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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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Monthly Archives: April 2010

happy birthday {to my sweetie}

*36* years ago, this little sweetie pie was born. :)

This is Brett at 4 years old.  *my heart melts at this photo*  Someday I must do a side-by-side comparison of this photo with Adin’s.  You might just crap yourself.

Brett’s Senior photo…..my heart no longer melts, more of an ON FIRE feeling.  DAMN.

Zack Morris who?? No, I’ll take Brett, thanks.

Ok, this is one of my FAVS although Brett hates it.  When I was 19 and met Brett at 23, he was such a “good” boy.  I’m sure the only reason he was drinking here was for some very practical reason, like keeping warm while camping or something.  But the photo totally cracks me up.

By the time I met Brett he had already been off exploring the world.  He went to school in New Mexico, came back to Ohio and then went to live abroad.  Here he is after coming home from Israel where he lived.  He also lived in Egypt, studying the Arabic language and living among the people.  He has such a strong passion for traveling, exploring, languages, and general vagabonding.

Very soon after this photo below, he came home to Cincy, met me, and “we” began.  How in the world he came back and married a straight up hillbilly is beyond me.  But I’ll take it.  ;)

Traveling in Germany with good friends.

So we met in 1998.  We dated, and were married 6 months later.  I knew I’d never find another man on this earth like him.  I knew I couldn’t let him go.

Thank the LORD I made that choice.  Look at these beautiful babies he gave me!! :)  (That is Riah.)

Brett is such an amazing father.  He loves our children so much, and would do anything he could for their wellbeing.  His intentions are always with them in mind, and I respect him so much for that.  I couldn’t have asked for a better father for my babies. :)  Oh, and he would GLADLY have 2 or 3 more.  In a heartbeat.

(Sorry honey….that’s not your birthday present!)

We married in 1998, and here’s what we had 10 years later. :)

We celebrated 10 years with a photo shoot with our pals Bobbi+Mike.  Here, they photographed us at our apartment building where we first lived when we were married.  Is was so special to go back to where it all began.

This is the Brett you blog readers know. :)

And this is my Brett. :)  I adore him.

Honey, sweetie, baby pie….I love you more than I could ever put into words.  Your hard work and dedication to our family does not go unnoticed.  You’ll never know how much it means to me that you dropped your traveling, languages, and peace corp dreams to be with me and raise a family.  I cherish the man that God gave me, and I thank him every time I remember. :)  Hope your birth DAY and this upcoming year are wonderful for you.  You are a blessing to us. Love you to the moon and back.



April 14, 2010 - 10:26 am

Gail - Ahhhh…I love how much you love your man. What a sweet post and some day, I want to make one for Nick like this :)

We are all lucky in love, yes? :)

April 14, 2010 - 10:40 am

Katie - What a fantastic post! You have such a beautiful family. Love those old photos!

April 14, 2010 - 11:06 am

Lisa - I love these pics of you, Brett and the fam. The history is touching and such a great description of your love. We are blessed to have you all in our lives. Have a super birthday with him today!

April 14, 2010 - 11:22 am

melanie - hbd old man! wow, i didnt realize your ten yrs older than me!! ;) ~ but luckily your genes keep you lookin like youre my age. :) hope your day is fab! i think jess should give you a baby girl for your present. come on jess, you know you want another girl!! whats one more when you already have FOUR!! you need more kids in the house that look like jess instead of identical brett…its only fair!

April 14, 2010 - 12:46 pm

shannon selim - Isn’t it amazing the capacity God gives us to love!?! If we’re made in His image, what in the heck does He feel about us? It’s a stifling thought! This is so sweet Jesse! God Bless you both and may you have many more years to celebrate what He’s given you! :)

April 14, 2010 - 2:47 pm

John - Happy birthday, Brett! Looking forward to getting to know you both better in the coming year. Such a beautiful family!

April 14, 2010 - 5:30 pm

gina - such a sweet and endearing post jess! i think you each got exactly who you were meant to have and how lucky both of you are!
happy bday brett…maybe we’ll actually meet one of these days!

April 14, 2010 - 5:39 pm

kay - wonderful post! show us some wedding pics of you and your sweetie!!!

April 14, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Maggie - I’m just all teary-eyed and emotional at this post. I love to SEE love and I see it ALL over you and your family. Incredible!! PS: Love the apartment idea…that’s so special!

April 14, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Luvlee - Oh me oh my.. firstly you 2 are SO darn cute :) Brett is pretty cute too and those munchkins are all extra cute!! Happy Birthday too :)

April 14, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Mama - Happy B’day to my youngest SON. WOW how the time flies…seems just a couple yrs. ago I held him in my arms. He has grown into such a wonderful, Man/Son, Husband and “Baba”. This is a wonderful blog-memory, and I would turn back the clock in a heart-beat if I could and do it all over again with my 3 sons(and maybe a couple more.) I LOVE HIM BEYOND THE TELLING… Mama

April 14, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Adrienne - i love you and your family. you radiate happiness – it’s perfect!

April 15, 2010 - 9:00 am

holly - i love that baba to bits and pieces

April 15, 2010 - 8:49 pm

edie - What an awesome tribute to Brett. And such wonderful pics. We had so much fun with you guys last week—you are so talented. And such a cute couple! Thanks so much for the making the session so easy. Love reading about your life!

April 15, 2010 - 8:51 pm

edie - Oh and silly me, Happy Birthday Brett!!!!

April 21, 2010 - 9:16 am

Maya Laurent - Happy belated birthday Brett! And the Zach Morris hair…thinking he should bring that back! :)

May 12, 2010 - 1:02 pm

bobbi - WOWEEEEE!!!!! I can’t believe I’m such a sh*thead that i never commented on this. This was one of the best birthday tributes I’ve read. :) Brett, you’re such an awesome dad (even to people who are only 8 years younger ;) ) Thanks for being you. You inspire me to be a better person.

anthony {a studio3z senior}

Anthony is a good kid.  He loves his family, and is working hard to make his goals in life become a reality.  He wants to be a graphic designer, and he is a very talented artist.  He was working on one of his drawings at the beginning of the session. :)

Anthony is also an AMAZING basketball player, specializing in tricks. :)  He has plans to join a Christian organization that travels around performing- kind of like the Harlem Globetrotters.

We happened to go by the place where he had his tattoo done.

He was CRAZY with that basketball!

Thanks so much Anthony!  Brett and I wish you all the best in your future.  I have a feeling you’re going to go do whatever you set your mind to. ;)

April 12, 2010 - 9:56 am

Gail - NICE work you guys! I feel like you did a great job finding spots to show of this fella’s personality. That shot with him spinning the ball? TOTALLY rocks!

April 12, 2010 - 9:56 am

Lisa Scherer - Amazing Pics! The basketball on the finger….wow! Awesome.

April 12, 2010 - 10:28 am

Kel Lee - These pictures are amazing. Great shot with the moon in the top corner.

April 12, 2010 - 12:47 pm

Clary - Awesome, awesome senior session!! and can we talk about how it’s a guys senior session?! Awesome! He has got to love these:)

April 12, 2010 - 1:49 pm

holly - these turned out sweet!

April 12, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Dana Halvorson - LOVE LOVE LOVE this session. Seems like a great kid, too. :)

April 12, 2010 - 3:08 pm

Maggie - You did SO great. This is one of the best guys senior sessions I’ve ever seen! BTW, I like your font change for the site :)

April 12, 2010 - 8:11 pm

Maya Laurent - Love this session. The streaks of light and and shadows = brilliant!

April 12, 2010 - 8:39 pm

gina - love these to death! a ton of great locations, all showing his personality. great job! love the b/s where he is spinning the bball. great lighting!

April 12, 2010 - 8:39 pm

gina - that was supposed to say b/w!!!

April 12, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Lainey - Oh, I love the one with the fence! What great composition and I like that it’s in black and white. Great session!

April 13, 2010 - 1:17 am

arenda - sweet photos! i love the second black and white one (perfect depth of field!), the one where he’s spinning the basketball and the last photo especially. awesome work! i find teen guys kinda awkward to shoot, but anthony looks totally at ease (and at home!) in these photos!

April 13, 2010 - 6:40 am

betsy - THese are awesome!!!!! Love how unique it seems to be to him.

April 13, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Lauren - I love the Shepard Fairey photo!!!! So urban… Great shoot as always :)

April 13, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Toronto photographer – Mariusz - Love your use of texture and lighting. cheers!

April 25, 2010 - 8:44 pm

bobbi - Genuinely… some of the best senior photos i’ve ever seen. Anthony, you’re handsome!

magic {to me}

On the way home from our bed & breakfast we were visiting over the weekend, I spotted this gem along the roadside.

Gem you say?  Of this “piece of crap,” falling down house?  Absolutely….at least to me.  I am addicted and almost feel magnetized to old abandoned stuff.  This precious little house was no exception.  It was literally 10 feet off a main (very fast moving) state route.  I was immediately smitten with the thoughts of its former visitors, and the people who called this humble dwelling home at one point in time.

This stone was about 200 yards from the house….

The history…the thought of what it has seen…everything about this place intrigued me.

The welcoming front door…just watch out for the trees on the way in.

It was the perfect day for this….super windy and dark skies. The house seemed dead to me, and this little guy was one of the only signs of life.

Restroom anyone?

“Awww, Brett come here! So romantic -a two seater!!”

April 7, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Lori - Can you recommend the bed & breakfast? Would love a good place to go:)

April 7, 2010 - 6:23 pm

jess - i am IN LOVE with these photo’s!! i too love anything old and abandoned, and this little house is the perfect example of both. i can almost see an old man, sitting in a rocker on the front porch, chewing on a piece of grass…just passing time…{love it!}

April 7, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Melody - I have always loved looking for old, abandoned places. My husband and I found an old school house one time with an upright piano left in it. Some of our favorite pictures…they speak the history for you! Thanks for sharing!

April 8, 2010 - 7:54 am

jenny - Very cool, I love old houses and barns too. There was an old, nearly falling over barn near our house in college and when I got my first open assignment in photography that is the first place I went.

April 8, 2010 - 9:37 am

Amanda - Oh my goodness, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos! I too am insanely intrigued by old buildings, abandoned homes and farms, etc. I always want to stop, but never do…that is it, you have inspired, my next drive down to see family in NE, I am stopping at some of my favorite “haunts” on the route. Afterall, I suppose I never know when they’ll be gone. ;)

April 9, 2010 - 8:43 am

Donna - What beautiful photos…so glad I stumbled upon your blog – can’t wait to see more!

April 9, 2010 - 11:03 am

shannon - oh, i think it’s gorgeous!! and your photos are spectacular! i LOVE stuff like this sooo much!

April 9, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Julianna Collett - So cool – I would have been too tempted to go inside!

April 10, 2010 - 2:52 pm

vicki - I found you over at lifeisgrace…this old place is FAB!!! I just love it. So wish it was alive with a sweet little family living in it. Oh..it is just great.

April 13, 2010 - 3:22 pm

Brad Smith - I really enjoyed this set of images! I too, enjoy exploring old, abandoned places. Makes you think of the history that might have been there.

today, we explored.

My Dad once told me, “I think you would be content with just a rock on a mountainside.”

(logged that away as one of the best compliments I have ever received.)

My Dad was right, as long as I have this mountain man by my side.  Oh, and I guess those 4 kids we have, my bible, and a warm cappuccino.

Then he’s right.;)

Brett and I visited our favorite bed and breakfast last weekend.  And as we always do, we took some time to explore around and see what we could see. It was extremely blustery outside, but the air smelled so fresh.

Tomorrow I will post one of my favorite finds. :)

April 6, 2010 - 3:47 pm

amanda reynolds - I LOVE everything about this post….you guys are so beautiful inside and out!!!

April 6, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Lainey - Oh, you make me want to get away and explore. What wonderful pictures and what a great little adventure.

April 6, 2010 - 4:39 pm

AmyPunky Photography - Beautiful photos!! This is so peaceful!

April 6, 2010 - 6:46 pm

Cassandra Plummer - Could you tell me the name of the Bed and Breakfast you went to? My Husband and I recently moved to the Cleveland area and we love the outdoors and that place looks perfect for a weekend trip.

April 6, 2010 - 7:29 pm

Gail - OOOOHHHHH my goodness you two are hot. SOOOOO hot! Love these. I’m a sucker for budding spring tree photos. Hope to do a little more of that myself this weekend!

April 6, 2010 - 10:25 pm

mel - i liked the pic of you through the bushes…then i scrolled down and realized that was probably bretts test shot for the both of you :) i felt like such a voyeur! HOT. love your windblown hair…and brett’s side by sides, he looks like an actor. i wanna say james dean but idk if that’s who i mean. smokin’! lol. regardless looks like you two lovebirds are enjoying your time away!

April 6, 2010 - 10:29 pm

mayra hodges - these are just great! lovely photos! i love your hair BTW! ;)

April 7, 2010 - 4:21 am

bobbi - i love you two. lots. :) thanks for sharing your weekend. oh, and that shot of brett laying down… HUBBA HUBBA! but I have to say… you win this beauty contest… that last shot of you with the wind blowing… wowwwwwww to your gorgeousness. :) zz strikes again ;)

April 7, 2010 - 1:20 pm

betsy - This is AWESOME! Make a book of it, kay?

April 7, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Perel Alexander - Amazing work, great contrasty photos.

April 7, 2010 - 3:14 pm

gina - oh, you two are precious! good for you for getting away and spending time together and then having these amazing photos to look back on.

April 7, 2010 - 6:43 pm

Maya Laurent - I love how you two play together. So refreshing to see couples continue to have fun and explore. You two rock.

April 19, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Casey - You & Brett are sooo unbelievably inspiring. Your images are beautiful. Thank You.