• studio3z photography {the blog}

    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: newborns

sweet lenora mae {newborn}

We were so excited to have the honor of photographing sweet little Lenora, or Nora as they plan to call her.  This little beauty is my 3rd cousin, or 1st cousin twice removed…whatever is the “proper” way to say it.  ;)  When my cousin Matthew contacted me about us photographing their baby when it arrived, I was giddy with excitement to meet her!

You may remember the blog post I did about my Grandma on her 93rd birthday and I mentioned she had her 2nd great, great, grandchild on the way…..


Isn’t she a doll? :)

Look at that sweet little newborn face!  She was so sweet and calm for the entire session. :)

Daddy Matthew and Mama Angie are going to be amazing parents.  I can’t wait to watch them all grow together.

Oh so in love with this one. :)

She has the most perfect lil’ lips!

Modeling can get so tiring!

This was my cousin’s suggestion.  I was all for it.  Lasted about 20 seconds. ;)

Matthew and Angie, thanks so much for having us over to capture Lenora in her first days!  She is so precious. When I showed these photos to Priya she said, “I love her.  I am so glad she is my cousin.” :)

Enjoy every single minute with her.


jess + brett

April 16, 2010 - 3:42 pm

Myriam*M.photographie - Wow! It’s so beautiful! Thanks to this good moment! And congrats for Lenora ;)

April 16, 2010 - 4:04 pm

sara montour - this is such a beautiful session!

April 16, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Vickey Weiss - love love love the sun flare shot…yuuuuum!

April 16, 2010 - 4:31 pm

lroah - Um wow. Just found your blog, and blown away! You guys rock. That second image is in my top 10 ever!!!

April 16, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Alice - Wow, these are lovely; and I think that second shot with the chair and sun flare is way at the top of my all time favorite newborn portraits… truly delightful in every way. Congratulations to your extended family!

April 21, 2010 - 8:57 am

tracy - she really is a beauty, and i love, love, love that name!!!

April 21, 2010 - 7:29 pm

arenda - aw, these photos are so sweet. love the baby-in-the-yellow-flowers pics! :) and the one of dad + lenora touching noses – so precious.

April 22, 2010 - 10:22 am

toronto photographer – Mariusz - really nice touching images. As usual in your work fantastic use of textures and light.

April 26, 2010 - 9:37 pm

Lillian - Oh my goodness – what an absolutely GORGEOUS, sweet girl she is!!

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!

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February 8, 2018 - 11:10 am

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baby joseph {newborn}

We had the honor of photographing tiny man Joseph when he was 10 days old.  We did this session in early December, and his family has been oh so patient waiting for these. :)

He was such a sweetie.  I have NEVER seen a baby that was so attentive at this age.  He knew every step we took and could follow us with his eyes everywhere, but he stayed quiet.  In fact, the only time he made much noise at all was when he wasn’t swaddled up.  He loved to be warm and cozy.

Check out that black mohawk! I told his parents he is SOOO punk rock! ;)


Here is the happy Mama and Daddy, otherwise known as Christine and John.




The abundant natural light was a beautiful welcome on a cold winter day.



Love this sweet moment.





Yes, 10 days old….although he looks much older!  See what I mean about him really noticing us?  Wow.


Christine, your smile is GORGEOUS!


Then we had to get their first 2 babies, and go out for a mini-walk.


How cute is Mama Christine in her get-up?!  I just adore babies in a sling.  Precious and snugly.


All three babies. :)


January 13, 2010 - 5:05 pm

AmyPunky Photography - Super cute baby boy!! Love the sweet photos!!

January 13, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Deyla Huss Photograp - OMG I am in Luuurve with these, so sweet!

January 14, 2010 - 9:15 am

Maya Laurent - Just love that one. Their first babies and now all of them. :)

January 14, 2010 - 12:42 pm

Kellyrosenhagen@gmai - Love the 5th one up from the bottom. He looks like an old soul.

January 14, 2010 - 5:33 pm

Christine - This was such a GREAT experience, Jessica & Brett! Thank you for your talented work.

January 14, 2010 - 9:18 pm

kaila - Love these! The one of his face is so beautiful… I feel like I know what he will look like when he grows up because of that picture. I also LOVE the last one!

January 18, 2010 - 2:06 am

Justin @ JG Photography - This post just needed a comment! I love how you captured that little guy, and like everyone’s been saying its amazing how aware he is, and the “old soul” he seems. The shot of him looking up is ridiculously awesome! Almost gives me a spine tingle! Fantastic fantastic work!

baby sophie {newborn}

I just adore doing newborn sessions.  Not only for the obvious reason (they are mushy balls of sweet sugar you could just eat up)…but also the honor of being able to witness the birth of a family.  Wether it is a first child, or an additional child, a new family is reborn as each one comes  into this world.  I can’t think of many things that are more magical in life.   I think having photos done in those first few early days is such an important thing….to capture this new glowing love between each person.

Stephanie and Chris welcomed baby Sophie into this world last month, and they couldn’t possibly be more happy.

she is a sweetie…. rarely cries…..

and she completely lights up their life.





I love this moment.


little baby skin :)



so precious!







what a sweetie!







Stephanie and Chris, thank you for having us into your home to capture your sweet little Sophie! :)  We can’t wait to watch her grow!

December 16, 2009 - 9:22 am

Christine - These are all so gorgeous! Great job! I can’t wait until my friends start having their babies in January so I can really get into take baby photos. I have only done them a few times previously.

December 16, 2009 - 10:23 am

holly - ah! baby! makes my ovaries ache…just kidding…

December 16, 2009 - 10:32 am

Sandy - So beautiful…I love newborn shots…esp love the one with the windows reflected in her eyes, and the maroon rug…brings out her little rosebud lips…makes me wish…nah, scratch that.

December 16, 2009 - 12:07 pm

mel - as if i wasnt excited enough for sunday..i just got a little bit more pumped:)

December 16, 2009 - 12:25 pm

Amanda - Oh my! So BEAUTIFUL! Makes me so sad I missed my nephew’s birth earlier this year, though my photos aren’t anywhere near the amazingness that is yours and Brett’s, still, wish I’d been there.

December 16, 2009 - 5:48 pm

Gail - Oooh – these are so so sweet. And man, you REALLY know how to make a girl covet a macro lens!

December 16, 2009 - 8:03 pm

Cathy - These are incredible. I especially love the b&w’s. But the shot of dad kissing her forehead is my fave. :)

December 17, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Susan - Hold her, kiss her, love her, keep her warm and healthy. You are blessed.

December 17, 2009 - 8:25 pm

Adam Cavanagh - Gorgeous work!!

December 18, 2009 - 9:41 am

Wendy - What great pics…she is absolutely beautiful and so sweet. Hold her near for as long as you can…they grow up so quick.

December 22, 2009 - 12:01 pm

oneshotbeyond - I can’t get enough viewing of cute little newborns! With a 16 and 13 year old I am missing the days of little babies. So adorable!!!

December 29, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Angie - I look at these almost every day. My favorite little brother, my favorite new niece, a beautiful new mother, and two wonderful, creative photographers! What a combination for me!