• studio3z photography {the blog}

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

    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Kentucky Bride Magazine {feature}

There is something so wonderful about getting a fresh, crisp magazine in the mail addressed to you, but there’s even more excitement knowing your artwork is showcased within those freshly printed pages.

Brett and 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 2010 issue looks like:

Beautiful full page spread!

Jenny sent in a fantastic write-up about the two of them.

After looking at our feature I went through the rest of the magazine and when I went to the table of contents I found another great photo of Jen!  A bonus surprise!

A special thanks to Kentucky Bride!  And if you are in Kentucky or downtown Cincinnati and pass by a news stand, pick up a copy and check it out for yourself. :)

April 29, 2010 - 9:00 am

Lauren - Kudos! Gorgeous! I knew it would be that wedding :)

April 29, 2010 - 9:35 am

Lisa - Congratulations Brett and Jess. It’s a beautiful looking article. A great accomplishment in deed.

April 29, 2010 - 9:42 am

Tim Jones - Glad you like it! You submitted some fantastic photography.

April 29, 2010 - 10:42 am

melanie - so cool.

April 29, 2010 - 12:28 pm

jason z - rad!

April 29, 2010 - 12:51 pm

arenda - congratulations! :)

April 29, 2010 - 11:50 pm

bobbi - THIS IS A HUUUUUUUUUUGE DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 30, 2010 - 12:48 pm

Angie - Oh, this is one of my favorite weddings that you have shot!!! How great for you two :)

April 30, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Kelly - Congrats!!! You guys did a wonderful job with Jenny’s wedding…the pictures were absolutely gorgeous and you deserve this praise :)

April 30, 2010 - 10:08 pm

Ali - Congratulations!!! That is SO exciting!

May 5, 2010 - 9:29 am

toronto photographer – Mariusz - beautiful textures on the images. Love the way your process them.

edie + steve + emme + elea {family}

Oh how we adore this sweet family!

Edie emailed me a couple months ago introducing herself, and shared how she would love to have pictures taken with us.  She lives in Tennessee with her beautiful family, and was planning to travel up to Cincinnati for a Homeschool Convention in early April.  I was thrilled when I popped over to her blog (http://www.lifeingraceblog.com)….and emerged an hour later in love with Edie and her intelligent, big-hearted, quirky, crafting, homeschooling, blogging self!!  I was so excited to meet and photo her family. :)

Their two little girls are just precious….and their outfits ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF!!!!

Meet Emme. :)

Meet  Elea. :)

Another reason for this session (besides for FUN) was Edie and Steve are celebrating 10 years together this fall!!

YAY for LOVE. :)

Edie and Steve, thanks so much for traveling to Cincy and doing a photo session with us.  Emme and Elea, thanks for being so sweet, cute, and fun!

Last but not least, Mr. Sun, thanks for shining so beautifully for us that evening. ;)

Hope our paths cross again!

much love,

jess + brett

April 26, 2010 - 12:20 pm

Leah - Wow! What a gorgeous session! Love the one with the girls drawing on the wall with the chalk. So cute!

April 26, 2010 - 12:21 pm

Tina - What a cute & stylish family! Awesome session!

April 26, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Clary - Amazingly beautiful family!! These pictures are such an awesome celebration!

April 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Leah - Beautiful session!! Where were these photos taken?

April 26, 2010 - 12:43 pm

Vickey Weiss - sigh…I am so in love with your work.
Amazing sun flare shots…so pretty.

April 26, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Donna - Beautiful photos! What an amazing backdrop for pictures – love it!

April 26, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Donna - Beautiful photos!!! Love the lighting and the setting!

April 26, 2010 - 2:22 pm

hally - I’ve admired your photography for a long time now, but this one freaking rocks! Perfection!

April 26, 2010 - 3:18 pm

Gail - GORGEOUS!!! I love how you guys come more and more into your style. WIthout knowing who shot these, I’d definitely say you :) My favorites are the ones where the girls are writing with chalk as the parents’ embrace. What a sweet couple and what FUN precocious little gals!

April 26, 2010 - 6:29 pm

edie - oh my sweet heavens! i love them brett and jess! i can’t believe how talented you guys are. thank you thank you thank you. can’t wait to share your talents with my blog friends–
much love to you both,

April 26, 2010 - 7:28 pm

Julianna Collett - Sheer genius- the last reflection one is pure magic!

April 26, 2010 - 7:39 pm

Lora - WOWZA.

April 26, 2010 - 9:20 pm

arenda - totally gorgeous photos – the light is aMAZing! love the location you shot in, too, especially the “apollo” + “juno” site! tres cool.

April 27, 2010 - 10:01 am

Alex M. - i call fake on these. if they were really homeschoolers the girls would be in long denim dresses. :) great work as always.

April 27, 2010 - 3:37 pm


April 27, 2010 - 11:19 pm

kaila - wow, wow, wow! super cute outfits too :)

April 28, 2010 - 3:05 pm

gina - love the whole style of this family session. don’t you love ‘that’ location???? it’s always cool, all times of the year! glad the train was there for you guys too;)
my fav’s…hmmm…ALL OF THEM. ESP the backlit shots. so beautiful.

April 30, 2010 - 8:12 pm

Michelle Kane - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the little girls’ outfits. Sigh!!! Such a fun, funky and spunky session. So cool!

May 4, 2010 - 5:29 am

carmen - love this session too! favs: love the train shot and the last one is amazing!

June 26, 2010 - 7:08 pm

Tessa Brooke - Oh! These are so sweet! I dance with Edie’s girls and they are adorable! I love all the shots but especially the sun shots (I’m a sucker for sun shots) and the last one! I love how creatively you place the people in your shots! Hmmm…I’ll have to remember to use creative angles next time that I take out my camera!

April 26, 2010 - 9:30 pm

studio 3z makes me smile » lifeingrace - [...] how I wish I lived in Cincy. Today, Jessica emailed me and said some of the pics were posted from our photo session and she graciously let me post a few of them on my blog too. You’re gonna wanna make some hot [...]

July 7, 2016 - 7:55 am

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time to celebrate!!

A couple years ago Adin was working with Brett on learning to read.  Riah was so interested, and would beg to have his own “lesson” with Baba when Adin was done each evening.  Even though he was 3, Brett began working with him and teaching from, “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” each day for about 5-10 minutes.  After getting about half way through the book, Riah would get tired and disinterested during lessons.  So after starting/stopping several times, we decided to take a break for several months.  Recently, we picked it back up again and Riah worked very hard, with Wii incentives, and now is our third child who is reading well.  :)

Of course with something THIS big, we had to have a bit of an ending goal….so at about lesson 70 we told Riah he could choose any restaurant he wanted when he finished the book.  He decided on Benihana since he had never been, and wanted to go so badly!

Gabe was scared for the first few minutes the chef was chopping and cooking in front of him!

We all enjoyed it! :)

I love that Brett gets the special time with each child teaching them to read.  It will always be a sweet memory for us, and hopefully for each kid as well. :)

April 20, 2010 - 3:58 pm

meghan - your family is so so sweet. those last photos made me laugh so hard. total jewels.

April 20, 2010 - 8:06 pm

meredith - The playful energy of children is one of the best things on earth.. I wish we could all keep a piece of it for our entire lives.

April 20, 2010 - 9:49 pm

betsy - That’s awesome!

So help me out. When is a good age to start then?

April 20, 2010 - 10:54 pm

bobbi - I love that I know your kids… and when I see images of them… I can hear them. Yeah, that was deep. PS. Gabe has turned into Mr. Personality… :D

April 21, 2010 - 8:54 am

tracy - yea riah, how cool! and i have to add that i love those sinister faces adin is making under that benihana sign!!!

April 21, 2010 - 9:18 am

Maya Laurent - I was going to ask the same thing Betsy asked. I love the other book you recommended to me and Zane has a blast with it! Curious to when it’s good to start this?

sweet lenora mae {newborn}

We were so excited to have the honor of photographing sweet little Lenora, or Nora as they plan to call her.  This little beauty is my 3rd cousin, or 1st cousin twice removed…whatever is the “proper” way to say it.  ;)  When my cousin Matthew contacted me about us photographing their baby when it arrived, I was giddy with excitement to meet her!

You may remember the blog post I did about my Grandma on her 93rd birthday and I mentioned she had her 2nd great, great, grandchild on the way…..


Isn’t she a doll? :)

Look at that sweet little newborn face!  She was so sweet and calm for the entire session. :)

Daddy Matthew and Mama Angie are going to be amazing parents.  I can’t wait to watch them all grow together.

Oh so in love with this one. :)

She has the most perfect lil’ lips!

Modeling can get so tiring!

This was my cousin’s suggestion.  I was all for it.  Lasted about 20 seconds. ;)

Matthew and Angie, thanks so much for having us over to capture Lenora in her first days!  She is so precious. When I showed these photos to Priya she said, “I love her.  I am so glad she is my cousin.” :)

Enjoy every single minute with her.


jess + brett

April 16, 2010 - 3:42 pm

Myriam*M.photographie - Wow! It’s so beautiful! Thanks to this good moment! And congrats for Lenora ;)

April 16, 2010 - 4:04 pm

sara montour - this is such a beautiful session!

April 16, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Vickey Weiss - love love love the sun flare shot…yuuuuum!

April 16, 2010 - 4:31 pm

lroah - Um wow. Just found your blog, and blown away! You guys rock. That second image is in my top 10 ever!!!

April 16, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Alice - Wow, these are lovely; and I think that second shot with the chair and sun flare is way at the top of my all time favorite newborn portraits… truly delightful in every way. Congratulations to your extended family!

April 21, 2010 - 8:57 am

tracy - she really is a beauty, and i love, love, love that name!!!

April 21, 2010 - 7:29 pm

arenda - aw, these photos are so sweet. love the baby-in-the-yellow-flowers pics! :) and the one of dad + lenora touching noses – so precious.

April 22, 2010 - 10:22 am

toronto photographer – Mariusz - really nice touching images. As usual in your work fantastic use of textures and light.

April 26, 2010 - 9:37 pm

Lillian - Oh my goodness – what an absolutely GORGEOUS, sweet girl she is!!