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Monthly Archives: January 2010

2009 favorites {wedding portraits}

We are on our 4th installment of our look back over 2009!!  Thank you so much to all who have voted!!  Today we are looking at some favorite studio3z wedding day portraits.

If you haven’t seen what we are doing this week, we are running a contest!!  Here is a refresher on the details:

I will post a new category every day or so this week (families, couples, wedding, etc.).  You choose a favorite photo in each category and tell us which one it is, and WHY you like it in the comment box.  Next Friday February 5th we will add up all of the votes for each photograph.  The photo in each category with the most votes is the winner.  The person in that particular photo (or who it belongs to) will receive a FREE 8×10 of the photograph!  But then listen to this….The ONE photo that gets the most votes overall, that person in the photo will receive a FREE 11x 14 canvas (a $250 value)!!! So how do we decide the winners?  YOU DO by commenting!!  If you are featured on here feel free to tell your friends, neighbors and family to get in on the voting….but we ask PLEASE one vote per person in EACH category.  Let’s play fair!

Remember, you may place ONE vote in EACH category.

{wedding day portraits}

We love this part of the wedding day when we can relax, have fun, and capture some creative portraits with our couples.

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January 29, 2010 - 8:58 am

Lindsey - I have been waiting for this group!! :) #36…I am biased, but isn’t it so cute?!

January 29, 2010 - 9:22 am

Gail - So before I even looked thru all these, I had #23 in my mind. That couple was INSANELY gorgeous! I love her dress. That photo is SO your style!! Gets my vote girl!

January 29, 2010 - 9:45 am

priya - 23,

January 29, 2010 - 9:47 am

Gretchen - By far #16, i remember this one from the blog. Was that park in Cincinnati?

January 29, 2010 - 9:52 am

Shawna - 20 and 23 are both so amazing! But if I have to pic one I guess it’s #23. That bride is just so gorgeous!

January 29, 2010 - 10:04 am

Janelle - I am also going with my biased opinion of #36! Great couple and fun idea to wear those shoes!

January 29, 2010 - 10:33 am

Kiley - #36 !!!!!!!!! It’s the BEST!

January 29, 2010 - 10:48 am

Axelandrita - #5 it’s my favorite!!!! and the #23 had de second place in my list ;) !!!!

January 29, 2010 - 11:11 am

lucy - swept away in #31!

January 29, 2010 - 11:15 am

Rachel B. - #31. So romantic!

January 29, 2010 - 11:56 am

Sarah - I’m dying to know who did the flowers in 25 and 44????

January 29, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Natalie - 31. And her dress is beautiful!

January 29, 2010 - 12:04 pm

Kelly Lee - Sarah – Katie Elfers did the flowers (Katie Elfers Inspired Floral Design) she is a gem.

January 29, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Sonia - #31 Just too romantic. I love it!

January 29, 2010 - 2:27 pm

shannon selim - #18 – for all the obvious reasons: weeds rock. i love their pose and they are a super cute couple!

January 29, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Emily - #36 is WAYYYY cute! hilarious photo and HILARIOUS couple :)

January 29, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Ronnie - I love #31. She is beautiful!

January 29, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Adam - #25. for the intense color and composition

January 29, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Chelsey Crabtree - I must say #31 takes my breath away….absolutely beautiful

January 29, 2010 - 3:39 pm

holly - 31! Maggie is a friend of some friends and I think her wedding photos are just GORGEOUS! 31 is breathtaking, oh my goodness. i love the colors, too. (PS: where was 40 taken?)

January 29, 2010 - 8:22 pm

Emily - #24, loving the light and the love!

January 29, 2010 - 11:26 pm

Zac - #36! Sweet booties! :)

January 29, 2010 - 11:27 pm

Eric - #36…kickin’ chucks!!

January 30, 2010 - 9:48 am

Heidi - #1 – Pretty sure someone climbed a tree for that shot and I love the embrace…you can almost feel it.

January 30, 2010 - 10:17 am

rebecky - #31. Maggie’s wedding photos are the best and I love them all but 31 with the amazing colors.

January 30, 2010 - 10:34 am

Lauren - I gotta say number 20… what a gorgeous couple! I love the emotion and beauty that was captured.

January 30, 2010 - 1:41 pm

Lisa Caswell - #14 is really nice. It has my vote.

January 30, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Donna - I’d say #1 because of a different perspective from the top. Seems like a natural romance.

January 30, 2010 - 3:07 pm

emma - 31.

January 30, 2010 - 6:29 pm

Olivia - I pick #31 because it’s cute. I see them kiss all the time and it really looks like this… they love each other!!!

January 30, 2010 - 7:13 pm

Donna - I remember #35 from this wedding. You can see in her eyes she has waited her whole life for this moment.

January 31, 2010 - 11:23 am

Amber - 23 please! That couple is so stinkin’ sweet!

January 31, 2010 - 12:26 pm

Sarah - 23! She is absolutly gorgeous!

January 31, 2010 - 12:28 pm

Katie - #12 is so cute with the girls in the fountain. It is so cute but it is so hard to choose they are so beautiful.

January 31, 2010 - 9:27 pm

Kendra - #31!!!!! love love love

January 31, 2010 - 9:56 pm

Mandee - number 31 because i like the wild grasses. the couple is pretty great too !!!

February 1, 2010 - 9:26 am

Luann - I love number 36. It’s both beautiful and fun all rolled into one!

February 1, 2010 - 9:27 am

Luann - I love number 36. It’s fun and beautiful all rolled into one.

February 1, 2010 - 10:18 am

Janine Bensch - Wow,too many to pick from! Love 31, 35, 20 captured true emotion!

February 1, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Amy - #31, I love her dress and I think the picture is beautiful!

February 1, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Joe - #31

February 1, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Traci - Love #31

February 1, 2010 - 8:09 pm

suzanne - Very difficult to choose just one. I’d have to say 18. The most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen. The look in her eyes says it all.

February 1, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Wade - #31

February 3, 2010 - 5:53 pm

Earla Fagin - Picture 28 they look like pro models. their pictures were the neatest I have ever seen. Great subjects to photograph. And I love them both!!

February 3, 2010 - 5:55 pm

Earla Fagin - Picture 28. their pics were amazing. Great subjects to work with and I love them both!!

February 3, 2010 - 10:01 pm

Reagen - #31 is amazing. Very dreamy.

February 4, 2010 - 10:21 am

Lora - #23 – loved all the photos from this shoot – serious love exudes from this couple!

February 4, 2010 - 10:42 am

Vickey Weiss - #20 …so gorgeous

February 4, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Patty downs - So so hard to choose one of these lovely photos … what a beautiful year for marriage. I have to pick #20! Black and whites get past the color stimulation and let’s me see the ‘heart of the photo’. Simply gorgeous/stunning!

February 4, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Erin - I vote for #38!

February 4, 2010 - 4:38 pm

Roberta - #10- Love the kiss and the beautiful surroundings.

February 28, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Andrea - #23. Best dress ever. I wish I could ask her where she got it.

2009 favorites {couples}

We are on day three of our look back over 2009!!  Today is about the couples of studio3z.  If you haven’t seen what we are doing this week, we are running a contest!!  Here is a refresher on the details:

I will post a new category every day or so this week (families, couples, wedding, etc.).  You choose a favorite photo in each category and tell us which one it is, and WHY you like it in the comment box.  Next Friday February 5th we will add up all of the votes for each photograph.  The photo in each category with the most votes is the winner.  The person in that particular photo will receive a FREE 8×10 of the photograph!  But then listen to this….The ONE photo that gets the most votes overall, that person in the photo will receive a FREE 11x 14 canvas (a $250 value)!!! So how do we decide the winners?  YOU DO by commenting!!  If you are featured on here feel free to tell your friends, neighbors and family to get in on the voting….but we ask PLEASE one vote per person in EACH category.  Let’s play fair!

Remember, you may place ONE vote in EACH category.

{couples}

Love is a grand thing.  old love, new love, and somewhat in between love….here is love in 2009, the way we saw it while looking through our lens.

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January 27, 2010 - 4:19 pm

AmyPunky Photography - oh i forgot to vote: i vote for #21. :)

January 27, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Sonia - #32 For his lips! That’s an amazing shot again! :)

January 27, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Briony - adorable. i love every single one.

January 27, 2010 - 4:38 pm

Briony - oops but my vote goes to 19…love the look…love the field…love the flare :)

January 27, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Shawna - #10 gets my vote because I know him! And it’s a great pic too! I also love #5 for the look on her face and #26 for the beautiful sunset.

January 27, 2010 - 4:51 pm

dietrich - 24 is my fav

January 27, 2010 - 4:57 pm

priya - 26,

January 27, 2010 - 5:15 pm

stacey ilyse - #30!! I LOVE THAT PHOTO :)

January 27, 2010 - 5:17 pm

morgan - #30

January 27, 2010 - 5:21 pm

Jason - Gotta be #5! Great color!!

January 27, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Kathleen - I vote for number 9. Tough choice because I liked them all pretty much equally.

January 27, 2010 - 6:20 pm

aynsley hopper - i vote for 23.

January 27, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Tori - 23, I love the lights reflecting on the water.

January 27, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Mel - FIVE!!! You can see the adoration on her face! =)

January 27, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Lindsey - I vote for 23! I love the city in the background with lights reflecting in the river. It looks like you caught the couple in a quiet, intimate moment. Very dramatic!

January 27, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Paige - 23 is definitely the best! how can you turn down the city backdrop along with the light reflecting off the water. Both the love of each other and the city. Simply breathtaking.

January 27, 2010 - 8:35 pm

Shannon - #23 is my favorite!

January 27, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Mindi - #23! Love the colors and the couple is gorgeous! Great work.

January 27, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Ben - #5. Dude is smokin’ hot.

January 27, 2010 - 9:04 pm

Sarah - 18! Lovely!

January 27, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Rachel B. - Giving my love to #13 because that was a stroke of genius to get them in that sliver of light. Beautiful. I hate to not get a second chance to vote for the Mad Men inspired shoot because it was great and really put y’all on the tip top of my favorite wedding/lifestyle photographers list. This contest is putting me into a very difficult position. LOL!

January 27, 2010 - 10:23 pm

Erin - I vote #23… what an amazing shot of the city at night and it’s reflection in the water… and that couple is simply terrific!!

January 27, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Sarah B - I vote for #23. I love that it’s a night shot. and the couple and cityscape both look amazing.

January 27, 2010 - 11:15 pm

Corinne - I vote for #25. I love the colors and the vintage feel!

January 27, 2010 - 11:24 pm

Thanh - I vote #23.

January 27, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Roberta - It was a hard one, but I vote for 23. Great background and great shot of the couple!

January 28, 2010 - 2:05 am

Brittany - #26-They are an amazing couple and this picture is absolutely beautiful in so many ways!

January 28, 2010 - 8:19 am

Amy - # 23 is the best!

January 28, 2010 - 8:38 am

Shannon - I love #23! Beautiful back drop, romantic couple.

January 28, 2010 - 9:46 am

rebecky - It was a tough choice between 4 & 5, I love them both equally but the love in her eyes for her man wins it for me ….so #5.

January 28, 2010 - 9:46 am

Dan Shallenberger - 25… awesome look in her eyes.

January 28, 2010 - 9:58 am

Jules @ CEP - #23 – Love this one!

January 28, 2010 - 10:24 am

Lauren - 23 is the best one that I see. I love the picture!

January 28, 2010 - 11:35 am

tracy - i like the lovebirds in #21!

January 28, 2010 - 11:41 am

Joanne - # 18

January 28, 2010 - 1:05 pm

marta - #14 is my favorite. A hard choice since they are all beautiful!

January 28, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Jeanette LeBlanc - Okay, so I just have to take a moment here to complain….

I’ve looked through all these posts, and I intend to vote – I really do. So I pick one that I think is my favorite, and then i scroll down more and there’s another one, and then another. by the time I get to the comment form I’ve got like 15 different images and I just cannot decide.

So – I think if you are going to have these contests, you’re actually going to have to pick images that are not so dang amazing – maybe then I could actually choose one :)

Seriously – you rock. Seeing your faves all together like this just makes it all that much more apparent. Blown away.

January 28, 2010 - 2:05 pm

shannon selim - this is hard since ash is in so many, and i am biased, but i have to say that #30 is my favorite photo. i loved that one when i first saw it! i love their serenity and the sunflowers… its so peaceful and beautiful, and i like whatever that texture is in the background.

p.s. i’m not a fan of #23… just to be contrary :P

January 28, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Erin Rolf - #5 is pretty darn cute. The look in the gals eyes is so telling of adoration!

January 28, 2010 - 3:11 pm

Patty downs - So many outstanding photos but I’ve narrowed it down to #24.

January 28, 2010 - 3:41 pm

Acacia Flamm - #23 – WOW, a great moment captured!

January 28, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Felisha - 26!

January 28, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Erin S. - #23 please! Great night shot and capture of what seems to be an intimate moment.

January 28, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Natalie Marquis - #25! I love the retro feel…

January 28, 2010 - 6:27 pm

Emily - #23 is awesome!!

January 28, 2010 - 7:59 pm

mandi - love #23!

January 28, 2010 - 10:40 pm

jess - 26! a sunset gets me every time

January 29, 2010 - 4:21 am

Annie - i am going to stray from the pack and vote for 4!

January 29, 2010 - 9:00 am

Lindsey - #13. A couple things…1. the lighting and how perfect it is takes my breath away. 2. i love love love how she has her foot rested on top of his. It’s a perfect moment and perfect picture!

January 29, 2010 - 10:19 am

marcy - I love #30… just love it!

January 29, 2010 - 12:56 pm

rebecca - Go for #5. very sweet!

January 29, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Adam - #4 !!!!

January 30, 2010 - 10:31 am

Lauren - I gotta say number 20… what a gorgeous couple! I love the emotion and beauty that was captured.

January 30, 2010 - 10:37 am

Lauren - Oops! So sorry… disregard the previous comment! (I meant to post that in the wedding one) I meant number 19! I love the lighting in this one!!

January 31, 2010 - 11:26 am

Amber - This was a tough choice! 21 though is my favorite I think– great people in a great picture!

January 31, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Katie - I love #23. I love the background of Cincinnati it is beautiful.

January 31, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Sandra - I LOVE LOVE LOVE #23. Gorgeous couple and breathtaking view of the city!

January 31, 2010 - 6:29 pm

Amanda - Lots of great photos, but I vote for #24!

January 31, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Debby - #23 is amazing! I love night time shots.

January 31, 2010 - 7:46 pm

Heather - #23 – great shot, and a great couple :)

February 1, 2010 - 11:52 am

Donna - #23 is awesome! Lights reflecting off the water and a couple definitely in LOVE. :)

February 1, 2010 - 11:59 pm

Renotta - #4 gets my vote – love the retro

February 2, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Maggie - i love 24 – great overall photograph! -perfect couple and perfect lighting… hard decision but #24 gets my vote!

February 4, 2010 - 10:26 am

Lora - #25 – you had me at Mad Men

February 4, 2010 - 10:43 am

Vickey Weiss - #26… :)

February 4, 2010 - 10:08 pm

Kat - 23 all the way!

February 4, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Kenny - 23

2009 favorites {children}

Yesterday we began our look back over 2009 and posted some favorites of our families.  Today we are highlighting the children!  If you didn’t see the post yesterday, we are running a contest!!  Here is a refresher on the details:

I will post a new category every day or so this week (families, couples, wedding, etc.).  You choose a favorite photo in each category and tell us which one it is, and WHY you like it in the comment box.  Next Friday February 5th we will add up all of the votes for each photograph.  The photo in each category with the most votes is the winner.  The person in that particular photo will receive a FREE 8×10 of the photograph!  But then listen to this….The ONE photo that gets the most votes overall, that person in the photo will receive a FREE 11x 14 canvas (a $250 value)!!! :)So how do we decide the winners?  YOU DO by commenting!!  If you are featured on here feel free to tell your friends, neighbors and family to get in on the voting….but we ask PLEASE one vote per person in EACH category.  Let’s play fair!

Remember, you may place ONE vote in EACH category.

{children}

We just love and adore ALLLL of these little faces.  Children are such a light and joy, and their lack of inhibition makes them such a natural subject to photograph.

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January 26, 2010 - 11:26 am

Kelly Lee - I love number 1 – the eyes on this beautiful child are stunning.

January 26, 2010 - 11:28 am

Jenni Wise - So many good ones, but I love number 3!!!!!

January 26, 2010 - 11:35 am

Tracy - #28 I wanna kiss her cheeks! Beautiful images…

January 26, 2010 - 11:37 am

Dani - I have to go with #14, the look of pure happiness on her face is priceless!

January 26, 2010 - 11:41 am

Felisha - I like #13-look at that smile. :)

January 26, 2010 - 12:08 pm

Natalie - I’m going to go with 32. But they were all so cute!

January 26, 2010 - 12:12 pm

Cheryl - Definitely #13, that little smile and and that face.

January 26, 2010 - 12:24 pm

brendan - #13 all the way! i love the close up shot and the smile.

January 26, 2010 - 12:26 pm

Janice - #8 Little miss looks like she is saying, Hi world, I’m here! (-:

January 26, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Roxanna - i have to go with 22 i love that little emma!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

klott07 - Since I can’t vote for the little butts, I will go with #5. love it!

January 26, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Brittany - I know I’m a little bias, but my mom just told me these were on here, and of course I love #13. I love that Paige made it on. Thanks you guys.

January 26, 2010 - 1:02 pm

Cassie - #13! Look at the contented, happy smile. Nothing better in the world.

January 26, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Lisa - I love #8 because it’s a newborn in her daddy’s arms and she seems to be waving hello to the world.

January 26, 2010 - 1:04 pm

Steve - #13 definitely – what a smile and look of total contentment

January 26, 2010 - 1:09 pm

Vickey Weiss - #23
I am soooo taken by this photo – love it

January 26, 2010 - 1:11 pm

Alli - #13 She just looks so peaceful and happy!

January 26, 2010 - 1:21 pm

Sarah - 32. Reminds me of my childhood..running with wild hair around in a tutu :)

January 26, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Shawna - #23. Love the eyes and the background is so interesting!

January 26, 2010 - 2:21 pm

gini - she looks so sweet and fresh!

January 26, 2010 - 2:28 pm

holly - sweet baby paige (13) because she was the most beautiful little newborn in the whole world. :)

January 26, 2010 - 2:29 pm

gini - #8 she looks so sweet and so fresh!

January 26, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Sonia - #23 Wow he is so cute! Those eyes are amazing! And the angle of the photo is very interesting – I love it!

January 26, 2010 - 3:32 pm

betsy - #32!!!!!! Love that dancing girl.

January 26, 2010 - 3:34 pm

Ron Buckner - Love the shot of #8.

January 26, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Jenn - #13!!! That smile is so adorable!

January 26, 2010 - 4:29 pm

adam(3) - 13.
it makes me happy.

January 26, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Sarah - Hard choice! Great work!
I’m going with #7.

January 26, 2010 - 4:46 pm

John - I’m going to vote for 32 on this one. There’s just something about the dancing girl that has stuck with me since you first posted it. It’s hard to choose, though! Such beautiful photography!

January 26, 2010 - 5:03 pm

priya - 32 it is fun

January 26, 2010 - 5:36 pm

Bob - Gotta love a wavin’ baby. #8. Definitely.

January 26, 2010 - 5:45 pm

viorika - #6 and 32…cute!!

January 26, 2010 - 5:46 pm

nelu - 32….so sweet!!

January 26, 2010 - 5:49 pm

Steve - Gotta love #8!

January 26, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Anne Woehnker - #28 is adorable:):) My favorite!!! Although each and every photo was amazingly cute!!!! So hard to choose just one:(:( Great work:)

January 26, 2010 - 7:23 pm

gail - #8 she is adorable a new life and a new begining.

January 26, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Gloria - A girl with her daddy. What an awesone shot. One never forgotten. Fab photos are for a lifetime. # 8 the best way to vote.

January 26, 2010 - 8:30 pm

carolyn - They are all so great, but I have to choose #8 because it captures the moment with a dad and his new baby girl.

January 26, 2010 - 8:44 pm

Betty - my vote is for #8 What a cutie, thats sure a little one

January 26, 2010 - 8:53 pm

patty - peek a boo baby !!!

January 26, 2010 - 8:55 pm

patty - #8

January 26, 2010 - 8:55 pm

patty - # 8

January 26, 2010 - 9:10 pm

scott - #8 Love the bye bye baby

January 26, 2010 - 10:03 pm

Tyler - #13. She’s my niece, and a cute one at that.

January 26, 2010 - 10:08 pm

JoAnn Bowers - picture 13. my adorable great grand baby.

January 26, 2010 - 10:12 pm

kirk - my vote is for 13 she is my beautiful little grandchild.

January 26, 2010 - 10:43 pm

Ryan - 12. So sweet.

January 26, 2010 - 10:57 pm

lucy - #32. i adore this little girl!

January 26, 2010 - 10:59 pm

gail - oh me too…#32, please!

January 26, 2010 - 11:04 pm

paige - #23….oh those eyes!

January 26, 2010 - 11:06 pm

chuck - #32

January 26, 2010 - 11:56 pm

Tracy - #23 is by far my favorite!!! I love the look in this little boy’s eyes.

January 27, 2010 - 2:10 am

arenda - such cute photos! i love #5 (with #31 being a close second!).

January 27, 2010 - 8:23 am

Carolyn - I like #8. Aadorable photo with those bright eyes.

January 27, 2010 - 8:28 am

Donna - #28 so cute with her eyes!

January 27, 2010 - 9:14 am

Alan - #21,my precious grandaughter

January 27, 2010 - 9:18 am

Alan - Oops, cancel #21, even tho he’s cute, my grandaughter is #20

January 27, 2010 - 10:14 am

Aunt Amy - #20 gets my vote – love the colors, the setting, the kid… ;)

January 27, 2010 - 10:15 am

Rachel B. - #17 because it cracked me up and was so unexpected, but you know that I want to vote for all of them. Oh, why must it be so hard to choose?

January 27, 2010 - 11:16 am

Dawn - These are all great, but I gotta go with #29 = )

January 27, 2010 - 2:01 pm

rebecky - #11

January 27, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Lisa Caswell - #10 is my favorite of these. Love her expression.

January 27, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Rachel - #23! Cute little boy with adorable baby blues.

January 27, 2010 - 4:54 pm

dietrich - #27 … great :)

January 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Kathie - #11 Cute, cute, cute

January 27, 2010 - 6:52 pm

Kirk - #13 It’s all in the smile. She’s got it.

January 27, 2010 - 6:56 pm

Ernie - #11 – Look’s like she is up to something!

January 27, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Erin - #21… totally captures boyhood… but really my most fave was the pic of your sons…. such a precious shot of brothers!

January 27, 2010 - 10:40 pm

Kathleen - #7! she looks so innocent and happy and beautiful. these two pictures in one embody childhood and all that it should be.

January 28, 2010 - 8:06 am

Sonya - I’m voting for #11. I know this little girl and you captured her perfectly in this picture. I love your work!

January 28, 2010 - 8:56 am

Renae - #11 please

January 28, 2010 - 11:39 am

tracy - #18…love the colors, the flowers and those cute little blondies

January 28, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Erin Rolf - 1, 6, 9
Hard to tell. Beach and lamby pictures are hard to beat!

January 28, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Patty downs - I have to pick #11 but Leila in the sunflowers is right up there at the top of my list too … she’s so beautiful!

January 28, 2010 - 3:52 pm

jean - I vote for #26, It looks like you’ve captured the face of God in a little girl, the way the sun is shining on her hair is beautiful.

January 28, 2010 - 6:03 pm

Natalie Marquis - #11 because its just so Addy :)

January 28, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Emily - #26, adorable.

January 28, 2010 - 10:42 pm

jess - 12!

January 29, 2010 - 9:03 am

Lindsey - #5. I can’t get enough of those cheeks. They could rest on that table they are so big and cute.

January 29, 2010 - 10:06 am

Janelle - 32!! that might be one of the most precious pictures! I love the tutu!

January 29, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Bonnie - #14…so fun!

January 29, 2010 - 7:57 pm

aj - #14 love this picture

January 29, 2010 - 9:35 pm

Karen - #20! A sweet face to go with my sweet granddaughter!

January 30, 2010 - 1:01 am

kristi - #13 all the way!!!

January 30, 2010 - 9:51 am

Heidi - #23 – Those eyes stole my heart!

January 30, 2010 - 10:24 am

troy - #26.

January 30, 2010 - 10:35 am

emma - #11. My little sissy is very cute in this picture.

January 30, 2010 - 10:39 am

Lauren - I love 6, 13, 16, and 28!! However, if I may choose one… I’ll go with 28. She is just TOO adorable! The expression on her face is priceless :)

January 30, 2010 - 7:18 pm

Donna - #28!!! This one reminds me of my own 3 year old. That look she gives when you’ve caught her and she’s saying “who, me?”

January 30, 2010 - 7:54 pm

Mandi Nikole - Love the 3rd one and the one of the little girl in the sunflowers.

January 31, 2010 - 11:27 am

Amber - Number 26 has won my heart.

January 31, 2010 - 12:27 pm

JJ - #8 A future Diva, saying hi world I’m here!

January 31, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Katie - #23 is so cute. I love his eyes just amazing. :)

February 3, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Reagen - #24 is the best. Beautiful baby girl.

February 4, 2010 - 10:29 am

Lora - #26 – precious face; goldfish crackers. perfection.

February 4, 2010 - 10:10 pm

Jason - #8, what a beautiful girl. great pic.

February 4, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Nate - #8, great pic.

August 21, 2010 - 5:16 pm

Lorenzo - Im a bit partial …but #32 is soooo cute!

2009 favorites {families}

Beginning today, I am sifting through our work over the past year and compiling some of our favorites from various sessions.  I know what you are thinking…..it has been 2010 for nearly a month, but I had to make sure that all of my 2009 sessions were blogged before we could show them!

Just like last year, we are also going to have a little contest.  I will post a new category every day or so this week (families, couples, wedding, etc.).  You choose a favorite photo in each category and tell us which one it is, and WHY you like it in the comment box.  Next Friday February 5th we will add up all of the votes for each photograph.  The photo in each category with the most votes is the winner.  The person in that particular photo will receive a FREE 8×10 of the photograph!  But then listen to this….The ONE photo that gets the most votes overall, that person in the photo will receive a FREE 11x 14 canvas (a $250 value)!!! :)

So how do we decide the winners?  YOU DO by commenting!!  If you are featured on here feel free to tell your friends, neighbors and family to get in on the voting….but we ask PLEASE one vote per person.  Let’s play fair!

First up….FAMILIES!

Some are big, some are small, some are new, some are seasoned….and a couple are just on the verge of the birth of their first child.  We’ve loved the honor of capturing them all.

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So which is your personal favorite?  Tell us which one and why below!

January 25, 2010 - 3:50 pm

Gail - Oooh..love all these – reminds me again of what wonderful work you and Brett do! Can I vote for all of them? No? Okay, well No. 40 it is then. Sorry, you guys just had me at Mad Men ;)

January 25, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Dani - You guys do fantastic work and I’m definitely a blog stalker! :) My vote goes for #1 what a fantastic family portrait that I’m sure the family will treasure forever!

January 25, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Kathleen - Number 1 had my vote from the beginning! They’re all wonderful, but none of them met the sweetness and beauty of number one. Number 40 came in a very close second. I love the vintage feel of it! 30 was a not-so-distant third with the beautiful sunset and scenery and the way he was holding her belly…just adorable.

January 25, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Maggie - First off, this is WAY too hard. If I HAVE to pick just one, I choose #5 because it’s an everyday moment no one would think to capture if it wasn’t for you two; a perfect like father, like son shot. Plus, action shots are tricky and this one is flawless! I heart sun spots.

January 25, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Kelly Lee - I love number one – so simple and beautiful! Captures the entire family in a way no one else could catch but you.

January 25, 2010 - 4:40 pm

Janelle - #13 is my favorite. There is something so precious about that picture. Everything is perfect and peaceful!

January 25, 2010 - 4:49 pm

Natalie - Number 1. It is so beautiful.

January 25, 2010 - 4:55 pm

cblackstone - #1 – because they were willing to take risks, trusted you and it turned out amazing – this could easily be a really bad image, lol. #4 because of the love and angle – this is the kind of picture that separates you from the dime a dozen photogs.#15 because it is technically a very hard shot and worthy of a huge canvas. I’m a huge fan of little people giant background #24 – great idea.

January 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

Michelle Davies - What an awesome group of photos you have here! Amazing work really and sooooo hard to pick! But, if you insist, then I pick #16. Such an incredible capture.

January 25, 2010 - 6:42 pm

David Eugene - All of these are fantastic – you knew this! :) Bur I personally just love the last for that vintage late 60′s feel. Totally awesome!

January 25, 2010 - 7:19 pm

Sharon - My favorite is # 17. Love those faces!

January 25, 2010 - 7:23 pm

alexandra hodges - #40 is my fave! it’s the vintage look that gets me. they all are lovely though :)

January 25, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Contrast Images - Hey guys, beautiful work! I have LOVED #40 since you posted that shoot, and I still love it!:) I really enjoy their choice of attire, but I also love the flow of the whole image: first and last person looking straight ahead, second and third person looking back, and baby looking straight at the camera. That’s what I think is so dynamic about this shot…and… the car is mighty sweet as well. I also love the complimentary colors represented in the car, and the mother’s dress, just lovely!:)

January 25, 2010 - 10:45 pm

Roberta - Wow! I love so many of them! I am going to have to vote for # 13. It is such a sweet picture of daddy and baby. You can tell he will be a daddy and not just a father!

January 25, 2010 - 11:03 pm

holly - 16 because…well, i just love my niece more than words can describe & my big brother — this image is so them. ;)

January 25, 2010 - 11:38 pm

Mark Andrew Higgins - I love 16. It reminds me of how small my son was when I first held him

January 26, 2010 - 12:52 am

Brittany - #1 is such a precious moment between them and thats why they get my vote :)

January 26, 2010 - 8:48 am

Rachel B. - #1, but oh, Jess and Brett, all of your families are so gorgeous and sweet and beautiful. Your work is totally fab! I picked #1 because it had me at hello. It has a classic, old world feel to it. Instead of Madonna and child, it is more like Madonna and family. So beautiful and full of emotion and love.

January 26, 2010 - 9:42 am

Shawna - #30 is my favorite! I love them all though!

January 26, 2010 - 10:10 am

Lisa Caswell - My vote is for #1. The lighting is absolutely beautiful. Great job.

January 26, 2010 - 10:13 am

Bonnie - #1 is my favorite and I remember loving it way back when you posted it the first time. There’s just so much emotion packed into one image…it makes my heart happy to look at it and that’s my favorite kind of picture :)

January 26, 2010 - 10:44 am

Joanne - AMAZING! I vote for #13

January 26, 2010 - 12:21 pm

Janice - I vote for #13 How precious,Daddy’s little girl!

January 26, 2010 - 12:44 pm

klott07 - 18. duh.

January 26, 2010 - 1:06 pm

Lisa - Family #13
Is there anything sweeter than seeing a dad being affectionate with his baby?
I love how the newborn is holding onto dad’s thumbs as he carefully contains her within his hands.

January 26, 2010 - 1:14 pm

Vickey Weiss - they are all soooo good…but #1 takes my breath away

January 26, 2010 - 2:26 pm

gini - she looks so calm in daddys hands

January 26, 2010 - 2:31 pm

gini - #13 beacause she is calm in daddys hands

January 26, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Sonia - #40- It was hard to pick only one, they are all so great. But this one I find is quite special. The shot looks unreal with the clothes they are wearing and the car and all the colors, it looks like an image from an other time… Really great shot.

January 26, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Ron Buckner - 13 is my favorite.

January 26, 2010 - 4:15 pm

Terry - love #13… it says it all! a New born without a care in the world! I think #8 might be the same baby,,.either way, the initial bonding of father and child. So many beautiful pictures of children, but 8 and 13 kind of stand out to me.

January 26, 2010 - 4:48 pm

adam(3) - 15.
symmetry :)

January 26, 2010 - 5:31 pm

bobbi - 19!

January 26, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Steve - Definitely #13. Great picture of father and daughter together.

January 26, 2010 - 6:08 pm

Bob - # 13. A tender gesture and a pose that illustrates how small and defenseless little people really are. It’s a lovely and loving image.

January 26, 2010 - 7:26 pm

gail - # 13 a sweet family picture a new beginning you can see the loe growing

January 26, 2010 - 8:26 pm

Gloria - We love this child should be the name of this photo. If we can’t say it with words…a photo it timeless. So,so much love for this baby. Wow. # 13 rocks.

January 26, 2010 - 8:39 pm

Betty - I Vote for #13 What a loving father, and sweet little angel

January 26, 2010 - 8:45 pm

carolyn - #13 That precious face and little feet, cradled by her loving father

January 26, 2010 - 9:02 pm

patty - # 13 daddy loves you

January 26, 2010 - 9:23 pm

scott - #13 Babies favorite craddle Daddies arms

January 26, 2010 - 11:10 pm

lucy - representin’ the asians…love #30!

January 27, 2010 - 2:13 am

arenda - #17 – super duper cute!

January 27, 2010 - 8:25 am

Donna - I’d say #1. It is so unique and u will never know if the photographer was presence. I also like #40. So cool..u can make it into 1960′s picture. I like the way how the family walk with hands held.

January 27, 2010 - 11:13 am

Ryan - #35. Such a tender moment between mother and son.

January 27, 2010 - 11:18 am

Dawn - #13 is great!! what a great daddy

January 27, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Maya Laurent - #1 is still my fav! That photo just has emotion all over it.

January 27, 2010 - 2:00 pm

rebecky - #25

January 27, 2010 - 3:55 pm

priya - 22, so precious

January 27, 2010 - 9:09 pm

Sarah - 5 :)

January 27, 2010 - 9:09 pm

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January 27, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Erin - #1… it is just absolutely gorgeous

January 28, 2010 - 11:41 am

tracy - #13 of course…handsome daddy and beautiful baby…who could want more?

January 28, 2010 - 3:18 pm

Patty downs - #13 captures my heart and makes me think of being in the palm of God’s hands … not a worry or a care when I’m there.

January 28, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Emily - love love love #1

January 28, 2010 - 10:44 pm

jess - 13! such a cute moment to have captured

January 29, 2010 - 9:05 am

Lindsey - #13. What a perfect picture.

January 29, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Adam - #40 why not?

January 29, 2010 - 9:41 pm

Karen - #40, great shot with clothes and scenery

January 30, 2010 - 9:53 am

Heidi - I was going to say #5…until I saw #40. They are all awesome. #40 is just so original.

January 30, 2010 - 10:40 am

Lauren - Difficult decision, however, I’m going with number 13!! So sweet.

January 31, 2010 - 12:26 pm

JJ - #13 It looks like she is saying, I’m holding on daddy and ready for the ride!

January 31, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Katie - #8 is a cute idea and so neat to look at with the sunset captures the moment. :)

February 1, 2010 - 11:23 am

Amber - Number 40 please!

February 2, 2010 - 12:06 am

Renotta - #40 – The family looks awesome – love the colors, clothes, setting; LOVE everything!

February 4, 2010 - 10:38 am

Lora - Gotta go with #8 – Love the swing, the sun, and the cute little Filipino kids :)