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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: November 2010

chelli + jeff

I think it is great when married couples want to have a photo session, just for fun.  Spending the time together, and having the photo memories to look back on….I would say a photo session is almost like a good therapy session for a married couple. ;)And I am only half kidding.

Jeff an Chelli are getting ready to celebrate 18 years together this December.  They made the trip down to Cincy from Columbus for the shoot, and if they look familiar, it is because they did a session with us at the end of last summer as well!

Cincinnati had a very colorless fall this year due to the lack of rain, but we found a FANTASTIC patch of color that evening!

I love this one….

Jeff and Chelli, you guys are awesome.  Thanks again for coming down and hanging with us!!

November 12, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Jeffrey - Thanks, guys, for making the whole experience an absolute delight.

November 13, 2010 - 10:38 am

Gail - GORGEOUS you guys! I love how you tied the fall foliage so well into this shoot. I’m sure they’re loving these!

Family time in New Mexico {part II}

If you missed the first part of our vacation, look here, then come back. :)  Here are a few more days of our family trip in October.

We spent a day at Bandelier National Monument, where we were able to explore around ancient ruins of the Pueblo people.  I heard someone say it was home to Anasazi people, which the kids loved because we studied them a bit last year.

The kids loved climbing into the cliff dwellings.

Some of Brett’s college buddies came along.  Here’s Mark and Gracie:)

Brett’s friend Jacob came with his family as well.

Dinner at Mark and Mel’s was a great end to the evening.  Can you tell I like my little boy?

Sunset outside their house…

Next day – Poor Priya

New Mexico is known for its red chile peppers…

Priya’s 11th birthday was the day we arrived to New Mexico. She loved when she was serenaded. ;)

Thanks for looking. I’m not done just yet. ;)

November 10, 2010 - 10:14 pm

Cassie - New Mexico just moved waaaaay up on my list of places to visit.

November 11, 2010 - 8:45 am

Donna - LOVE these images…so beautiful!

November 11, 2010 - 9:16 am

Courtney Howell - This place is so beautiful–I want to hop on a plane and go there right now!!!

November 11, 2010 - 11:00 am

Gail - Oh my goodness I just love joining your family on these vacations thanks to your photographs! Gabe’s little UGGs killed me in these posts, and Riah’s cowboy boots too! And could four kiddos love their uncle more?

Great shots friend!

November 11, 2010 - 11:28 am

Amanda Wilcher - I’m totally SMITTEN with these! I adore the one with you two hugging and LOVE the one of Brett climbing out of the ground. What a great photo really…

November 11, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Alyson - Jessica, the photo with the light coming through the opening and with him on the ladder is to die for! You did an amazing job with this photo! It’s one of my favorite of any of the photos I’ve seen of yours! I don’t normally leave you comments but I love it so much I just had to. -Alyson

November 11, 2010 - 1:37 pm

maggie - gahhhhh I love these and I love you guys! Do you think it would be totally weird to hang Z family portraits on MY walls because y’all are so stinkin’ gorgeous? :) ) PS: picture of ladder leading up and out of dwelling (16?) = perfection. Thanks for sharing!

November 11, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Xylia - Another beautiful set! I also loved the Uncle J photo. Can I ask who took the pictures when neither you nor your husband had the camera? They are great shots (28 & 32)!

November 11, 2010 - 3:43 pm

admin - @Xylia: #28 (living room shot) was a self timer, and #32 (me + brett) was taken by our daughter. :) Thanks everyone for the kind words! – jess

November 11, 2010 - 11:48 pm

Mel - That shot of j in the light. Holy shit. Next level.

November 12, 2010 - 6:21 am

Amy - Your pictures are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sharing them. The light, the beautiful vistas….BREATHTAKING!

November 12, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Ellee - I like the look on Brett’s face while Priya was getting serenaded for her birthday! So funny!

November 15, 2010 - 9:31 am

Jennifer Nichols - What a fun trip and fabulous photos! We visited New Mexico the past two summers and have fallen in love with it. Your photos make me want to plan our next visit. Your family is just beautiful.

March 15, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Emily - My boyfriend has been dropplet little seedlets of thoughts to grow in my head…he would like to get married in New Mexico. His reasoning is because of the scenes in Crazy Heart, which I have never seen. Up until seeing your pictures, I was entertaining his idea, but wasn’t quite sold…now I WANT to get married in New Mexico and I want to take you with me!

Thanks for sharing your amazing work.

new favorite

I have a nice big New Mexico post in the works, but don’t have enough time this morning to get it posted before school with the kids- look for it later today.

Here is one for now.

Call it my new favorite, because I am just smitten. This is another one of those images that I can imagine myself looking back on with such emotion and fondness.

me & my favorite person | Santa Fe, NM | 2010

November 10, 2010 - 9:15 am

Janica - No way.

November 10, 2010 - 9:27 am

Gail - Oooh — who shot this for you?! Did you set timer? Gorgeous long exposure to get those stars!

November 10, 2010 - 9:57 am

AmyPunky Photography - Oh my goodness! This is so powerful!!!

November 10, 2010 - 10:48 am

Maggie - WOW. I love this.

November 10, 2010 - 12:09 pm

adam(3) - stellar!

November 10, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Deanna - Amazing, it doesn’t even look real it is so beautiful! Oh the works of His hands!

November 10, 2010 - 3:31 pm

lucy - man jess, this photo…it sings to me. the sky, those stars…dreamy…*sigh*

November 11, 2010 - 9:10 pm

holly - ummm, how about this is the most beautiful photo i have ever seen?

Eliana turns one

It was just a little over a year ago when we did maternity shots of Lauren and Mark as they awaited the arrival of their sweet little girl.  It was surreal and wonderful seeing them for the first time in a year, now with their new little sidekick. :)  What an absolute CUTIE they have!

This photo, to me,  just encapsulates the wonderful beauty of new parents. It is such a magnificent time.

One of the few smiles we got from her that day, was looking at her Daddy.

On the way to our second location she fell asleep. :)

And she kept sleeping…..

Then she woke up and was thrilled to be at a bookstore that she loves and is familiar with.  She ran around looking through books, pulling them off the shelf, and plopped down to thumb through them.  It was adorable watching her!!

Lauren and Mark, thank you for letting us capture this precious time in your lives!  Your girl is just a sweetie pie….I could eat her up! ;)

November 8, 2010 - 11:30 am

Cassie - What an adorable family! The leaves were perfect…and those bookstore shots are so precious.

November 8, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Lora - Great shots of a beautiful family! Love the sleeping w/ binky book shot :)

November 8, 2010 - 11:30 pm

Mel - Way to find fall somewhere in cincy!!! Great color. First shot is perfect.

November 9, 2010 - 4:34 pm

erin - Lighting is amazing in these outdoor shots! LOVE the one laying in the leaves. What a sweet little family.

November 9, 2010 - 4:57 pm

Patty - Love the colorful second family shot, you caught a cute Ellie expression! She loves her books and rules in the book store!

November 9, 2010 - 6:33 pm

Lauren - Eliana surely is daddy’s lil gal! She does love her books, as you can tell ;) Thanks again Brett and Jess for taking her 1 year pics! Can’t wait to see the rest!

November 10, 2010 - 3:47 pm

lucy - awww precious baby ellie…she’s so cute…love the bookstore shots with mama and laughing with daddy. what a blessing to have such priceless moments captured.

November 10, 2010 - 6:32 pm

sara - You guys captured every side of Ellie at her finest – laughing, crying, sleeping, or searching! I love all of the ones where she’s walking around, and the family pic when she’s crying :-) Oh and I especially love the one where she’s reading a book as big as her in the tree trunk! It’s probably safe to say that I love them all. Great job, yet again, and thanks!