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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: May 2011

the old dead grasses {film}

This spring we were cutting down the old dead grasses from last year and the boys were working on it with me.  I suggested they make a fort in the back woods with the grasses.  They asked me to help them out and I gladly accepted.  Our boys help us remember what it is like to be young, carefree spirits.  Deep inside of us all there is the little child we once were that has somehow been overshadowed by the man/woman we have become.  Having these children to cherish, hold, and watch grow up helps us remember what it was like to be young and to stay young in spirit ourselves.  It helps us to realize how fragile and dependent upon one another we all are.  We need to get inside their little world from time to time and learn from them.  We can learn to have a more humble and contrite spirit and lean on each other for support as they do.  Never lose touch with your inner child.  ~brett {baba}

May 26, 2011 - 9:40 am

Cassie - This looks straight out of Where the Wild Things Are. Love it.

May 27, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Patty Mabry your cousin - That last picture of your little boy; what is it? Both my boys sucked those fingers! I love your comment about playing. We forget that we should let go and remember the “child” inside us sometimes. Thanks for the reminder.

May 27, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Katie - It’s so wonderful getting to know your beautiful family through jess’s point of view on this blog. Seeing the same sense of love and wonder coming through in your voice is so sweet. Thanks for posting Brett. It’s so easy to fall in love with the Z family :) (oh yeah, and your film work is gorgeous!!)

May 30, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Gabe - great images and wonderful words. thanks for sharing this Brett.

June 7, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Rachel B. - Oh, wow! How did I miss these? These are so pure and beautiful. Makes me almost long for fall since these have a very autumnal feel to them.

Reagan, Steve, Mya, and Sadie {the Z family}

It’s always a huge pleasure when you get the chance to photograph another creative professional, and this family is chock full of creativity!  Steve is the owner of the hugely successful Studio Z Films and Zug Media, along with the help and support of his beautiful wife, Reagan.  Together, with their two precious gals, we had such an awesome night hanging together!

The wall that matched their clothes happened by:

a.) I found out the color of their clothing and I broke out my inner graffiti artist.

or

b.) We walked around a corner and were interestingly SURPRISED!

;)

Mya on the left is 4 going on 13, loves to chat, and is super sweet and loveable. Sadie on the right is nearly 2, quiet, super smiley, and is in love with her sister, Mommy, and Daddy. :)

Mya was teaching us facts about flamingos. ;)

LOVE this snuggly family shot!

Mya shows her affection by grabbing hands and kissing them.  Brett and I even got one during the session. Lucky us!

“Cheers!!”

Reagan, Steve, Mya, and Sadie…..you guys were super fun to hang with!  Steve, we just adored getting to know your awesome family!

May 24, 2011 - 9:54 am

Gail - GAHHHHHH–these shots are AUHMAZING! I just can’t believe how well all those colors tie together. Don’t you love when that happens? These two kiddos are at that perfect sweet age too.

LOVE these Jess and Brett!

May 24, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Kelly - Awesome photos, awesome location!! Such a cute family :)

May 24, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Reagan Z - Thank you so much Jess & Brett for capturing such amazing moments that day. We had such a blast with you guys!!! You are so fun to be around & have that quality that just made us feel comfortable being in front of the camera which we are not used to. The girls were so excited to see these pics, we can’t wait to share these with the rest of our family!!!

May 24, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Alison - So cute! I love these :)

May 24, 2011 - 8:58 pm

ryan koral - LOVE these guys (and these pics!!!)

May 25, 2011 - 9:56 am

Ashie - The Z families collide! I love these. The last two are my favorite. I also love the shots of Steve and Reagan. The couple and the light is beautiful! This family and these pics are absolutely adorable.

May 25, 2011 - 11:32 am

Lisa - Gorgeous!! Oh my and that “double” kissing shoot….so precious!

May 25, 2011 - 5:00 pm

gina - awe!!! these are awesome! and, uhm…what if i picked the first option??;)
hey steve! you have a beautiful family and so lucky to have yourselves captured by two fabulous photographers!!!

May 25, 2011 - 9:17 pm

Melody - These are so sweet! Beautiful work!

April 21, 2014 - 8:15 am

Marshall - - I am a complete srngtaer that wondered upon this post on Facebook but WOW! Jess that smile will silence a room. You two look so fun and amazing! Wishing you the best in happiness, love and appreciation!

July 1, 2011 - 12:05 pm

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Sonya, David, Addison & Eli {family}

It is family session time around here for us!

First up is this beautiful little family of four who chose to have their session in one of our favorite towns, Yellow Springs.  Brett went to High School with Sonya so it was fun hanging out and getting to know her family. She and David have two adorable boys, Addison (4), and Eli (1 and a half).

Addison said at this point, “I’m just a really happy kid.”

The photo below exemplifies that sentiment with his little feet off the ground. ;)

I’m a sucker for brother love.

Eli is such a chill, sweet, little dude.

I can’t help but imagine this photo below being something that his children will have hanging on their walls, as a look back in history.

Sonya and David, you have a wonderful little family.

Thanks so much for doing a session with us, and bookmarking your family at this point in your lives. :)

May 18, 2011 - 9:47 am

Gail - These are SO sweet! What adorable little guys! And I love the location you picked for this session! Hope this family picks a lot of these to hang up on their walls ;)

May 18, 2011 - 1:06 pm

Gabe - wow guys. these are gorgeous. so i think we may need to trade family sessions. when are you all coming up to Canada again..? wink-wink :) anyway….again beautiful session!!

May 19, 2011 - 7:57 am

Lisa - Gosh I just love your family stuff…soooo gorgeous!!

May 20, 2011 - 3:06 pm

Kelly - Beautiful shots! What a cute family too :)

a lil’ family stay-cation.

A couple of weeks ago we took the day off and had a mini-vacation here in Cincy.  We started off the day by heading down to one of our favorite spots, Coffee Emporium, for some tasty treats and the most yummilous coffee in town. We were shocked to run into some out of town friends as soon as we got there….funny thing is we were really bummed as we had tried to get together with them the day before and it hadn’t worked out due to all the rain. It was so awesome having an unexpected breakfast with them! :)

Then we headed out to a Cincinnati Reds game. With ALL the rain we’ve been having, we lucked out with perfect weather to enjoy a day game!

My kids chowed on junk food, which is a total “treat” for them.

I thought for sure the kids would be bored by the 5th inning and we would have to leave early. I was shocked that when the 9th began, they were mad I wanted to leave and beat the crowds!  It hit me for the first time that having 3 boys I will most likely be frequenting Reds games….which is completely fine by me!

After that we came home and relaxed. The next day I forced Brett to help me clean out our storage closet and I donated 14 bags of clothes, and also have 8 bags for our upcoming yard sale. Wow to feeling like a hoarder.

We also picked out our new hard wood floor for our kitchen renovation. (Yay!!!) :)We checked to see what it would look like with the cute antique table I snagged, and I think they are going to look great together!

Can’t wait to share more on our first floor renovation soon.

May 4, 2011 - 10:15 am

Barb - Beautiful pics and that flooring is to DIE for!

May 4, 2011 - 10:48 am

Gail - AMEN girl! I want a day like that day too! And I love the Reds! Nick and I need to come over and go to a game with your brood! (when I was an intern at the Enquirer, they sent all of us there as a farewell gift with amazing behind-the-plate seats –such a fun memory!) Oh, and funny, one of my first “family” vacations, I was about Riah’s age and we went to Cincy to see a Reds game and go to Kings Island! :)

PS – YEAH to those yummy hardwood floors! JEALOUS!

May 4, 2011 - 11:05 am

Betsy - What Gail just said! Minus the intern and baseball game stuff. : ) Love ya!!

I need to get back with you about stopping by in a couple of weeks!!!

May 6, 2011 - 10:02 am

meredith - The rest of your day looked like a blast! I’m so glad we ran into you guys and that the sun smiled at you..

May 8, 2011 - 11:39 pm

brian rickey - Beautiful pictures as always, but if you want to see some real baseball you should wait until the Cardinals come to town. :)

May 8, 2011 - 11:40 pm

brian rickey - Beautiful pictures as always, but if you want to see some real baseball you should go see the Cardinals when they are in town. :)

May 13, 2011 - 8:10 pm

Mia Baker - awesome pictures! looks like you guys had a blast at the game. :)