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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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Yearly Archives: 2009

silly morning fun + a blog interview

my poor little boy.

he just wanted to dress up like batman, and then robin, but somehow his sister always manages to get a tu-tu on him.

sometimes superheros get tired. so they suck their fingers….and then they lift off their masks, to reveal goggles. ;)

(please ignore the “hand-me-downed-5-times” PJ’s he’s sporting…..)


oh I could just EAT this child all day.

(my daughter loved grabbing the camera from me to snap this.)


Two things:

1.  the kind ladies over at The Maternal Lens did a blog interview with little ol’ me.  (way to make a girl feel special!)  their blog is pretty rad, and i’m glad to have found it!!  so GO HERE to check it out!

2.  if you didn’t see the post of my baby sister’s engagement photos, check them out in the post below!  if you did and commented THANK YOU SO MUCH.  it completely moved me to see so many people i am fond of and love comment on something so dear. :)

December 14, 2009 - 4:26 pm

Brett Z - i luv me some gavi!

December 14, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Rebecca - That first picture is awesome. I have a very similar picture of my brother from years ago (he is an only boy with three older sisters.) We still tease him about it. :D

December 14, 2009 - 8:34 pm

Sarah - I found you this morning on the maternal lens blog you are amazing I love your work!

December 14, 2009 - 11:32 pm

Kelly - Great interview :) You are beautiful and your baby boy is adorable!!!

December 15, 2009 - 10:34 pm

lucy - great pic priya! i love gabey. he’s MY favorite superhero.

December 21, 2009 - 10:51 am

Alex M. - you can tell we have 4 kids because when i showed my wife this post, she started trying to figure out how his pjs worked. “do they have footsies? are they too big? how far do they zip down?”

ashley+adam {my baby sister is in *LOVE* and getting married!}

to say that I am “protective” of her would be a major understatement.

she is not only my baby baby sister…..but also my best friend.

to say that we are more like twins, would be completely accurate.

we go shopping, split up, and meet back up with the same things…..

we complete each others sentences, and can speak to each other with our secret eye powers.  seriously.

ash has one of the sweetest hearts i know.

that heart has been through much over the past few years.

seeing her go through pain and trials was not easy…..

but now she is stronger.

GOD has brought her through.

less than a year ago ashley joined the cincinnai house of prayer. there was a guy on staff named adam.

they had never met.

she had a very moving dream about him.  the kind of dream you could write a book about.  the kind of dream you can’t quit thinking about.

in the dream ashley couldn’t walk, but needed to go up a hill.

adam put his arms around her waist, and carried her up.

the next day they met in real life.  they became friends.

one night ash shared her dream with him.   he was moved, because he also had a dream very similar to hers.

months later, here they stand together…..and she’s got a cool vintage ring on her finger.

he thinks she’s cute when she busts out in song and dance.  i like that.

brett and i loved doing this session with ashley and adam.  we loved seeing them happy and in love.  we loved getting to know adam more.


so normally it takes people a good 15 minutes or so to loosen up  during a session.  we got out of the car and my sister busted out with this photo below.  yes, she is totally 100% making fun of me.


we are the same weird.


they insisted on doing their favorite pose from Titanic.


a little heel kicking.





one of Brett’s favs.






oh, i love you sunlight!!



i love this.



Ash, I want this blown up HUGE.   you = precious.

Adam, I love that you love her like this.




“when i close my eyes, you are all i see”



another one of brett’s favs!



another FAV.


ashie poo, you are so beautiful.


*love, is a grand thing*


forget it, they are alllll favs.



*heart* this.



proof that we were extra comfortable on this shoot.


brett getting a shot of Adam’s butt.



Adam: you have been approved.

love you guys.

December 10, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Caitlin - I love your work!!! these remind me of how much I adore my big sister : )

December 10, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Ashie - Yay!!! What an amazing, talented sister and brother in law I have! I love the the pics! It was so much fun hanging out with you guys too. I love you with everything in me.

ps- Thanks for being my best friend my whole life!

December 10, 2009 - 1:23 pm

steve z - stunning! love the legs + guitar shot and the silhouetted jump shot. beautiful as always!

December 10, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Janelle - WOW! There are several pictures that literally took my breath away! You did an outstanding job!!! Did you get a picture of that vintage ring?!?!?!

December 10, 2009 - 2:00 pm

jason z - love it! too many favorites to list.

December 10, 2009 - 2:12 pm

susan - aww thanks for sharing this wonderful shots ! :)
all the best !!

December 10, 2009 - 2:14 pm

Rebecca - awwww! just the cutest! LOVE the hill shot, the field shot–all of it! congrats to all!!

December 10, 2009 - 2:24 pm

Heather - Awesome. Amazing. SOOOOO beautiful. You rock. They are so lucky to have YOU too :) Best of luck to them!

December 10, 2009 - 2:57 pm

lucy - are you serious? i love ashie, and i especially love her in her engagement shoot! she’s so BEAUTIFUL! ugh,i heart ALL of these photos. can’t wait to see you canvas your office and studio in these. congrats ashley and adam…you are beautiful together!

December 10, 2009 - 4:04 pm

danielle - these are all stunning! LOVE all the creativity :)

December 10, 2009 - 4:05 pm

arenda - i think i’m having a bit of an emotional day, but these pictures made me cry. they’re so beautiful! i could seriously pick out like ten favourites, it’s ridiculous. beautiful work (and beautiful commentary!).

December 10, 2009 - 4:12 pm

adam(3) - the wide hill shot with the tiny moon is R A D!
stellar sesh.
love the location.
both parties rocked it :)

ps….i must find this hill…its a magical hill :D

December 10, 2009 - 4:41 pm

katie elfers - seriously love everything about this post… your sister sounds like a cool chic and she lucked out with those same gorgeous genes you got. they look so comfortable in their skin with each other and you really captured that beautifully. the offer stands, btw :)

December 10, 2009 - 5:01 pm

Lauren - These are AWESOME!!! I LOVE this session!! What a perfect day for the gorgeous couple :) Congrats!

December 10, 2009 - 6:39 pm

Jessica - These are AMAZING!!! Love them all!

December 10, 2009 - 7:18 pm

betsy - Ok, I’m sitting here with TEARS in my eyes and I’ve never even met your sister! Holy cats these blow my mind!!!!! Jesh De Rox has got nothing on you! ;-) (Though he is so dreamy….Just had to add that)

How wonderful you have a sister you are so close with. and that dream! Wow!!!! I had a similar situation happen like that with my late husband once. He sat up late writing a story to me and I dreamed the same story! Those experiences are so mind blowing and are such evidence of when people are truly connected.

Thanks for sharing this!

December 10, 2009 - 7:36 pm

Briony - one of my fave shoots of yours so far! great job :)

December 10, 2009 - 8:14 pm

holly - this is why you are my favorite. you make me cry all the time. thank you for all of the JOY you bring to my life!

December 10, 2009 - 9:05 pm

Amber - Great session with great people! Love, love!

December 10, 2009 - 9:32 pm

tracy - ashley, congratulations! can’t wait to meet your love. you are a gorgeous pair, you and adam (and i have to add that you and jess are looking more and more alike as the years go by…beautiful)

December 10, 2009 - 9:57 pm

Maya Laurent - Oh my you two look alike! How much fun to give this back to your sister! I bet she is in love with these!

December 10, 2009 - 11:44 pm

Abra Michelle - LOVE LOVE LOVE this. And that doesn’t even come close to how much I absolutely love this set of pictures. You can’t get much better. . .and if you do, I’ll be that much more jealous (in a good way, of course). WOW!!!!

December 11, 2009 - 10:17 am

Jen Collins - Unbelievable……absolutely Breath-taking…Uber-tallented! You guys capture Love in every shot!

December 11, 2009 - 10:22 am

Barb - S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!

December 11, 2009 - 10:49 am

heather morrow - ridiculous! their love, your talent, your words it’s all….just WOW!!!!

December 11, 2009 - 11:19 am

Ryan - So good. The tightly cropped shot of them running through the field tells such a story.

December 11, 2009 - 12:10 pm

Nicole - Wow! Fabulously stunning images – i love them ALL! supercute couple and i love the story about their dreams. thanks for sharing that, made me smile. :)

December 11, 2009 - 12:41 pm

Vickey Weiss - I can’t stand how AMAZING the two of you are! Fantastic as always!!!

December 11, 2009 - 2:25 pm

armand - amazing images you guys!! really beautiful. fuck. you’re good.

December 11, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Gorgeous!! I cannot pick a fav…they are all so good. Ashley you are so precious and I’m so happy for you :)

December 11, 2009 - 6:52 pm

Alex - I hope to get the right words in my lousy English: I`M A VERY HAPPY PERSON! You know why? I´ve had the pleasure not only to meet Jess & Brett personally this year but also Ashley on the wedding of Amy & Caleb. I really liked her happiness in her eyes and her laugh. You rellay made a big impression to me. Now I´m finally married myself and I´m so happy to see Ashley that happy now! You´re a gorgeous couple. Adam: Take care of her and love her always a little bit more than 100 percent! I would really love to be at your wedding but it´s a long way from Germany ;-) Again: I´m so happy to met the Zwolinski´s and the Wallace´s and to see that you´re all that happy what in conclusion makes me also very happy. Love from Germany, Alex (who wrote the word happy a little bit too much!)

December 11, 2009 - 6:55 pm

Alex - OH, forgot something: AWESOME pictures and a great emotional session! I really couldn´t pic a fav :-)

December 11, 2009 - 7:08 pm

mel - dang! your comments are blown up!! love them all. no favorites…theyre all too cool. so are you as lucky as i and get to play maid of honor for you sister WHILE photographing the big day?? i cant see how theyd want anyone else! way to rock my striped socks off.

December 13, 2009 - 12:04 am

Michelle Davies - Wow! Wow! Wow! I would definitely have to second the “they are all favorites”! Amazing work. Congrats to your sister. I can only hope my girls are as close as you and yours someday.

December 13, 2009 - 8:48 pm

carmen - brett + jess …. just speechless! one after the other AMAZING! what a blast you must have had during this shoot! happy holidays guys :)

December 13, 2009 - 11:33 pm

kara wieler - I started a list of my favs as I was looking through these images, ready to comment on a couple of them… but then my list grew too long. These are absolutely gorgeous… fantastic work!

December 14, 2009 - 4:11 pm

shannon selim - I suppose I should tack my two cents on here officially! This is perhaps the reason I’ve been perusing this blog for so long… to see that beautiful lady I love happy in love! Ash you’re gorgeous, Adam your adorable, Jess and Brett you don’t need to be told again that your genius’s… thanks for bringing this to all of us as well. Ashie – way to sport that beautiful dark chocolate!!! Nice work friends! :-)

PS. the field of weeds, what more could a person ask for!?

December 14, 2009 - 6:03 pm

Jay Hill - LOVE these photos guys, totally awesome! :)

December 15, 2009 - 12:21 am

gina@kiwistreetstudios - am i late to see and comment?!!!
i am this close to my baby sister too, so i completely know your bonds. how wonderful for you to use your gifts for your own sister!
to freeze this time for her and for him!!!
tons of love, tons of emotion and tons of fun!
congrats to your little sister!

December 15, 2009 - 11:42 am

Sheldra - OH MY!! I love these photos of my Ashley Ellen and her handsome fiance! I’m so excited for her! Jess and Brett, as always, your work is leaves me speechless!

December 15, 2009 - 3:00 pm

pete erickson - Love your stuff. Thanks for sharing it.

December 15, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Adam McIntosh - You all did an amazing job!!! It was such a blessing to have you two take these for us. I am so looking forward to being related to the best photographers around. Thank you all for all you do.

December 15, 2009 - 10:51 pm

Lorenzo - The silloette (Selling?) shots are killer!!!

December 16, 2009 - 1:51 pm

rebecky - I love all the pictures. Ashley looks so happy and I love and also adored by her beau. I am most happy for Ashley and her true love. Congrats!

December 21, 2009 - 2:54 am

Catherine Guidry - This is the first that I’ve seen of your work, and maybe its because your shoot was of your sister and her fiance, but Im amazed at your connection with them. Beautiful work!

December 26, 2009 - 11:37 am

Sandy - simply stunning…you guys are the best!

December 27, 2009 - 10:20 am

AmyPunky Photography - I think this is my all time favorite engagement session by you!! Your sister is so cute and they look so in love!!!

December 28, 2009 - 10:48 pm

Matt C - I was going through your blog. I found it at prophoto and I liked the domain name. Then got caught up by some amazing pictures. This group especially – as I was going through I was like good, great, amazing by the end of this I couldn’t decide. All are keepers!

December 31, 2009 - 5:31 am

Annie Robeson - I…AM…SPEECHLESS! I have so much love for these pictures, words can not describe. Jessie’s words beforehand made me tear up more than the pictures themselves. HOWEVER, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE PICTURES AREN’T BEYOND PERFECTION! Ashley, call me. Soon.

October 16, 2010 - 3:35 pm


October 16, 2010 - 3:36 pm


February 17, 2010 - 6:37 pm

a wedding shower {for my baby sister} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] may remember my little sister Ash’s engagement session a few months back.   This past Sunday (February 14th)  my Mom, sister Angie, and I, threw a [...]

February 22, 2010 - 4:20 pm

featured on clover & bee. | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] idea!).  We were extra thrilled when Rebecca of Clover & Bee asked us if they could feature Ashley and Adam’s engagement session on their site.   If you’d like to take a look and read some more about them (through the [...]

March 11, 2010 - 5:20 pm

my sister is married! :) | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] of a week!  If you follow me on Twitter or we are Facebook friends, then you may know that my baby sister Ashley got married this past Sunday!  Brett, the kids, and I were all in the wedding, and WHAT A WEDDING [...]

March 7, 2011 - 9:47 am

happy first anniverary {to ashley and adam} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] prayer is that it may carry you through all that you face together.  Adam, we barely knew you when we shot your engagement session, and now it is so apparent how much you love my [...]

ann+josh+eli+piper {studio3z family}

We had a dreary chilly day, but this family brought warmth and sweet sunshine along with them to their session.  We had a great time meeting up with Ann and Josh, and their super adorable children.

Ann brought this cute vintage looking hat for Piper, and we had a hard time keeping it on her more than 2 seconds.  We managed to snag a few shots between rip-offs.:)


love little comfy family moments like these.


We did this session the day before Piper’s 1st birthday, so we made sure to get a lot of her!!

Little Piper is such a cutie pie…I had this HUGE urge to pick her up and squeeze her cheeks…but I controlled myself. ;)




One of those quick moments with the hat on!


Precious little face.


Eli is all boy. He amazed me with how precocious he is for 2 1/2!  He was so independent- running off and exploring on his own.  We pointed out this little tree, and he loved it.


I thought this photo of Piper with her Daddy was too cute.


Eli was too busy exploring to stop for a shot, but he did take a peek at his sister.


She was having fun playing peek-a-boo with us.



At the next stop, Eli was checking out the pretty leaves.




So so sweet.


It had been gray out all day, and just at the right moment, the sun peaked out and was MAGNIFICENT.



One of my favorites…


Piper’s adorable face!!


Tickle time….



Ann+Josh, it was a pleasure meeting you and your beautiful family!  You guys are amazing.  Please tell Eli and Piper we say HI! :)

December 7, 2009 - 3:47 pm

betsy - Holy smokes that is one adorable family!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the pm pick me up!

December 7, 2009 - 4:07 pm

Clary - The one where the sun peeked out…amazing! Love your processing on this session especially:)

December 7, 2009 - 6:11 pm

oneshotbeyond - gorgeous photos!

December 7, 2009 - 8:50 pm

Sharon - I LOVE this family! You totally captured them! What a beautiful collection of photos for an awesome little family! (And, that is what I do when I see Piper- her cheeks are SO squeezable, and kissable!) :) Great photos! LOVE it!

December 8, 2009 - 12:28 am

Perel Alexander - Great family. Very nice set of pictures.

December 8, 2009 - 11:28 am

Kim - They are all my favorites! Couldn’t pick just one. I could pick Piper up and squeeze her too!

December 8, 2009 - 12:51 pm

holly - soooo, so sweet. my goodness.

December 8, 2009 - 8:42 pm

Maya Laurent - Could those kids be any cuter? Love the second to last shot.

December 8, 2009 - 10:39 pm

alexandra hodges - oh my gosh! so freakin’ cute! and Piper’s dress!!! just lovely!

jackie+patrick+brennan+ryan {studio3z family}

This super awesome family came to us after seeing photos we took of their good friends and neighbors.  We were so happy to meet and spend a evening together getting some fun family shots.  They are moving to Seattle after the new year, so this was a great way to get some memories in of Cincinnati together.

Meet Jackie, her husband Patrick, their two boys Brennan and Ryan, and their ADORABLE dog Murphy. :)


I have to admit that photographing 2 boys ages 12 + 8 seemed like it would be tough…these guys were up for anything.


Of course two brothers in the fall means you are going to have a leaf fight.  We had a few of them.



Murphy wanted his own solo shot, and I was very happy to oblige.   Seriously, I loved this dog.



They are adorable.



Mom got this hat on him for about 2 minutes.  The blue made his eyes POP!


We had gorgeous light that evening.


And a gorgeous family as well!




We really had a lot of fun together.



Sneak attack take 5!






I *love* my husband. just saying. :)


Jackie, Patrick, Brennan and Ryan (oh, and Murph!) thank you so much for hanging out and getting some laid back family photos before the big move.  I hope these will be fun memories for you to look back on.  We wish you all the best, out west! ;)

jess + brett

December 4, 2009 - 9:21 am

Gail - Gorgeous! That kid’s blue peepers are INSANE in that one photo! I always love the warmth and coziness of your photos!

December 4, 2009 - 10:49 am

mel - theres that blue sky in the trees shot again!! I LOVE THAT. love it. and the lookin down on him against the tree. DOPE.

December 4, 2009 - 6:57 pm

oneshotbeyond - lots of fun shots here!

December 7, 2009 - 5:18 pm

Amanda - Can I just say, I hope my little guy hugs me like that when he is 12! I think that one is my favorite, such a neat moment to capture, the kind of moment that gets missed if the photographer only goes for the everybody-look-at-me-and-smile moments. ;) You guys are awesome!