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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: September 2009

lauren + mark + ?

As I was working on these photos this morning I found myself getting a little emotional.  I just adore the beauty and symbolism of a couple totally in love, on the edge of being able to experience the major life change of a first child.

Lauren and Mark seemed so happy and at ease…..of all the times in a person’s life, I think this is one of the most beautiful.

I am starting with a favorite of mine.


sweet little belly!




:)  Does this make you smile like I am right now?



Lauren is such a beautiful Mama!




Everything Mark did on this shoot was incredibly sincere and natural.  He is so sweet to Lauren, and I know he is madly in love with the baby girl in the belly.






Another favorite!





Lauren and Mark, you are such an adorable couple.  I am so glad you asked us to do photos for you to document this amazing point in your life!  We wish you peace and comfort this last month of pregnancy, a safe delivery, and a healthy baby girl!!  I will be waiting to hear when she arrives!  I know she will be a precious punkin. :)

All the best,

jess + brett

September 18, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Adam - Brilliant shoot.

September 18, 2009 - 1:02 pm

Carolyn Wells - These are gorgeous.

September 18, 2009 - 1:07 pm

oneshotbeyond - I just found out my sis is expecting…these are such nice shots of both mom and dad to be! How fun!

September 18, 2009 - 1:49 pm

mymy - Hello! I love very so much your work! it’s so beautiful! wouahhhhhhh! bravo! wonderfull!

September 18, 2009 - 1:53 pm

melissa - Hi Jess! These are fantastic – the swing is my favorite! Curious of the location?

September 18, 2009 - 2:04 pm

lora - what a beautiful shoot – lauren and mark are beautiful, happy, in love, and expectant and you can really see it in these photos! great job jess and brett!

September 18, 2009 - 2:56 pm

lucy - my cousin is the cutest little mama. i just love these pics of lauren and mark! man you guys were owning that sunlight…love the flare! as always, beautiful job jess and brett.

September 18, 2009 - 3:33 pm

holly - my favorite is the last one. the light for this shoot — gorgeous.

September 18, 2009 - 4:56 pm

Patty Relojo - I’m Lauren’s mom and the photos are amazing! Thank you so much for capturing this special time for us!

September 20, 2009 - 11:07 am

Gail - I just ADORE that shot of him with his head on her belly. Can you say GIANT CANVAS? :)

September 20, 2009 - 10:30 pm

Cedric - Nice flare. Nice light with nice shadow!!

November 8, 2010 - 11:11 am

Eliana turns one | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] was just a little over a year ago when we did maternity shots of Lauren and Mark as they awaited the arrival of their sweet little girl.  It was surreal and [...]

jenny + dan {are married!!!}

I am not even sure where to begin with Jenny + Dan.  They are such a sweet and special couple that I have known individually for years.  You see, both of them are bestest friends with my little sister Ashley, and they are in a very tight circle of friends so I have watched them all grow up.  I also watched along with my sister as Jenny + Dan each toyed with the idea of  one another, but being such good friends, they never pursued it.  I had an inkling that they would end up dating at some point- they seemed so ridiculously perfect for each other…..so whenever I was hanging with Ashley and we were talking about her friends, I always asked if anything had happened yet. :)

So how did it finally work out?  Well, Jenny was so kind as to try and hook her good friend Dan up with another friend of hers.  Ummm….girls, you know how this goes. :)As soon as she saw him with her friend, it was over.  She knew she wanted him.  And the rest, is beautiful history.  Doesn’t that sound like an episode of “Friends?”

Jenny and Dan chose a beautiful place for their wedding and reception.  The Inn at Oneonta was new to us, and we are so glad we know about it now!  Located about 20 minutes south of downtown Cincy, it is a hidden jewel in Melbourne, KY.  It’s an old historic home on the Ohio river, with gorgeous gardens, a chapel and endless other treasures scattered about the large property.   Brides, if you are looking for an outdoor venue, this place is worth the look!!

Back to my Jen + Dan….

When I walked in the room where Jenny was getting ready, I saw these roses laying there that Dan had given her the morning before he would marry his bride.


Jenny was getting all dolled up, and I knew she would be a pretty bride, but DANG, she was HOT!


Her dress was perfection in the form of fabric and beads.


As she opened her gifts from Dan, my jaw dropped.  One of them was a surprise horseback ride at sunset on a beach in Oregon, to take place the week after their wedding.  How insanely romantic!


Her shoes rocked.


Dan the man…Looking mighty FINE!



Seriously??!  WOW to three beautiful brothers!  I kinda have a special place in my heart for three brothers. :)  I think this could be an ad for Ralph Lauren.


Mom and the girls help Jenny get the dress on….


Bling and berries.:)


A couple bridals and groomals that I fell in love with.




The girls getting sassy!  And yes, there are *10* bridesmaids.


The boys being goofballs.  What’s new!


When they met up for the first time, it was so emotional…I don’t normally cry, but my eyes were not dry with these two.  Such a precious moment.



Prayer before the ceremony….


This sweet little flower girl walked right down the isle perfectly!!  At the end she got this huge grin on her face, and I turned around to see her Mom holding her barbie doll!  Brilliant Mama!! :)


Jenny was so stunning.



You two are ridiculously good looking.


Reception details!!


First dance.


LOVED their cake with the bride pinching the groom topper!!


We loved that Jenny and Dan cut out little portions of their day to slip out and grab portraits of the two of them.


This is SO them.


These guys LOVE to dance, like crazy love!!

Oh, and I have to mention that I had 4 “studio3z” brides there that night!  I was bummed that I didn’t get a shot w/them all. :(  But, how cool seeing my girls there!




A couple night shots to end on….



Jenny and Dan, it was such a pleasure to be there on your big day!!  Brett and I are so over the moon happy for you two, and we can’t wait to watch your love (and family) grow as the years go by!! :)  You guys are such a super rad couple.

We love you, and pray that God blesses your new life together.

jess + brett

September 15, 2009 - 11:39 am

Courtenay Lambert - Jess….these are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

September 15, 2009 - 11:55 am


September 15, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Susan Solo - I’m not even sure how to spell all the little “gasps” and “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” I made while looking at these photos! These are all perfect, each and every one of them.

September 15, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - LOVE THEM!! You guys worked with the surroundings so well! And of course it never hurts to have incredibly beautiful people to photograph :)

September 15, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Erin Johansing - These are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see all of them!!! I also can’t wait to see the big ccs picture! I agree with Jenny!

September 15, 2009 - 5:23 pm

mel - how crazy. i just saw on kelly’s facebook some pics of this wedding. i was thinking…whats going on here? did she shoot this wedding? no, shes wearing a white dress…why the hell would she wear a WHITE dress to someone elses wedding?lmao. then i saw more white dresses, i was so dang confused as to what was going on. but NOWWWWW, i get it!! how cool! lolol. beautiful bride and some killer portraits of them. her dress- WOW. and HOT ring shot!!

September 16, 2009 - 7:08 am

lucy - Jess and Brett, you guys are da bomb. Seriously, da bomb. Perfect couple, perfect day, perfect place….so lovin’ it! And Jenny is seriously one of the most insanely gorgeous brides to grace your blog pages. As always, great job guys. Simply stunning.

September 17, 2009 - 7:43 pm

Eric Rudd - Award-winning photography. Great job. Very inspirational.

September 18, 2009 - 12:38 pm

Maggie - I have tears in my eyes! Wow..

September 18, 2009 - 1:08 pm

oneshotbeyond - delightful wedding portraits!

September 23, 2009 - 7:07 am

Alex - Really really love this telling of their story in pictures! Love the bridemaids shot. I would say: CANVAS! by the way: How is this “dance style” called where everyone is doing the same… Love from Germany, Alex

September 24, 2009 - 11:37 am

Amber - B-E-A-U-tiful!

April 29, 2010 - 8:39 am

Kentucky Bride Magazine {feature} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] I were so pleased to receive our issue of Kentucky Bride Magazine, and see the beautiful feature of Jenny and Dan’s wedding!!  It was such a beautiful wedding of two very precious people.  Here’s what the Spring [...]

May 17, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Kentucky Bride Magazine {feature} | Magazine - [...] I were so pleased to receive our issue of Kentucky Bride Magazine, and see the beautiful feature of Jenny and Dan’s wedding!!  It was such a beautiful wedding of two very precious people.  Here’s what the Spring [...]

perfectly imperfect. {life}

Most days we don’t look perfect.

We wear grungy clothes around the house.

We have dirty feet.


We don’t even care that we have a band-aid across our face from crossing paths with our brother’s stick fight.


We live in the moment.

Oblivious to the world around…

We are not aware of what people would see as “imperfect.”


We sing. We laugh.  We make goofy faces.


We express our love freely, without inhibition.


we are children | we are loved | we are admired

September 11, 2009 - 10:49 am

Sharon - LOVE this post! Simple. Sweet.

September 11, 2009 - 10:49 am

Kaila - Beautiful post!! So true

September 11, 2009 - 1:11 pm

Amanda - =) Perfecto.

September 11, 2009 - 5:24 pm

holly - always making me cry with that beautiful family. i think you are the best. i think you all are the best of the best.

September 12, 2009 - 7:58 am

paul retherford - Wonderful family images! Very inspirational.

September 13, 2009 - 9:43 am

Maya Laurent - Beautiful Jess. Don’t we all wish we could live more like the children in our lives.

September 15, 2009 - 12:26 am

lucy - i love this so much.

christy + chris {in love}

How they met….She was with her friends, he with his friends at a local bar.  When one of Chris’s friends made a comment about a girl walking by, Christy over heard it-and her face showed she had.  Chris went over to Christy and apologized….and the rest was history. :)

We met Christy and Chris at their adorable home and did their session within the quaint little town where they live.  They are a really fun couple who love the outdoors, going biking, and they even are building a canoe together!  Last fall they ran a marathon, and Christy said that Chris has made her realize she can do anything…..one of my favorite things about love. :)



They are such a GORGEOUS couple.  Kristy has the most perfect hair- she could be a Pantene model!







This is one of my favorites!


cuddle up!









This was where Chris proposed last winter. :)



Christy and Chris, thanks for hanging with us!!  We can’t wait for your wedding this coming January. :)

September 8, 2009 - 10:17 am

michelle - Chris looks like a cross between Lance Armstrong and that McSteamy guy on Greys Anatomy. And Christy – it should be illegal to be that pretty! Great pictures!

September 8, 2009 - 11:23 am

Catlin Humes - I love the way you incorporated their bikes. Awesome work!

September 8, 2009 - 11:42 am

Emilie - Cute couple!! Love the pic when they are in the field! :)

September 8, 2009 - 2:10 pm

betsy - WOW. This is a PERFECT session. SERIOUSLY. Gorgeous!!!!

September 8, 2009 - 4:14 pm

Christy - Jessica & Brett – We could not have asked for more! We had a great time, and the pictures are wonderful! Thanks so much! We LOVE them and can not wait for the wedding!

September 8, 2009 - 7:39 pm

melanie - yayyyyy! christy im so glad you are using 3z!! dont you LOVE THEM?! :) j&b, guys did great…the last one is my favorite! oh ps. um christy?! i know it’s been a minute since ive seen you, but DAMN GIRL, you look awesome! um rip diesel?! im sure the wedding is going to be perfect! my lil newborn and i will be thinking of you guys while ya’ll are having a blast!

September 9, 2009 - 1:05 am

Leeka - Amazing work, guys, as usual! Gorgeous colors, pictures are full of love and emotions!

September 9, 2009 - 4:48 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Gorgeous people and a gorgeous shoot as usual :)

September 10, 2009 - 8:25 pm

Lisa - All of these are so great! But I especially love the one were they are standing with the big, open field in the background. Beautiful shoot ; )

September 11, 2009 - 8:49 am

katie elfers - #4… WOW!! Love all the texture and contrast and everything about this shot. just beautiful :)

September 12, 2009 - 8:01 am

paul retherford - Beautiful work again!

September 13, 2009 - 9:44 am

Maya Laurent - LOVE the texture of that roof shot!

September 20, 2009 - 5:17 pm

Amber Fox - These photos are simply gorgeous. You really caught their chemistry well in a such beautiful locations. Wow!

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February 15, 2010 - 12:57 pm

christy+chris {married!!} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] may remember Christy and Chris from their lovely engagement session this past summer.  They are a fun and super kind couple, and we had a great day with them- meeting [...]