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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 2011

rebecca & warren {love}

Rebecca and Warren came in from Washington D.C. to do their engagement session, and we lucked out with a GORGEOUS evening. These two were so fun to hang out with, and were up for anything. Frankly, they made our job easy.;)

We can’t wait to witness them saying their “I-Do’s” next weekend!

September 16, 2011 - 11:24 am

Gail - Oh that light! Those flowers! Their love ….


September 16, 2011 - 11:41 am

sarah - so cute! I like the ones of them laughing in the flowers <3

September 16, 2011 - 11:41 am

sarah - so cute! I like the ones of them laughing the flowers


September 16, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Elizabeth - Oh, so great! Captures them so well. Makes me want to have you all do our family pictures :) Looking forward to meeting you next weekend (I’m a bride’s maid)…

September 16, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Jake Ford - Wow! Those shots in the flowers are awesome! The sunlight is perfect!

September 18, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Lisa - Wowzer!!%20That%20is%20amazing%20some%20amazing%20stuff.

September 19, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Barry - It’s pretty cool of you Warren to let Rebecca borrow your sunhat.

September 20, 2011 - 9:45 am

Gabe - so amazing guys. i love the happiness that is captured here. from the little moments. the laughter. the beautiful light. well done.

first floor redo {week nine!}

It’s been a couple months since I’ve updated about our kitchen and first floor home redo. If you follow my twitter or facebook, then you have seen pictures from my phone along the way. If you missed part one, click here to get caught up;)

We’ve been having FUN over the past 9 weeks. “Fun” can also be synonymous with: frustrated, stressed, excited, emotional and a few other adjectives I will withhold. It has certainly been interesting, and honestly so exciting.

I have to say, our contractor has been a gem. He went OUT of his way to always ensure that we had water, a sink hook-up, and all of our appliances available for use. Even at times when we had a stove sitting in the middle of the floor, we had constant access to cooking which was a major concern of ours. We don’t eat out often, and we cook 3 meals most every day. The process could have been MUCH harder on us.

Floors were all placed, we made our tiny 80′s cut-out from the kitchen to the dining room larger, and new appliances began to trickle in. I began working on the dining room decor, which I wanted to make more of an “everyday” room than a formal dining room. It’s looking great I must say, and we’ve been doing school in there for the last few weeks so it is really feeling like home.

Making this wall cut-out bigger has been the biggest change for us yet! I can’t believe we’ve lived 5 yrs with it that small.

We call this our “hillbilly sink.” Lee (our contractor) propped our faucet on a 2×4 since we didn’t have a counter.

Before the counters we put in, we all traced our hands on the plywood tops that have served as counters for us over the past couple months. We figured someday, someone will rip the counters out and this would be a little time capsule of us.

Brett’s new baby:

Snippets from around the kitchen and dining room:

Once we finish painting, get our shelving up, and our art on the walls, I will post the completed rooms! :)

It’s an overwhelming experience seeing your dreams take shape before your eyes. We’re feeling extremely blessed here in the Z home.

September 15, 2011 - 10:53 am

Myriam - wow i love!!! very beautiful new kitchen .

September 15, 2011 - 11:07 am

Gail - EEK!! SO exciting!! I am LOVING all the rugs you’re showing too!! Where are the chairs and rug in the dining room from? GORGEOUS!!! I feel like we’ve talked about this so much, it feels like a surrogate kitchen :)

September 15, 2011 - 11:23 am

Esther - Okay I might be coveting just a bit here! It’s so beautiful! That sink- oh my! What a lovely space for a beautiful family!

September 15, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Gem - Your kitchen looks uber great!! I ♥ your gas range!

September 15, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Chanda - Loving it! Okay you so have to let us know the source of your dining table rug. I’ve been on the mad hunt for a similar one and yours is awesome!

September 16, 2011 - 9:30 am

Betsy - Ohhhhhhhhh my god it’s sooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously amazing!!!! So you!

Yes, spill it on the chairs.

I can’t wait to come and have coffee! (When the HECK are we going to do that? It will have to be Winter! We are going to Disney AND Puerto Rico this fall. Nuts, I know!)

September 16, 2011 - 4:52 pm

melanie - that floor is sexy. as is the sink, stove…ok all of it. jealous.

September 18, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Rachel - Love, love, love your hand print time-capsule. What a great idea! “This house IS filled with love.” So sweet!

September 19, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Maya - You guys – it is looking awesome! I loove those kitchen chairs and the rugs are just perfect.

September 22, 2011 - 3:00 pm

tara - All i am feeling is jealousy. Hahhaahhaa.
I want I WANT. :)
Yay for you guys.

candice, dan, & stevie

It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph this sweet little family! Candice and Dan are photographers themselves based out of Charlotte, NC. What an honor it was that they drove up to Cincinnati for a family session with their super sweet little girl, Stevie.

We had such a beautiful morning hanging out getting to know these guys, and being witness to their precious family bond.

Special thanks to Kelly at Cinci Makeup and Sam at High Five Salon for meeting so early in the morning! Also, big thanks to Finn Meadows Farm for the use of their farm.

Candice and Dan, you two are just awesome and your little girl is beyond precious. Thanks again for coming to visit!:)

September 13, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Ashley - I have been following Candice and Dan, The Beautiful Mess, for years and am so happy to see they got to be photographed by you, Jess and Brett! You are amazing and do great work. Their family is absolutely precious and you captured it so perfectly! Stevie… oh what a doll… they are sure lucky to have such a perfect lil family :) I love love love the second to last one, I feel like that screams their personalities.

September 13, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Gail - I love:
1) His mohawk
2) Her awesome hair
3) THAT BABY!!!!

September 13, 2011 - 2:37 pm

Candice & Dan & Stevie {The Beautiful Mess} - *squeal* Thank you for such a fun time! We’ll cherish these family photos forever…and we think a ton of you guys! Thank you so much!

September 13, 2011 - 3:03 pm

Kristen - I love their work and I love to see this family grow together in love. So cute and beautifully captured.

September 14, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Myriam - so cute <3

September 14, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Caitlin Sullivan - Oh my stars! Could there BE a cuter family?!

September 16, 2011 - 10:48 am

Lisa - Wowzer!! Gorgeous family and gorgeous photos.

October 1, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Jenny J Cook - Awesome session! Adore this family, and you’ve captured them and their personalities so very well. Really enjoyed looking at these. ;)

engagement at the farm {film}

I was so excited to receive these scans back as this was our first engagement session that we also shot with film.  You may remember Lauren and Ian’s engagement session in a recent post.  It was a brilliant summer evening and we had a great time with this couple out at the farm.

All images taken with our Contax 645 camera with Fuji Pro 400H film.


September 8, 2011 - 11:40 am

Betsy - UNREAL!!!! So love these!!!!! Oh girl, just love this shoot.

September 8, 2011 - 11:46 am

Yoda - Insanely talented. You are!

September 8, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Keaton - Phenomenal!! These are brilliant!! The colors of film are truly inspiring.

September 13, 2011 - 7:45 am

adam(3) - love.
who else has Yoda commenting on their blog…..the force is strong with you :)

September 14, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Caitlin Sullivan - Gorgeous!! Love that foggy look :)

February 8, 2018 - 11:09 am

Kombi Servisi - great images and wonderful words. thanks for sharing