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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: June 2010

janica+matt+parker+bailey {studio3z family}

While we were in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of photographing this adorable family!  The mama, Janica, saw on twitter that we were heading out there for a few days, and wrote me immediately about wanting to do a family session.  You see, she lives in Texas, but her husband is currently working in LA.  She and their adorable two kiddos (Parker and Bailey), happened to be planning a trip out there at the exact same time we were visiting. :)

Janica is a photographer herself, which translates to, she is never in any photos with her family;)  Well, we remedied that up right quick!  It was an honor (and big fun) to hang out in such a beautiful place, and just photograph a family enjoying each others company.

Parker and Bailey are adorable.  Bailey was singing “Veggie Tales” on repeat. ;)

I think Bailey was telling everyone to scoot away from her.  Girl needed some space!

We had to make sure and get plenty of shots of just the two of them….Janica, you are a strong woman to be without your man for so long!

To all you SoCal photogs out there….it must REALLY get boring to shoot in such luscious, luminous light…..EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

{ok….I am letting my jealousy go.}

I just had to snag a shot of Brett, you know, doing his thang.

(P.S. My husband’s hot.)

Janica and Matt, thanks so much for sharing a bit of your {precious} time together to shoot with us.

Tell Parker and Bailey HI for Brett and Jess, and the “mans” ;)

June 28, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Karin Woywod - Cute overload !

- Such a lovely family. And photographers that get out of their way to get the perfect shot. Wish I had been there !

Love and hugs,

- Karin.

June 28, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Gail - Ahhh…these are AWESOME Jess and Brett! What CUTE kiddos (they look so much like their mama!) And what fun locales :)

You keep this up, you’ll have a Midwest AND West Coast studio going on :)

PS – Brett is crrazzzzyyyyyy (and please tell me you have your equipment insured for his monkey antics?!! hahaa)

June 28, 2010 - 2:30 pm

robin cornett - Yay Janica! Love these pictures–how awesome that the timing worked out!

I love the one where they’re swinging Parker.

June 28, 2010 - 2:32 pm

betsy - Beautiful!!!! Wow!

June 28, 2010 - 2:37 pm

Heather - OMG! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. You did it again Jess + Brett! Pictures of my dear friend and her ridiculously adorable + gorgeous family did NOT disappoint :) But I agree with Gail – you need to PADLOCK that camera to his wrist! And I must know whose super cute orange and teal bag that is and where I can get one….I will be stalking both of you on Twitter later to find out…

June 28, 2010 - 3:23 pm

melanie - sweet. wouldn’t it be nice to have that light all the time? sigh. :-/ in the last shot of brett, isn’t it weird that i noticed jay and elijah first? we do what we gotta do to get the shots huh:) strange though, none of us really hesitate to do it. its like, if we were just goofing off, we probably wouldn’t take the risk, but while shooting…dont think twice! good work. oh yah. the tunnel shot is perfect.

June 28, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Belle - Ha.. Looks like Brett will do anything for his art :)

What an adorable family and what perfect pictures. I adore them all. Your blog always makes me happy :)

June 28, 2010 - 9:32 pm

Janica - Thrilled. Just so thrilled.
Jess and Brett, these pictures simply mean the world to me. Our little family is in such a unique and challenging and wonderful place right now and you have given us a precious freeze-frame through these images. We will treasure them always! Next time you’re in LA, you let me know. We’re totally down for a round 2. And 3. (celebrity entourage, while appreciated, is non-essential) ;)

June 29, 2010 - 10:06 am

Elizabeth Boyd - Jess and Brett, Thank you for taking pics of my best friend! She has been wanting family photos for SO long. I am thrilled for them that it FINALLY worked out. The pictures are beautiful, and it looks like a really fun time! You guys have a beautiful family as well. Take Care, Lizard

June 29, 2010 - 11:26 am

fabiano + jaqueline - wow! beautiful family! i love the tones used! congrats!

June 29, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Christina Montemurro - So glad to see Janica in front of the camera. JBo – you and your whole family look amazing, of course! The CA sunshine suits you quite well.

June 30, 2010 - 8:30 am

Lora - Love these!

california dreaming.

Last week we went to LA for a few days.  If you have been visiting our blog for a while, then you know we make the trip out there a time or two a year for photo sessions, and for fun with Brett’s brother Jason:)

This go round we had the pleasure of going to a super awesome workshop too.  BONUS!

Most of our time spent in LA revolves around food.  The variety of food out there blows my mind.  AMAZING.

Here is one of our breakfasts….which is my favorite meal of the day.

We went shopping on Melrose, and checked out the Vader Project, where artists’ customized replicas of the actual Darth Vader helmet from the STAR WARS™ films.

Some were cool, some funny, some….um, interesting.

Back at the house the boys geeked out on the cube.  J was trying to teach Brett “the technique.”

Later that night we went to the hotel cafe and my heart {nearly} exploded.  Not only was it my first time there, but we also were able to see Greg Laswell and Brian Wright

After the show we went to dinner and as we were walking back to the car we hear someone AMAZINGLY playing the piano.  Jason knew it was Brother Sal, whose music he had introduced us to just a few months ago.  Jason makes a year end compilation (click here to listen to it) and Brother Sal was on that compilation.  We got to hear the song “I Will Tell” live….

….in a piano bar.

And it was flipping GOOD.

{I walked back to the car on cloud nine….”only in LA.”}

Next day….

We gathered a few friends and after another amazing meal at another amazing LA restaurant (I can’t say amazing enough on this topic people), we went on a little photo exploration.

We had a shoot scheduled while out there which was taking place that evening, so we did some scouting around.

First up is a place I have wanted to visit since I first saw it up close and personal in “500 Days of Summer”……remember this building at the end?

This is the Bradbury Building…and it is such a beautiful architectural work- built in 1893.

We explored some tunnel near the Los Angeles River.  It was pretty rad.

As we set up this shot with a timer, we see 3 police officers on bikes racing down the tunnel towards us.  We were standing there hoping it would take before they got there.

They were very nice- advised us to scram unless we wanted to hang out with gang members that frequent the area.  We moved on.

We went over to the Los Angeles Union Station and decided….this is where our shoot should begin. 

The shoot happened (and will be blogged SOOON!) and then we went to dinner at this swanky place.

The macaroni made me cry. I do not lie.

Bacon Banana ice cream with jalapeno fudge sauce anyone?

The next day we had to say goodbye to Jason and move south….

We ended at a hotel touching the Pacific coast, and I felt like the waves were going to roll right in.

We did a ridiculous amount during the 4 days we were in California.  We had an amazing time.

I am a California girl at heart.

{ThE EnD}

June 23, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Janica - Gah! The cube! The Elijah!
Jess and Brett, you are a very big part of my massive crush on L.A. (and you’re Ohioans…Ohionites…Ohioers?) Can’t wait to see what kinds of fun pictures you could have taken at Union Station. ;)
Oh, and you must give me more details on this mac and weep. I would be remiss if I didn’t steer my husband that direction immediately.

June 23, 2010 - 4:33 pm

betsy - All I can say is, “HOLY CATS!!!”

June 23, 2010 - 10:52 pm

Amber - Wow and holy wow. I frequently follow your blogs, love your photography – but this is hands down my favorite post. Greg Laswell and Brian Wright?! @ THE HOTEL CAFE?! I’m all kinds of wonderfully jealous. I saw them in Denver not too long ago, so at least I’ve had a recent fix. And I’m so thrilled for you that you were able to catch Brother Sal. He IS the real deal. I was at SXSW this year and followed Brother Sal around like a puppy. I just can’t get enough of him. If you haven’t seen this already, you will love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY1WeXigcaU


June 24, 2010 - 6:34 am

Patrick - Beautiful shots!

June 24, 2010 - 6:35 am

Donna - The picture of the breakfast alone is amazing…wish we had that kind of fresh selection here in the south all the time!!! Wonderful photos….and I LOVE LOVE your dress, please do tell where you snagged it!??!

June 24, 2010 - 8:37 am

Jen Hauer - You guys are too cool for school.

June 24, 2010 - 9:50 am

Gail - Do you even KNOW how much I wish I could have been in your pocket for this trip?!! GAH!

Where to start with the fun: The FOOD (jealous), the places (SUPER jealous of the 500 Days building visit — and was that river tunnel perhaps where they shot the car chase scene in “Grease”? Random I know….), the people, the shoot…..

I loved living your trip through these photos!

PS – I just bought that striped tank you’re wearing at H&M during a run there with Bets. Wish you could have joined us for that. We all need to shop together!

June 24, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Meg - I may or may not have been stalking your blog for a few months now {j’adore you folks} for a daily fix of artistry, creativity and fun! I have to agree with Amber above, I believe this is my favorite post… every inch of those shots is purely divine {although, I also REALLY appreciated the session you did with the naturally available light} ! Love the shot of the boys in the tunnel and i’m also terribly drawn to the hotel room shot with the chair and the ocean. I will stop gushing now. True fan here.

June 24, 2010 - 5:16 pm

AmyPunky Photography - Fun photos!!! I love that building seen on 500 Days of Summer!!

June 24, 2010 - 9:19 pm

lucy - how seriously fun jess! let’s go to california together for sure! love these pics and can’t wait to see more!!!

June 25, 2010 - 7:10 am

Sandy - Love those last few shots of the beach…
Did Jason ever finish that Rubiks cube? Or is he still staring at it?

June 25, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Bonnie - AMAZING!! Every time you shoot in LA, it’s like the best pictures ever!

June 26, 2010 - 1:00 pm

Maya Laurent - I always love your vacation photos! You two seem to have such a great time! Was the Bradbury Building in 500 Days of Summer? Can’t remember the scene but feel like I saw it!

debbi + chris {in love}

We had a great evening shooting around the places that Debbi and Chris visited the night Chris proposed.  They are a super sweet couple, and are so very much in love. They are getting married on January 1st of 2011, which makes them our first wedding of 2011!

Can’t wait. :)

New favorite photo of the moment….

I laughed when I saw this because I know exactly what I was saying….I never realized how much I talk with my hands until recently.  Any guesses what I’m saying photogs?

My man…showing some skin for the camera.

That can’t be comfortable.

{Happy Monday folks!}

June 21, 2010 - 9:47 am

Gail - Ahhh…LOVE the setting for this session! And your new favorite is my new favorite! Right place, right time, great eye for catching the opportunity and not letting it pass you by! GREAT composition too!

June 21, 2010 - 10:32 am

don - interesting work. I like the shots of the photographers. its good stuff.

June 21, 2010 - 9:07 pm

melanie - youre sayin…you two are like this…but i need you to be on the same plain. :) or stay together as a unit, but just rotate towards me. i say those at least twice EVERY SINGLE SHOOT. lol
the silhouette on the hill is H O T!!!!!

February 7, 2011 - 10:18 am

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Gabriel {last day of two}

These are a few shots I grabbed the last morning my baby guy was two years old. :)  Two was a great year for him, and not terrible in the least!

Here’s hoping three goes just as smoothly!

This face looks more like he is 18.

He’s just not sure what to think about this birthday stuff ending….it was WAY too fun.


June 11, 2010 - 11:24 am

betsy - Just a whole lotta sweetness you’ve got right there!

I hear you, nothing terrible about twos! : )

June 11, 2010 - 12:13 pm

brett@studio3z.com - love these…hadn’t seen them yet! that is my P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S Gavi. that smile is way too contagious :-D

June 11, 2010 - 10:54 pm

Tammy Staley - These are just so great! Love them :)

June 11, 2010 - 11:38 pm

lucy - is there any question that brett is his baba? um, NO! jess, he’s getting to be such a big boy. you sure you don’t wanna make another? they turn out so beautiful! i love you gabey…no matter how old you are.

June 13, 2010 - 11:15 am

Eliza - It’s amazing how much your boys look like each other! They are adorable.

June 15, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Maya Laurent - Oh my! He looks so big now!!! Sounds like and looks like he had a wonderful birthday.