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College of Mt. St. Joseph’s {Presidential Inauguration}

Something a little different today for the celebration of our 200th blog post!

In mid-March a local college called, “The College of Mt. St. Joseph” held the inauguration of their 6th college president,  Dr. Anthony J. Aretz, Ph.D.  It was a big ordeal, and we were very honored to have a part in the celebration.

We don’t normally show much of our commercial and editorial work we do, but I thought this would be something fun to show.  Our work made it on the cover of “The Mount News,” (the college’s magazine) and it went out in the mail this week, so I thought this was the perfect time to post.


They had many alumni come back, with a representative for almost each graduating class all the way back to the class of 1938!  Here are the alums getting their appropriate years.


Here are some of the ladies from the earliest graduating classes represented.

This is also the photo that was chosen for the cover of the college’s magazine. :)  I think it is cute.

Agnes Devaney Fogarty, (left) is 91 years young, and has witnessed all 6 presidents at The Mount.


Then the delegates marched over to the auditorium for the ceremony.




Their were many family, friends, alumni, and of course current students in attendance.  This is The Mount’s football team.


And this is the new president, Dr. Tony Aretz.



These are current teachers and faculty.




A few shots outdoors afterwords….


Probably one of my favorite shots of the day.


Best wishes to Dr. Tony Aretz, and to everyone at The Mount.  Thank you for your kindness.  It was truely a pleasure to work with you!

April 17, 2009 - 8:53 pm

Gail - These are great Jess – I hope I look that fantabulous at 91!

April 18, 2009 - 10:47 pm

mel - by the way. i forgot to ask you yesterday..umm the msj magazine is BIG and larger than a typical manila envelope. how the heck do you want me to mail this?! lol

April 19, 2009 - 12:49 am

Kylee - This is actually really cool! Thanks for sharing :)

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, [...]

beginning week randomness.

I am catching up today after a weekend of running around and two super fun sessions. Yesterday was one of those days, you know the kind where you want to run and jump back in bed? Well, we started off the morning by getting up early for church because we wanted to get there a few minutes early…I always put Gabriel down for a nap for a little while and wake him up when we walk out the door. We got to church and looked around wondering what was going on? Where is everyone?? WE FORGOT TO SET OUR CLOCKS BACK. Oh JOY. We could have slept longer and our baby could have gotten his full nap and not be so cranky. If you are a planner then you will completely understand when I say, I felt like a failure. How could I forget?? I was mad….at myself. I had hurried us all that morning, and now we had an hour and 15 minutes to kill before church. Anyhow, I remained in a pretty grumpy mood until our shoot yesterday afternoon which brightened my mood so quickly, I forgot I had a bad day at all.:)

This was Gabe yesterday having fun while we did a session of some friends. He kept saying, “ball” and throwing all the mini-pumpkins.

Today I woke to the FedEx dude who was REALLY early, but he brought me a new friend, so I quickly forgave him.:)

Isn’t she pretty? What should I name her??

I have wanted a laptop for so long. It will be so nice to be able to leave my little office area and take it to be outside with the kids, or take it along places instead of being tied to a desktop. I know, you probably think I am ancient.

In other news, Brett had the pleasure of going to a recent Libertarian Party rally to hear their presidential candidate Bob Barr speak. I couldn’t get a sitter so I stayed home.:(  If you haven’t heard of him you should check out his website at www.bobbarr2008.com. Did you think we were only unconventional in our picture taking??  Oh, think again. :)  Brett has done some volunteer work for the Libertarian Party of Ohio, and in the past helped run the LPO website. Here are a few shots he got down on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

This is the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s Chair, Kevin Knedler with Bob Barr.

Here’s to a good week for us all!!!:)

November 3, 2008 - 8:48 pm

Amanda - Jealous of your laptop! We were just scoping out a macbook today, you’ll have to update us all on your thoughts afte using it a bit. ;)

I have heard of Bob Barr! Hubby was just saying the other day that he really wished there was more coverage of ALL the candidates, not just the 2 major party candidates.

Been enjoying your blog for some time, thought I’d finally comment! ;)

November 3, 2008 - 9:06 pm

esther - Hey Brett, you having a beer with our future prez?? Take care and God bless.


November 3, 2008 - 10:00 pm

lucy - love your new mac baby. she is quite beautiful and shiny!

November 3, 2008 - 10:24 pm

laurie eller - Okay. The “shiny new toy” is a doll. :) Be careful with her though, because my laptop (my precious Dell) was dropped on her side a few weeks ago when I FELL going UP the steps. Yup. FELL GOING UP the steps. Nice. I know. My little precious now has a crack on her side and the cost to repair is nearly as much as a new one. So. I got to thinking? Maybe I should just get another one… only PINK. Yes. That shall by my plan. And soon.

Take care of your new baby when “taking” her outside, in your bedroom, in your car… or um, er, uh… when walking UP the steps. :) *wink*

Congrats! (and no, you’re not ancient, just a late bloomer) *smile*

November 4, 2008 - 5:45 am

Alex - Mac Book Pro…. what a great new friend :-D

Hope you don´t forget all the other friends around the world ;-)


just a bunch of randomness.

My dear wreckless girl Kristy (whom I LOVE to death!!)  tagged me on her blog, so you get to hear some randomness about me.

4 things I did today

1. Woke up from a not so good night of sleep at 7:00, went downstairs and made breakfast for my family, kissed the hubby off to work, began returning emails.  (my usual morning)

2. Did school with the kiddos.

3. Went to Ikea to scope out some new cabinet handles for my newly painted kitchen cabinets.  Now I’m more confused than ever….but I picked up a super rad tropical plant for the living room.

4. Make some tea, put kids down for “quiet time” and I am getting ready to read some bible.  Now that I wrote it, I have to or I am a liar.

4 things on my to do list

1. Figure out how to balance the ever growing problem of life and all that it entails….home schooling, family, home business, organization, house cleaning, laundry, bills, etc.  (I think this will remain on my “to do” until I am an empty-nester.)

2. Wrap my nephew’s birthday present for his party tonight.

3.Find out some good junior biographies to read to the kids for history.  I am horrible at taking the time to read to the kiddos.  I am way too ADD.  I need to get a few books soon to get me on the right path.

4. Figure out how to get the basement painted for our studio, the outside windows stripped/painted/caulked before winter, and clean out the garage that we were supposed to do last spring.  (Maybe I need to change this to: “Hire someone to help with odd jobs around the house so Mama don’t go insane.”)

4 of my guiltiest pleasures

1. Chocolate in any form.  But the darker, the better.  I also love ghetto desserts…like those fake brownies you get a a gas station.  Little Debbie’s are so nasty, but OHHHH so stinkin good.  (Brett is gagging right now.)

2. Music.  I could get lost for hours and have trouble coming back.  I love exploring new people/new tunes all over the web.  I am super fortunate enough to have a sister, brother, and two brother-in-laws who are psycho obsessed with finding new music.  Since I don’t have as much time (imagine that), they do a lot of the work for me…and I am never without new tunes. Never.

3.  HGTV.  I don’t have cable but if I am around it, I am nearly glued to this station.  I want to have my own show.  Kind of like a, “What Not to Wear,” but about home decor. :)

4. Poetry. Reading and writing it, although I seldom have/make time to do so anymore.

4 random facts about me

1. About my looks: I have a dent on the side of my nose…I call it “character”.  My dad is a dentist.  I could have free veneers, or a plastered Hollywood smile, but I’m cool with the mouth God gave me. (Don’t think I haven’t been tempted!)  I am missing a knuckle on my left hand.  No joke.

2. I was always a bit obsessed with Winona Ryder.  When I was 13 I wanted to be just like her in “Beetle Juice.”  I loved how she always wore black funky outfits. I still laugh every time I put my ninja suit on to shoot a wedding. I never thought I would live out that dream.  I like it. :)

3. If I wasn’t a photographer I would have loved to gotten into home interior design.  My brain hurts (in a good way) when I pour over my design magazines.

4. Brett and I were in a wreck 10 years ago this month. We were dating then.  We were crazy lucky to walk away from it.  I think God may have had some plans for these little lives of ours.  I’m quite happy to be here.:)

5 people I’m tagging
1. Kelly of Daphne Photo Studio - wassup girl!

2. Lee of LuvLee Photography- had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful Aussie at the Brianna Graham workshop.

3. Mark Brooke Photographer -the first photographers to comment on my blog.

4. Alex of Photo Finish – this is my new friend from Germany. Alex, you have to translate so I can read it though!

5. Betsy of Betsy and John – I like her. :)

October 8, 2008 - 10:39 pm

esther - I’m with you on the chocolate and HGTV! If only I had money to do all those cool thing they show you. So what color did you paint the cabinets? Black? White? Red?

October 8, 2008 - 11:53 pm

betsy - Oh no you didn’t! Awwww, you are so sweet. I like you too. : )

October 8, 2008 - 11:58 pm

betsy - PS You have been to a Brianna Graham workshop? Oooh, do tell! I want to find a good workshop for me this winter. If you have any thoughts or reccomendations, i would love it!

October 9, 2008 - 4:33 am

Alex - Jess :-)
I´m tagged here…. I can´t believe it!
That´s the turning point to translate all my blog entries in to my lousy English ;-)

All the best to you and your family from Germany
Alex & Sanne

October 9, 2008 - 10:53 am

kelly - How fun! I can totally see a resemblance between you and Winona Ryder!!

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holly rouse - i like betsy too!
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