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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

artistic expressions in various forms

I love being an artist and photographer. I have been taking photos for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how similar photography is to painting. Photographers are painters themselves, but the medium is not oil or acrylic based, but pure light. As we move and adjust ourselves and the lens, we form the most pleasing composition in our eyes.

When I start a painting or approach a photography session, most often I have a vision in mind. Often times I may not express it aloud but as soon as I look through my lens, I do everything in my power to make my vision a reality. Most often this vision is sparked by some form of inspiration. Sometimes my vision may not be clear until I begin getting acquainted with whomever or whatever I may be taking photos of. The worst is when I have been deeply inspired by something, and struggle to relay that vision through my work. I can kinda be a baby.:)BUT, one of the best things in the world is being blindsided by a big ol’ dose of inspiration that I never saw coming. I love it. That’s what this session was to me.

My brother had the spontaneous idea to do a photo session for his new solo album he’s working on. He is an artist himself in MANY ways, his current outlet being-creating music. He is in the band “The Wading Girl,” home based near Roanoke, Virginia (click HERE to check them out). While he was in town we concocted this idea, and a few days later we met up to shoot. It was the evening of the 4th of July and we had a total blast! (That was a pun, yes.) I took my little ideas, we went to a part of town that neither of us had ever explored, and we ran around like we were little kids again.

This session was special to me not only because it is my baby brother and we got to spend time together, but because I found myself so excited and inspired, shooting for the sheer joy of it.

My brother is now in love with my umbrella. He is adding one to his permanent wardrobe.

My brother is a kick butt harmonica player.:)

this session SO rocked. thanks Billy. love you.

July 18, 2008 - 3:39 pm

billy - Fun times! I love you, too.

July 18, 2008 - 4:48 pm

Frank DiMeo - Fabulous Jessica!
The colors look great (:

July 18, 2008 - 9:40 pm

lucy - jess, i’m in love with these photos! you gots some cool tricks in there!

July 19, 2008 - 2:35 am

wrecklessgirl - jess, i love em! :)

(oh and how old is your brother, btw!?) ;) *going to check out music right this second!*

July 19, 2008 - 2:37 am

wrecklessgirl - holy moly.
ridiculously impressed :) (and you know how much i love my music!)

July 19, 2008 - 5:25 am

holly rouse - this is great! so urban and fun. it reminded me of when we were talking about my session and you were like “GIRL YOU HAVE TO BRING THAT GUITAR!” should i add umbrella to my list of props too? maybe some dandelions? ;) GIRL, I AM SOOOOO LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU! we are going to have a blast.

love, me

April 29, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Lisa B. - “fantabulous” was the word running through my mind as i viewed this collection. i especially love the umbrella/puddle and the guitar-on-shoulder photos, along with the train and train station at night pics.
your talent is first-rate – i want to see your work in magazines!

August 14, 2008 - 8:34 pm

studio3z photography » beauty. {full blown} - [...] favorite shot from the session of my brother which was ROCKING!!  You can (and should) view that HERE. :)   This canvas is a [...]

December 4, 2008 - 5:08 pm

studio3z photography » music and loved ones. - [...] Billy started out with some solo stuff….if you missed the promo shots I did for his solo album, look HERE. [...]

January 16, 2009 - 3:32 pm

A night out for music.

I love music. Unfortunately, it is not too often I get a chance to get out and hear it live. Whenever my brother is on tour with his band, The Wading Girl and they pass through Cincinnati, I make sure that I can get out to see him. Brett was able to join me this time too. They were touring with the band “Barn Burning”, who we really enjoyed as well. Here are a few favorites from the night….

A cute photographer I spotted. heehee.

The band “Barn Burning.”


My cute baby brother. Billy.:)


They had weird random movies playing…made a nice backlight for Brett.

The Wading Girl playing.

Beautiful Sarah. (Billy’s gal)

Josh representing Cincy.



March 17, 2008 - 4:22 pm

Ashmo - You have an incredibly cute husband!

The Music Man {mini-session}

Brett and I had a great time Sunday evening together with our dear friend Mitch Matthews celebrating his birthday. Mitch is the owner of a Columbus based company called Fermata Music, providing live music for weddings and special events in the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati areas. Mitch himself is an amazing trumpet player and singer, not to mention the sweetest friend anyone could ask for.

We were talking Sunday, and I asked if we could feature him on the blog sometime. We discussed doing a session and an interview to put on here to introduce himself to brides-to-be in the Cincinnati area. While we are planning a full shoot next month, we went ahead and did a little mini-shoot around midnight on Sunday. Brett and I were having so much fun, but then all of the sudden I announced that my inspiration was gone…I was about ready to fall asleep on the floor.:)

Good times…Good times.

You can visit Fermata Music online at www.fermata-music.com or you can find him on The Knot.









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January 16, 2009 - 3:40 pm

So you ask……..

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…who puts the 3 in studio3z? That would be our precious rockin DJ of course! Studio3z is happy to begin offering DJ services for weddings and events. It will be catered to those wanting something unique-people with a bit more eclectic taste in music. Our DJ is based in Los Angeles, and happens to be Brett’s wonderful brother:)He is excited to begin offering his services in the Cincinnati area!

Email us to inquire about our music style and see if we are a good match for your needs. If you book with us and would like our DJ as well, you will get a REALLLLY nice discount!;)(Just ask!)

*Must have advanced booking for DJ services*

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March 26, 2008 - 9:25 pm

Anonymous - the guy with horn and the candle-is he famous? that picture is assume! you go JEESSEEE…