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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

look up.

I can’t recall if I’ve posted this image or not.  Brett took it very spontaneously while doing a newborn shoot last December.  He looked up. He saw the sky. He pressed the shutter.

This frozen scene is magic to me.

Today I am reminded to watch for these moments….they are all around, every day of our lives.  We choose to notice them or not.

So today I say goodbye…

To twitter, to facebook, to itunes, to netflix, to word press…..

to editing, to email, to album design.

I’m heading outside with 12 little hands to hold (My niece and nephew are here to add to the mix).

If you think you don’t have a moment to spare….

You may be having a busy day, feeling stressed, maybe even depressed- in these cases I encourage it even more:

Step outside to breathe deeply for a moment.

And most importantly, don’t forget to look up.

July 14, 2010 - 9:11 am

Bree - Wow! Thank you for the reminder x

July 14, 2010 - 11:15 am

Shawna - Love this post. I needed it today.

July 14, 2010 - 11:33 am

Briony - beautiful.

July 14, 2010 - 11:53 am

wrecklessgirl - holy wow. i love this. make this huge and put it on canvas.

July 14, 2010 - 12:02 pm

AmyPunky Photography - This is stunning!!

July 14, 2010 - 8:19 pm

edie - You’re so cool.

July 16, 2010 - 11:32 am

Katie - A lovely post. Thanks for that. :)

July 17, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Jaimie Dee Photography - Beautiful website! I LOVE your work! I just stumbled across your stuff today and think it is amazing!!! I really appreciate your shooting style! I could look through your work all day. Keep it up! :)

July 20, 2010 - 4:10 pm

amanda reynolds - SO BEAUTIFUL!!

tracy + shanaka {in love}

These two apologized saying they would be rough to photograph- they were so wrong. They were easy-peasy…because together, they make each other so comfortable.

These two lovebirds are getting married in ONE MONTH!

Can’t wait. :)

I really love this one…

How in the world would I have an “in action” shot like this??!

OH!! Right.

Tracy and Shanaka, can’t wait until the big day, which will be here in the blink of an eye!!!

July 12, 2010 - 11:44 am

Lana - WOW, Brett you climb like a Tarzan :) ) As FearFactor you guys have to make a Note” Don’t try to repeat these ” Because I deffenetly want to try it.Great photos, lovely couple, super fun action shots. Very creative,guys !

July 12, 2010 - 6:23 pm

erin - LOVE the one on the log!! And the one hugging with the crazy light in the trees. You guys are so cool. :O)

July 12, 2010 - 7:13 pm

Tracy - Thanks Jess & Brett — we love these! You definitely helped us feel comfortable and got some awesome shots along the way. We can’t wait to see how good you can make us look in a month! ;) Thanks again & see you soon!

August 23, 2010 - 10:27 am

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This is a bit different from our regular type of shooting, but Maxwell (who is from Cincinnati, but now resides in Florida) decided to add some more head shots to his modeling portfolio- We jokingly called it, his “Midwest flair.”  Of course, we had to do some “just for fun” shots as well, so these are not just your typical head-shots.

Starting off with one of my favorites….

Thanks Jon Max! ;)


July 8, 2010 - 8:17 am

AmyPunky Photography - Mmmmh… love this session!!! ;)

July 8, 2010 - 8:48 am

betsy - Wow! He’s gorgeous and the creativity of this shoot blows my mind. FANTASTIC work!

July 8, 2010 - 9:21 am

amanda fales - SMOKIN’! :D he kind of looks like Ryan from the Office! :)

July 8, 2010 - 9:23 am

Vickey Weiss - he is dreamy!!! and the pics are fab! love your work soooo much!

July 8, 2010 - 9:25 am

Donna - He’s is definitely made for the camera! Beautiful shots!!!

July 8, 2010 - 9:28 am

Donna - oh, and I would love to know more about what camera, settings, lens you use…love what you are able to capture!!!

July 8, 2010 - 10:26 am

Jake Ford - Awesome shots. Gotta love getting great looking clients, right?!

Also, who is the random girl in some of the pictures?

July 8, 2010 - 11:36 am

Lana - Jess, Love this shoot. Maxwell rocked some grounds! Love your PP as well.

July 8, 2010 - 11:52 am

Briony - these are fab!

July 8, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Alice - Awesome!

July 8, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Nicole Fields - Absolutely love these.

July 9, 2010 - 8:31 am

Kim - LOVE these pictures. LOVE pretty much everything you do. Everytime I check your blog for something new I’m amazed at how gifted you really are. If you ever shoot someone who doesn’t want their picture taken, no one would ever know it. You make your clients look so comfortable and at ease. So jealous!!! Perfection!

July 9, 2010 - 11:23 pm

brian rickey - Well, another win! These really have personality to them and a solid feel. Great set. I am assuming you are shooting these either in the very early morning or very late afternoon?

July 11, 2010 - 10:48 am

Melissa Niu - Ooooo, I’m glad I ran into your blog. I like you guys. For sure. Your style is awesome.

July 13, 2010 - 12:20 pm

holly - these are cool. that girl looks familiar.

July 21, 2010 - 10:10 am

Gail - All I’m gonna say is HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOO Maxwell.

Oh, and that last shot? CANVAS.

July 29, 2010 - 8:34 am

bobbi - uhm. wow. hot. like. really hot. i’m staring. wow. hot.

August 1, 2010 - 2:07 pm

Maya Laurent - Wow…everyone already said it but hello hottness! :) Love all of these…you guys rocked this.

September 2, 2010 - 10:39 pm

Chelsea Weller - Thanks for letting me be apart of this shoot. Everyone was amazing :)

@Jake Ford its was me Chelsea, in the shot with Max

September 23, 2010 - 12:18 pm

Kelly Beane - These are fabulous in every way. In some of the shots in front of the wind/brick/blue area he resembles Peter Petrelli in Heroes – can’t remember the guy’s real name. Hotness though ;)

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Our Adin boy {happy birthday}

Today our oldest son turns 8!  Instead of the usual birthday post, I thought I would share photos from Adin’s first camping trip with Brett over Memorial Day Weekend.  After all, at this age, there really could be nothing more special to him.  I can’t even begin to describe to you how overwhelmed with emotion he was when Brett surprised him with a 2-night primitive camp trip.  I was so excited for him to have this “first” experience.

Brett and Adin took turns taking lots of photos that weekend.  Something about this image drew me in….

After working with it I realized why…

It reminded me of this beloved photo below, that we took on a hike when he was 4 years old.

(Oh, my sweet little baby boy!)

Brett and Adin had fun exploring the woods.  They found GIANT mushrooms and of course broke them up, for fun.  When I saw this photo I thought it was Brett’s hand.  Now I realize my little boy has his father’s PAWS instead of hands!

Adin’s sweet little sleepy boy face….

sunrise in back…

Adin loved that he could finally bust out his pocket knife.  At home he can’t really “play” with it much, with two little brothers around.

He played in a nearby stream for hours.  He made little wood “boats” that he raced down the stream.

Until he saw THIS.

Then he HAD to make THIS.

(Boys….love them)

He couldn’t wait until the fire was started.

I just love that he had such a wonderful time with just his Dad.  I’m sure this will not be the last…..

Happy Birthday to our big boy!!!!  Love you Adin!

Mama + Baba

July 5, 2010 - 10:43 am

Bonnie - That second to last picture? It.melted.my.heart.

July 5, 2010 - 11:41 am

Hans Einspanier - I would like you to be my dad ! ;-) )
Great emotions ! I can smell the forest and the fire in your pictures . And feel the love to your son ! I”m a fan ! Wow !!!

July 5, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Nessa - He (and your hubby) is SO CUTE! I love that these photos capture that heart tug that comes with being a parent. Thank you for sharing these, they made me want to take my kids camping, and I don’t even like camping that much! LOL

July 5, 2010 - 12:38 pm

betsy - Wow, this is so amazing. What an AWESOME experience for the two of them. It brought tears to my eyes. Your husband….what a great dad! John will FLIP when he see’s this post. I know he can’t wait to do the same stuff.

Beautiful photos! Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!

July 5, 2010 - 1:07 pm

John - What a great post. Betsy’s right, I can’t wait to do something like that with Miles. It looks like it was a perfect weekend.

July 5, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Ashie - Happy Birthday AJ! Love you lots!

July 5, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Mr. Blonde - Great post. Fantastic photos celebrating life!

July 5, 2010 - 10:18 pm

holly - i love you, sweet little man. you brighten my life! plus you are WAY cool, dude!

July 6, 2010 - 6:00 am

edie - what a wonderful gift to give a boy!
love to you all,

July 6, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Clary - I always love posts with your family. The beautiful resemblance of you all strikes me. Happy birthday to your oldest boy:)!!

July 7, 2010 - 9:45 am

Katie - I absolutely love this post. What a great experience! And those photos are fantastic. :)

July 8, 2010 - 8:10 pm

patty - loved sharing this camping trip… such ‘boy’ images, captured perfectly. he looks like his dad. happy birthday to him! :)

July 13, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Jill Broyles - Eric strongly suggested that I look at this post. It is so awesome! I am going to cry! I love the photos of Adin and Brett together.