visit here, or you check our blog religiously every morning while at work (you know who you are!), we sooo appreciate it.  I work my butt off on my blog, so hearing your comments and knowing that you enjoy it, makes me want to post more often. :)

A few things to share:

Wanting to book with us??  We only have three make that two sessions left for 2009.  If you are one of the people hoping to book before year end, you better get a move on!

Studio3z is also doing some trip planning.  We are discussing another California trip, and looking into a couple other places to visit.  If you are someone who has contacted us about a photo session out of state, please let us know where you are!

That’s all for now!  Other than that we are getting school supplies bought, new schedules written up, potty training Gabe, and trying to breathe in between.

Hope you all enjoy your last few days of summer.

And a preview of the beautiful wedding we did last week….many more to come.


August 13, 2009 - 8:08 pm

bonnie - yes, i love your blog. never commented before though. you are amazing photographers. i got a new camera for christmas last year and ever since have been hooked on photography. your work is art and so inspiring. i always love to see whats next.

August 13, 2009 - 10:41 pm

Nessa - If you come to California, I would DEFINITELY book you guys! :) You are one of my absolute favorite photographers, and wish I lived closer so I could have you photograph our family! We live in the SF Bay Area though, so if you are this way, I would love to book a session!