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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

happy birthday to our big boy gabe!!

Today our sweet boy Gabriel Eliah turned 3 years old, about 6:30 in the morning.  It’s so funny….my first born was born about 6:30 in the evening and my fourth was born about 6:30 in the morning.  Adin (kid #2) was born about 1:05 in the morning, and Riah (#3) was born at 1:05 in the afternoon.  I find this so interesting!

Anyhow, back to Gabe. :)

We had a GORGEOUS day this past Sunday for his birthday party.  I feel like he has been saying every day for the last year, “I two- I free on June ninef.” Haaaa!!  He was so excited for his party.

So I got him this big bunch of balloons, and before the party I took him outside to get a couple shots with them before taking them apart to decorate.


About 30 seconds into it, this photo below happened.  Notice his hands, and how they are missing balloon strings.  UP, UP, AND AWAY they went!

He started to hyperventilate, and so did I!  I had to put on happy face, and then all was OK. :)  He was a bit traumatized until Aunt Ashley saved the day by running up to the store for more!

Gabe has a milk allergy, so here’s his dairy-free chocolate cake I tried out.  I wasn’t sure how it would taste, but it got excellent reviews online.  Turned out to be DELICIOUS!

When guests started to arrive, the kids busted out the slip-in-slide!!

He was completely different than he was at his second birthday party.  He was so excited and smiley this time, yet still shy when everyone sang to him.  :)

He was so sweet and thankful for his gifts.

When people started taking off, he went over to the “fruit bowl” and was digging out some more watermelon. :)

His little tongue try, try, trying to say TH-R-EEEEEEE!

:)  We love our little sweetheart.  Can’t believe three years passed this quickly.

Of course I took REAL portraits of him- and they are beyond CUUUUUUTE.

Coming this week. :)

Even though you get a whole week Gaber- happy REAL Birthday today baby boy!

June 9, 2010 - 8:41 am

betsy - What a precious little sweet punkin! LOVE IT! Again, I wish we were neighbors. I think our little boys would get along just fine. (When they find their ways away from their mommas! hee heee!)

PS Now I want a slip and slide. THough I suppose i would have to go butt first. ; )

June 9, 2010 - 8:48 am

Gail - Ahhhhhhhhhh…. I adore these Jess! I can’t believe how much BIGGER/OLDER he looks in these photos. Not something you want to hear when you’re holding on to your little one’s baby years right? ;)

June 9, 2010 - 9:10 am

Vickey Weiss - Happy Birthday little man!!!! :)

June 9, 2010 - 9:27 am

holly - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GABA! love.love.love.you

June 9, 2010 - 9:31 am

Lillian - What a sweet guy!!! My little girl had her 3rd birthday party this weekend, too, and we were about 2 seconds away from the same scene with the balloons. LOVE this sweet age(well, every age;) but especially this one with the tiny bits of baby and the tiny bits of big kid and independence and growth. Happy Birthday Gabe!

June 9, 2010 - 9:32 am

Emilie - Happy birthday, Gabe!! He looks so much like his dad!! Cute boy! Your photos are so beautiful! I could hire for all my birthday parties! ;)

June 9, 2010 - 8:55 pm

Caitlin - So sweet! You have the most beautiful children in the universe :)

June 9, 2010 - 10:06 pm

meredith - He has such gentle expressions..

And maybe your kids birth times signifies that you really are done. Either that, or you’ll be having TWO more :)

June 11, 2010 - 12:37 am

arenda - love that last photo! :)

June 16, 2010 - 2:33 pm

shannon selim - that looks like hebrew in the background on the black board. are you teaching your kids hebrew? that would be so cool! random.

June 17, 2010 - 8:51 am

Maggie - I really just love this little boy. He is such a preshy pie!

peri + mike + holly {a studio3z family}

This isn’t the first time this sweet girl below has been on our blog, but the third.  I first met and photographed Holly for her Senior photos two summers ago, and since then she has not only become a frequent babysitter for the “Z” kiddos, but also a sweet friend.  Besides her Senior photos, we also did a very special session you may recall, of Holly and her Mama after a victorious battle against breast cancer.

We did this session on Peri’s birthday. :)

Seeing Peri looking so healthy and gorgeous, and Holly with her complete family, made us so very happy.

Holly also brought Patty (ok, Patrick) her boyfriend along for the shoot.

We did the session at their horse barn.  They had two horses, but sadly one past away just about a week before the session.  I’m sure Patch enjoyed the extra love and attention since they said he has been a bit lonely.

Big fan of this image below.

Peri, I love to see your smile….and “Mr. Ed’s” too. :)

Scrumptious golden sunset light….

A couple of Holly and her beau….

Mike, Peri, Holly, and Patrick- Thanks for spending a ridiculously HOT and sweaty evening outside with us! (Wow, was it hot.)

Holly-Polly, thanks for another great shoot sweetie. ;)


June 7, 2010 - 11:40 am

holly - yum! the light, the colors, the mom, the dad, the patrick, the patch…mmmmm, delicious! love it & love you! thanks, jesse! i will forever be a devoted studio3z girl. L.O.V.E

June 7, 2010 - 12:12 pm

gina - absolutely stunning! esp love the shadow shots;)

June 7, 2010 - 1:30 pm

Gail - FANTASTIC light and family and love….I think this is SO awesome she did this with her family. I’ve been thinking how great i t’d be to have shots like this with my family. Great work you two!

June 7, 2010 - 1:56 pm

betsy - Wow, what an amazing shoot! I’ve always wanted to shoot (or be shot!) with horses! Wow, what a precious little family! Wonderful to see an update!

: )

June 7, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Alice - What a wonderful session… gotta love a great family, horse farm, and yummy sunshine!

June 7, 2010 - 8:34 pm

Briony - beautiful light. i love the ones with them on the blanket :)

June 7, 2010 - 8:56 pm

jenni5star1@me.com - I love this family, and you are a stunningly talented photographer.

June 8, 2010 - 6:17 am

Maggie - BEAUTIFUL! I love families holding hands and laying in sunlight!! Super awesome job :)

June 11, 2010 - 10:05 am

Rebecca - gorgeous and sweet! love that family love!

August 21, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Keaton - Love the Izzies! ;-)

allyson + sean {in love}

Sean is an old friend of Brett’s and together they share an insane love for Xavier basketball (sorry UC fans).  Sean told Brett that he wanted us to do his photos when he got engaged one day.  When the time finally arrived Sean wanted us to do surprise photos of the proposal itself!  It turned out things weren’t working as planned and Allyson was going to be out of town the week Sean had scheduled with us for the surprise proposal.  So, Sean decided to propose in advance and instead of being a proposal shoot, it turned out to be the actual engagement session. :)

We first met up on the West Side at a park, which was near a house of one of Sean’s relative’s. This house has the most amazing view of downtown Cincinnati, hands down.

The breathtaking views from the backyard of the house…

Can you imagine if this is what you saw while sitting on your front porch?

The BIG date…

They made this sign while sitting in the car before the session. ;)

This amazing house was built in the 1800s and restored to absolute perfection.  I was beyond “ga-ga” over the beautifully restored history, and the unique personal style of the owner, which was evident throughout the home.

We moved on to Fountain Square, which was one of their first meeting places.

All the action shots Brett has taken of me lately I am talking with my hands, which I never knew I did. ;)

M precious, yet pensive husband;-)

Sean and Allyson, thanks so much for hanging with us!  We had a great time with you two, and wish you all the best on the wedding planning road over the next year.



June 4, 2010 - 9:11 am

Ron Asher - Sean! Congratulations!

You guys look great and the Z’s did a great job capturing the fun as always. :)

Now get to work, a lot to do and only a little over ayear to get it done! ;)

June 4, 2010 - 10:23 am

Kylee - Love the house shots! Looks like fun :)

June 4, 2010 - 12:53 pm

April Cochran-Smith - I am in. love. with this session. That house is unreal & all the shots taken inside are amazing. My favorite is definitely the b&w by the fountain. Love their stillness amongst all the movement…

June 4, 2010 - 1:24 pm

Maya Laurent - Love the light. And that house is killer, along with the photos you guys got in it!

June 4, 2010 - 4:59 pm

Sean Brogan - We LOVE the pics Jess and Brett—Thanks so much, they turned out awesome…you did some great editing with my ugly mug :)
Thanks again, we really enjoyed it and as always, Love your work and will be in touch.
PS, Thanks Ron!

June 13, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Heidi - Amazing! These pictures really make me miss home…Ohio. Cincinnati is so beautiful looking in these pictures and we sure miss it! I used to intern at Ohio Magazine which was by Fountain Square and spent so many wonderful times on the Riverfront. We are making a quick tip to Cinci in July; I sure wish I had more time and could take in the city that we love!