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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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miscellaneous monday {i mean friday}

This may very well be the most RANDOM post I have ever done, so please do your best to follow along. :)  Let’s just say I gain my inspiration from my pal Betsy, who can pull off a random blog post like an eloquent diary entry…..

First up, did you see the Grey’s Anatomy Finale last night?  To be honest I don’t watch the show (withhold stone throwing please), but I hear that one of my favorite singer’s {Greg Laswell} wrote a new single for the show, and it debuted last night!  Did you hear it??

By the way, we have been asked about the music on our new Senior site (shown below), and Greg is who sings the first song.

So, go GREG!  Can’t wait to hear the new stuff, and see you in Columbus in July!


Next up…I have had some inquiries about Spring sessions, and frankly WE BE BOOKED.  If you are thinking you want a summer session or early Fall, let us know ASAP!!  We are filling up quickly.  We are full through the summer, with a few days left in August, so GET A MOVE ON!!  I always have this extreme guilt when I can’t finagle people into the schedule, so please LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A SESSION!  Please, and thanks. :)

Now personal randomness!  (I warned you about this post…..)

We went in April to Kings Island Amusement Park for Brett’s company picnic.  We LOVE doing this and were so looking forward to it this year, but it turned out to be a cold and rainy day. BOO.


We tried to stay on the bright side (free Starbucks, Ice Cream, and various other junk helped).


The look of sheer joy was continuous on my face.




Here’s Brett and Priya on some lame ride….P has a weird fear of anything outside of kiddie land.


Adin on the other hand is NOT afraid.  This photo made me laugh, so I decide do crop in so you could see Brett and Adin’s faces!! :)


Later in April we went to see Ray Lamontagne in concert.  Another singer who I ADORE.  His music and voice are beyond goodness.  So yeah, I bought tickets for Brett’s birthday to go….wasn’t that so sweet of me? :)  Haaaa. ;-)  Anything for my Brett.


We sat pretty far back and it was completely dark except for the stage….our Canon 5D Mark II (with 85 1.8) did a fab job.  Brett took these full raw size because he knew I would be cropping in, and WOW.  That camera amazes me to no end.


Wonderful show….I have a new theory that he is the only person I have heard live that is actually BETTER than recorded.  His raw, soulful sound is just a little lost in production.  Just a little.


Another day recently my friend Renee stopped by to show us her new bike.  Adin decided to go for a ride.


Gabe fell asleep in the car one day which he NEVER does, so I took a photo of all my babies together. :)  It has been a while since I had a shot of the 4 of them.

Check out those adorable bubbly lips!


And this week….

Kids have been sick, and Gabe is in the midst of the bad stuff as I type.  I took these yesterday and he just sat perfectly still, and stared.  He feels horrible. :(

(But he is still precious.)



I said, “Are you tired baby?”  And he laid down.



So there is a little catch up on the randomness of our life.  We are scheduled to have our “Mother’s Day” with my family this weekend because we had to cancel last weekend due to illness.  We are hoping everyone feels better soon.  *hoping*

Hope you all have a great weekend!


May 15, 2009 - 12:20 pm

alyssa - aww…love this post!

May 15, 2009 - 5:14 pm

Gail - I’m so jealous of the Ray LaMontagne experience! The next time I’m in Indy, I am DEFINITELY going!

And I am LOVING the sound of your friend Greg! Is his stuff on iTunes? That video was so fresh. I think my favorite part is their choreography with orange soda bottles in hand.

PS – Your family is adorable.

May 15, 2009 - 9:07 pm

wrecklessgirl - i am in love with your family. will your entire family marry me? i promise to love you until death do i part!!! :) i want to kiss those bubbly little lips and squeeze his lil cheeks!

May 16, 2009 - 12:27 pm

Lauren - Great photos from the concert guys! Good one of the kiddies in the car, too :)

May 16, 2009 - 9:08 pm

holly - booked?! noooooo :( i am really sad now.

May 17, 2009 - 1:20 am

lucy - there is just soooo many things that i love in this post…thank you for sharing…i love you!

jason + elijah {vinegar + oil}

This week is “LA week” on the studio3z blog.  First up….

I constantly keep a mental list of shoots that I would like to do, and it probably changes daily.  One thing that has been on the list for a while is a night shoot.  I wanted a good challenge-just my camera + good lenses, no flash, and only using available light when found (because the whole shoot was new territory).  That is exactly what we did for this, minus 2 photos taken inside Elijah’s house.

Meet Jason and Elijah of {vinegar + oil}.  They are DJ’s, and pretty rad ones at that.


I feel like I need to apologize ahead of time for their hotness…It’s not their fault.  They really can’t help it.


*me loves*





One of Brett’s favorites.





{ !!!! }


my favorite, which will soon grace a wall in our home.






thanks boys.  you played nice.  xxoo


March 16, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Adam - Wow!
You guys are rockstars!
Love all of them…. Very diverse selection of shots.

March 16, 2009 - 1:40 pm

adam - 3rd one down is RAD.

March 16, 2009 - 1:42 pm

jess@studio3z - thanks adam….i love that shot like crazy.

March 16, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Elwood - Jess and Brett!

I love these!!! You’re both incredible. Thank you again for the shoot. The results are beautiful. The shot with the headlights is brilliant!

I miss you guys. Give my love to the kids.

xo e

March 16, 2009 - 2:26 pm

Raymond Texel - Some really fantastariffic shots!

March 16, 2009 - 2:27 pm

Vickey - awesome as always!!!

March 16, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Ramona - What an amazing shoot! All natural light? I don’t know how you do it. I love the variety. They are all fantastic but 3,11 and 12 are so hot.

March 16, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Liz - So…. is it just me or does Elijah look exactly like Elijah Wood? And if it really is him, are you totally pretending that you didn’t just have a photo shoot with a famous guy? Also… you really did an awesome job… lighting is perfect. It takes great guys to be willing to model for you like that! :) I should work in some more exercises for myself like this one! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

March 16, 2009 - 3:19 pm

julia - these shots are so frickin’ awesome. loving the retro-chic vibe!

March 16, 2009 - 3:31 pm

sara - my photography heart just exploded with joy and love. these are insane guys. word.

March 16, 2009 - 3:35 pm

Ellee - You are so fabulous. Can I be you when I grow up?

March 16, 2009 - 3:48 pm

shannon selim - so i guess these were kind of worth the week long wait of no blogging… i almost went through withdrawal!!! hehe.

amazing work, i think you’ve just entered into a new category of awesomeness, if that was possible!

i have to admit i was a bit shocked when i saw the subject matter… but that just goes to show the shallowness of our general brush with celebrity! don’t worry… i got over it! even still beautiful work… beautiful men. :)

March 16, 2009 - 6:46 pm

armando - wow these are fucking awesome. thanks for inviting me on the shoot! :)

March 16, 2009 - 9:03 pm

Myriam - Beautiful, seriously, amazing.
Ethan keeps asking for you guys!

March 16, 2009 - 9:41 pm

bobbi - wow!

March 16, 2009 - 11:18 pm

adam - lol. first off i want to say my husband is making love to your photographs. :) we are both overly impressed. youve taken yourself above the badass level. i really dont know what to say. im in shock. all of them. annnd how awesome is it to shoot people who are completely into it and always lookin HOT! remind me to get your autograph in may. :)

March 16, 2009 - 11:19 pm

mel - woops. i didnt see adams name was autosaved in the name bar. that previous comment was ME! MELANIE! peace. lol

March 17, 2009 - 9:28 am

gina@kiwistreetstudios - they like just kept getting better…each one i got to!
pretty darn cool..io!!!
welcome back! when’s tea?

March 17, 2009 - 10:38 am

jenny - love, love, LOVE it!

March 17, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Lori - The are not photos, but works of art! You inspire me to be more creative!

March 17, 2009 - 10:58 pm

Maya Laurent - Look at you rock stars!!! We are doing another band shoot soon and this just had my husband and I saying…”oh yea that is sweet!”

March 18, 2009 - 10:53 am

rebecky - Great shoot, Jess. Love all of them- the night shoot/retro is very nice. Prayerful Jason is my favorite.

March 18, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Konul - Awesome!!! Priceless!!!

March 18, 2009 - 2:53 pm

wrecklessgirl - these are darling, jess. darling isn’t the right word. i just think YOU are darling, so that sweet word comes flowing out too easily. rather, these are phenomenal. and sassy. perfetto!

March 19, 2009 - 9:41 pm

Bonnie - Just found your blog. So glad I did. These photos are heavenly.

March 20, 2009 - 1:57 pm

Mama - WOW the night shots are incredibly unique and freaking awesome! You both do an excellent job and have an amazing talent for photography ! Loving you…..

March 26, 2009 - 10:51 pm

gina&tony - holy cow, these are amazing! i mean, seriously, WOW. wow.


March 27, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Ryan - #3 Feels like a video capture its so hot, there is so much energy happening. I am totally diggin’ them all, but #3 is Stellar.

March 30, 2009 - 3:00 am

Sarah Q - DUDE. JESSSSSSSS. Those are AWESOME! I love love love them like caaaaa-raaaazy!!

March 30, 2009 - 7:33 pm

Sarah - Wow…just available light? I’m very impressed. My fave is…(had to count)… #9.

Love it!

March 30, 2009 - 9:48 pm

pamela - jason and elijah… they make one fine couple! I’m always watching my back with that Super JZ guy… :) Beautiful photos — I love the green van photo! xxx p

April 3, 2009 - 9:42 pm

lauren c.-openField. - …these are pretty rockin.

April 8, 2009 - 10:20 am

lucy - love it! you really captured their super sexiness. i like that! seriously, jess, amazing work. night time is the right time baby.

April 19, 2009 - 8:22 am

luvlee - bloody awesome.. I haven’t been by in so long. these are just cool.

September 16, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Sil - elijah you are just amazing!

September 1, 2010 - 4:12 pm

Edge - elijah wood is a dj? now THAT is sweet. great images. i’m addicted to your blog and your adorable family. keep up the great work!

May 11, 2009 - 1:54 pm

kelly + mark. {in love} » studio3z photography - [...] keeping things personal.  One idea was a night shoot, and then after they saw this one we did in LA HERE they said, “That’s it!!”  We decided to work around sunset and into the night, [...]

music and loved ones.

Whenever my brother comes to town from Virginia for a show, I make sure I go see him.  Since he was going to be in town for Thanksgiving, someone he knew asked if he wanted to be added to a show at Molly Malone’s in Covington, KY.  Our very good friend Matt happened to be in town that night from Columbus, and Billy and Matt have been know to do some fun improv music when we all hang out at my parents on T-day.  Billy asked Matt to accompany on a couple songs with his flugle horn…it was awesome.

Billy started out with some solo stuff….if you missed the promo shots I did for his solo album, look HERE.

I promise that no husbands were intentionally flicked off in the taking of this image.

(I was kinda grumpy, so Brett did all the photos this night.)

Matt chowing down some Irish grub before his debut.  Vegetarians, I apologize. :)

They were rocking it out!

They even sang together…

Chatting it up afterwords…

:)  The End.

December 4, 2008 - 5:44 pm

billy - Fun times! I love you.

December 4, 2008 - 6:13 pm

Ashie - I want a copy of #2!!! Please?

December 5, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Amanda - Very cool! What a fun and creative family. =) “Flicked off”…too hilarious. ;)

December 9, 2008 - 1:41 am

matt - love the memories, ya’ll! ‘n the meat shot… next year’s album cover. yah. ;)

night out for music. {greg laswell}

Brett and I love the voice and lyrics of the amazing Greg Laswell.  If you don’t know who he is, chances are you will.  He is just that amazing.  We traveled to Indy along with my baby sister Ashley last night to see him live for the first time. Brett’s brother Jason who lives in LA is great friends with Greg and his guitarist Brandon, so we we were so happy to get to know friends who are meaningful to Jay.

Our absolute favorite song by Greg is “Embrace Me,” and I have mentioned it on here before, but here is a video to another fav of mine.  You need to hear his voice before looking though the photos to really understand them. :)

The room was odd and narrow, but the people were so happy to see him.

I love this shot.

It was so narrow that it was nearly impossible to get a good full stage shot, so I put these two photos side by side.

Brett and Ashie. :)

After the set Greg went around mingling with fans, and then we all hung out for a little bit.  We warned him we like to take pictures.  He didn’t mind.

Trying to get us all.

Greg said he wanted “cute” shots.  Here is Ash doing her, “Greg Laswell -is-nuzzling-me-but-I-could-care -less-face.”  :)  Did I mention my sister is an actress?

He wasn’t hip on all this cold weather….we agree.

This was supposed to be a goofy shot, apparently I am the only one that got that memo.

I said something funny right before this shot.

Um yes.  There is a reason I stay BEHIND the camera.

good times, good times.  Great to meet you Greg and Brandon! Give a big hug to Jay from us.

November 21, 2008 - 6:04 pm

wrecklessgirl - yes. score. i am the first to comment on my favorite post on your blog :)

you rock and roll, sister. thanks for the email-heads-up.
so does greg, like in an amazing way.

i enjoyed your hilarious pictures.

and, ahem, your sister looks like amy seeley. another amazing musical gem. craziness.

loves <3k.

November 21, 2008 - 6:04 pm

wrecklessgirl - oh, last thing.

men+beards= <3<3<3

November 21, 2008 - 6:09 pm

jason - these photos have me in tears of joy.

November 21, 2008 - 6:39 pm

Raymond Texel - I’m in tears ’cause Jason is in tears. Why isn’t Greg in tears???

November 21, 2008 - 7:27 pm

Myriam Santos - WOW! Amazing images, truly.

November 22, 2008 - 12:12 am

armand - really great images, you guys!
i like turtles.

November 22, 2008 - 2:05 am

gina - first of all, luv his music!
what a great time you all obviously had…
7 and 13 are out of this world!

November 22, 2008 - 2:11 am

holly rouse - ahhhhhhhhh how awesome
you are awesome, he is awesome, everything is awesome

November 22, 2008 - 4:57 pm

holly rouse - my mama and i want to gift our friends with a studio3z newborn session. they’re are having their first baby in Feb–a girl. Could we give them some sort of gift certificate type thing for christmas?

November 23, 2008 - 2:23 am

GregLaswell - i don’t remember having any fun that night…… brandon and i hated it. good pics though.

November 23, 2008 - 2:27 am

GregLaswell - ps can i get them ALL?

November 25, 2008 - 5:48 am

Alex - Nice sound – and the video is cool!

Hey Jess, you and your sister look like twins!!!


November 25, 2008 - 1:48 pm

shannon selim - i love ashmo… her and greg look a little cozy… hehe. sweet shots.

from your biggest fan! ;)

May 15, 2009 - 11:53 am

miscellaneous monday {i meant friday} » studio3z photography - [...] watch the show (withhold stone throwing please), but I hear that one of my favorite singer’s {Greg Laswell} wrote a new single for the show, and it debuted last night!  Did you hear [...]

July 31, 2009 - 9:09 pm

greg laswell {music} » studio3z photography - [...] 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 [...]