• 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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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

Kombi Servisi - great images and wonderful words. thanks for sharing

rebecca & warren {love}

Rebecca and Warren came in from Washington D.C. to do their engagement session, and we lucked out with a GORGEOUS evening. These two were so fun to hang out with, and were up for anything. Frankly, they made our job easy.;)

We can’t wait to witness them saying their “I-Do’s” next weekend!

September 16, 2011 - 11:24 am

Gail - Oh that light! Those flowers! Their love ….


September 16, 2011 - 11:41 am

sarah - so cute! I like the ones of them laughing in the flowers <3

September 16, 2011 - 11:41 am

sarah - so cute! I like the ones of them laughing the flowers


September 16, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Elizabeth - Oh, so great! Captures them so well. Makes me want to have you all do our family pictures :) Looking forward to meeting you next weekend (I’m a bride’s maid)…

September 16, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Jake Ford - Wow! Those shots in the flowers are awesome! The sunlight is perfect!

September 18, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Lisa - Wowzer!!%20That%20is%20amazing%20some%20amazing%20stuff.

September 19, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Barry - It’s pretty cool of you Warren to let Rebecca borrow your sunhat.

September 20, 2011 - 9:45 am

Gabe - so amazing guys. i love the happiness that is captured here. from the little moments. the laughter. the beautiful light. well done.

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.

candice, dan, & stevie

It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph this sweet little family! Candice and Dan are photographers themselves based out of Charlotte, NC. What an honor it was that they drove up to Cincinnati for a family session with their super sweet little girl, Stevie.

We had such a beautiful morning hanging out getting to know these guys, and being witness to their precious family bond.

Special thanks to Kelly at Cinci Makeup and Sam at High Five Salon for meeting so early in the morning! Also, big thanks to Finn Meadows Farm for the use of their farm.

Candice and Dan, you two are just awesome and your little girl is beyond precious. Thanks again for coming to visit!:)

September 13, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Ashley - I have been following Candice and Dan, The Beautiful Mess, for years and am so happy to see they got to be photographed by you, Jess and Brett! You are amazing and do great work. Their family is absolutely precious and you captured it so perfectly! Stevie… oh what a doll… they are sure lucky to have such a perfect lil family :) I love love love the second to last one, I feel like that screams their personalities.

September 13, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Gail - I love:
1) His mohawk
2) Her awesome hair
3) THAT BABY!!!!

September 13, 2011 - 2:37 pm

Candice & Dan & Stevie {The Beautiful Mess} - *squeal* Thank you for such a fun time! We’ll cherish these family photos forever…and we think a ton of you guys! Thank you so much!

September 13, 2011 - 3:03 pm

Kristen - I love their work and I love to see this family grow together in love. So cute and beautifully captured.

September 14, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Myriam - so cute <3

September 14, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Caitlin Sullivan - Oh my stars! Could there BE a cuter family?!

September 16, 2011 - 10:48 am

Lisa - Wowzer!! Gorgeous family and gorgeous photos.

October 1, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Jenny J Cook - Awesome session! Adore this family, and you’ve captured them and their personalities so very well. Really enjoyed looking at these. ;)