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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: November 2010

maggie + nathan

If there was a contest for the most adorable couple in the world, I am pretty sure Maggie and Nathan would be contenders for first place.  If you are a frequent visitor to our blog, then you may recall Maggie and Nathan from their intimate wedding last fall.  The blog EXPLODED when we posted their photos, and I still have people writing me about, “The bride in the tall grasses…” :)  Well, here they are after one year of marriage- super happy, in love, and just as adorable as ever!

When they got married they moved into Maggie’s Grandmother’s old house.  She found these books and blanket of her Grandmother’s in the attic, and brought them along for the shoot.  I loved this idea.

Much love to you two! :)

jess + brett

November 30, 2010 - 10:09 am

Gail - That black and white of them in the alley is my FAVE!!! Just screams canvas!!!

PS — I want that last coat of hers. Heck, her entire wardrobe please!! ;)

November 30, 2010 - 11:16 am

Mel - Yum.

November 30, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Kelly - Love this session! You’re right – totally adorable :) And Maggie reminds me of Natalie Portman…she is so pretty!

November 30, 2010 - 12:09 pm

maggie - All my words are coming out like jhdsfjysdfhejewhr!!!! You guys have so many skills! Thank you for capturing our silly love.

November 30, 2010 - 12:10 pm

Alyson - Gorgeous couple! You captured them beautifully!

November 30, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Chelle Nicole - Love this post! I have been following your blog for some time now…and this couple is definitely one of my favs! Thanks for sharing!

November 30, 2010 - 11:22 pm

maggie - Here I am visiting the blog again…for the 16th time today :) )

December 1, 2010 - 1:33 am

Danielle Kanka - I love ALL the photos! What a great session I love the colors and creativity. And not to mention what a super adorable couple!

December 1, 2010 - 6:46 am


December 1, 2010 - 8:51 am

nelly - great session – the last photo is my favorite !

December 1, 2010 - 8:59 am

Shannon Selim - Love the last one! Great framing and light! Still waiting for the last of your New Mexico trip, did I miss it?

December 1, 2010 - 4:57 pm

adam - stellar sesh!!
that last shot is hot :)

December 1, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Jess W. - I’m crazy over this session. Love everything about it.

December 1, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Jessica - ah! that last one is phenomenal. goosebumps.

smashing pumpkins and reasons for thanks.

I love fall.  I love Thanksgiving. I love counting my blessings, and thanking my Lord for happiness, for struggles, for growth, for contentment, for life.

I was looking around the internet for poems and quotes about “being thankful” and found this little gem. It is very simply stated, but words of wisdom nonetheless:

Be thankful that you don’t already have
everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be
to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made an effort.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they will become your blessings.

And now on to the smashing pumpkins part.

What do you get when you take your kids to the pumpkin patch very late in the season?  No crowds, more apple fritters for mom, and rotten pumpkins for my boys to smash. ;)We had a great time a few weeks back visiting our favorite apple/pumpkin farm, and here are a few snaps to prove it.  But DANG I don’t know why I didn’t photo my coveted apple fritter….and now I have to wait a whole year to have them again!

My hope is that everyone is able to find a reason to give thanks today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoy some quality time with your families! We will be celebrating four times over the next few days, and I’m so looking forward to seeing my friends and family. :)

November 25, 2010 - 12:00 pm

It’s me, Betsy! - Lobe this post and the beautiful message.

PS I have that jacket in black and brown!

PPS I have your dresses in a box to return but waiting on the little gift that will go back with them to you. :-)

November 26, 2010 - 11:25 am

Jenny - Thanks for the special words reminding us how to live our lives with perspective. I really appreciate that. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2010 - 9:41 pm

Lisa - Great pictures Jess. You all looked like you enjoyed a most wonderful kind of Fall day. Your kids have some of the best facial expressions! Happy Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2010 - 6:40 am

Fran - Thanks for that thanksgiving message. I sent it to a friend who is in the middle of chemo. She said it helped!

November 30, 2010 - 8:58 pm

amanda reynolds - I HEART your family…love these :)

Katie, Ray, Tyler, Reagan, and Lola {family session}

The flow and energy that went into this session made for a perfect evening.  Katie contacted me about a doing a family session and I was over the moon excited!  You see, Katie is a local wedding vendor (an incredible florist) and I am just completely in love with her style.  She has such a passion for what she does, and it completely shows in her creations.  She did the flowers (and other creative goodies) for my own sister’s wedding, and rocked the socks off of everyone. Katie has also been so incredibly supportive of our work, complimenting us until I blush.  But, she’s a total sweetheart like that. ;)

Katie’s hubby Ray is an artist himself, of the photographer variety! It was such a pleasure (and so much dang fun) doing a session with such a creative family.

Reagan was teaching us how to do cartwheels. :)

Lola took a couple minutes to warm up, but she loved when I suggested tickling Mommy.

AH!!! You two are flipping ADORABLE.

In case there was any question as to who ran the show… ;)

Shyness OVER!




Haaa!! Tyler. :)

Beautiful babies…..

Tyler, you’re a great big brother.

Boys ;)

I had Katie do a few head-shots for the biz because she was a SMOKIN’ hot mama!!!

Me loves this.

Katie, you’re a doll.

AHHH!!! I LOVED this session.

Katie, Ray, Tyler, Reagan and Lola- thanks for your patience on the blog post!  And thanks for doing a session with us!! You guys are such a precious family. :)

November 22, 2010 - 11:38 am

Clary - I can see why this is your favorite fam sesh of the year. Such a beautiful family and so much love you photographed. The shots of the three little ones are perfect!

November 22, 2010 - 11:39 am

melanie - uuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm adorable!! KATIE!!!! holy cow!! you clean up NICE!! your hair cut is perfect. your makeup is perfect. stinkin cute clothes! and that family of yours! not to mention that hottie of a husband?! aghhh! i love love love this whole session. jess and brett, u rocked it. great job guys.

November 22, 2010 - 11:46 am

Gail - OK, you know how you remember a handful of shoots from your photographer friends? Last year, for me, it was your Mad Men-esque family shoot. This year, it’s DEFINITELY going to be this family shoot (and Janica’s). LOVE LOVE LOVE. The colors, the processing, their outfits, the love. It’s all perfect for the season! :)

PS – That gold jacket of Katie’s? HOT.

November 22, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Lauren Hayes - These are equal parts, creative/stylish/authentic/fun/real. Absolutely perfection and a timeless family treasure. Bravo.

November 22, 2010 - 12:34 pm

Lauren - omg. these are GORGEOUS! Love them!!

November 22, 2010 - 1:53 pm

maggie - Lola has beautiful hair and I love the shot of the kiddos cuddled up on the blanket. This family is so cute!

November 22, 2010 - 2:01 pm

Stefanie - Adorable family session! Wonderful job!!!

November 22, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Brock - Just Awesome! I would go broke buying canvas’s! So good!

November 22, 2010 - 5:21 pm

Amy - WOWZA!!!! GORGEOUS photos!!!!!

November 22, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Kel lee - LOVE this! She does have the cutest family doesn’t she! Katie- love the hair!

November 22, 2010 - 9:38 pm

adam (3) - rockin sesh!!

November 23, 2010 - 2:07 pm

nelly - this cabin is sooooo cool ! great session !

November 25, 2010 - 10:50 am

Holly - love this! it’s like j.crew or anthropologie … only with heart and soul. ahhh, in love with this session.

November 28, 2010 - 6:11 pm

meg duerksen - these are gorgeous.
i love the outfits…the mama’s hair….the setting…the sun!

jennifer + scott {the wedding}

It was a perfect fall day for the celebration of Jen and Scott.  What a pleasure being surrounded by loving family, photographing Jen in the beautiful home that she grew up in, and documenting the union of two wonderful people.

Seriously, so in LOVE with her dress.

Jen’s smile just made the day. :)

Scott and the guys getting ready….

Precious flower girls, waiting to go.

Beautiful floral arrangements by Robin Wood, and purple is one of my favorite colors for fall.  The dresses were PERFECT!

I love father-daughter bonds. :)

Beautiful reception at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Watching their “same day edit” by Studio Z films!

Jen and Scott, thank you for everything!  You guys were just amazing, and Brett and I so enjoyed the day with you, and your family and friends.  Brett and I wish you all the best for many years to come! :)

November 16, 2010 - 11:23 am

Cassie - Love the couple dancing!! So cute. And that ring shot!

November 17, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Jenny Hauser - Jess & Brett, we simply cannot thank you enough. People say you should choose your photographers wisely since they will be with you all day. Well, I can’t think of anyone who could have done a better job or been more fun on such an emotional day. Your positive attitudes and smiles made everyone feel comfortable. You are professional and easy-going at the same time. From the moment we met, I was never worried about the photography. We were so happy to have you with us, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

November 17, 2010 - 6:22 pm

Jenny - Oh, and for the record, my favorite shot is fixing the veil with Mom holding the edges. Scott’s vote is for all the girls standing in front of the house since he says that’s how we really look!

November 18, 2010 - 10:12 pm

Jaimie Dee – Atlanta Wedding Photographer - you have a very interesting style, I’m sure I mentioned before. But I love it!!! Keep it up!! :)

November 19, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Maggie Hauser - Jess and Brent, You guys are awesome and the pictures turned out sooooo well! I am obsessed with your website! I have been looking at all your pictures and you guys do an amazing job! I hope when I get married I can have you both be my photographers but I don’t think I can afford you :( And I don’t know what is my favorite picture yet. I’ll have to look through them again and again before I can pick a favorite. Good job! you guys are very creative and I love that!

November 19, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Maggie Hauser - I meant Brett not Brent I’m sorry!

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