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Monthly Archives: March 2010

some head clearing, and back to work.

Brett and I are officially back to work for 2010 this week.  Well…..since we took off in mid-December we have done a couple weddings and many personal shoots, but this week marks the beginning of our 2010 bookings.  We feel so incredibly blessed that we had a waiting list from 2009 to be put on the schedule for 2010, and we were shocked that we nearly filled the calendar to September the very first week we began booking for 2010! {Thank you so much!!!}

I have to say that our winter break was a much needed hiatus.  At the beginning of 2009, we knew we had a lot of exciting sessions in store but as we began booking more and more, we knew we needed to gain a better understanding of booking for our lives.  To give you an idea of our history here’s a little about OUR story……

Before we had a photography business I had always loved to take photos- not only to capture a moment in time, but to be able hold a piece of paper that could speak volumes and evoke emotions….while motionless and silent.  When I began photographing my children and people began to offer to pay me to take photos of their children, I brushed it off thinking they were just being kind.  In the summer of 2006 I decided to take the plunge on a digital SLR.  My Dad helped me buy it for my birthday, and I began shooting like a mad woman.  By fall I began building my portfolio by shooting children and  families, and my passion grew and grew.  I knew I could do this.  I wanted to do this.  At first Brett was a bit reluctant.  Something new had popped up and was taking free time and nights away from him. You see, he had never been interested in photography.  At least not up until that point.

Brett gave me his complete support, and I took a class that next spring to fully grasp my settings and shooting full manual.  I ate it up- every flipping minute.  I guess you could say I was the suck up in class, and when my teacher called me the “prize student,” I was TOTALLY cool with that. ;)  By the end of those classes I could shoot in manual without much thought at all, and I also learned so much about my personal style and technique.  I would come home at night and show Brett what I learned.  If you know Brett, you know he LOVES to learn.  Bless him for marrying me, because I am so not naturally wired that way, but I admire his zest for learning so much.  He learned everything about shooting, all the crazy techy aspects, and by my last few classes I would come home and he was TEACHING ME about things he had been researching.  (WHAT?)

One day I had this outrageous thought of pulling him into this “love” with  me.  How AMAZING would that be??!  So, I decided to test him.  I began by giving him simple assignments.  He went out and did mini-shoots and then we sat and talked about composition, about manipulating shutter speed for effect, about depth of field and achieving certain looks with your f-stop….and on, and on.  By fall of that year he was shooting with me, beginning on an engagement shoot.  He has been by my side since, and I can’t imagine studio3z without the angle and views he creates and captures at each shoot.

Since then I have stood amazed.  Like, FOR REAL, I can live this dream? I had no idea this could actually happen!  And then this last year came, and it rocked my world!  We had such a super fun year of traveling, meeting people, and expanding our business in many ways.  Even though we had a limit on the amount of shoots we would take on, we somehow ended up doing double.  It just happened.   Then I noticed other things like, my kids were begging for attention and complaining about my “always” being at the computer. November was the crash.  I cried…which I don’t really do (ignoring my last post about my sister’s wedding).  One day I sat stressed with my chest hurting and I thought, “Why am I doing this? I don’t HAVE to do this?”  I knew then and there that this next year would HAVE to be different if I was to continue.  I was tired of never having a real date with my husband, never having time with my kids besides schoolwork, and shuffling friends and family on the back burner- or feeling guilty if I took my “work” time to see them.  I found myself forgetting to write thank yous (which super annoyed me) and I was running on a 4-6 month late birthday present schedule.  Totally lame, but I had lost my balance.  My work had consumed too much of my life, and I was angry about it.

I often get emails from people asking me things like, “How do you have 4 kids, home school, and run your business?”  Sometimes I get back to them, but unfortunately, some go unanswered.  I plan to make some pages soon dedicated to answering some of these questions.  I have figured out I am not alone.  There are a lot of moms and dads out there trying to run their photography business and balance a family as well.  These are usually the type writing me.  I am exploring options on how I can expand my help for others on the subject as I also work on things for myself.

In conclusion, taking these last 2 months really slow has been refreshing.  We have had time to hang out with the kids, think about our future, explore goals, find new ways to grow, and of course lay around- without guilt!!! OH the GUILT that hinders a home business owner.

Honestly, most of this is in MY head. I am the planner, the worry wart. Brett has this amazing hippie feature of taking each moment in stride, and breathing in life…..while I grab him by the collar, bug eyed, screaming for help.  We’re a good team.

I love taking pictures.  I love that I get to call it “my job.”  I love that my husband now loves it too and is so incredibly supportive. (He’s also the world’s most amazing father….but that deserves a whole post in and of itself).  But I also love my family, and my much needed sanity. I’ve decided to begin this year knowing that I will not, can not, and utterly refuse to bite off more than I can chew.  I am booking a limited amount of sessions- for all the reasons I just talked your ears off about, as well as to maintain my quality, keep my creativity fresh, and continue to be inspired!!!

And just a quick update on our 2010 schedule: we have a few openings left from now through September, October is booked up, and we have a few openings still available in November.  If you are out of state (or country) and are interested in us photographing you, feel free to let us know!  Trips we are looking at this year are to Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles.  If you are in these cities and would be interested in a session with us, please let us know!!!

Sooooo- if you’ve made it through this novel of a post, BRAVO and a huge thanks for sticking with me. I don’t normally open up like this on here, but I felt I should share a bit of where we are today.  It’s just another step in our growth, and that makes me excited!

We are fully refreshed, revived, and thrilled to begin shooting again!!  Thanks for being with us on this journey.

We plan to look 2010 right in the eye, and show em’ what we’re made of. ;)

March 15, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Shawna - Love this post! As someone thinking about starting my own photography business, I love hearing about how others started and how they make it work. You are so talented and an inspiration!

March 15, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Vickey Weiss - Love your honesty and it’s good to know even you, someone I truly admire – feel overwhelmed at times. I feel that way more that I’d like…it’s so important to remember to slow down and enjoy the little things. Thanks for the reminder.
xoxo

March 15, 2010 - 4:28 pm

katie - i soooo needed this post :) While I’m not in photography, I’m in a somewhat similar situation with my home based business, trying to be a stay-at-home mom, actually remember what my husband’s face looks like, etc…. I admire your talent, your commitment and your dedication to a finely tuned balancing act. I fear my 2010 won’t be quite the return to balance you’ve gifted yourself, but I’ll figure it out. And it’s nice to know there’s other people out there figuring it out, too…. what a bunch of wackos we all are, huh?!

March 15, 2010 - 4:39 pm

AmyPunky Photography - Great post!!! I’m glad you wrote this, thanks for sharing.

March 15, 2010 - 4:48 pm

Michelle - You two are so stinkin beautiful. Like, seriously, beautiful. No wonder your kids are so cute. I love the pic you posted. Here’s hoping 2010 brings you much time with the kiddos, many date nights, and lots of time with friends and family. Sanity is good!!! Very, very good.

March 15, 2010 - 5:04 pm

Andre Nievo - Have you had a photography lesson before? Is this a requirement for a photography business.

March 15, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Gail - Bravo my dear. You said it so awesomely :) Good luck on the balancing act. Just remember, you’ve got friends out there for you if you happen to fall.

PS – Look at you two ROCKIN’ those fedorahs!

March 15, 2010 - 5:40 pm

Jane Brookman - What a wonderful insight into my special niece that I don’t get to spend time with. It really helps me to know you as a person, mother, and wife. I love you so much.
Aunt Jane

March 15, 2010 - 6:02 pm

jason z - my eyes are watering after reading that. for two reasons; one – because i love, respect and admire you both so much. two – because i got absolutely no credit for that sexy photo.

March 15, 2010 - 6:41 pm

rebecky - very sweet, Jess. Love the picture of Brett and you.

March 15, 2010 - 8:36 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - it’s so good to hear the honest, open feelings that go along with running a successful/growing business. it’s not easy, all the balancing.
i love that more and more women are openly sharing their thoughts and solutions.
good for you for taking the time that you felt you needed and your family deserved. for all the moments we are spending and capturing and editing for other families, we can forget to do the same with our very own, sigh.
we still need to get together… sooner than later… now i fear i missed your ‘downtime!’

March 15, 2010 - 9:19 pm

natalie - great writing and it’s crazy how much your sister looks like you. especially from a side profile like that..

March 15, 2010 - 10:39 pm

Catherine Guidry - Thank you so much for sharing! :) I appreciate the honesty in your blogging…and to top it off you are so talented. I look to women like you for inspiration. So, thank you for that.

March 15, 2010 - 11:14 pm

Caitlin - Love that photo! Stoked for you guys :)

March 16, 2010 - 9:26 am

Jessica G. - Love this! Can’t wait till you come to NYC!!!

March 16, 2010 - 12:54 pm

Amber - This post made me so happy! I just love keeping up with you guys on this blog! Thanks for sharing your heart AND photography!!

March 16, 2010 - 2:41 pm

kim dalton - Jason cracks me up. Did he take this picture?? It’s great. Great blog today too. Thanks for sharing your heart. I was wondering too how you did it all. I love that you love your family so much you will put your other love behind them. It’s beautiful. Would you share where you took your photography class?

March 16, 2010 - 5:57 pm

holly - i pretty much worship the ground you walk on. patrick and i were talking the other day about how much we admire the two of you and your relationship. patrick LOVES baba and isn’t afraid to admit it…we speak of the two of you often; patrick will say that baba is the exactly type of father and husband patrick dreams of being one day. it is so sweet. we love you! you are just the most wonderful human beings and i am so blessed to know you!

March 17, 2010 - 8:45 am

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - I love your honesty and totally feel your pain! I don’t have the 4 kids part, but I understand your balancing act just with having another full-time job and keeping up with all other aspects of life. I have to admit I’m nervous for myself this year with adding a newborn to the mix! But I always remind myself that if this is what God wants me to be doing, then He will get me through. So glad you are finding balance – I think you are an amazing woman, mother, and photographer! That picture is super adorable also :) Looking forward to lunch next Tuesday!

March 17, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Dana Halvorson - I adore you more every time I read your posts. Your work is amazing, your soul is precious. I wish that we lived near, because I would take you out for a dirty martini and we could, together, talk about each of our sets of 4 kids, our amazing husbands, and the difficulty of keeping it all balanced.

March 17, 2010 - 7:32 pm

Sarah - Words cannot describe how much I love your work! I live in Atlanta and pray that when I get engaged/ married I am able to book you! Thanks for all that you do. This blog brightens my day on a regular basis.

March 19, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Maya Laurent - I love how open and honest you are. It’s amazing how something we are so in love with and have a passion for can also take over our lives. Hoping that this year can be more of a balance for you and your family!

March 21, 2010 - 7:30 am

astrid - i love hearing your stories and all the honesty! thank you :)

March 22, 2010 - 8:10 am

bobbi - wow jess. so proud of you for this. I find everything about you refreshing. Love Jason’s photo of you. Perfect. :)

March 23, 2010 - 8:12 pm

karen - Jess, thanks for sharing your heart. I follow your blog and love hearing about life. We have 3 under 5 and I can totally relate. I am sure the much needed break was wonderful for everyone! Blessings~

April 9, 2010 - 8:54 am

Donna - Thanks for sharing…with a home based business of my own, I’m always curious to see how others do it! Would love to hear more on how you do the homeschool, eating organic ,and business all in one!!! Happy Friday!

February 5, 2011 - 11:54 am

Keaton - LOVE THIS!

August 25, 2010 - 10:08 am

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my sister is married! :)

Hey All!  Wow, it’s been a whirlwind 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 IT WAS.  She had a vintage theme with an eclectic/Scottish flare to it.  Bet you’ve never seen that before!! ;)  Really, it was absolutely stunning.

Below are a few photos I snagged that day….Seeing as we were in the wedding with our 4 kiddos, we were not the official photographers! Instead our pals Adam and Mel of Loft3 Photography came in to take care of that! :)  I thought I would be able to get lots of fun ones of our family, but it just didn’t work out that way.  Turns out, when I am in a strapless dress and heels managing 4 kids in dress clothes, relaxing was not really possible.  Who knew?

Here we are at the rehearsal. My three boys were the ring bearers.  They were so precious!!!  Gabe took his job INCREDIBLY serious.

I had to talk to the other boys about leaving Gabe alone.  They walked right in front of him!  But they did it perfect on the wedding day.

Daddy and Ashley walking down :)

Wedding day morning!!

Ashley and Priya hugging up on Grandma.

We were listening to Grease on vinyl as Ashley sang and dance for us all.  She was the most relaxed bride I have EVER seen!! It was weird.  I on the other hand…..

The “girl” scene.

My Dad was happy to get on his Wallace plaid.  What else would William Wallace wear to his daughter’s wedding?

My sister’s hair was the bomb.

Priya was taking photos and got this one of Ash holding my hand while I was getting my make-up done.  I thought it was cute.

FLIPPING GORGEOUS!!!!

And we can’t forget the groom!!  Brett was off getting ready and taking photos of Adam.  He had the three boys with him too. :)

How do you entertain 3 kiddos while you take photos?  Stick them on the floor with happy meals.  Well, at least my deprived children.  This kept them happy for awhile, I would imagine.

Cutie pie Adam.

At the dinner- my brother being cute.

We had such an amazing team of vendors that day.  Below you will see Adam and Mel on the right of Loft3, and Steve and Josh on the left of Studio Z Films.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what they all captured!!!

Two cute boys.

My sister Angie with her boyfriend John. :)

Gabe kissing Uncle J.  Brett’s brother Jason was the DJ for the night!

This dessert table was UNREAL. Every single one on this table rocked my socks OFF.  The baker is Amy’s mom, one of our brides and one of Ash’s BFF’s.  :)

Me + my girl.

Katie Elfers seriously ROCKED our world with her floral arrangements!!  She took my sister’s vision, and went above and beyond to make it a reality.  WOW. (These photos don’t do what I just said any justice….but I’m sure you can find more on Loft3′s blog soon.)

My middle man Riah with his Uncle.

Gabe had a blast!!  He was so good that night I could hardly believe it.  He was hamming it up too.

So a few things about my sister’s wedding that stood out for me:

- Priya had a blast being all “girlie” and I am so glad Ash had her as a bridesmaid.  She got her first mani+pedi, hair and make-up done…and just had so much fun.

-Driving to meet the girls wedding day morning…I felt so emotional, and I sat thinking, “Should I just let it all out on the way?  Should I just try to hold it in?”  This went on for about 30 mins.

-My Grandma was so cute and proud.

-Ashley singing and dancing around while I felt like I was going to have a breakdown during getting ready.

-My Dad in his kilt. (AWESOME)

-About 10 mins before photos, realizing I left Brett’s vest and shirt at home….30 mins away.

-Seeing my sister put her dress on.  I thought she looked the most beautiful I had ever seen.  GORGEOUS.

-The bagpipers.

-Seeing her walk down the isle with Daddy….and I loved watching Adam’s face.

-The bridal party sat during part of the ceremony and then had to get back up. During the sitting part Gabe fell asleep in my lap.  I had to pick him up and bring him with me.

-Knowing I had made it almost through the whole wedding without a tear!! Then my Dad stood up for a prayer and began to cry.  The flood gates opened for us all.

-Just as that prayer happened, my Grandma loudly says, “Well, he’s cracked up now.”  Totally the funniest moment of the night.

-Arriving to the reception, Gabe opened his own floodgates- on the dance floor.  He hasn’t had an accident in months, but there he stood in a 2 ft puddle….pointed down, and simply said, “I peed.”

-Realizing I didn’t pack an extra outfit, or undies for Gabe…just like Brett had suggested I do.  I sat with him in the bathroom blotting his clothes with paper towels, and trying to think happy thoughts.  Every time someone walked in Gabe pointed to his clothes and simply said, “I peed.”

-Fabulous food at the Celestial.

-My Dad’s speech…OH MAN, I lost it.  He got up and talked about how Ashley was born early and her lungs were not developed.  She had to stay in the hospital, and she had to miss that time in her Mama’s womb, hearing the sound of her heartbeat. He said that she was special, because when she came home he held her on his chest, next to his heart for a month to make up for what she had lost.

Seriously?  My face was a waterfall.

-Then Adam got up and thanked our the families, and thanked the Wallace’s for Ashley (as he cried)…yeah, my face = waterfall.

-Then Ash and Adam left at 7:30 on the dot.  I didn’t get a long goodbye, and that just added to my emotional state.

-I went to bed that night like a truck hit me, and awoke like I was waking from a coma.  I slept hard. :)

I love my Ashie, and now my new brother Adam.  I can’t wait to watch their love grow over the years.  They are on their honeymoon, and I am having some serious withdrawals.  I don’t go more than a day- two MAX before talking….but I know she is having the time of her life. :)

When the OFFICIAL photos are posted, I will let you all know probably via Twitter….so follow me if you don’t already!  Thanks to all our studio3z friends who sent sweet tweets, emails, and FB messages over the weekend!!  I loved getting them.

March 11, 2010 - 6:08 pm

Amber - I LOVE THIS POST!!! Oh Jesse, you did such a fabulous job capturing this beautiful day! Thank you!

March 11, 2010 - 7:05 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - oh jess, i can feel the love!!!!!
so special and sweet and precious and beautiful. ;) g

March 11, 2010 - 8:17 pm

Adrienne - This post made me cry – love it. That first picture of your boys is so precious. you can just feel the love!

March 11, 2010 - 9:41 pm

Gail - Ahhhhhhhh…this post is so beautiful Jess! Can’t wait to see Mel and Adam’s photos!

PS – That littlest one of yours is so stinkin’ cute!

March 11, 2010 - 9:48 pm

Kel Lee - so beautiful and what a touching wedding. Love what Katie Elfers did and the wedding was great.

March 11, 2010 - 9:49 pm

Cassie - Annnd now my face is a waterfall! What a beautiful, beautiful day. It looks like every little detail was perfect. I know I’ll be a huge mess whenever my baby brother gets married someday.

March 11, 2010 - 11:21 pm

Maggie - You’ve no idea how much I have been waiting for some pictures! I can’t wait to see more. Ashley’s smile on her wedding day has to be one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Her eyes were shining! Thanks for sharing this with us…it was really precious.

March 12, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Gorgeous Ashley, gorgeous Jess, gorgeous kids, gorgeous photos all around! The love you share with Ashley is so inspiring and endearing. I am so happy for her and can’t wait to see the “official” wedding photos :)

March 12, 2010 - 7:23 pm

Steve Z - Amazing Jess, I love them! I’m truly honored to have been a part of what was without a doubt one of the most intimate, unique weddings I have ever filmed! I’m waiting very impatiently for the film to come back from processing to start cutting this one. Your pictures tell the story of an amazing event!

March 13, 2010 - 12:45 pm

Maya Laurent - Priya’s photo…wow! Little photographer in the making. It looks like such a memorable day!

March 13, 2010 - 3:14 pm

shannon selim - Jess, thanks so much for this! It is a nice foretaste as I can’t wait to see all the photos. I love your love for Ashley. She is such a special friend to me, and I can see why you love her so much! I’m so blessed that I got to be apart of her life for a time and get to know your whole family through her, even though its from afar. Congrats to the lovely couple, can’t wait to talk to her when she gets back!

March 14, 2010 - 2:20 pm

AmyPunky Photography - It looks like it was an emotional rollercoaster day!!! Beautiful photos of your family! I can’t wait to see the “official” pics. Best wishes to your sister and her hubby!

March 15, 2010 - 12:26 am

Clary - Can’t wait to see your sister’s dress along with all the other pictures. Looks and sounds like such a wonderful day. AND your boys outfits look perfect!

March 15, 2010 - 3:58 pm

kimbrali - all of your children are beautiful but your youngest son just made my heart hurt with the amount of cuteness he is giving out in that little outfit.
i want to steal him!

March 20, 2010 - 2:57 am

Anthony - Awesome!! Wish I could’ve been there! Congrats to the happy couple.

March 22, 2010 - 7:26 am

bobbi - Seriously… wow. I just left the longest comment ever (well, actually tied for one I left here like a month ago)… what an amazing wedding. Can’t believe I missed this post. I love your family. :) K? k.

March 22, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Jen Collins - I Can’t handle how talented you guys are!! I mean the wedding was clearly the most amaizing thing ever…but the pics just give us lucky viewers a glimps…..just wonderous!! I love it!

March 22, 2010 - 12:21 am

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snapshot of a dream.

We very recently added chalkboard paint to our kitchen nook/home school room and I was a little weary about it after making the choice.  The thought of it always looking “messy” almost sent my chest into uncontrollable spasms….I mean, I complain all the time about trying to clean up messes, and this would be like making the choice to have a “permanent” mess.

Well, after a few weeks of having them, I’m really loving these walls.  Yes, we have chalk dust here and there,  but we have controlled the mess by having rules.  We have nooks (like under the benches) that are “free style” areas, but otherwise they have to have permission to chalk.  Oh, and we cut out colored chalk…turns out it stains carpet.  OUCH.

This morning was an example of why I love these walls.  We had an impromptu math lesson, which led to a lot of questions, which led to a lot of answers…and want to know the funny part?  The kids had NO IDEA they were “in school” for that half hour.  I just love that.  And we probably had more breakthrough moments than if they were sitting there with their math books out. :)

I love this photo below.  Adin has a math wall (behind him), Priya had her wall, and then Adin did the section of “H’s” for Gabe because Gabe is obsessed with the letter “H.”  (He’s so funny.)

I saw this photo and the first thought I had was, “This is a snapshot of a dream….a dream I had probably 12 yrs. ago about what I wanted to see when I had a family.”  Made my heart smile.  Big time.

Oh, and during that kitchen segment, my little type A dude left the ruckus and went to sit in the clean dining room to work diligently on a birthday card for his uncle. :)

To each his own.

March 4, 2010 - 11:42 am

robin cornett - LOVE IT. This homeschooling momma’s heart is melting. Thanks for sharing!

March 4, 2010 - 11:43 am

AmyPunky Photography - This is absolutely brilliant!! I’ll do this too… one day… when I have my own home… someday… probably in another life! hahaha!

March 4, 2010 - 11:44 am

Jeannie Costello - These look fantastic and fun! Have you ever seen author/illustrator Mo Willems (The Pigeon series) blog? He posts pics of his ever-changing chalkboard dining room walls.

Here’s the link if you’d like to peek:

http://mowillemsdoodles.blogspot.com/search/label/chalk

March 4, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Gail - WOW. This is amazing Jess. I think that first shot needs framed!!!!!!

And YES to those walls! They looked fab in person. I feel special that I got to see my name on the board!

March 4, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Catherine Clay - I love this and love that they do school in their pj’s. You all are such amazing parents! Love the chalkboard! Hope you are well!

March 5, 2010 - 10:18 am

Maya Laurent - LOVE IT!!! Can we move in? :)

March 5, 2010 - 11:43 am

shannon selim - Hey Jesse, I was going to tell you, I love the personal photo journal stuff you do. You should keep them coming! Have an awesome wedding weekend with Ashie. I’d love to be there, but since it was family only, I thought I’d just try to make it up there this summer instead. Blessings to you!

March 5, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Ryan - Love those walls! And your table! Very creative.

March 8, 2010 - 6:03 pm

Caitlin - so sweet :) love the first one so much!

March 8, 2010 - 11:29 pm

holly - you and i are soul sisters…this is MY dream too — only i want to paint the cabinets with chalkboard paint so the someday family and i can write love notes and draw doodles for each other. obviously, i am in love with this.

March 10, 2010 - 1:31 am

karen - I love it! That is what I needed when i was in school! Keep up the great work, in parenting and with photography! I love checking your blog!

March 29, 2010 - 9:43 am

Nanny - Priya…Priya… Priya…My FIRST Grandchild. I saw her at just an hr. or so after her birth. What a FINE young lady she is! And such a BEAUTY! I remember the first time at the hospital I held her near my HEART… and there she will stay into eternity. I LOVE YOU, Priya!

our 2009 in photos. {slideshow}

Yes, I know it is March.  Of 2010.

I have been meaning to do this for weeks, well, make that months, and I always have the hardest time going through photos….I start organizing, erasing and moving them here and there.   With all that was going on with my sister’s wedding shower and now here comes her wedding (this WEEKEND!), this project got pushed to the very back of the back burner.

Then the hardest part, of course, when I try to find the perfect music to represent our family’s year. Not an easy task. After a couple days of racking my brain, I decided to let the kids decide.  I told them to pick from their favorite songs in 2009…and they did well. :)  The two songs on the slideshow were two we listened to together A LOT…as in, Gabe knows every word to both and sings them all the time. So as lame as I feel for posting this show in MARCH, I couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with our past year in pictures. It’s a little longish, but we welcome you to take a peek at what we did around the Z house and beyond, as a family last year.:)

The first song is “Mountain and the Sea” by Ingrid Michaelson and the second song is “Corner” by Allie Moss, who sings and tours in the band with Ingrid, and she also has her own solo career. Ironically we took photos at one of their shows last year….they were great live!

March 1, 2010 - 9:52 am

AmyPunky Photography - This is super sweet! This just made me want to get married and have 4 kids RIGHT NOW!!! Beautiful family! <3

March 1, 2010 - 9:52 am

Gail - Oh.my.gosh. Jess, this slideshow had me smiling from start to finish. YOUR KIDS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I really think it’ll be you and Bets who sell me on the idea of starting a family (if I could have kids that cute ;) I LOVED seeing all their personalities in each shot (wish I could have met your boys – next time, ‘kay?!)

What a WONDERFUL year you’ve had. These slideshows are worth the time to prove that very thing.

March 1, 2010 - 10:13 am

jules - Gee, thanks, you made me late for work! Couldn’t stop watching! What an awesome slide show of your beautiful family. Who cares if it’s March and you just now got around to it — better now than never! Awesome awesome awesome. (Next step: make yourself an album too!)

March 1, 2010 - 10:22 am

gina@kiwistreetstudios - you are very blessed jess.
beautiful from start to finish and tell the kids their music picks were the best!
gotta love all the shots with gabe and his little fingers in his mouth!

March 1, 2010 - 11:00 am

Maggie - Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us…I love seeing where the Z family has been!! It is so awesome that you have all these beautiful moments captured forever.

March 1, 2010 - 11:20 am

Vickey Weiss - looooove it!

March 1, 2010 - 12:04 pm

Jake Ford - Studio3z,

What amazing memories! You are such a beautiful family. I look forward to having a family and photographing their every move. Keep up the good work (as parents and photographers) and keep those photos coming.

- Jake Ford

March 1, 2010 - 1:06 pm

David - I have been following you guys for about a year now. Your pictures are so beautiful, but not as beautiful as your family. Heh what was Elijah Woods doing at your house?

March 1, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Tabbi - Oh my, what a BEAUTIFUL family! I have been a follower of your blog for awhile, I found you from bobbi+mike’s blog, but this is the first time I have commented. The slide show was beautiful, and you have a very lovely family! Big fan of your work.

March 1, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Kel Lee - So beautiful – I can only hope that I catch shots of my family some day like this. What great memories!!!

March 1, 2010 - 2:30 pm

tracy - what a beautiful family…just love you all!

March 1, 2010 - 3:27 pm

betsy - LOVE IT!!! So precious!!! It was so neat to have seen your house and know where these photos were taken!

Miss you already!!!!

Such a beautiful family!!!

March 1, 2010 - 4:17 pm

bobbi - I’ve watched 20+ personal slideshows in the last month… this was THE most perfect one. Not even a question.
A few things:
1) I cannot get over how much Gabe has grown this year! And those photos of him in the bathtub?! UH-MA-ZING!
2) Adin’s haircut at the end of the year… oh, and that photo of Brett’s brother biting his cheek… LOVE IT!!!!
3) How GORGEOUS Priya is. Man oh man… seeing her at 18 is a crazy thought. She’s had an incredible year.
4) Riah’s going to be a rich architect someday, guaranteed.
5) That self portrait you took lying down… one of THE MOST beautiful photos I’ve ever EVER EVERRRR seen of you!!!!!! YOU ARE SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL!
6) Okay, enough about your beauty… Brett… AYKM?! That photo of him at some dinner with his arm around his brother… FUGEDABOUDIT!!!! HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT! Man oh man, If your last name is Zwolinksi, your chances of being ridiculously good looking are quite high!

Think you could adopt me? Bobbi Zwolinski? ;)

Love yous!

March 1, 2010 - 9:45 pm

lucy - i love this so much….some of my most favorite people are in this slideshow! so blessed to be able to be a part of and share life with the zwos! i heart you guys!

March 2, 2010 - 6:45 am

LisaK - This slideshow is simply beautiful. You know you have taken amazing pics when someone on the other side of the world, who doesn’t even know you feels emotional after seeing them! You’re family is truly gorgeous. xo

March 2, 2010 - 10:19 am

meredith - jess. ugh. i am crying.

March 2, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Lorenzo - Your best decision, early in this year, was letting the kids pick the music for this post!
This was very cool and the SONG CHOICE… even cooler.
And by the way … O.K. … the pictures aren’t to shabby either …
The shot of your boy doing homework at the table … Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!

March 3, 2010 - 2:56 pm

holly - thank you for making me cry & for constantly lighting up my life! i love you all with so much of my heart and soul.

March 3, 2010 - 7:43 pm

Caitlin - Love it! So happy :)

March 3, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Kim - I love checking your blog! And I just had to say that your family is absolutely precious.

March 10, 2010 - 7:31 pm

Renee - My heart is warm….I miss you.