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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: personal

what’s in a name?

To us, quite a bit.

I can hardly believe the journey that we’ve been on over the last couple years. In fact, I find it difficult to even begin to share, but I will. Big changes are coming around here. I’ve been saying it for months (and some of you are wondering if it is really even true!) but we are getting so close. These changes are more than I expected, and also something I didn’t think would be so difficult to complete. We made the leap into the world of “re-branding” and along the way, I feel I found myself. Not sure if Brett would say the same thing, but me, most definitely. I figured out my part. I figured out I can be a good mom AND also run a business. And let me tell you, it is such a wonderful feeling when you figure out the how’s and why’s of your place in this world, and for us the world of the photography industry.

Two years ago we hired a designer. You heard that right, two years ago. (Bless you Ryan.) We’ve only been in business for a little under 5 years, but we never had a brand, look, or logo. Being “un-branded” became our brand.  In a way I feel we never really owned up to who we were because we just weren’t sure, and that’s normal. We were searching. We were gaining experience, building, shooting and growing. We didn’t throw down roots and call any “look” home….we just purchased the latest $50 website every 6 months or so, and hid there for a while. You know, “until we figured out what we REALLY wanted.” Right.

In the spring of 2009 I went to cheer my good friend Bobbi on as she spoke at a convention in Indy. It was there that I met Ryan Hunley and heard him speak. It was that day that I KNEW he would do our company’s branding. I had been holding off on getting a new site/blog because I wasn’t sure what we wanted it to look like, but hearing Bobbi and Ryan speak about the importance of your brand, I knew we needed to get going. Ryan was different……he didn’t speak business-y. Ryan spoke from his heart. He spoke with passion. He was honest. He wasn’t about to let a client walk away without feeling 150% satisfied with his work. He had energy and confidence, but was still incredibly humble. And, I was sold. I don’t think poor Ryan knew what he was getting in to. But then again, he’s a designer, and they tend to deal with indecisive people. But Brett and I…well….we’re of a different breed.;)  Sometimes Brett has trouble with decisions and over analyzing things (as in sitting at a restaurant for an hr. before deciding what to order), and I am admittedly picky as all get out. (Again, bless you Ryan.)

It was about a year and a half ago that it happened. Ryan sent over a round of studio3z logos, and they were rocking, but I just didn’t feel connected. I then realized it was the name. I knew RIGHT THEN AND THERE that we just couldn’t go on as “studio3z.” I needed a name that meant something more to me. Something that was a driving passion for us and what we do. Something people would hear and understand who we are a bit. So, the next day I (*gasp*) told Ryan I was ditching the name, and he was completely a gem about it. Then Brett and I began some serious soul searching. SERIOUS. Like praying, writing down words that we were drawn to, ideas of who we were and what we stood for, and things that were important to us. We had nights of sipping wine, mapping out our life on the chalkboard wall, and nearly coming to tears out of frustration. Imagine finally coming up with something awesome, taking it to Google just to find it belongs to someone else??! Ahhh! I just wanted the right name. Our name. Talk about putting the pressure on……

Last August we were having dinner with some good friends. They are the kind of friends who are completely honest-not afraid to lay things out there. They offered up a couple critiques about us. Ouch. But you know, the good kind of ouch you need to hear. The kind you grow from. I’m so thankful for friends like that. They listened to our dreams, where we were headed, and they were digging it. The next day Brett and I were reflecting on the previous night and we kept coming back to the same place. An idea that has consumed us and drives us. Something that sums up our mission. And then we knew…..we had found our name. And of all things, it was Brett, standing over a pot of food he was stirring at the stovetop, “So what about ________??!” Of course I was hesitant. But then about an hour later, I was sold. “It just makes perfect sense,” he said. “You’re absolutely right,” I concluded, with the biggest sigh of relief and smile across my face. We had it.

Then the journey began. That was August of 2010. This year we have dug so much deeper, and we can’t wait to share what we’ve come up with our friend Ryan, who I still can’t believe actually wants to be our friend.;)

We can’t wait to “own up” to who we are.

I plan to post quite a bit over the next week and then guess what…….


Thank you for sharing in this with us. We are giddy with excitement!!

(Photo props to Sarah Rhoads)

September 22, 2011 - 2:58 pm

tara - I am in the same space – rebranding – ugh. Not easy or fun. I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. Gorgeous photo.

September 22, 2011 - 3:15 pm


That’s it. :)

Your friend who’s dying over here

September 22, 2011 - 3:18 pm

April - I’m beyond excited to see everything that you’ve come up with! I need re-branding (or rather branding) in the worst way. Reading this post has both inspired & scared me :)

September 22, 2011 - 3:34 pm

emily - AAAAHHHHHH!! and then you don’t tell us?!?! that’s just mean!

Can’t wait to hear more about your changes:)

September 22, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Tina - Yay for you guys!! Can’t wait to see what it is, branding is one of the toughest parts of our job in my opinion:) Cheers!

September 22, 2011 - 6:49 pm

Kylee - I’ve been following your blog for about 3 years now, and I love everything about how you do what you do. :) can’t wait to hear more!

September 22, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Vickey Weiss - Can’t wait to hear more!!! xoxo

September 22, 2011 - 11:43 pm

Maggie - OK seriously?!? The anticipation is killing me!! This post is awesome…I’m so excited about the journey this business has lead you on. You two put your heart and soul in everything you do…it is totally refreshing

September 23, 2011 - 10:00 am

Keaton - I’M GIDDY WITH EXCITEMENT!! Ahhhhh!! I’m so happy to see what you’ve been working on.


September 23, 2011 - 11:49 am

Donna - Can’t wait!!! So excited for you all!

September 23, 2011 - 2:13 pm

meredith - Torture!!

September 23, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Ellee - No kidding – I have been waiting for this day! So excited for you guys!!!

P.S. – were we those friends in August 2010????? We had a pretty intense conversation about this rebrand?

Miss you guys!

September 26, 2011 - 9:21 am

Amber - Oh man! Leave us in suspense why don’t ya?!! I’m dying to know!

September 26, 2011 - 9:22 am

Amber - Oh man! Leave us in suspense why don’t ya?!! I’m dying to know! Looking forward to more posts about this launch!

Traveling trio in Maine

We had been looking forward to our trip to Maine all year. Brett and I had never been and always wanted to go, and Brett’s brother Jason was the same; never been, always wanting. We all went to celebrate an AMAZING wedding in which, Jason was the DJ and a groomsman, and we photographed- of course.

We rented an adorable little rustic place in the small fishing town of Stonington, ME and spent the days wandering around the harbor, exploring back country roads, and eating fantastically fresh seafood.

Stepping off the plane, the first thing we had to do was find the best place for Lobster. Of course. I had been dreaming of lobster for weeks now. We were led to “Red’s Eats” for what was the “World’s Best Lobster Roll.” Verdict: It did not disappoint.

Afterwards we headed on our journey up from Portland, ME to our tiny island. We passed a couple beautiful bridges along the way.

We arrived after dark, so the next morning we were eager to head out to take our first peek at the quaint little harbor town. I read before the trip that Stonington was a very small town, seemingly untouched since the 1950′s. I would say that statement is just about right on. The town was very quiet, and on the days when the fog would roll in and cover everything, it felt near silent at times….almost eery, like a movie scene. There was no cell phone coverage there, so it really felt very “off the grid,” which was mainly awesome…..just not when we wanted to check on the kids!

Our sweet lil’ house, built on top of a granite quarry, with enough blueberries and blackberries in it’s surroundings to eat for days.

We rented bikes and traveled to Bar Harbor where we rode around a gorgeous (and big) lake. It was incredibly beautiful, but man was I a major wimp. I’ve never despised the great outdoors more than when I was dying trying to ride up those hills. BLAH.

My precious man shot some major filmage. Those coming soon, and they flipping ROCK. I just shot him shooting filmage, instead.;)

A meal to remember one evening after we had been lost, cold, hungry, and Jason schmoozed our way into getting us into this restaurant where they were booked solid for the night. Win for us, thanks Jason!

Wonderful parting dinner and sunset the evening before we left….hosted by our newly-married friends.:)

And that’s it for part one. I plan to share Brett’s film he shot, along with the rehearsal dinner, and one of our favorite weddings we’ve ever photographed. Seriously, it was gorgeous and filled with so much love.

Coming soon…

September 19, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Keaton - Love these!! I hope you guys enjoyed yourselves!

September 19, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Kyle - Love the images! Any chance you could share the rental info with me!? My wife and I have been looking at a Maine vacation and the house looks sweet! Thanks, love your work – Kyle

September 19, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Gail - AHHHHH…this looks SO lovely. A breathe of fresh air!!!! I want a lobster roll now. AND I WANT TO SEE THIS WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 20, 2011 - 9:51 am

Betsy - Oh my land, this looks like a fairy tale trip!!!! Oh what I would have given for me and John to have been in your back pockets!!!!! Just wonderful. Love seeing the world through your eyes.

YOu are beautiful, btw!

September 20, 2011 - 9:51 am

Caitlin Sullivan - My heart just smiles when you post personal photos. These are so happy! Can’t get over that sunset! So amazing.

September 20, 2011 - 10:37 am

Daniel Lanning {The Beautiful Mess} - This reminds me how much I want to take Candice and Stevie to Maine! Looks like you guys had a great time and got to see some great spots! Great photos!

September 20, 2011 - 10:39 am

Daniel Lanning {The Beautiful Mess} - This reminds me how much I want to take Candice and Stevie to Maine! Looks like you guys had a great time and got to see some great spots! Great photos!

September 20, 2011 - 12:43 pm

amanda reynolds - LOVE these!!! Looks like you guys had a pretty amazing time. Maine is on my list for sure. I love that you are still able to travel and have a family too. Can’t wait to see this wedding!

September 20, 2011 - 2:21 pm

Lisa Scherer - Your personal photos are some of my absolute favorites….I can get lost in them forever. And how about all your adorable outfits!! Love! I am with Kyle, would you mind sharing your rental information…my 15th year anniversary is coming up…looks like the perfect place for an anniversary trip.

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February 8, 2018 - 11:10 am

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first floor redo {week nine!}

It’s been a couple months since I’ve updated about our kitchen and first floor home redo. If you follow my twitter or facebook, then you have seen pictures from my phone along the way. If you missed part one, click here to get caught up;)

We’ve been having FUN over the past 9 weeks. “Fun” can also be synonymous with: frustrated, stressed, excited, emotional and a few other adjectives I will withhold. It has certainly been interesting, and honestly so exciting.

I have to say, our contractor has been a gem. He went OUT of his way to always ensure that we had water, a sink hook-up, and all of our appliances available for use. Even at times when we had a stove sitting in the middle of the floor, we had constant access to cooking which was a major concern of ours. We don’t eat out often, and we cook 3 meals most every day. The process could have been MUCH harder on us.

Floors were all placed, we made our tiny 80′s cut-out from the kitchen to the dining room larger, and new appliances began to trickle in. I began working on the dining room decor, which I wanted to make more of an “everyday” room than a formal dining room. It’s looking great I must say, and we’ve been doing school in there for the last few weeks so it is really feeling like home.

Making this wall cut-out bigger has been the biggest change for us yet! I can’t believe we’ve lived 5 yrs with it that small.

We call this our “hillbilly sink.” Lee (our contractor) propped our faucet on a 2×4 since we didn’t have a counter.

Before the counters we put in, we all traced our hands on the plywood tops that have served as counters for us over the past couple months. We figured someday, someone will rip the counters out and this would be a little time capsule of us.

Brett’s new baby:

Snippets from around the kitchen and dining room:

Once we finish painting, get our shelving up, and our art on the walls, I will post the completed rooms! :)

It’s an overwhelming experience seeing your dreams take shape before your eyes. We’re feeling extremely blessed here in the Z home.

September 15, 2011 - 10:53 am

Myriam - wow i love!!! very beautiful new kitchen .

September 15, 2011 - 11:07 am

Gail - EEK!! SO exciting!! I am LOVING all the rugs you’re showing too!! Where are the chairs and rug in the dining room from? GORGEOUS!!! I feel like we’ve talked about this so much, it feels like a surrogate kitchen :)

September 15, 2011 - 11:23 am

Esther - Okay I might be coveting just a bit here! It’s so beautiful! That sink- oh my! What a lovely space for a beautiful family!

September 15, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Gem - Your kitchen looks uber great!! I ♥ your gas range!

September 15, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Chanda - Loving it! Okay you so have to let us know the source of your dining table rug. I’ve been on the mad hunt for a similar one and yours is awesome!

September 16, 2011 - 9:30 am

Betsy - Ohhhhhhhhh my god it’s sooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously amazing!!!! So you!

Yes, spill it on the chairs.

I can’t wait to come and have coffee! (When the HECK are we going to do that? It will have to be Winter! We are going to Disney AND Puerto Rico this fall. Nuts, I know!)

September 16, 2011 - 4:52 pm

melanie - that floor is sexy. as is the sink, stove…ok all of it. jealous.

September 18, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Rachel - Love, love, love your hand print time-capsule. What a great idea! “This house IS filled with love.” So sweet!

September 19, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Maya - You guys – it is looking awesome! I loove those kitchen chairs and the rugs are just perfect.

September 22, 2011 - 3:00 pm

tara - All i am feeling is jealousy. Hahhaahhaa.
I want I WANT. :)
Yay for you guys.

pri·ya : fruit of God. {film}

our little girl is no longer little and almost no longer a girl.  she’s almost twelve, but the size of an adult.

we know this b/c her shoe size has now exceeded both mine and Jess’.  we know this b/c she has become rather mature and responsible.  we know this b/c she has become more selfless and caring about others, preferring others to herself, although we still have to remind her at times to prefer listening over speaking.  we know this b/c she is starting to have more of a mind of her own, that still needs lots of guidance.  she is very unique and quirky and we wouldn’t prefer it any other way.  we know this b/c we are also having to grow more with her and through our relationship with her.  she still hasn’t lost the innocent way that she views the world and those around her and we hope she never loses this sweet charm completely.

she is blossoming into the lovely fruit of God we had hoped she would become.

Ilford Delta 3200 BW, Contax 645

August 31, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Gabe - incredible. such a timeless portrait that will be cherished for generations. amazing!!

August 31, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Betsy - She’s precious. : ) So much like you!

August 31, 2011 - 3:34 pm

Gail - Ahhh…sweet Priya! I need to meet that girl! Maybe she can give me a cooking lesson in your new kitchen!!

August 31, 2011 - 9:18 pm

Ryan - Good stuff Brett. Love the way y’all love each other.

August 31, 2011 - 10:06 pm

lucy - how completely sweet. she is a beautiful girl…inside and out. love you pri.

September 1, 2011 - 5:45 am

meredith - This is ethereally beautiful.

September 1, 2011 - 10:06 am

Grandma Beth - MY Beautiful Grandaughter – inside and out! She is her Mama and Baba at the ‘same-time’. She is such-the-mom and such-the-sister for her brothers! Kisses and Hugs with Much Love to HER!

September 5, 2011 - 2:18 pm

None - alert(‘nice!’);

September 28, 2011 - 6:24 pm

Emilie - Stunning photo!!!