2015 Business Reboot Winner!

We have a winner for the 2015 REBOOT giveaway!! The incredibly adorable and fun Leigh Schrage from Schrage Photography has been randomly selected for this giveaway!   There were over 15,000 entries into the contest and we wanted to thank all of you for putting this out there and talking about it! Leigh will come and spend the day with us for a FULL-DAY coaching session and get our entire Digital Workshop pack from our store plus a bunch of other awesome goodies!  We can’t wait to spend the day with her and share her 2015 story with you guys on the blog! Wish Leigh a congratulations! If you didn’t win, don’t worry!  We will have more giveaways throughout this year – one even being this month so stay tuned! Thanks to all the fabulous companies who made this possible!   The Design Space SanDisk KISSbooks Showit... Read More

Friday Finds | Fotolanthropy

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Finds… REVISITED! Allow us to introduce you to Fotolanthropy! I (Jody) met Katie Norris, one of the founders of Fotolanthropy at Pursuite 31, a Christian women’s retreat I was at in October. I loved her story and her heart and what she and her business partner Brooke are doing to make a difference and knew their story and company had to be featured on our blog. Meet Katie Norris and Brooke Moore, the two amazing women behind the brand that is making a difference, Fotolanthropy. Founded in 2011, Fotolanthropy is a nationwide movement of photographers and filmmakers working together to capture inspiring true stories through photography and film. We love how their heart is to bless families/individuals that have faced trials and give them a platform to share their story across the world so that others may be blessed by their inspiration. So cool! How it started (in Katie’s words): Everything changed on a busy July morning of 2011. I was preparing for a shoot when I received a phone call from a tearful mother. She was calling to ask if I would photograph James, her 8-month-old son, who had just been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. She knew his treatment would cause him to lose his hair, and was desperate for me to photograph her baby boy. My world stopped as I listened to her and, in that moment, I found the courage to tell her what I hoped to do through pictures and film. We quickly teamed up with a filmmaker and were able to capture the most beautiful... Read More

Becoming A Lovecat

  Today’s tips and tricks is simple, short and to the point. We work in an industry that is service based and even though we do sell a product (our beautiful photos), our actual job is to serve. We are here to deliver the goods, but more importantly, our business exists to have our clients feel really great about what we do for them. We have realized that the greatest way that we can grow our business, grow our network and grow our influence with clients, is to become what Tim Sanders calls “A Lovecat.” In his book, Love Is the Killer App (a recommended read by David Jay), Tim Sanders says, “Offer your wisdom freely, give away your address book to everyone who wants it (or your contacts and network), and always be human (or, treat everyone around you as if they are more important than you).” WOW! What great advice! Do you want your business to grow? Do you want to make more money in your photography business? Do you want to be an influence on those around you? Then share everything that you have (literally) with everyone around you! Gather as much knowledge as you can about photography and the business of it, and then share it with everyone around you. Be careful though, because not every single person out there is into this sharing thing. That is OK though, just don’t let them dissuade you from what you should really be doing! Some may think that you are too new to the industry, or have not yet “paid your dues” or that you are too... Read More

Bid on a Mentoring Session and Change the World | Thirst Relief Mentor Auction Begins Today!!

Do you want to receive mentoring by some amazing photographers while making a difference in the world? From through February 3rd, Thirst Relief will enable you to big on eBay for a 90-minute instructional sessions from some of the best photographers in the business.  Bid NOW for a mentoring session with us! For those of you not familiar with Thirst Relief, it’s a non-profit that provides clean water for those in need around the world. We have put up for bid a 90-minute mentoring session with us plus our business DVD, HARVEST | The Three Steps to Growing a Thriving Photography Business. 100% of the proceeds directly benefit Thirst Relief.  Last time the mentor auction gave over 8,000 people clean water and helped numerous photographers become better at their craft and business! This is one of the biggest fundraisers that Thirst Relief holds, so spread the word!  Tell all of your friends!  Blog, tweet, Facebook – whatever you have to do!  Let’s have our community make a difference in the world! Find out more info about the auction:  Bid... Read More

Workshop Registration Opens Tomorrow! | Save a Life

TOMORROW (Tuesday, Feb 7th) at noon Central time, registration opens for our 2012 IN-CAMERA Spring Workshop Tour! [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/35660225?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”600″ height=”338″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen]   Only those who are subscribed to our photography newsletter get to register FIRST. They have 24 hours before registration opens on Wednesday to the public. Make sure you’re signed up!   We are coming to: PHOENIX, AZ NASHVILLE, TN SEATTLE, WA CHARLOTTE, NC ATLANTA, GA DESTIN, FL VANCOUVER, CANADA NEW YORK, NY It’s great to learn and better your photography, hang out and meet new photographers, but what if we told you that by attending our workshops YOU could actually make a difference in someone else’s life?     For those of you who may not be aware, since 2011 we have partnered our workshops with Thirst Relief International.   Thirst Relief was started by a photographer, Jim Davis Hicks, who simply has a passion to help those that need help the most. Those who don’t have something as simple as clean water. One of the biggest causes of disease and death in third world countries, especially among children, is water-born illness. Children in these countries drink unclean water, get sick, and their fragile bodies can’t fight it off. Jim Davis realized that he could do something about this problem by bringing in sand filters that are easy to maintain by the locals and easy to use, and thus was born Thirst Relief. Every filter can last for up to 25 years and can help a community live longer lives by having clean water to drink, and they have now helped thousands around... Read More

Westcott Winner Announced + A Friday Laugh…

It’s the morning you all have been waiting for! It is time to announce the winner of one, 7 foot (yes, you read that right – SEVEN FEET) Parabolic shoot-through Umbrella with mounting bracket, stand, and travel case from Westcott Lighting! Check out what it can do in this past post HERE or click on the image below!! We were using this bad boy during an artist shoot yesterday evening… here is the silhouette of it… ah, what a beauty :) Stay tuned to the blog to see another shot of what the light looks coming out of this bad boy. Because the light source is so big, it paints the light on the subject(s) and looks AWESOME! The winner who followed the four steps (followed Zach & Jody and then Westcott Lighting on Twitter, signed up for our newsletter, and tweeted the given message) and will now add to their lighting modifier collection iiiiiiis…. @_meganbennett all the way from Sydney, Australia!! Congrats to Megan!!!! Contact us at winner@grayphotograph.com with your mailing address and which umbrella you would like (listed below) and we will get your prize sent out to you!! Congrats!! Three Umbrella Options: White Diffusion Umbrella White Black Umbrella Silver Umbrella Thanks again to Westcott for the giveaway! We are honored to be a part of their Top Endorsed Pros. Make sure to come back Monday where we will be having one more giveaway for this month!!!!!!!! :) :) Now, for those of you who didn’t win, we do have a little pick-me-up if you are a little down about not winning… My (Jody) sister sent me... Read More

Giving Clean Water through Our Workshops | Plus One and YOU!

We have some exciting news! Over 240 children will be receiving clean water through our workshops so far! For those of you who may not be aware, we have partnered our business and workshops with Thirst Relief and founder Jim Davis Hicks!! Thirst Relief was started by a photographer, Jim Davis Hicks, who simply has a passion to help those that need help the most. Those who don’t have something as simple as clean water. One of the biggest causes of disease and death in third world countries, especially among children, is water-born illness. Children in these countries drink unclean water, get sick, and their fragile bodies can’t fight it off. Jim Davis realized that he could do something about this problem by bringing in sand filters that are easy to maintain by the locals and easy to use, and thus was born Thirst Relief. Every filter can last for up to 25 years and can help a community live longer lives by having clean water to drink, and they have now helped thousands around the world fix this problem! How cool is that?!   As we have been out speaking and meeting so many amazing photographers around the country, we have been asking the question, “do you want your life to be about something bigger than yourself?” And we have heard a resounding YES; all of us do!! We want our lives to impact others and help others. Nothing in life is more fulfilling than when you take your resources and help those that can’t help themselves. That can be anything from an encouraging word, loving someone who... Read More

Building a House! – Nashville Wedding Vendors Team Up Together with Habitat for Humanity

It was 5:50 am, Sunday morning… my body felt like it had barely recuperated from the wedding we shot only 5 hours before. I could feel the last bit of ache in my legs, slight headache from not getting enough sleep, and I rolled over to look at my sound asleep husband and I asked myself… Why did we agree to do this again? As we dragged ourselves out of bed, put clothes on our weary bodies, brushed our teeth and headed off to Starbucks for the coveted Carmel & Vanilla lattes, we began to wake up… Thirty minutes later we found ourselves at the Habitat for Humanity build site. The cobwebs in our brains diminished and we could feel the excitement as we joined all the other volunteers for the morning safety meeting as we prepared ourselves for BUILDING A HO– USE! Yes, you heard that right – Zach and I helped build a house! This is my second time doing this with Habitat, Zach’s first – and we really had a great time. Zach and I are a part of a group – TWESA (Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association) and the group signed up to help support and build a home for Ayalew and his two sons. This is Ayalew! We’ll show some pictures from the day and then share a bit more about what exactly Habitat for Humanity is/does for those who may not know. This is a view from the neighboring house where only the foundation has been laid… so far! Name tags for all – very important! Getting our Fierceness on! (Me, Kathy... Read More

Thoughts of Compassion

When we originally began this blog, we wrote that it would look into who we are not just as photographers, but as people! So below I want to introduce you to a little special person we have known for the past few years, and a story that touched me as I (Jody) was reading tonight after our time with the oh-so-fun Daniel & Jaclyn. Ever since Zach and I have been married we have sponsored a child through Compassion International. Meet Ocni from Indonesia! Coming up on October 11th, she will turn 9 years old. We write to Ocni and receive letters in return, and it’s fun to get her updated picture every year. We received a book (Too Small To Ignore) written by the President & CEO of C.I., Dr Wess Stafford, who was raised in a village in West Africa. Last night I picked up the book again to continue reading, and this story really struck me last night so I thought I would share, especially with the Olympics still so fresh on our minds. To catch you up – Compassion International’s mission is “releasing Children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” One chapter shares, “at its very core, poverty is a mind-set that goes far beyond the tragic circumstances. It is the cruel, destructive message that gets whispered into the ear of millions by the enemy Satan himself: ‘Give up! You don’t matter. Nobody cares about you. Look around you: Things are terrible. Always have been, always will be. Think back. Your grandfather was a failure. You’re parents couldn’t protect or take care of you. Now it’s... Read More