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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: {through my eyes}

A look back at 2010

I have to apologize for my absence as of late. Our life has been going through some changes/shifts and I thought it was just going to last a couple weeks, but it appears that it may be our “theme” for the moment.  I don’t mean to sound allusive, but suffice it to say that for a person who struggles with veering from the routine, I am growing in my patience and spontaneity. Growth for me in this area is a good thing. We are jumping into major renovations around our house which are requiring many decisions and much research, we are working on a *HUGE* biz re-brand (WOW, it’s gonna be soooo great!!!), tax season appeared out of the blue (always FUN), as well as other big shifts. Much more to come….and no, I’m not pregnant. Sorry folks who are rooting for Z-5.;)

As we’ve been cleaning up around here and moving into our regular season of shooting again (yay!!) I have gathered together our personal photos from 2010.  Yes, I realize it is April and that 1/3 of our year is already gone (HOW CRAZY IS THAT??!), but we had SUCH a fun year in 2010 that I just had to compile it into a slideshow. Our blog also serves as a “family journal” of sorts, so having this to look back on is really special to us.

Last year we traveled to California, New York, New Mexico…..we had family dance parties, rode bikes and read lots of books. We celebrated birthdays and dear friendships. I saw my baby sister marry her true love. We cooked new foods and explored fantastic restaurants. We feel wonderfully blessed to share our lives with so many beautiful people. Here is a (very tiny) sampling of our 2010 year. Thanks for taking the time to view it and share in our lives.

April 12, 2011 - 10:07 am

Gabe - loved this glimpse into your year.

April 12, 2011 - 10:32 am

Emilie - This is great! You have such a cute family!!

April 12, 2011 - 11:16 am

Holly - i feel like all i ever comment on is how much i love you…especially after posts like this. but seriously, i love all of you OH so very much!

April 12, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Brock - To only have a family as sweet as yours! That is my goal! You guys are awesome!

April 12, 2011 - 6:10 pm

Allison - Glad to see you are back! I have been checking your blog for 2 and a half years and absolutely love your work. Can’t wait to see the rebrand! :)

April 12, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Gail - AHHHH…so glad to have been a part of your 2010 you two!

A few other thoughts: Your family is just so sweet and perfect. Add to that an Otis Redding tune and I watched this with a big ‘ol smile on my face :)

April 13, 2011 - 2:37 pm

Betsy - Love, love, love it! The only bad thing is that I’m not neighbors with you.

What a beautiful life!

April 13, 2011 - 4:37 pm

tara - Jess – i loved this. Great songs!
My fave was the shot of you pouring wine.
And I have that mustard target jacket too. Fave color!! :)

July 17, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Gem - These pics are amazing! Your work is as beautiful as your family. Nice to meet you guys! :)

Red Rock Canyon

While in Vegas a few weeks back for WPPI, we escaped to Red Rock Canyon for a couple hours (a couple times).  It is incredibly beautiful, and I wish we would have had DAYS to go around and explore.  A couple hours is just not enough in a place like that, but now I know what I’ll be doing if/when we go back for WPPI.

We invited our new friend Gabe to go with us our last evening in Vegas, and while out there he asked if he could take a couple photos of us just before the sunset.  Being a fan of Gabe’s work for years, we were all, “Um YEAH!”  Go HERE to see his lovely photos.:)

March 14, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Tina - Love these shots! They would look awesome in print:)

March 14, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Lainey - Oh, I love Red Rock Canyon. Such a magical place. Beautiful shots. And loved the pictures of the two of you together!

March 14, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Betsy - I love the way you see beauty in nature that I would never see.

March 14, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Char - Looong time follower…..first time commenter! I know, my bad! I am always, always inspired by your work and take on life. I LOVE the rawness, realness, and beauty you capture. It’s perfect!

March 15, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Gabe - these are beautiful guys. you both have such amazing “eyes” i love seeing these after seeing you take them.

March 15, 2011 - 8:35 pm

becca~capturingsimplejoys - what an amazing place! love the pics he took!

March 27, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Rachel Celeste - these are wonderful! I just moved to Las Vegas in January and I definitely need to get out to Red Rock to take some photographs!

Family time in New Mexico {part II}

If you missed the first part of our vacation, look here, then come back. :)  Here are a few more days of our family trip in October.

We spent a day at Bandelier National Monument, where we were able to explore around ancient ruins of the Pueblo people.  I heard someone say it was home to Anasazi people, which the kids loved because we studied them a bit last year.

The kids loved climbing into the cliff dwellings.

Some of Brett’s college buddies came along.  Here’s Mark and Gracie:)

Brett’s friend Jacob came with his family as well.

Dinner at Mark and Mel’s was a great end to the evening.  Can you tell I like my little boy?

Sunset outside their house…

Next day – Poor Priya

New Mexico is known for its red chile peppers…

Priya’s 11th birthday was the day we arrived to New Mexico. She loved when she was serenaded. ;)

Thanks for looking. I’m not done just yet. ;)

November 10, 2010 - 10:14 pm

Cassie - New Mexico just moved waaaaay up on my list of places to visit.

November 11, 2010 - 8:45 am

Donna - LOVE these images…so beautiful!

November 11, 2010 - 9:16 am

Courtney Howell - This place is so beautiful–I want to hop on a plane and go there right now!!!

November 11, 2010 - 11:00 am

Gail - Oh my goodness I just love joining your family on these vacations thanks to your photographs! Gabe’s little UGGs killed me in these posts, and Riah’s cowboy boots too! And could four kiddos love their uncle more?

Great shots friend!

November 11, 2010 - 11:28 am

Amanda Wilcher - I’m totally SMITTEN with these! I adore the one with you two hugging and LOVE the one of Brett climbing out of the ground. What a great photo really…

November 11, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Alyson - Jessica, the photo with the light coming through the opening and with him on the ladder is to die for! You did an amazing job with this photo! It’s one of my favorite of any of the photos I’ve seen of yours! I don’t normally leave you comments but I love it so much I just had to. -Alyson

November 11, 2010 - 1:37 pm

maggie - gahhhhh I love these and I love you guys! Do you think it would be totally weird to hang Z family portraits on MY walls because y’all are so stinkin’ gorgeous? :) ) PS: picture of ladder leading up and out of dwelling (16?) = perfection. Thanks for sharing!

November 11, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Xylia - Another beautiful set! I also loved the Uncle J photo. Can I ask who took the pictures when neither you nor your husband had the camera? They are great shots (28 & 32)!

November 11, 2010 - 3:43 pm

admin - @Xylia: #28 (living room shot) was a self timer, and #32 (me + brett) was taken by our daughter. :) Thanks everyone for the kind words! – jess

November 11, 2010 - 11:48 pm

Mel - That shot of j in the light. Holy shit. Next level.

November 12, 2010 - 6:21 am

Amy - Your pictures are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sharing them. The light, the beautiful vistas….BREATHTAKING!

November 12, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Ellee - I like the look on Brett’s face while Priya was getting serenaded for her birthday! So funny!

November 15, 2010 - 9:31 am

Jennifer Nichols - What a fun trip and fabulous photos! We visited New Mexico the past two summers and have fallen in love with it. Your photos make me want to plan our next visit. Your family is just beautiful.

March 15, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Emily - My boyfriend has been dropplet little seedlets of thoughts to grow in my head…he would like to get married in New Mexico. His reasoning is because of the scenes in Crazy Heart, which I have never seen. Up until seeing your pictures, I was entertaining his idea, but wasn’t quite sold…now I WANT to get married in New Mexico and I want to take you with me!

Thanks for sharing your amazing work.

new favorite

I have a nice big New Mexico post in the works, but don’t have enough time this morning to get it posted before school with the kids- look for it later today.

Here is one for now.

Call it my new favorite, because I am just smitten. This is another one of those images that I can imagine myself looking back on with such emotion and fondness.

me & my favorite person | Santa Fe, NM | 2010

November 10, 2010 - 9:15 am

Janica - No way.
Just PERFECT.

November 10, 2010 - 9:27 am

Gail - Oooh — who shot this for you?! Did you set timer? Gorgeous long exposure to get those stars!

November 10, 2010 - 9:57 am

AmyPunky Photography - Oh my goodness! This is so powerful!!!

November 10, 2010 - 10:48 am

Maggie - WOW. I love this.

November 10, 2010 - 12:09 pm

adam(3) - stellar!

November 10, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Deanna - Amazing, it doesn’t even look real it is so beautiful! Oh the works of His hands!

November 10, 2010 - 3:31 pm

lucy - man jess, this photo…it sings to me. the sky, those stars…dreamy…*sigh*

November 11, 2010 - 9:10 pm

holly - ummm, how about this is the most beautiful photo i have ever seen?