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    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: May 2010


We are a little stunned over here, but it was like SLAM BAM, we looked at our schedule and it was COMPLETELY full.  The only room we will have for the rest of the year is for our 2011 wedding couples who need to have engagement sessions in 2010. :)

We have started our 2011 wait list, so if you would like to be notified FIRST about our session openings in 2011, please email me at info@studio3z.com to be placed on it.

Thanks so much to clients old and new….we can’t wait for all the amazing sessions ahead this year. :)


May 28, 2010 - 2:10 pm

bobbi - BOOOOOOOOOOOOOYAH!!!!!!!!!

May 28, 2010 - 10:20 pm

Maggie - WOW… congratulations guys! Did you ever dream you’d be putting people on a waiting list?? Awesome!

June 2, 2010 - 5:57 am

jaye - Congratulations… I hope you don’t overwork yourselves though. I know what it is like to work 18 hours a day – I used to run my own photo business, until the end of last year.

June 2, 2010 - 2:05 pm

Jen - I’m really not surprised by this :) You have cute feet.

June 14, 2010 - 10:46 pm

Tina - I was wondering where you found the sunflower field that I saw a while ago on the blog. It was an awesome shoot and idea for one.

micki + troy {in love}

Micki and Troy are the real deal!  So precious together, so in love, and they fit together like apple pie and ice cream. :)

Brett and I had so much fun hanging with these two in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  We had to reschedule due to rain twice (thank you OH springs!), but after this session together, we knew the wait was well worth it.

Troy has this KILLER mega watt smile.  It just makes you happy to look at him. :)  And Micki, she is just plum BEAUTIFUL.

Their two little “babies” joined us for a bit.

Micki and Troy, we can’t wait until your big day in July!

May 26, 2010 - 10:08 am

Gail - Ahhh..you guys killed it! Beautiful couple..and WHERE did she get that necklace? If you find out, let mek now!

May 26, 2010 - 10:30 am

holly - this is wonderfully cute!

May 26, 2010 - 10:37 am

Maggie - Blurry purple flower fields? L-O-V-E letters too? AHHH…I love these! This couple and the photographers are sooo creative. Great job :)

May 26, 2010 - 10:40 am

jenesis torralba - i personally know micki + troy and absolutely loooove them! you captured their love so perfectly! :)

May 26, 2010 - 3:10 pm

Tammy Bate - OOOOHHHHHHHH Micki! I LOVE these pics! I cannot wait to see you guys again. It’s going to be here soon! It will be beautiful…just like my Micki!

May 26, 2010 - 4:49 pm

Micki - JESS AND BRETT! They’re amazing. We’re over the moon. Thrilled. Giddy. And ridiculously grateful you guys are able to capture some big-deal times in our lives.

Climbing through the crazy brush was sooo worth it! The purple flower photos are lovely. No poison ivy, by the way. :)

Gail – my necklace is from Anthropologie. :)

May 26, 2010 - 11:39 pm

brian rickey - Another winner! Your engagement sessions are always such a pleasure to look at. I get excited each time I see you make a new post!

May 27, 2010 - 9:57 am

Amber Braisted - I was so happy when I saw these pictures!! Micki, Troy, and I went to college together and I just think they are two of the greatest people on earth! LOVE this session and can’t wait to see pics from the wedding!

May 28, 2010 - 2:39 pm

carley - micki and troy! wow. these are so good, you captured those guys so well in these pictures… micki’s outfits are just so darn cute too :]

May 26, 2010 - 9:44 pm

you + me. « - [...] 26, 2010 in thoughts | Tags: love, troy Go here check out the sneak peak of our engagement photos by studio3z. We’re over the moon about them [...]

August 3, 2010 - 9:36 am

micki + troy {the wedding} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] the very first time she emailed me and talked about our similar musical tastes, to their uber cute engagement session in the little town of Yellow Springs, we knew they both had a unique style that we were so thrilled [...]

July 27, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Bill & Michelle (& the kiddos) » graydoorphotography.com - [...] towns, Yellow Springs. If you remember correctly, that’s where the hubster and I had our engagement photos done, as well, by the awesome duo, studio3z. When I mentioned to Michelle if she’d like to add [...]

fighting perfection.

10 minutes with my little guy on a warm spring afternoon.  He was bouncy and moving, and not wanting to listen to me.  I shot a few frames quickly from the hip, often while I was sitting or laying down.

I went in and loaded the card, and immediately I selected almost all of them to be deleted.  Reason?  They did not meet my “set” expectations.  They had movement, missed focus, some had poor composition.  Then I stopped myself and decided to give them a second chance.  Struggling, I looked beyond my own set of rules and then I saw it…..in the midst of the movement I noticed they had depth, they had life.  Besides, why so much pressure on myself?  These were personal photos!

Soooooo, here they are.  A tiny testament of the new me.  In 2010 one of my biggest things I have been working on in my struggle for balance, is differentiating points in my life in which I can lighten up the pressure on myself.

This example is just a baby step, but I am noticing a difference.

And it has been freeing.

{Here’s my boy…just REAL LIFE.}

May 21, 2010 - 2:00 pm

meredith - awww. toes. :)

May 21, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Donna - These are wonderful…would love to know what camera/lense you use for this type of “everyday” photography!

May 21, 2010 - 4:51 pm

A - I am so glad that you didn’t delete these. I think that are wonderful documentation of a boyhood afternoon. And very artistic and beautiful.

May 21, 2010 - 5:51 pm

betsy - Bravo! I need to do the same thing this year! I post SO FEW photos because they aren’t perfect. My personal collection is therefore dwindling. Shame on me!

Thanks for the reminder!

May 21, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Michelle Davies - Love the “realness” of these! The one of his little jeans with the hole in them is perfection.

May 21, 2010 - 7:28 pm

Gail - WOW. He is SOOOO your hubby! Love this post girl!

May 21, 2010 - 8:55 pm

Susan - I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago. Love it! I don’t think it’s possible for you to take a bad pic. My favorite was the one where he’s sitting with his bare feet off the ground, like they’re coming right out of the picture.

May 22, 2010 - 8:00 am

Esther - Wow your baby it growing! I too am glad you didn’t delete these, so precious!

May 23, 2010 - 7:06 pm

Aly - I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and absolutely LOVE it! I love these photos you posted! They are too cute (especially the ones with the toes :)

May 24, 2010 - 9:11 am

Stephanie - soooo glad you took a second look. those are wonderful. that little guy is certainly ‘someone’s’ mini-me. :O) i have to wonder how many of this type your sessions might like also.

May 24, 2010 - 11:23 am

Lana - Hi Jess. I don’t comment very often for the same reason you don’t think those photos are perfect. Don’t we all strugle with this perfection thing :( ( Thank you for reminding ones again that perfect moments aren’t ones I want to keep but yet tring to capture them. Why? I ask my self this question all the time. Great work BTW. I love these real moments and lil toes. Baby steps are perfect steps,we all learn to see life through them and then somehow we grow out of them. :(

May 24, 2010 - 2:37 pm

erin - your personal photos always make me cry. your family is so precious; i feel like i know you all. i’m a huge fan of all your work! (and i’m also trying to release the perfectionism crazy. good luck to you!)

May 25, 2010 - 9:50 am

holly - i just love gaba’s little jeans!

May 26, 2010 - 12:44 pm

larissa - As a testament to “real” life I personally feel these photos capture your son’s essence better than any other method. They are incredible!

April 21, 2014 - 2:37 am

Isau - Donna Bishop Buckles – My precious red heeadd grandbabies are so beautiful. Pictures are absolutely fantastic. I could just reach through the camera and squeeze them to pieces. All my love. I am so proud of them. Achoo/grandmotherhj.

February 25, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Qazwsxedcrfvtgbyhn - Hi Alana, Hope you are doing well! I was wondering if you will still be doing your Christmas seionsss at A Stone’s Throw again this year. If so, when do you advertise this? Thanks, and talk to you soon,Vanessa Pellow

April 3, 2015 - 5:55 pm

Tsukasa - Ok you haveThe VenueThe breiasmdidsThe breiasmdids dressesThe Flower girlThe flower girl’s dressThe church ( or wherever )The ringsThe vows ( if writing your own )The guests ( who is coming )The invitationsThe color schemeThe foodThe photographerThe transportYour dressThe best manThe groom’s suitThe shoe’sThe veilThe flowersThe cakeThe table decorationsThe name places ( on the table )The wedding favoursThe hen nightThe stag doThe band / singerThe song ( the first song )Hairdresser ( if you want your hair proffesionally ) Thats all i can think of but i will edit it later incase i have missed anything

May 3, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Meme - Congratulations!I just found your blog last night and spent ages reading trouhgh all your posts – your wedding pictures are absolutely stunning and your blog is awesome.Hope you have a lovely day :)

June 23, 2010 - 11:29 am

Who says they all have to be perfect? » Gail Werner Photography - [...] few weeks ago, my friend Jess of Studio3z Photography wrote a fantastic post about how she struggles to fight the tendency to make every shot “perfect.” I loved [...]

katy + sean {in love}

Sean and Katy were one of the first couples last year to book us for their 2010 wedding.  We knew when we met them in our studio that we were totally going to click with these two. :)  We had a great time with them on a recent evening, capturing them and a little piece of the love they share.

Each couple tends to have a “go-to” pose during a session…just something that is them, and makes them feel comfortable.  This is Katy’s “go-to.”  And it is so very them.  I just love how happy they are together!

Can you guess where they are getting married?  The building off in the distance is the Cincinnati Museum Center which is where they will say, “I do” in October. :)

I love this shot!

How we got those shots…God gifted him that booty for added balance, I’m pretty sure. ;)

Katy, I just ADORE your sweet laughter when Sean is around!


Sean and Katy, it was such a pleasure spending time with you two!!  We are THRILLED to be a part of your wedding this fall. :)  Thank you for the honor!


May 17, 2010 - 2:22 pm

katie - i love these 2 and am stoked about their wedding – especially with you guys there to capture it all. Great shoot :)

May 17, 2010 - 2:23 pm

shannon - these are beautiful!! what a great session!

May 17, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Gail - Ahhhh…you two just keep ROCKING IT OUT with your 2010 sessions!!!! Brett, I have no flippin’ clue HOW you got up on that sculpture piece thingy,but props to you because that is one of my favorite shots you’ve ever done!!!!

Great work!

May 17, 2010 - 6:02 pm

bobbi - LOVE THESE!!!!!! Super cute couple!!!!!! LOVING Brett’s monkey man ways…

May 17, 2010 - 9:08 pm

meredith - I want her hair and her skin. And her smile.

May 18, 2010 - 8:39 am

Angie - LOVE these shots, especially the one you love. And, I might add that is one nice balancing booty! Great work!

May 20, 2010 - 8:25 am

Katy - Jess and Brett- we love the photos!! Thanks so much for spending a slightly-windy Friday with us to capture them. They’re so beautiful and very “us” — can’t wait to work with you in October!
(and it was quite amazing to watch Brett pull himself onto the park sculpture thing! And trek down railroad tracks too…)

May 20, 2010 - 9:05 am

Maggie - With the city AND place they will wed behind them…SO COOL!!

June 2, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Maureen - Wow! I absolutely love the shots!
I know where you took the overhead shots. It’s a park in Clifton, right?
Amazing work!!

August 3, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Mom - These photos make me cry with joy. What a wonderful job and well thought out shots. Thank you.