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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: music

favorites of 2009 contest {THE WINNERS!!}

THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who took the time to look over 2009 with us.  I found myself more than once getting teary-eyed looking over all of these sessions. To say that we love what we do can not even begin to explain….we find it such an honor to be brought into your intimate space and lives, to capture a piece of who you are.  Thank you to each and every one of you for making 2009 such a fantastic year for us!!

Now, the contest.  We had over 300 votes.  Thousands of viewers…..

Here are the winners of each category, who will be getting a FREE 8×10 of their photograph:):)  CONGRATS!!!!

And as we said, the photo that received the MOST votes overall get a FREE 11x 14 canvas (a $250 value)!!!

So WHO WON??????








drumroll please………









KELLY AND MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)

I can’t wait to see this photo on canvas!!!!  Congrats to Kelly and Mark! :)

Here’s to 2010 everyone!

Thanks again.

February 5, 2010 - 10:02 am

Jen - YAY!! Thanks Jess and everyone who voted!! :)

February 5, 2010 - 10:50 am

Amanda Donaho - Gorgeous work!! This is my first time your blog & I did an “gasp” outloud to see your profile pic… That was one of my most favorite sessions from Bobby & Mike ever! Your family is SO beautiful!

February 5, 2010 - 11:47 am

katie elfers - yay!! i love that you do this… fun way for all of us to revisit your beautiful work and a SUPER generous gift to the couples who won :)

February 6, 2010 - 11:09 am

kaila - I also LOVED looking through your 2009 favorites! I was so inspired by you in 2009… and I am sure I will continue to be in 2010!

February 11, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Melody - Such a fun idea…beautiful work!

July 17, 2017 - 2:47 am

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February 8, 2018 - 11:10 am

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

May 30, 2015 - 11:16 am

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billy wallace {music}

Since my brother is out on tour again and my boys keep asking about him, I thought I would post photos I did recently for his new solo album.

Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues is touring currently, and you can hear some tunes and see his schedule HERE.

I’m starting with one of my personal favs….


He looks so much like Riah here, it’s funny.


His newest tat- (The Saint of Music) well, it was when I did the shoot.  He has since added….






He used this shot for his promo poster.  It looked rad.


He called this his JC Penny catalog shot.  I don’t think that was a compliment.


You’re cute Billy bob.





“Boys. Don’t. Cry.”

Use this photo for you Robert Smith covers.


Love you Billy.  Hope this tour goes well.

xo Jesse

August 13, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Gail - Your bro is cute and rockin a bit of the Jimmy Fallon vibe (which I feel like I have the right to say since I have a husband who is tall, dark and handsome and draws similar comparison – so it’s TOTALLY a compliment Billy!)

Nice work Jess!

August 13, 2009 - 4:40 pm

Vickey - love the last shot!!! fabulous light!!!

August 16, 2009 - 2:16 pm

jess - these are so artistic and really goooood! The biggest problem in this would be picking the favorite for the cover!

August 18, 2009 - 1:49 pm

Deyla Huss Photograp - Awesome Awesome shoot!!! love the post processing and vintage look to these, fab job!

August 26, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Maya Laurent - How awesome! You must be such a proud sister!!! I feel like I can sense his personality through these!

greg laswell {music}

If you know me, you know I love music.  And almost just as much as I love music, I  love taking photos of artists at work- especially musicians.

This is not the first time our friend Greg Laswell has been featured here on the blog.  You may remember our photos of his show last fall, or us mentioning that his song was on our new Senior website.  We were happy that his latest tour had a stop in Columbus.  We headed up there, hung out a couple hours with Greg (I talked his ear off about how much our kids love him), and then we watched the show.

Oh, and just when I think the passion of my love for my Canon Mark II may be calming down, I get to shoot something like this…no flash, no lights but a few stage lights.

I {heart} you Mark II. :)


Love this shot….



This one too.


Brandon, rocking it out.





through the crowd…


And if you haven’t heard Greg’s music, go and get acquainted HERE.  You can thank me later. :)

P.S.  Happy Birthday today to my baby sister, and best friend in the world Ashley.  Here is a photo I took of her last summer, in all her gorgeousness.

Love you ASHIE!!!


July 31, 2009 - 10:56 pm

lucy - love the laswell shoot…love that pic of ash even more. she looks like such a rockstar! happy bday ashey!

August 1, 2009 - 2:22 am

jason - great shots, as usual.
so glad you all got to spend some quality time together in OH.


August 1, 2009 - 4:56 am

Dana Halvorson - I want to hang shot #7 on my wall.

August 1, 2009 - 6:11 pm

Igor Tchounkovskii - Wow! Those are some awesome photos of GREG! I was at his concert in SF in June! Were you at Cafe du Nord venue too?? Awesome shots!!

August 3, 2009 - 8:58 am

Gail - Thanks for introducing me a few months ago to Greg Jess! I LOVE this music. I love when I can find (or someone helps me to it) an artist who hasn’t hit it HUGE yet and then when he does, can say, “Oh yeah, I knew about him!” I feel like with Greg, that’s DEFINITELY going to be the case. Glad you got to see the show!

August 4, 2009 - 3:43 pm

Sandy - absolutely brilliant…such beautiful kids…

August 4, 2009 - 3:44 pm

Sandy - doh, and Laswell isn’t bad either, sorry stepped away and forgot what page I was on…lol

August 3, 2010 - 9:36 am

micki + troy {the wedding} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] this would be the case….from the very first time she emailed me and talked about our similar musical tastes, to their uber cute engagement session in the little town of Yellow Springs, we knew they both had [...]

fermata music. {they rock}

A few months ago Brett went up to Columbus, Ohio to help one of our best friends in the world, Mitch, with his booth at the local bridal show.  He owns a wonderful live music company called Fermata Music, that offers many types of music to cover the diverse musical palette.   Mitch himself, is a one of a kind guy….from an amazing trumpet player, to an amazing singer, to an ultra amazing person- if you choose to look into Fermata for your future wedding or event, prepare for a wonderful experience!

Here are some photos Brett took of the live performance at the bridal show.



See that website below??  You can click here as well to check it out.





We are also happy to announce that we will be offering a discount on our packages for couples who decided to book with us, and Fermata:)  (Hearing Mitch’s voice at the reception would just make us so happy!)  Please email us for information.


June 29, 2009 - 1:19 pm

wrecklessgirl - awesome! in italiano, fermata means (noun) “stop” like bus stop, etc. curious how he came up with the name! :)