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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: July 2010

a little preview….

….from the beautiful wedding of these two lovebirds.

I can’t wait to share the full post next week!

July 30, 2010 - 9:45 am

Maggie - Hooray! I can’t wait to see this one!

July 31, 2010 - 12:41 am

holly - more please!

August 1, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Amber - I can’t wait either!!!

August 3, 2010 - 9:41 pm

Jenny Walters - This set is absolutely amazing! A wedding so unique and simple and pretty… you captured all of that!

XYZ turns 6!

Xavier Yuriah Zwolinski- quickly shortened to “Riah” by big bro Adin…pronounced RYE-UH….not REE-UH, or RAH. (I know Dad, he should have just been Billy Ray to make it easier on folks.)

Six years ago today our little Riah boy came into this world, and without a doubt, it was completely brightened!!

Of my four births stories, Riah’s is the funniest.  From me vacuuming our entire house while having major contractions (I would pause and breathe, and then resume), to waiting too long to head to the hospital and having a policeman ask me if I wanted to get out of the car in stopped traffic to “squat”….I kid you not…..to arriving at the hospital and having him within 10 minutes.  He had a black mohawk of hair, and he won me over from the first second.

We went bowling to celebrate his birthday, which he has done since he turned three.

I am working on allowing my kids the freedom of dressing themselves (this a a HUGE step for me).  Therefore, I take NO credit for this awesome ensemble he is sporting.  He was killing me with the buttoned down white shirt…Oh well.

Silly band mania!!!!

Gabe tried bowling for the first time. :)

Then we came back home for some cookie cake.

Last week Brett was testing his  lighting and Riah and I sat in.  I loved these.  I love my boy. :)

Your smile and energy are contagious, and we are so blessed to have you.

Happy birthday sweetheart!!

July 29, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Donna - Love those last pictures of you and your boy! They grow up sooo fast!!! Happy Birthday!

July 29, 2010 - 2:37 pm

Gail - Okay, the silly bands..they are EVERYWHERE aren’t they? My nieces and nephews’ collections could fill a truck!!!

Happy birthday to Riah…. he just has such a sweet little look about him.

Those photos of Gabe? TOO TOO TOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!

PS – Brett and Nick could swap closets, I swear ….

July 29, 2010 - 3:27 pm

Sherah - Happy birthday Riah! You were born on my wedding day. Yom Huledet Sameach!

July 29, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Jess W. - Happy Birthday to Riah!!! I happen to dig his get-up. ;)

July 31, 2010 - 9:09 pm

Betsy - OMG, I love this post. First of all, Happy Late birthday to your XYZ!! (Coolest monogram EVER!) I LOVE those light testing photos of you two.

Oh and Gabe bowling? LOVE!!! We need to go do that! Gabe is so dang cute.

July 31, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Kylee - Your family is precious! :) Just reading your blog I can see how much you love bein a mama — it makes me look forward to it someday!

August 1, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Maya Laurent - Happy birthday to Riah! And those last three photos of you two…oh my goodness!

August 2, 2010 - 5:48 pm

Caitlin - those last three shots of you and your boy gave me goosebumps! so sweet :)

Eric, Jill, Naomi, Noah, Sarah, and Sophia {studio3z family}

This precious family is very near and dear to our hearts.  Eric and Jill have been friends of ours since back when they were single.  We have many wonderful memories with them, and we have been blessed to see them marry, have baby one, two, three and four!

We were THRILLED to go out to their new home and do a fun family session of them.  They have dreamed of having a home with a piece of land to raise their kids on, and recently they got just that!  It really is a lovely home and property, and I’m sure they will make many happy memories as a family together there.

This is Sarah :)  She’s my buddy.

I love how loving and carefree the kids seem here.

Sweetie pie Sophia :)She had just turned *1* a couple weeks before we took these.

Caution: A little too much of this…..

…..may lead to THIS.  (Trust us on this)

OK, so we were a little OBSESSED with smiley little sweetie pie….Can you blame us???!

Noah, doing the boy thing.

I remember we had to say some gross and mildly inappropriate things….but look at their faces. :) :) :)

and this is their plot of land they are walking…

Sarah got tired of photos and took a 10 minute swinging break.

Pretty, big sister Naomi.

Noah, or mini-Eric as some call him!

Jill, Eric…..I love these two photos SOOO much!!  They are just completely you two.


Ahhh, such a fun night with such wonderful friends.  Love you guys!

P.S. Happy early birthday to my birthday buddy Naomi!! ;)

July 26, 2010 - 8:37 pm

Gail - Ahhhh..what a WONDERFUL family session Jess! You guys rocked it out. They must be in love with these!

July 27, 2010 - 8:34 am

Maggie - I am in love with “plot of land walking” picture and all four kids on a blanket…AW!

July 27, 2010 - 8:46 am

AmyPunky Photography - Beautiful family!!!

July 27, 2010 - 12:09 pm

lucy - love these pics jess and brett! they are so fun and colorful! heart the broyles family!

July 27, 2010 - 12:27 pm

Jill Broyles - I just now saw these. These are fabulous! Thank you so much Brett and Jesse! And Happy Birthday right back to you Jesse!

August 9, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Belle - Noah is so much like his father, and Naomi so like her mom.. These pictures are wonderful! Such a beautiful family. I love it when a dream comes true!

gail + rich

Gail and Rich were married earlier this year in Boston, but came home to Cincinnati and held a fabulous celebration at Via Vite, on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square.  Before their dinner celebration, we met them at their AMAZING Mt. Adam’s home to take some fun portraits of the newlyweds.

The food at their reception was divine!!

They had many friends and family join them to celebrate their love and marriage….

These are their adorable niece and nephews.

It was a steamy, but gorgeous, Cincinnati night.

Thanks Gail and Rich!  Seeing so many come out to celebrate, it is evident you both are very loved.  We wish you both all the best.:)


July 19, 2010 - 10:30 am

Alice - Fantastic photos! This couple has great style, and your photography captures it perfectly.

July 19, 2010 - 10:34 am

Kelli - Beautiful shots – I love #2 looking out the window – awesome! And what a super cute dress Gail! :-)

July 20, 2010 - 2:14 am

holly - ah! love the b&w image through the “veil” (or curtain, i presume!)

July 20, 2010 - 11:11 am

Jen Hauer - Your pics are fabulous- they just keep getting better and better!

July 21, 2010 - 10:07 am

Gail - I don’t know what I love more: Her name (hehe), her dress, the venue, or THAT FOOD. YUMMY!!!!!!

July 23, 2010 - 8:41 pm

Melody - I really love these…simple, yet documented so well.

July 24, 2010 - 8:49 pm

Cassie - Her dress was adorable! Those food pics are making me drooool.

July 27, 2010 - 8:49 am

AmyPunky Photography - Lovely wedding!! The food looks delicious!

August 1, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Maya Laurent - That venue looks amazing and now I’m hungry after seeing all that food! Great captures!!!