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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: September 2010

kelly + nate

I think it is such a joy when a married couple wants photos taken…just because.  Kelly and Nate have been married a couple years, but they wanted some photos that captured them in their life right now.  I completely love this idea!

We drove up to Columbus and spent an evening getting to know these two wonderful people.  The love they had for each other (and their two “babies”) is quite evident.  The way Nate looks at Kelly is so sincere.  He completely adores her.  And Kelly has the most beautiful smile and laugh that Nate so easily brings out of her. :)  Nate, I still think part-time comedian should be in your future.

We began around their home with their two very lovable and playful dogs.

We moved onto a place that Brett and I found on the drive in to Columbus.  It was a photographer’s gold mine of goodness!

Kelly, you are GORGEOUS inside and out!

We ended with some night shooting on the campus of OSU where they first met.

Kelly and Nate, you two rocked this session!!  Nate, I know you thought you would be tough to photograph….NOT the case in the least.  Both of you were so at ease.  Thanks so much for having us do this session for you!

jess + brett

September 28, 2010 - 9:44 am

Gail - LOVE the lighting techniques you’ve put into play here! And I want every item that Kelly wore for this shoot! That gal is STYLISH!

September 28, 2010 - 9:49 am

Leeka K. - Loved the shots by the river and all the night shots! Gorgeous!!!

September 28, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Maggie - love love loooooooove…this is just too precious for words.

September 28, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Casey - Beautiful photos! You were so very close to where I live (like 5 minutes!). It’s nice to see your view of places so familiar to me :) Kudos!!

September 28, 2010 - 3:51 pm

Tina - Wonderful pictures! And I love that last dress! Can anyone tell me where it’s from?

September 28, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Angie Ball - What great pictures!

September 28, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Kelly - Thanks again, Jess and Brett! We had such a blast doing this! I couldn’t be happier with how the shots turned out. Tina, I bought the orange dress at Macy’s (on clearance!). It’s a Ralph Lauren.

September 29, 2010 - 11:32 am

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - Gorgeous!! Love the tree shot with the spotlight on her :)

September 29, 2010 - 1:20 pm

pam - Amazing. The couple and the photography.

October 1, 2010 - 4:49 am

nelly - great photos ! I love the ones with the cabin.

Cece {studio3z senior}

Cece is beautiful and bright, inside and out!  Her smile is incredibly contagious, guaranteed to affect those around.

Together we explored around a new part of town, and I couldn’t be more happy with how these turned out!

Naturally prone to smile, I asked Cece for a more serious look.  I said, “Think of….umm…..dead animals.”  Weird, I know, but that’s just what came out. It made us laugh and led to the photo below.  It became our running joke for the night when I needed a straight face.

I have no clue what’s up below….I’m guessing I found something I said to be completely hilarious. But it made me laugh how Cece is looking at me like I am completely nuts.  ;)

Thanks Cece for having your session with us….walking and walking, and getting yelled at in back country fields. :)  We wish you all the best in this next step in your life!

September 24, 2010 - 10:35 am

Gail - WOW – Cece is FIERCE in these photos? (is that too 2003-Tyra-Banks to still be saying? haha) Either way, you guys really showcased her beauty. And that light? FANTASTIC!

BTW: I’m glad I don’t have a version of Brett to document me during my shoots because NO WAY do I look as cute as you do! BTW – where did you get that adorable chambray dress? I’m dying to find one similar!

September 24, 2010 - 4:15 pm

melanie - youre adorable jess. you make me look like a heathen on photo sessions!! KILLER sesh. jealous of your light. i cant even pick a fav i love them alllll.

September 24, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Julie (Cece’s mom) - My daughter is not the most cooperative child in the world when it comes to being photographed. Needless to say, you guys were able to help her come out of her shell. These turned out wonderful!! I cannot wait to see the rest! Thanks again for such an awesome experience.

September 24, 2010 - 8:16 pm

Jodi - Wow. I did this job for awhile and thought I was pretty good…but wow. Cece is a perfect subject but you did a wonderful job of bringing out every look I see in her!! Great Great job. And Great talent!! I’m guessing I’ll be seeing you in a couple of years.

September 25, 2010 - 8:54 am

Jess W. - Flipping incredible!! Lighting, subject, compostition, locations = PERFECTION. I’m sure Cece is ecstatic about these photos.

September 25, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Jay HIll - Absolutely wonderful. So raw and beautiful.

September 27, 2010 - 4:57 pm

Jaimie Dee – Atlanta Wedding Photographer - Oooh! The field shots are definitely my favorite!!! Again, excellent work! :)

September 29, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Clary - Seniors are so hard for me to photograph so I love love seeing it done right. These are beautiful!!

two years later.

We had an amazing time in New York City over Labor Day weekend with these two.

Our good friends Jess and Tony jam packed our 3 1/3 days in the big city, and we had SUCH a fun time. (Click HERE if you didn’t see our full post.) During that weekend, they also celebrated their 2 year anniversary, so Brett and I made sure to grab a snap here and there to document moments of their life in the city.

We love you guys!  Happy two years!  :)

September 20, 2010 - 8:46 am

Janica - Absolutely adorable couple! The second shot is such a beautiful moment…the smiles, the dog, the dancing…all perfect. :)

September 20, 2010 - 9:14 am

Maggie - I think everyone should have mandatory year and two-year shoots. So fun to see the progression!

September 20, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Jess W. - Awww!! I love these–ESPECIALLY the dancing pic! And that puppy, Jess and Tony! I want to squeeze it. So adorable.

September 21, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Gail - What a SUPER fun couples session! Cute doggie too! I bet you wish you could shoot e-sessions in NYC all the time huh? ;)

October 4, 2010 - 8:23 pm

lucy - how cute! love these pics of such a precious couple!


While visiting NYC, we had the opportunity to photograph the sweet, fun, and absolutely gorgeous Natalie.  She grew up in Cincinnati, and even went to the same high school that Brett and I attended.  My memory of her from school was when we took “Speech and Drama” together.  She was very sweet and so serious about the class.  I was not so serious, and avoided participation in there like the plague….why I actually took the class is beyond me.

Natalie ended up becoming a great actress, and when I came back to school to watch them perform “My Fair Lady,” Natalie  put on an unforgettable performance as Eliza. It is such a pleasure to see her now, in New York City, doing what she loves to do.

It had been a few years since she had head shots taken, and we lucked out with such a gorgeous day to work with!  The air was crisp, it was breezy, and the energy of the city was drawing me in each and every block we walked.

Natalie, you rocked it out!!!  Thanks for having fun with us. :)

jess & brett

September 14, 2010 - 8:46 am

AmyPunky Photography - She is gorgeous!! Beautiful session!!

September 14, 2010 - 8:46 am


September 14, 2010 - 9:24 am

Chantel - Wow, so pretty. And I love all the locations too!

September 14, 2010 - 10:56 am

Kelly - These are BEAUTIFUL! Maybe it’s a little wacky, but I feel like I can totally see Gail in those of these photos! Maybe it’s the bottom lip? :)

Great job, guys!!

September 14, 2010 - 5:07 pm

Maya Laurent - Absolutely beautiful! I recognize the high line in there.

September 14, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Katie - These are all beautiful – but that last one and fifth from the bottom are particularly stunning! Made me just stop and stare. She is gorgeous! Love it.

September 15, 2010 - 12:32 am

Jessica - I remember Natalie in My Fair Lady! I was a little CCS 4th grader, but I absolutely loved her. So wonderful to see that she is pursuing her dream! Also, this is my first comment, but I have to admit, I LOVE your blog and visit all the time – thank you for sharing your gift with us, Jess!

September 16, 2010 - 10:41 am

Beka - Beautiful shots! LOVE how you rocked the architecture in your compositions. :)

September 18, 2010 - 2:16 pm

gina - i’ve worked with natalie on commercial or two. she is sweet, beautiful and talented. you showed that here too. nice job;)

September 20, 2010 - 9:13 am

Maggie - kejwefjweiiwfeii!!!! I love the close-ups where the background is bubbly and the light is incredible. SO much talent and beauty!

September 20, 2010 - 8:10 pm

Jess W. - Amazing job, Jess & Brett– these are gorgeous pics of Natalie! I particularly love the close ups and the one of her crossing the street. So glad to hear that she’s pursuing her passion– she’s truly talented!