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    If you have landed here...bless your soul.  Welcome to our little tiny corner of the cyber world, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Below you will see favorites from our sessions we do professionally, and also loads of personal nonsense that we hope at least will entertain you.  If nothing less, you can keep up on our adorable children.  Really, they are worth the trip back here time and time again in and of itself.

    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: September 2009

table for four please. {studio3z families}

You may remember the Mom and Dad of this family from their “love” session a couple months back!  If not click HERE to check it out.  Angie was so good about scheduling it all early, so we got to do a family session now too.

Angie + Bryan + Grace + Clay




We had the MOST BRILLIANT light that evening!!  I was about ready to flip out of my creative gourd!


I can’t even express to you how much I *love* this.






**my heart is melting with love**

call me dramatic, but this almost made me cry when I was editing….I just know how lovely these fleeting moments are.










Angie said, “Practice for your wedding day” So super sweet.



Magical light, thank you for meeting us there that night!


Angie and Bryan, thanks for having us photograph your gorgeous family! :)


September 30, 2009 - 3:51 pm

Emilie - Oh I looooove the b&w pic of Angie and her son! :) )

September 30, 2009 - 4:15 pm

adam - brilliant shoot.
you guys are rockStars.
second pic is rad….love the shadows.
light is yummy :)

September 30, 2009 - 4:38 pm


You guys KILLED this. KILLED it!

September 30, 2009 - 5:06 pm

Tricia Owens - Wow. What a beautiful shoot. The light is just breathtaking. Great job!

October 1, 2009 - 8:46 am

Candice {The Beautiful Mess} - by far one of my favorite family shoots ever. the light, location and love just ooze from every photo. this is going to be my post of the day!

October 1, 2009 - 12:30 pm

mel - B.A. 3z is the awesomest.

October 1, 2009 - 2:26 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Beautiful shoot…love the mom & little boy shots!!

October 1, 2009 - 10:31 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - love the light, love the family, love the emotion, love love love this session;)

October 2, 2009 - 9:09 am

Kim - Nice shots. LOVE the photos of the mom and son. He is obviously crazy about his mom. She will cherish these photos when the teenage years hit. Who else can take a family to a field of weeds and towers and create a masterpiece? You two rock!

October 4, 2009 - 6:08 am

Lisa - These photos are heart-meltingly beautiful! Love them and the way you have utilsed the gorgeous light is fabulous. Oh, and can I just add that the mum totally reminds of Toni Colette. Does anyone else see that?! ; )

October 16, 2009 - 5:40 pm

Maya Laurent - Love this family photo shoot!!! The light is just dreamy.

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haircuts all around!

Spent the entire morning getting cuts for all of us yesterday.  I have to say the kids looked quite nice afterwords. Priya talked me into chopping her hair for her 10th birthday coming up- I went ahead and let her, and I love it!! (Although she looks at least 12 now.)

Please excuse Gabe’s mouth full of Chic-fil-A!! We had just walked in the door and I knew the pretty hair would be gone after nap, so I snapped these.



More blog goodness coming tomorrow! :)

September 29, 2009 - 10:08 am

Vickey - your kids are too cute!!!

September 29, 2009 - 10:54 am

lucy - oh man jess, those babies look so cute! i love me some zwo babies! priya looks so all grown up! so pretty. i love a’s fauxhawk…they’re getting so big jess. that makes me so sad. if they’re going to grow up this fast, PLEASE make me another one!

September 29, 2009 - 1:28 pm

Liz - You have such beautiful babies!!! :D

October 1, 2009 - 11:01 am

Nanny - I see some Beautiful Jess and Handsome Brett stirred-all-up in each one of these absolutely beautiful children. I realize I am “just Nanny”… but I “ain’t” blind to their beauty !!

October 6, 2009 - 4:10 pm

holly - oh my gosh. their hair looks amazing. priya looks so stinkin’ gorgeous, i can’t even explain. your girl is growing up!

October 5, 2009 - 2:26 pm

kelly+mark {are married!!}

Kelly and Mark had an absolutely gorgeous day for their wedding, and with how stormy and gloomy it has been the last few days in Cincinnati, I look back on the beauty of that day with even more fondness.  They truly lucked out!

We had been so excited for their big day which was held at one of our favorite wedding venues, The Bell Event Centre, in Cincinnati.  We love EVERYTHING about that place, from the ambiance, the intimate European church feel, to the amazing architecture….but most of all, the food.  I could do an entire post of how AMAZING the food is there.  YUM!

But let’s go back to the beginning of the day….

I had heard about “THE” shoes that Mark got her when they were at Harrods in London.  When I walked in and saw them, it was love at first sight. :)


Kelly had a fabulous team of vendors to make her day perfect, one being the talented Nancy of Brideface.



the gorgeous girls!!


While the girls got all prettied up, the boys enjoyed the famous burgers at Zola’s.


Then they headed over to the hotel to get dressed too.  Mark helped his little brother Tray get his tie fixed.  One thing I adore about Mark and Kelly is that they volunteer with the “Big Brothers/Big Sisters” in Cincinnati.  This association is actually how they met, when Mark brought Tray swimming at the YMCA where Kelly worked. :)

Tray was a very proud jr. best man.




Beautiful dress…


When the incredible Katie Elfer’s delivered the flowers, I fell in love yet again!!! They were STUNNING and she did such a beautiful job.  I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of them right away, as soon as she laid them down.


A surprise under the shoes….


Her girlies help her with her earrings.




The boys waiting for us to arrive!


I loved this one of Kelly laughing.



They decided to see each other before hand, and we ran around downtown getting some fun shots.




Then we waited before the ceremony…..

As Kelly gets her veil on, I snapped this when she threw the blusher (the front veil) back.


A proud Papa and his girl.


Is this place stunning or what!!!???!



*LOVE* this!


The weather was brilliant at cocktail hour, and the funk bluegrass band was the perfect touch!


Receptions details were PERFECT!!  Special thanks to Lindsey with Cincy Event Planning!  She did a great job of making sure everything went according to plan.


Very touching toasts….


Each table had their own cake with different filling and they were fantastic!  Cakes done by by Fantasy in Frosting.


First dance as a married couple.


We just adore Kelly and Mark.  We always wonder how we are lucky enough to work with the most wonderful couples in town!!  They are just fantastic, and so incredibly sweet to us.

On a sad note, when they returned from their honeymoon earlier this week, they found that their beloved cat (their baby) had a stroke, and she passed away the next day.  They have had a really tough week.  Seeing their beautiful wedding day, being surrounded by such amazing friends and family- I hope it can cheer them up a little bit. :(

K+M, thank you for having us.  What an honor it has been to get to know you two, and be a part of the beginning of your lives together.  Brett and I wish you all the happiness in the world!

much love,


September 25, 2009 - 1:03 pm

Kel Lee - I am speechless! I am so happy we made such a great selection. We love them! I will always cherish these great pictures – Thank you so much for making our day so perfect!

September 25, 2009 - 1:47 pm

Steve+Z - stunning.

September 25, 2009 - 6:39 pm

nancy dawson - Absolutely gorgeous. your work blows me away!

September 25, 2009 - 10:46 pm

Mark Lee - Jess, thank you and Brett for capturing the events of our wedding day the way in which I can recall them in my mind; I am so grateful. I could not hope for a better record of the day or better people than you and Brett with whom to spend our day. You have each been given an extraordinary gift, so thank you for sharing your gifts with us and enhancing our memories with beautiful, accurate, timeless photos. You have our most sincere gratitude. Thank you. –Best from, Mark

September 28, 2009 - 2:53 pm

LibbyJames - LOVE this wedding…the shoes…the bride…the birdcage…the venue, stunning!

September 30, 2009 - 1:37 pm

Travon Morris - i liked the wedding alot gerat job brent and jess!

September 30, 2009 - 10:18 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - jess and brett, these are stunning! just absolutely stunning!

November 2, 2009 - 1:17 pm

Travon Morris - Thanks for the picture that you guys sent Kelly she sent the picture to me and i loved it. you guys are the best. I am very happy for Markle and Kelly they are a great couple . i am speechless that you guys are a very good photographers!


January 14, 2010 - 9:03 pm

studio3z wedding feature {the wedding chicks} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] I found out late today that one of our weddings was featured on “The Wedding Chicks” blog!  We were delighted to see Kelly+Mark and their amazing wedding featured.  To have a look, click HERE.  If you would like a refresher of their wedding day story and photos on studio3z’s blog, click HERE. [...]

happy first of fall!

My most favorite season of the year begins today.  I just adore everything about fall from the cool crisp air, to the changing leaves.  The colors shift to more deep and rich tones.  It’s this time of year that things seem to slow down, things become more simplified-as this part of the earth goes into it’s temporary sleep.

Fall is our season in the Z house. I start breaking out all of my soup recipes, and we begin making sweet potato pie and peanut butter cookies.  Homemade hot cocoa becomes our nightly treat. Brett chops fire wood, trying to get a good supply for running our wood stove during the winter nights. We take ridiculous amounts of photos in the fall, and I buy more cardigans, vests, boots, and other clothes for the kids than any other time of the year.  I even think they look best in those types of clothes, as silly as that sounds.

Speaking of clothes, I practically go “ga-ga” for fall wardrobes.  My favorite colors are EVERYWHERE!!!  Brown, muted greens, mustard, navy blue, deep purple….I love boots, fitted jackets, scarves and hats…..fall fabrics like velvet, corduroy, and wool.  Ahhhh!  I could go nuts!! :)

Of everything this fall (and every fall) the thing I look forward to the most is, apple fritters.  They rock my world! :)  Going to the pumpkin patch and getting warm fresh baked apple fritters is the epitome and culmination of all things good in fall.

A few photos of the boys playing in Tennessee over the weekend, that reminded me of fall approaching….






What are your favorite things about fall?  Please leave us a comment and share what you look forward to. :)

September 22, 2009 - 8:11 pm

lora - a chill in the air. leaves turning a multitude of harvest colors. jeans and sweaters. boots. fireplaces. smell of spiced cider. the deliciousness of knowing winter is around the corner.

September 22, 2009 - 8:11 pm

lucy - a chill in the air. leaves turning a multitude of harvest colors. jeans and sweaters. boots. fireplaces. smell of spiced cider. the deliciousness of knowing winter is around the corner.

September 22, 2009 - 10:27 pm

Kel Lee - The smell of the air in the fall is amazing. The apple cider, pumpkins, colors of clothing and seeing wonderful pictures like these! Great shots Jess! Talk to you guys soon

September 22, 2009 - 10:39 pm

Gillian - Love it! Autumn is my favorite too!! Mmmm, it’s just SOOOO delicious!!!!

September 22, 2009 - 10:56 pm

Bonnie - I love that autumn means the holidays are coming soon! The best time of the year :)

September 23, 2009 - 2:50 pm

mel - ummm the fall is full of awesomeness for us. birthdays, anniversarys, wedding season peak..a lot to mention. i love the color of the trees against the blue sky as i drive down our tree lined street! so beautiful. and noooow it means baby comes really soon! :) :)

September 24, 2009 - 8:35 pm

Kat - I just stumbled across your website, and I’m so glad I did! I hope that one day I’ll have a wonderful family like yours. Love your photos.

September 25, 2009 - 10:03 am

Eliane - These are some great work ..
Your an amazing photographer God Bless