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    Hi and welcome! I'm jenny (obvi) and i'm so happy you're here. i am a portrait and wedding photographer in columbus, ohio. my absolute favorite thing to photograph is love. couples in love, new mommies and daddies in love with their newest bundle of joy, brides and grooms in love about to walk down the aisle. anything involving love. who doesnt love love, right?

    here on the blog you'll find some of my favorite images from recent sessions and weddings of my clients, family and friends. you'll also probably find some personal posts from our large family get togethers or cute pictures of my dogs. because i love my dogs. a lot.

    so sit back, enjoy. if you see something you like, leave me a comment to let me know. much love!

    << this photo by the amazing bobbi+mike

brian+genny+barrett+grayden | columbus family photography

This team is no stranger to this blog. They come to Ohio from Texas about once a year.. and Brian being an ohio native, there is a list of things they do while they’re in town. Visiting Skyline, Penn Station and Bill’s Donuts are all on that list. Also on that list, having a family photography session done by yours truly! I’m always so excited to get them in front of my camera. Especially since they added Gray to the bunch and i couldn’t wait to get my hands on that little chunky monk. "columbus family photography""columbus baby photography""columbus baby photography""columbus family photography"Gosh bear, i could just eat you up!"columbus family photography""columbus family photography"and can we talk about all of gray’s baby rolls?! love!!"columbus baby photography""columbus family photography""columbus baby photography""columbus baby photography""columbus family photography""columbus baby photography""columbus family photography""columbus family photography""columbus family photography""columbus baby photography""columbus baby photography"i had to include this one. i think its so hilarious. This was how Gray was for a lot of our session. he just wasn’t having the same fun his big brother was. lol




"columbus family photography"


Columbus, OH

brian+genny | together: april 2010 | engaged: march 2011 | married: november 19, 2011 galveston,tx | home now: houston, tx

genny | hometown: houston, tx | assistant principal | favorite food: mexican | 5 words: thoughtful, loving, organized, driving, caring

brian | hometown: centerville, oh | mortgage loan officer  | favorite food: italian | 5 words: comedic, playful, hardworking, loving, dependable

barrett | 3 years | 07.16.13 | bear, monkey, mr man | favorite food: chicken nuggets/corn dogs | 5 words: sweet, silly, fast, talkative, sensitive

grayden | 7 months | 12.23.15 | gray, angel baby | favorite food: sweet potatoes | 5 words: chubby, happy, strong, aggressive, ‘buster’

your perfect family weekend: 

                                                                                                                breakfast out at Barrett’s favorite donut shop.  Taking the kids to the pool and a long walk around the neighborhood so bear can ride his tractor.

favorite bear habit:

giving Grayden hugs and kisses.

favorite gray habit:

big laughs from tickling him

Genevieve Lopardo - Well you have performed another miracle and managed to take the most beautiful pictures with two boys that were having none of it! You have such a way with them and are able to pull out those sweet smiles! Love you so much and appreciate that you preserve our family story in such beautiful pictures! ❤️❤️❤️

kara+rob | columbus maternity photography

I’m so so glad these two decided to do a maternity photography session. Its no secret that i LOVED being pregnant and i think its such a special amazing short time in our lives that i totally think it should be documented (surprise surprise). And i adore these two so much. They love love love each other and are so fun to be around. Kara and Rob got married the same year JJ and i got married and now we’re having babies the same year too! i so can’t wait to meet and snuggle and photograph baby Newbs in a few weeks!!

Heres some of my favorites of beautiful mommy and daddy to be.columbus-maternity-photography-012columbus-maternity-photography-014columbus-maternity-photography-019columbus-maternity-photography-024columbus-maternity-photography-036columbus-maternity-photography-042that belly!! so perfect! pregnancy suits you well, Kara!columbus-maternity-photography-046columbus-maternity-photography-016columbus-maternity-photography-049columbus-maternity-photography-053columbus-maternity-photography-059columbus-maternity-photography-015

kara and rob, thank you guys so much for trusting me to capture this special time in your lives. you’re gonna be amazing parents! i love you both tons and tons and cannot wait to meet that sweet baby boy! xxJBZ


Columbus, OH

kara+rob | engaged 07.21.2011 | married 06.16.2012 | Columbus, OH

how they met, as told by kara: We met through friends in the DC area. After a night of casual conversation at a Super Bowl party in February 2007, we left at the same time, and I said, “thanks for having us!”

Although I was mortified at the time, I guess I knew deep down we’d end up together because by May 2007 we were dating and the rest of history:)

kara | hometown: Columbus, Ohio | Regulatory Counsel | 5 words (as described by rob): funny, determined, thoughtful, fast-walker, loyal

rob | hometown: Oklahoma City, OK | Director, Towers Watson | 5 words (as described by kara): generous, hard working, reliable (i wanted loyal but rob beat me to it :)) loving, athletic

Baby Newbs | due august 2016

 pregnancy cravings: none right now; at the beginning i wanted everything tomato-based (pizza, pasta…)

pregnancy challenges: Things have gone pretty well (knock on wood!) The biggest challenge has probably been having to slow down a bit.

most excited about: Holding our baby boy!

most nervous about: Keeping him alive!:)

Mary - oh what a sweet couple! love the ones of them laying in the grass! don’t be nervous about keeping him alive, its easy when they’re little! congrats to the mom and dad to be! can’t wait to see photos of their sweet baby!

Kim - can’t wait to see pics of baby Newbs! he’ll be here so soon! love love these photos, i see the Main Street bridge! fun that you had wedding photos there and now maternity photos!

Megan D - Looooove!!! This is the cutest couple. Her bump is perfection!! And you know I LOVE these locations!! Perfect job as always JBZ! xoxoxo

Kay Marshall - Great pictures of a great couple… soon to be a great family of three! Love you all!

Stephany Nelson - I love these and I wish I was closer to see all these beautiful friends having babies!! I am so glad you are there to take pictures of all these memories Jenny! 😘
Kara looks amazing, can’t believe it’s almost August!

Aunt Beth & Uncle Tom! - Dear Kara and Rob and Little One . . . we can only
smile in wonder and know the time is coming soon,
though sometimes it seems like forever??!! You both
look wonderful, AND all aglow :O)

We’ll be thinking of you, as always, could not be
more excited for you both, and your families.
Exciting times, Kiddoes!!!

We love you, you’re in our thoughts and prayers always . . .

Aunt Beth and Uncle Tom

baby Kellan | 5 weeks old | columbus ohio newborn photography

Everyone knows how much i love babies, snuggling them, photographing them, sniffing their sweet heads. So, i’m ALWAYS pumped to hear when families i’ve photographed are growing by a tiny human. I was over the moon when Christin contacted me to let me know they were expecting and then even more so when i got the news that baby Kellan was here (early of course, just like his big sis). He spent some time in the NICU but he’s home and perfect and beautiful and healthy. I couldn’t get enough of this sweet boy. And his big sis (who you might remember from this session!) is pretty smitten with him i think.

columbus-newborn-photography-005acolumbus-newborn-photography-018columbus-newborn-photography-022columbus-newborn-photography-028columbus-newborn-photography-032oh those tiny toes and fingers… swoon.. the baby fever was real, friends. columbus-newborn-photography-039columbus-newborn-photography-042columbus-newborn-photography-046columbus-newborn-photography-054columbus-newborn-photography-068columbus-newborn-photography-092columbus-newborn-photography-079

christin+kyle, thank you guys so much for trusting me to capture these sweet moments! Your kids are just the best and i adore you all! Hope you’re all getting lots of rest! big love! xxJBZ



Columbus, OH

christin+kyle | engaged: 10.13.06 | married 9 years | 08.18.2007 | home now: columbus, oh

christin | hometown: canton, ohio | Manager, Marketing Communications | 5 words (as described by kyle) : loving, kind, beautiful, loyal, selfless

kyle | hometown: tallmadge, oregon |Regional Sales Manager | 5 words (as described by christin): loving, patient, handsome, loyal, kind

katelynn |5 | kate | energetic, kind, smart, silly, “the negotiator”

kellan | 5 weeks | may 25, 2016 | 5 lbs, 12 oz, 19 in | chill, giggly, smiley, cuddly, dad’s twin

how did big sister kate react to having a new brother:

We revealed to her that she was going to be a big sister by buying and reading her the book “Big Sisters are the Best” by Fran Manushkin.

On the last page, which shows a family of four, we wrote “Congratulations, Katelynn – you’re going to be a big sister this summer!”

Her reaction: “Our mom has a baby in her belly? I knew it! Oh, I’m so happy – I have wanted a sibling my whole life!”

tell us a little about your birth story:

Just like his sister, Kellan was an early bird. He arrived five and a half weeks early (two weeks earlier than Kate arrived). Because he was so early, he spent some time in the NICU and we took him home four weeks later.

It wasn’t exactly the start we all envisioned, but we’re grateful for the extra time with him and that he’s a healthy, happy little boy.

The whole family is enjoying him to the fullest – especially big sister Kate!

what ‘must haves’ should expecting moms make sure to have in their hospital bag?

Don’t overpack. A bag of toiletries and a going home outfit are enough. Everything else you can get at the hospital. And pack your bag EARLY.

With Katelynn arriving early, I never got the chance to pack a bag. With Kellan, I packed super early, but just barely before his unexpected arrival.

most helpful baby product or shower gift:

First baby: Itzbeen Baby Care Timer (nowadays, they have apps that do the exact same thing)

Second baby: Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottles
Both babies: Medela quick steam bags; BOB Revolution stroller

best piece of advice given to you:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

best piece of mommy/daddy advice to others:

Live in the moment and remember that everything is temporary – both the good and the bad. 

Faye - I’m melting over this session! You can tell how much all three love this new sweet boy! Love the light on this session and your still rocking those baby whisperer skills (as you always have)!!!!!

Natalie - What a sweet, adorable new baby boy!! Those detail shots are AMAZING!!! Adore them all!

Kendra - I can’t stop looking at the toe shot! Those little feet are so perfect and adorable! Umm can we talk about mom she looks amazing!!! Great session!! I love every single image

Caitlynn - Dying over this family. His precious little toes! Oh my! Especially love that black and white one of the whole family on the bed. Gorgeous work, Jenny!

Laura - ADORABLE!!!! If you feel like traveling to South Dakota this December, I’d love for you to photograph our new family of four!! 😀

meggie D - AHHHaahhhhhAAAHHHHHH!!!!! These photos. You are SO GOOD posing newborns. It’s one of my (many) fave things that you do. And that black and white of them on the bed is perfection. Great job as always friend. You’re the best. xoxooxoxoxoxo

Savvy | 4 months old – columbus baby photography

And just like that.. my girl got another month older. Here are some of my favorites over the past month.. She’s pretty much the best thing ever, and the cutest baby in history 😉 columbus-oh-baby-photography-001this is one of my favorite 3 month sleepers.. and i just love her little sleepy face, with that pac, and her lovey. MELT. and since everyone always asks.. she does a great job sleeping. she goes down about 730 at night and gets up at almost 6 on the nose every morning. columbus-oh-baby-photography-002columbus-oh-baby-photography-003columbus-oh-baby-photography-004columbus-oh-baby-photography-005she laughs allllll the time. its amazing.columbus-oh-baby-photography-006with grammycolumbus-oh-baby-photography-007columbus-oh-baby-photography-008she loves her play mat, and she’s getting better at tummy time tho she definitely doesn’t like it. when we went for her 4 month dr appt, we told the doc that she had no interest in trying to roll over and that she couldn’t do it. then after we got home we were all on the floor playing and doing some tummy time, and she proved us wrong by rolling right over. stinker.columbus-oh-baby-photography-009i love her in peach.columbus-oh-baby-photography-010may 27th was the anniversary of the day we lost my dad. my family always gets together for a cookout around that day. i thought this onesie was the perfect outfit for the occasion. columbus-oh-baby-photography-011columbus-oh-baby-photography-012we missed my brother justin because he had to work. and mandy and nick stayed home w nolan bc he was sick w a fever. so unfortunately we didn’t get a whole family photo.. maybe for the next birthday.columbus-oh-baby-photography-013columbus-oh-baby-photography-014columbus-oh-baby-photography-015columbus-oh-baby-photography-016she found her toes sometime in may and she never wants to let them go now. she does not like to wear socks or shoes. lolcolumbus-oh-baby-photography-017

and then, she was 4 months old

columbus-oh-baby-photography-018molly jumped up on the chair when i turned to put savvy on the floor. columbus-oh-baby-photography-019columbus-oh-baby-photography-020columbus-oh-baby-photography-021columbus-oh-baby-photography-022columbus-oh-baby-photography-023columbus-oh-baby-photography-024we stopped to see grammy real quick last weekend…columbus-oh-baby-photography-025

on our way to go see gramma and grampa zink!

columbus-oh-baby-photography-027columbus-oh-baby-photography-028columbus-oh-baby-photography-029i took some photos of her in this basket when she was a newborn. so crazy how big she is now. she wasn’t quite sure what to think about this at first… columbus-oh-baby-photography-030sweet nolan and auntie mandy came up to visit this week so i took the opportunity to take a few photos of nolan. he’s getting SO BIG. columbus-oh-baby-photography-031columbus-oh-baby-photography-032and we’ll finish off with some of my favorite photos ever! i just love this little dress on her, and that bow! columbus-oh-baby-photography-033columbus-oh-baby-photography-034this is my new favorite photo of Savvy girl. those eyes! that smile! the drool! lol i just love it. columbus-oh-baby-photography-035columbus-oh-baby-photography-036columbus-oh-baby-photography-037columbus-oh-baby-photography-038and last night auntie amanda and her boyfriend matt came up so we could take them out for a very belated birthday dinner. savvy loves it when auntie amanda sings “twinkle twinkle” to her. 5Y0A2304

thanks for stopping by! check back in a month or so for more if you aren’t getting sick of these posts yet! haha just kidding, how could you get sick of looking at her?! lol

much love! xxJBZ

Kristine b - Your little girl is so gorgeous! Kudos to you for documenting her life so well! She is such a happy little sweetie!!

Mom Barnes - OMG..these photos of Savvy are just beautiful! Savvy is beautiful just like her mommy💕

Melissa Yocum - Jenny, your girl has personality for DAYSSSSS!!!! Not that I would expect ANYTHING less! 😀 Such a dolly, your Savvy!! Love Every one of these!!

Mandy - Love these!! She is such a beautiful child!! She looks just like her mommy! You guys are amazing parents and rocking it out! So proud of my sissy and love you so much! I could look at these pics of her over and over– those eyes!!😍😍😍

Lisa Staten - Oh my goodness!!! She is so beautiful! Looks so much like you! Sweet, sweet pictures. 😊

Carrie Hauck - Okay, she is just too cute!!! I love the little bow :) she has the sweetest smile and you just look incredibly happy!!

Lindsey Gentry - She is seriously one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen. I love every picture you post! I have the same peach floral blanket for my daughter – just LOVE.

Megan D - Jennyyyyyy!!!! I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!! Savvy is the cutest baby in the history of the world! Her outfits! I can’t even. She’s so lucky to have you and JJ. And you are a great mommy. Love you!!! xoxo

kerri - Oh my gosh, that picture with the hoodie!! hahaha! I love all of these, she’s a beautiful little baby girl :) :)

Faye - Ahhhh! I didn’t think it was possible for her to get any cuter…..but she did. Can’t wait to snuggle her this week! Yay!

Angie - She is absolutely darling Jenny!! Beautiful images of a beautiful baby girl!

jenny grimm - ADORABLE!!!! How you can NOT get sick of looking at adorable baby pictures?!!! GAH. Love love love…she has the sweetest smile. :)

Jenny - Sweet, sweet girl with so much personality already. You can just tell she is going to be full of life at every turn. Great job capturing your life with her right now!

Caitlynn - Jenny! She is the CUTEST! Oh my goodness. I’m DYING over the ones of her laughing in the chair. Precious.

Maike Pulliam - Awww, these are so good! Love that you’re blogging images of her!

Chrissy - OHHHHHHHHHH my WORD!!!! I was just laughing throughout this entire post because she is SO STINKIN ADORABLE! What a cutie patootie!!

Destinee - what a doll! I can almost hear her laughing! Love!

lauren allmond - STOPPPPPP! She’s so incredibly smiley + happy! Love her sweet little face, and I was dying laughing at the one (4th down) with the hood. She looks like a little boxer!

diana+jim | columbus engagement photography

Meet diana and jim. they are one of the CUTEST couples i’ve ever photographed. When diana contacted me about wedding photography, i did a little happy dance at my desk. I met diana when i photographed her senior photos when i worked for Lesko Photography in beavercreek (fun fact, Diana’s new last name will be Lesko when she gets married. no relation to my former boss). She was beautiful then and she’s even more stunning now. In a lot of these photos she reminds me of Katie Holmes, something about her expression when she laughs. She’s an absolute delight to be around and Jim is exactly the same way. We didn’t stop laughing or smiling much during our time together. I absolutely loved being around these two, their love for each other is huge. They light each other up. Enjoy a few favorites from our time together!columbus-oh-engagement-photography-001columbus-oh-engagement-photography-003columbus-oh-engagement-photography-004columbus-oh-engagement-photography-006columbus-oh-engagement-photography-007columbus-oh-engagement-photography-005columbus-oh-engagement-photography-012columbus-oh-engagement-photography-008columbus-oh-engagement-photography-009columbus-oh-engagement-photography-002columbus-oh-engagement-photography-010columbus-oh-engagement-photography-011columbus-oh-engagement-photography-013columbus-oh-engagement-photography-014columbus-oh-engagement-photography-015you guys are going to make one GORGEOUS couple as a bride and groom!



you guys, thanks again for coming up to the ‘bus for our session. thanks for trusting me to capture these huge moments in your lives. i’m so excited for your wedding!! xxJBZ


ps.. diana, tell your dad i said hi! (another fun fact, diana’s dad was my 5th grade social studies teacher. he was my fave)



Columbus, OH

diana+jim | together: april 23, 2014 | engaged: november 22, 2015 | wedding: septemer 17, 2016 

diana | hometown: beavercreek, ohio | teacher | favorite food: grandpa’s lasagna | 5 words: beautiful, independent, smart, funny, caring

jim | hometown: seattle, washington | engineer  | favorite food: steak and potatoes | 5 words: calm, adrenaline junkie, giving, handsome, smart

how we met (as told by diana): 

jim and I met through some mutual friends. Our first encounter was actually at a birthday dinner for our friend Leanna, but we didn’t really talk, or even remember seeing each other there.
I consider our first hang out at to be at a bar (college years :)), and then we finally talked! I remember thinking he was really cute that night!
We continued to hang out and then slowly realized we actually liked each other! I remember one of our first activities together was having a movie night where we watched each others favorite movies.
I introduced him to Safe Haven and he introduced me to Top Gun. I’m luck to have him in my life.
how he asked (as told by jim):
For the big day, I had a dinner reservation, tickets to Cinderella the musical and planned to propose at the Jefferson Memorial in downtown DC. However, the proposal was in the works for several months before that day.
I went to downtown DC at night with a coworker to determine what monument had the best lighting for a proposal picture. Next, I had my brother and sister-in-law fly in to spend the weekend with us.
Diana and I had a pleasant evening at dinner and the musical, but things took an interesting turn after that. It was cold and Diana’s feet hurt, so she got a tad bit cranky.
Once I parked at the Jefferson Memorial, she refused to get out of the car and walk the 0.25 miles to the memorial. Internally, I was freaking out as my brother and sister-in-law were waiting to take a picture of the proposal.
She eventually relented and got out to walk, but she was not happy! Luckily, the proposal warmed her heart and I was the happiest guy in the world!
wedding planning advice for future brides and grooms:
Just have fun with it and go with the flow! There’s a lot to figure out in the beginning, but going to tastings for food and cake is by far the best part!
There will be stressful times, but somehow it always seems to work out.
Also, be nice to your parents! They have been more than helpful and patient with us during this time.
Hopefully we can continue to follow our own advice!

Kristine B - WHAT. This session is adorable! I kept thinking I had a fav image then I scrolled and each image was equally amazing. So perfect!

jenny grimm - What an adorable session! Love this location and what a pretty couple! She looks great in green, and those expressions you got out of them = perfection! :)

Megan D - Loooooove!!!!!! Every single one!!! That last one though is amaze! Love the locations too!! Great job as always JBZ. xoxoxo

Faye - These two are beyond cute! My fave is then looking at each other in the grassy court yard (that’s what I’m calling it). Great job!

Maike - What an adorable session! I’m SOOO loving that very last image. Good looking couple!

Caitlynn - What a cute couple! Love their outfits and her smile is infectious! Love them all. Can’t even pick a favorite!

Jenny - What a perfect session! You rocked this. They are too cute together!

Diana F - Jenny! I am so in love with them! I can’t stop looking at them! So glad you were available to do our pictures:)

kerri - These are the absolute BEST!! Every one! Their poses are natural and loving and just perfect :) You did an amazing job on such a beautiful couple! Their love and happiness shine through, for sure!

Abbey - GORGEOUS!! My verrry fave is number 11 down. SO GOOD!!

Natalie - What a fun and adorable couple!! That last shot is my favorite for sure!! You killed it, as usual!

Karen - What a great couple! This gal looks smashing in green! its her color! They look so happy, well done!

Chrissy - They are adorable!! I love how you’ve captured a combination of fun and sweet/intimate images! Great set, Jenny!

angie - Well these are just lovely! What a happy, beautiful couple!

Laurie - So Diana and Jim are clearly happy in love, and you captured that perfectly! It is leaping off my screen – and I cannot get enough of her gorgeous smile!! Great work!

Gisselle - Sooo adorable!! I love the laughing one!!

Destinee - Awesome session. So much love happening here!

lauren allmond - Ahhhh! These are so gorgeous! I love all the love you captured between them!