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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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film {experiment in light}

This is Brett, the other half of studio3z, writing my first, hopefully not last, blog entry.  Hello all!

So, we’ve decided to start shooting film again and I took my first roll of medium format film a couple of weeks ago.  I’m calling this my first “film experiment in light.”  There is something about film that draws us in to the images…something I can’t amply describe, but I like to call it “The Van Gogh Effect” because film grain and blur reminds me of his amazing textures and I love how it seems so much more pure, raw, and organic than digital.  And, I am an organic purist at heart.  There is  something deeply emotional about film in that it requires more time, effort, and patience.  Film also requires us to have a deeper connection with the subject that is elsewise absent.  This is what I love.

Well, I decided a few months back that I wanted to get back full circle to where this all began, but was dragging my heels on it.  When Jessica and I first started shooting together, I shot a lot of film.  Some of those photographs are still some of my favorites to date, but I could never get past the ease and convenience of digital.  This all met with a crescendo upon attending the WPPI conference this year.  This is where I became friends with a kindred spirit, Gabe McClintock, the incredibly talented man behind the camera of Perspectiveye Photography. Gabe was instrumental in my decision to start shooting film again and he was very helpful and graciously in lending me his ear on this venture.  If you haven’t checked out his work before, then indulge your senses and visit his blog here.  He shoots a lot of film these days and was one of my biggest inspirations for this endeavor…thank you Gabe!  I was also privileged to hear a couple of excellent and inspiring film artists speak at WPPI this year, Elizabeth Messina of Kiss The Groom Photography and Jose Villa.

Looking back, here is one of my 35mm film shots from the first wedding Jessica and I ever photographed:

Now, coming full circle, I’m shooting with my new (old) Contax 645 medium format camera.  This frame below is one of my favorites from the first roll I ever shot a couple weeks ago:

The water and light were so wondrous that I couldn’t stop shooting, so here are a few others…

That same day, the kids and I hung out with Grandma “Nanny” Beth, my mom, at Waffle House.  The vintage Waffle House feel and the beautiful light pouring through the windows all added up to what I felt was “film ready”…well, I’m actually getting addicted to it and now everything is seeming “film ready” these days:

We look forward to sharing more of our film experiments in light with you in the upcoming weeks.

brett & jess

April 27, 2011 - 7:46 am

Gail - GORGEOUS!!! You’re great with the film camera Brett! I look forward to seeing what else you capture in the months to come!

April 27, 2011 - 8:05 am

Bobbi - Loooooove!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2011 - 8:38 am

Mama - Aaaaahh…YES.. Spending time with family – there is NOTHING like it on this planet! Your children and grandchildren grow up way to fast… capture/cherish/inhale every moment you can… it is fleeting!

April 27, 2011 - 8:46 am

Stephanie Lyell - Beautiful. Film does have such a wonderful aura around it. I look forward to seeing more!

April 27, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Gabe - Brett these are incredible. The depth the film adds to your images is beautiful. I can’t wait to watch you and Jess’s journey with this medium…I know it’s going to be amazing!!

April 27, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Sarah - I’m taking a film class in school and am discouraged because it seems useless yet awesome. I’m glad to see that there are others out there who can make it worth something still, thanks for the inspiration!

April 27, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Jess W. - Those shots of Gabe are incredible, especially *love* that first one. Very much looking forward to seeing more! Oh, and who is that dapper couple in the first photo? ;)

May 4, 2011 - 11:21 am

amanda reynolds - Love these!!! Yay for shooting film again, isn’t it amazing?!?! Just sent 5 rolls off yesterday, the suspense alone makes it all worthwhile! ENJOY :)

July 14, 2017 - 10:13 am

Vinç Kiralama - I’m taking a film class in school and am discouraged because it seems useless yet awesome. I’m glad to see that there are others out there who can make it worth something still, thanks for the inspiration!

August 1, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Şerifali Nakliyat - Şerifali Nakliyat olarak uzun yıllardır İstanbul’un tüm ilçelerine ve Türkiye’nin dört bir köşesine yük ve eşya taşımacılığı yapmaktayız. Şerifali Nakliyat uzman personel desteği ve modern nakliye araçlarıyla kusursuz hizmetin öncüsü olan Şerifali Nakliyat firmamız, en iyi fiyat şartlarıyla nakliye hizmeti vermektedir.

January 22, 2019 - 3:36 pm

Ümraniye nakliyat - Ümraniye bölgesinde yük ve eşya taşımacılığı yapan nakliye şirketidir.

January 22, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Sancaktepe nakliyat - Sancaktepe Nakliyat

January 22, 2019 - 3:37 pm

İstanbul Ankara Nakliyat - İstanbul ankara nakliyat hizmetleri

January 22, 2019 - 3:38 pm

Kadıköy nakliyat - Kadıköy nakliyat

January 22, 2019 - 3:38 pm

Tuzla nakliyat - Tuzla nakliyat ve taşımacılık hizmetleri

February 27, 2019 - 3:15 pm

İstanbul Şehirler Arası Nakliyat Ambarı Firması - İstanbul Şehirler Arası Nakliyat Ambarı Firması Olarak İstanbul Ankara nakliyat ambarı hizmetlerini en uygun fiyat teklifleri ile gerçekleştirmektedir.

look up.

I can’t recall if I’ve posted this image or not.  Brett took it very spontaneously while doing a newborn shoot last December.  He looked up. He saw the sky. He pressed the shutter.

This frozen scene is magic to me.

Today I am reminded to watch for these moments….they are all around, every day of our lives.  We choose to notice them or not.

So today I say goodbye…

To twitter, to facebook, to itunes, to netflix, to word press…..

to editing, to email, to album design.

I’m heading outside with 12 little hands to hold (My niece and nephew are here to add to the mix).

If you think you don’t have a moment to spare….

You may be having a busy day, feeling stressed, maybe even depressed- in these cases I encourage it even more:

Step outside to breathe deeply for a moment.

And most importantly, don’t forget to look up.

July 14, 2010 - 9:11 am

Bree - Wow! Thank you for the reminder x

July 14, 2010 - 11:15 am

Shawna - Love this post. I needed it today.

July 14, 2010 - 11:33 am

Briony - beautiful.

July 14, 2010 - 11:53 am

wrecklessgirl - holy wow. i love this. make this huge and put it on canvas.

July 14, 2010 - 12:02 pm

AmyPunky Photography - This is stunning!!

July 14, 2010 - 8:19 pm

edie - You’re so cool.

July 16, 2010 - 11:32 am

Katie - A lovely post. Thanks for that. :)

July 17, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Jaimie Dee Photography - Beautiful website! I LOVE your work! I just stumbled across your stuff today and think it is amazing!!! I really appreciate your shooting style! I could look through your work all day. Keep it up! :)

July 20, 2010 - 4:10 pm

amanda reynolds - SO BEAUTIFUL!!

Our Adin boy {happy birthday}

Today our oldest son turns 8!  Instead of the usual birthday post, I thought I would share photos from Adin’s first camping trip with Brett over Memorial Day Weekend.  After all, at this age, there really could be nothing more special to him.  I can’t even begin to describe to you how overwhelmed with emotion he was when Brett surprised him with a 2-night primitive camp trip.  I was so excited for him to have this “first” experience.

Brett and Adin took turns taking lots of photos that weekend.  Something about this image drew me in….

After working with it I realized why…

It reminded me of this beloved photo below, that we took on a hike when he was 4 years old.

(Oh, my sweet little baby boy!)

Brett and Adin had fun exploring the woods.  They found GIANT mushrooms and of course broke them up, for fun.  When I saw this photo I thought it was Brett’s hand.  Now I realize my little boy has his father’s PAWS instead of hands!

Adin’s sweet little sleepy boy face….

sunrise in back…

Adin loved that he could finally bust out his pocket knife.  At home he can’t really “play” with it much, with two little brothers around.

He played in a nearby stream for hours.  He made little wood “boats” that he raced down the stream.

Until he saw THIS.

Then he HAD to make THIS.

(Boys….love them)

He couldn’t wait until the fire was started.

I just love that he had such a wonderful time with just his Dad.  I’m sure this will not be the last…..

Happy Birthday to our big boy!!!!  Love you Adin!

Mama + Baba

July 5, 2010 - 10:43 am

Bonnie - That second to last picture? It.melted.my.heart.

July 5, 2010 - 11:41 am

Hans Einspanier - I would like you to be my dad ! ;-) )
Great emotions ! I can smell the forest and the fire in your pictures . And feel the love to your son ! I”m a fan ! Wow !!!

July 5, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Nessa - He (and your hubby) is SO CUTE! I love that these photos capture that heart tug that comes with being a parent. Thank you for sharing these, they made me want to take my kids camping, and I don’t even like camping that much! LOL

July 5, 2010 - 12:38 pm

betsy - Wow, this is so amazing. What an AWESOME experience for the two of them. It brought tears to my eyes. Your husband….what a great dad! John will FLIP when he see’s this post. I know he can’t wait to do the same stuff.

Beautiful photos! Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!

July 5, 2010 - 1:07 pm

John - What a great post. Betsy’s right, I can’t wait to do something like that with Miles. It looks like it was a perfect weekend.

July 5, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Ashie - Happy Birthday AJ! Love you lots!

July 5, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Mr. Blonde - Great post. Fantastic photos celebrating life!

July 5, 2010 - 10:18 pm

holly - i love you, sweet little man. you brighten my life! plus you are WAY cool, dude!

July 6, 2010 - 6:00 am

edie - what a wonderful gift to give a boy!
love to you all,

July 6, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Clary - I always love posts with your family. The beautiful resemblance of you all strikes me. Happy birthday to your oldest boy:)!!

July 7, 2010 - 9:45 am

Katie - I absolutely love this post. What a great experience! And those photos are fantastic. :)

July 8, 2010 - 8:10 pm

patty - loved sharing this camping trip… such ‘boy’ images, captured perfectly. he looks like his dad. happy birthday to him! :)

July 13, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Jill Broyles - Eric strongly suggested that I look at this post. It is so awesome! I am going to cry! I love the photos of Adin and Brett together.