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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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Category Archives: family

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.

February 8, 2018 - 10:42 am

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

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.


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!


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!

April 29, 2014 - 4:44 pm

website - Why does this have to be the ONLY reliable source? Oh well, gj!

January 21, 2015 - 9:07 am

demirdöküm - very nice family frame

February 19, 2015 - 8:32 am

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December 3, 2016 - 6:42 am

Kombi Servisi - Beautiful work! Thanks

September 22, 2017 - 1:58 pm

Ankara Kombi Servisi - Amazing !!!

October 4, 2017 - 11:46 am

kombi servisi - Harika teşekkürler.

October 4, 2017 - 11:47 am

kombi servisi - Harika…

January 8, 2018 - 8:48 am

Ümraniye nakliyat - çok mükemmel.

January 8, 2018 - 8:49 am

Baloncuk duvarı - Baloncuk duvarı fiyatları kullanılan büyüklüğe, alana ve çeşitlerine göre farklılık göstermektedir. Ancak, işin kalitesi ne kadar etkileyici ve muhteşem olsa da fiyatlar son derece cazip ve bütçenize uygun olarak verilmektedir. Başından sonuna kadar aynı özveri ve anlayışlı bir tavırla istekleriniz yerine getirilerek herhangi bir sorun çıkmasının önüne geçilmiş olur.

February 8, 2018 - 10:42 am

Kombi Servisi - very nice family

May 11, 2019 - 6:43 am

Zeytinburnu inşaat malzemeleri - Great project perfect services.

May 11, 2019 - 6:43 am

Tuzla nakliyat - Tuzla nakliyat firması.

May 11, 2019 - 6:44 am

İkitelli nakliye - İkitelli taşımacılık adresi.

May 11, 2019 - 6:45 am

Zeytinburnu inşaat malzemeleri - Zeytinburnu inşaat malzemeleri firması.

July 15, 2019 - 1:57 am

Ankara Kombi Servisi - thanks new post

August 20, 2019 - 6:48 am

Anadolu ve Avrupa Yakası ilçelerin tamamında büyük küçük nakliye araçları ile kesintisiz hizmet sağlanmaktadır.
Büyük veya Küçük üzeri açık veya kapalı kasa nakliye araçları Tır, Kamyon ve Kamyonet için Bize Ulaşın.

August 20, 2019 - 6:49 am


August 20, 2019 - 6:49 am

NAME; İSTANBUL-NAKLİYAT - Buradaysanız nakliyat desteğine ihtiyacınız var, İstanbul Anadolu & Avrupa yakasında çalışan nakliye firması yada nakliyeci arıyorsunuz? Doğru yerdesiniz. Burada İstanbul genelinde her-türlü nakliyat işlerinizi tecrübeli elemanlarımızla eniyi şekilde tam vaktinde yerine getirmek için çalışmalar sürdüren, Uygun maliyetli İstanbul nakliyat ücretleri sunmakla beraber, Müşterilerinin gönül rahatlığını ön planda tutan, Kaliteli çalışmayı prensip edinmiş, Sizlerden aldığımız güç & istekler doğrultusunda İstanbul nakliyat firmaları arasında en iyisi olma yolunda emin adımlarla ilerlemekteyiz. Nakliyat elemanlarımız bilgi & tecrübeyi, Siz değerli müşterileri ile paylaşmanın gururunu duymaktadır. Kurulduğu günden itibaren nakliyat desteği hususunda dilerseniz komple taşımacılığı üstlenmekle birlikte veya sadece taşıma & nakliye yapan uzman kadroya sahip olan firmamızın bir-çok avantajlarından yararlanabilir, Bizimle çalışmanın ayrıcalığını yaşayabilirsiniz.

August 20, 2019 - 9:01 am

Bizler İkitelli’de nakliyat işleri (Şehir içi Nakliyat, Yük Taşıma, Evden Eve Nakliye, Ofis Taşıma, Şehirler Arası Nakliyat, Büyük Küçük Nakliye Araçları Kamyon, Kamyonet, Eşya Taşımacılığı) yapıyor, Sizlere güçlü sistemli hızlı nakliyat çözümleri sunuyoruz.

“İkitelli Nakliyat Firmaları, İkitelli Yük Eşya ve Ofis Taşıma Firması”

August 20, 2019 - 3:18 pm

BAKIRKÖY NAKLİYAT - Bakırköy Nakliyat; Şehir içi Nakliye, Evden Eve Nakliye, Ofis Büro Taşıma, Her-Türlü Nakliyat Aracı Desteği, Havaalanı, Liman, Ambar, Gümrük Depolama Yerlerinden Yük Alma, Özel Taşımacılık, Komple Nakliyat, Hafif Nakliyat, Ev Eşyası Nakliye, Parça Eşya Yük Nakliye, Palet Üzeri Yük Nakli, Sandık içi Yük Nakli, Fabrika Malzemeleri Taşıma, Kamyon Nakliye, Kamyonet Nakliye gibi Tüm nakliye işleri uygun fiyat kaliteli hizmet ile Bakırköy Nakliyat’ta.

August 21, 2019 - 7:45 am

ÇATI USTASI İSTANBUL - En uygun İstanbul çatı ustası fiyatları İstanbul ahşap çatı yapımı firmaları İstanbul çati tamiri yapan çatıcılar İstanbul izolasyon ustaları İstanbul çatı kaplama sistemleri İstanbul kiremit aktarma İstanbul çatıcı usta kaliteli işçilik ekonomik maliyetler garantili çözümler catiustasiistanbul.com’da.

August 23, 2019 - 8:48 am


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August 23, 2019 - 3:21 pm

ELEKTRİK USTASI - İstanbul Anadolu & Avrupa yakasında çalışan Elektrik Ustası firma yada Elektrikçi arayanlar? Buraya

August 26, 2019 - 5:43 am

ÜMRANİYE NAKLİYE - Ümraniye Nakliyat; Şehir içi Nakliyat, Evden Eve Nakliyat, Ofis Büro Nakliyat, Nakliye Araç Desteği, Gümrük, Havaalanı, Ambar, Liman Deposundan Yük Nakliyesi, Kişiye-Özel Nakliyat, Komple Nakliyat, Hafif Taşıma, Ev Eşyası Nakliyat, Parça Yük Eşya Nakliyatı, Palet Üzeri Yük Nakliyatı, Sandık İçi Yükün Nakliyatı, Fabrika Yükü Nakliyatı, Kamyon Nakliyatı, Kamyonet Nakliyatı gibi Tüm nakliye işleri uygun fiyat kaliteli hizmet ile Ümraniye Nakliyat’ta.

September 19, 2019 - 8:31 am

Kurumsal SGK Danışmanlık - Kurumsal SGK Danışmanlık

September 19, 2019 - 8:32 am

esenyurt nakliyat - Esenyurt nakliye ve taşıma hizmetleri.

July 1, 2011 - 12:05 pm

couple | local creatives | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] did a family shoot for the *other* Z family (as I call them around here) a few weeks back, and it was so fun meeting [...]

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 :)

October 11, 2017 - 3:54 pm

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.