Cyber Monday is here! Save 60% on Workshops and Courses!

We have massive savings in our storefront and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity to get one of our available tools for 60% off that can change your business forever that is 100% guaranteed! Visit the storefront now! The Hottest Selling Items: Buy The Store If you want to have a thriving business that gives you a great income and every tool you need to shoot incredible images, then you need this bundle. It will give you everything you need to know to take your shooting & business to the next level. Includes: The Complete Wedding Course ($500 value) The 6-Figure Business Course ($500 value) IN-CAMERA: Light ($249 value) IN-CAMERA: Natural Light ($249 value) Lighting Fast Post-Production ($249 value) Reception Lighting Made Easy ($249 value) Harvest Business Workshop Studio Lighting Made Easy ($249 value)  Save 70% off the regular price of $2,495 and get all of this for just $849! BONUS! Includes a 90 day FREE trial of ShootFlow, The Proven Workflow Solution! ($87 value) Grab the bundle now! The Complete Wedding Course (NEW!) The Complete Wedding Course is almost here (early spring 2017)! Follow us along on an entire REAL wedding shot LIVE in Nashville, TN! Walk with us in incredible HD footage as we guide you through our entire approach to photographing amazing images no matter what type of wedding day you are dealt. BONUS! Includes a 90 day FREE trial of ShootFlow, The Proven Workflow Solution! This Complete Wedding Course will cover: All aspects of the wedding day (getting ready, portraits, ceremony, reception, lighting, locations, posing, cameras and lenses and more) Interaction with their clients to get the best images possible Controlling the wedding day schedule to... Read More

Small Flashes with Stunning Light (video!)

When out on-location doing portraits for weddings, seniors or any type of shoot, sometimes you need an EASY and portable way to get the job done AND make the images look beautiful. Speedlites are great for portability, but other than not having a lot of power output, their biggest issue is the QUALITY of the light is not so good. They look harsh and “flashy” and rarely produce AMAZING light. In this short video shot on-location in Nevada, we show you how to not only execute great flash shots using a speedlite, but how to make that light look AMAZING on your subject!     Gear used: Canon 85 1.2 L lens  Canon 5d3 Body Cyber Sync Transmitters and receivers (the CST and CSRB models) Rapid Box 26 inch from Westcott Lighting with the deflector... Read More

Once a Year Cyber Monday Blowout Sale!

Guess what? It’s time… Today’s Cyber Monday, which means we’ve got our BIG, 24-hour sale just for you. By this time tomorrow, this will all go away. So pay close attention! Because all of you have supported our mission to equip photographers to succeed, we want to take this one day and give back, so we are offering an incredible deal that will blow your socks off and make you the coolest kid in town. But it’s only for 24 hours and for a handful of people who act fast. Here are the deals: Get any video workshop for $97 (saves $150, limited quantity available) Pick up all SIX video workshops for $497 (saves $850) – BEST DEAL! Buy the whole store for $597 (saves $1,017) and get a special bonus* *Includes exclusive “Reclaim Your Life” Seminar ($100 value). Does not include Cup of Joe or Day of Gray mentoring sessions. This is your chance to get the goods you’ve always wanted… Or grab a GREAT Christmas present for a friend at an unbelievable price! Get in on the savings and visit the storefront. PS. We only have 99 copies of each Video Workshop available at the $97 price point. So once they’re gone, they’re gone. Hurry up and grab yours now! PPS. This sale ends TOMORROW (Tuesday, December 1st) at NOON CST. If you’ve been waiting for this opportunity, don’t miss it! PPPS. Share this one-time offer with your friends! CLICK HERE to share on Twitter! Copy and paste the below to share on Facebook! “Don’t miss the KILLER photography DVDs & other goodies on @ZachandJody’s storefront! 60% off. Expires at noon... Read More

The Top 8 Essentials for a Successful 2015!

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we create them.“ – Einstein A friend of ours had the best year ever in his business, ever. The reason for it was talked about on this blog by the Business Insider. That post is about the top tips Andrew Carnegie used to become one of the wealthiest men of all time and was documented in the book by Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich.” We used the exact same tips back in 2007 and it completely rocked our business and set us up for an amazing 2008! We want to share with you our top 8 tips that took us from making $4,000 profit in 2007, to making 100 grand in 2008! These are the same tips that we now use each and every year that have helped us continually build our business and make it better time and again. If you choose to use these simple tips, you will have a better business in 2015, so only read on if that is what you want! 1. Define your purpose. Hill says to, “Create a plan of action and start working toward it immediately.” The way we did that was to create a vision statement for our business. We wanted to “impact couple’s marriages through photography that is relationally based, with a focus on marriage, not just their wedding day.” Having a defined purpose (or vision) gives you a reason to get up and work at it every day. When you are working toward something that is bigger than yourself, you have purpose in your life. Now you need a Mission, or a “how” and that is where you start... Read More

2015 Photography Business Reboot Giveaway! Enter Now!

This giveaway has ended and the winner has been chosen!   Do you want an all-inclusive business transformation for 2015? Well you are not going to believe this, but we are giving one away in honor of the launch of our brand new website and it is worth over $8,000!!!  All you have to do to enter the contest is Click HERE and enter your email address for a chance to win! Oh, and you can actually get MORE chances to win when you Tweet, FB and share this giveaway on social media!     (this giveaway has ended and the link to it removed)   Someone will have a completely revamped business for 2015, and it could be you, so enter now. (Deadline to enter is December 26th and the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning!)   Blessings, Zach & Jody   PS. Don’t forget to share the contest to give yourself way more chances of winning!... Read More

The cool items for you on our brand new site!

We are so excited that after months and months of designing, tweaking and prepping, our brand new site is finally here! This new site has been designed specifically for you, the photographer, and is packed full of ways to help you grow your photography business! We have a HUGE thanks to send out to the one and only Melissa Love, creator of The Design Space, who has once again, knocked out a beautiful site for us!   Melissa never ceases to amazing us with her creativity and ability to come up not only with great ideas for us, but also make possible our crazy ideas!  Make sure to check out her site where you can get her beautiful designs for your own website, blog and brand! Thank-you, Melissa!!!!!!!! …And without any further ado, here’s a few highlights of our site and then enjoy looking around to see all of the new benefits and features we have created for you! Our new website Home makes it easy for you to get access to our newsletter sign up page so you never miss a post, and when you scroll down, you can quickly see the latest information to help you grow your business! You can see right from the Home page our business position, and how we have converted our entire brand to help photographers reach their goals with their business. We have been there, done it, and now are ready to bring thousands more of you closer to the business you have always dreampt of.  Our blog is now integrated into our site so you never have to leave to... Read More

2015 Photography Business Reboot | Official Rules

For those of you who like to know the nitty, gritty details, this is for you!   OFFICIAL RULES: By submitting an entry to the Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”), you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Zach & Jody, and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements. The Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open to all humans age 21 or older at time of entry. Residents of Taiwan, South Korea, Portugal, Italy, Austria, China, Russia, Hong Kong, Greece, France, Japan, Spain, and Czech Republic are not eligible to enter or win. Employees of Zach & Jody (the “Sponsor”), its respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, distributors, merchants involved with this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter or win. Sweepstakes governed by United States law. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Sweepstakes, follow all onscreen instructions to complete and submit the online entry form (“Primary Entry”). You can earn an Additional Entry in the Sweepstakes when you send the Sweepstakes page to a friend, age 21 or older, by following the Additional Entry instructions on the screen (“Additional Entry”). The friend must enter the sweepstakes through your referral in order to get an additional entry. All entries must be received by December 26th, 2014(“Sweepstakes Entry Period”). Online entrants subject to all notices... Read More

Top Reads | 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

Welcome to our Top Reads series where we feature a book that has shaped the way we think and act about business and includes a small snippet as to why you should add this to your arsenal! Today we are featuring 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal. Author Dan Miller is all about finding what you love and DOING IT! ….AND making a good living while you’re at it. Make sure to check out our other top reads we love and... Read More

The Process of Decorating our Home with our Family Session, PART II

Last week we showed you how we decorated our home with canvases from our family shoot taken by Amy and Jordan Photography.  This week, we want to show you what else we did with images from the family session. (Specific product information is listed at the bottom of this post) When we were building our home, we had a light fixture installed in the ceiling of one of our hallways because we knew we wanted to light a photo display. We have always had canvases in our home, and we love them, buuut we wanted something a bit different. I was looking into the collage wall displays from our lab, Bay Photo and knew this was what we wanted to do!  I found a collage that I really liked and then I taped our wall off (again, yes, I know there are programs for this, but sometimes I just like getting my hands dirty ;o). Then, I finalized the images that I wanted on that wall from our photo session!  I wanted to make sure that there was a shot in there of just us and I wanted to make that the focal point of this collage.  As awesome as having our son has been, it’s always been important to us to make sure that our roles as husband and wife don’t get lost in the mix of being mom and dad. We looooooooove this shot from Jordan and Amy and knew this one was going in the collage :) I also wanted a photo of each of us with Jaxon and the below two are the ones we landed on.... Read More

The Process of Decorating our Home with our Family Session

Ahhhh!  We were so pumped to have our first family photo session taken of Jaxon two months ago by Amy and Jordan Photography and yes, it has taken us this long to decide on final prints and get them ordered.  :) We are excited to share with you Part One of how we have decorated our walls with this photo session. We have a front room in our new home that was slated to be the formal dining room, but since we never used our formal dining room in our old place, we decided to use it for something else. It is currently serving as a sitting room of sorts, which we actually have utilized quite a bit! I (Jody) knew I wanted a bigger canvas to fill in the space and I have always loved the idea of grouping canvases or wanting a split panel here (when one canvas is split into two canvases).  As we went through our favorites from the shoot (which were WAY to many ha ha) I started to put together an idea of what I was wanting for the front room!  To make sure I was REALLY comfortable with the sizes I was thinking, I went old-school and taped up the area the canvases would hang.  (Yes, I know there are programs for this, but sometimes I just like getting my hands dirty ;o).   I first chose one of our top favorites from the shoot:   And then I chose the below photo to compliment it!   This image pairs well with the previous shot of us because whereas the first image is... Read More

Our house… in the middle of our street

Contrary to what the title of this post reads, our house isn’t REALLY in the  middle of our street… the song was just in my head :) Sooooo yes, onto our house!!  We have been so busy with trucking along with life that once we got everything unpacked we have ever so slowly been finalizing the rooms as a spare moment makes itself available. I thought that we would go ahead and update you with the latest ideas we have going on and then soon enough, you will be able to see the finished work!! For the last two weeks our house has been held together with blue tape.  I, Jody, am a visual person,  so I have been taping the walls where canvases and shelves will be going :)  There are three main areas I have been focusing on as of now – our sitting room, a hallway upstairs, and the nursery. Below, is our “sitting room” aka, “was the formal dining room but aren’t quite sure what to do with it yet but when the movers came we had them put this couch here and it worked and we have actually used it as is and we thought we would keep it that way until a better idea came along.”  :)  We are still wanting to do something cool on the left wall where people can sign their names or SOMEthing, but we have yet to hash those details out.  In the meantime, we had an older image of us on the wall, but will soon be replaced with our canvases that are en route as I... Read More

$330 Giveaway Times Two!!

          Are you ready to WIN this $330 CF Card that WE use when we shoot weddings? Here is what you need to do to win: 1. Sign up for our creativeLIVE 1 day course at http://bit.ly/creativeGRAY 2. Tweet and Facebook (or Instagram), “Win a $330 @Sandisk #CFcard. Enroll in @zachandjody‘s @creativeLIVE course! Sign up & RT to win http://bit.ly/creativeGRAY“ 3. You MUST sign up by Friday the 13th!! We will pick a winner Wednesday September 18th and announce it via Twitter! Oh, did we mention we are doing TWO giveaways? How sweet is... Read More

#RECLAIMYOURLIFE Month!

Happy September!!! In case you haven’t heard, this month is…   In honor of this month’s theme, we will be sending out weekly tips  in our newsletter (sign up here!) on how to contain & control your business so you can be free to LIVE THE LIFE you want to have! How many times do you make any of these statements to yourself?      – I wish I had more hours in the day      – I wish I could spend more time with my kids      – I wish my spouse would never have to ask me if I’m done working for the day so they can spend more time with me I wish…               I wish…                             I wish… During our photography career we have been in 1 of 3 places:       #1. Wishing we had clients so we could get paid to do our art       #2. Having lots of clients and wishing we could have our lives back because our business stole it       #3. Having a great business AND being able to focus on other things in life that are important (this is the good one!) Which of those 3 places are you currently living in? More importantly then that question is, HOW do we get to the place where we are no longer WISHing and actually LIVing how we want? We are going to be spending the next 3 weeks sharing with YOU the things we do in our day-to-day business that speeds up slow processes so we all can have an INCREDIBLE work-flow that is fast and efficient which then FREES us to... Read More

Win a $250 Gift Card to Adorama!

Could you use an extra $250 to spend at our favorite camera store, Adorama (which is WAY more than JUST a camera store)!  Is there some gear you have been dying to have? Weeeeeell, you have come to the right place!  We are giving away a $250 gift certificate to Adorama this week!     Here’s how you can enter to win: 1. Follow us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ZachandJody) 2. Follow Adorama on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/Adorama) 3. Sign up for our photographer newsletter for free monthly exclusive photo tips & tricks (http://tinyurl.com/yhudaqt). (If you are already subscribed o our newsletter, no need to do it again :). 4. Tweet the following message: Text for you to copy and paste: Win a $250 gift certificate to @ZachandJody’s favorite camera store, @Adorama! More info: http://tinyurl.com/ayw7amr And that is it!!  The winner will be announced Monday morning the 19th!! Further Details: The winner will be randomly selected from all of those who have completed the above four steps. Value: $250 Prize Redemption: Winner will be announced on our blog, Monday November 19th, and it will be the responsibility of the winners to contact Zach & Jody photography (info@zachandjody.com) within 24 hours with mailing address & contact information or new winner will be chosen. Restrictions: Prize cannot be redeemed for cash. Happy winning!! PS. Do you want to know what our favorite gear to purchase at Adorama is? Download our ENTIRE gear list for free HERE !... Read More

Join in the Conversation! Live Interview with us next Tuesday, May 10th

We are excited to share that next Tuesday at 3pm CST we will be live with Dane Sanders on his Fast Track Coaching broadcast! Author of Fast Track Photographer and Fast Track Photographer Business Plan, Dane has a passion for seeing other photographers succeed which is exactly why we wanted to do this. Dane has created a huge resource for photographer to learn (Fast Track Photographer), and we are excited to play a role in this! Some of Dane’s past interviews have been with people like Guy Kawasaki, Mike Larson and Seth Godin (view past interviews here)! We invite you to come along and join in as we have virtual coffee together (maybe even Starbucks?? ha ha ;o) and chat about a topic that is important to all of us. To join in on the fun, make sure to Join the Event at the given link and if you want to participate then make sure to register or sign in! Look forward to seeing you... Read More

A Promo Code for Our Photographer Blog Readers!

Our Spring workshops have officially ended and we are already working on some exciting stuff starting in a month!!! Some of you know about it, but for those of you who don’t, we will be officially announcing it Monday!!!! Buuuuuuuuuut, we wanted to take this blog post and use it to specifically thank one of our IN-CAMERA workshop Sponsors, who sponsored all of the food & snacks for Sacramento, Maui and Nashville – Pixel 2 Canvas! We use Pixel 2 Canvas and their goodness can be seen up on our walls in our home! Because Pixel 2 Canvas loves us and our blog readers they have given us a promo code to share with you all!! We are really happy with their canvases and even more important, our clients are happy with them as well!! Enjoy a little perk for being a blog reader with 30% off an... Read More

Starbucks Trip Adventures | WPPI 2011 Las Vegas

We have been traveling a lot over here and you know what that means – more Starbucks mugs that we have added to our collection! … not to mention it’s good closure for us! lol. And now we present to you the final recap of our time in Las Vegas! You saw our Desert shoot at WPPI, we blogged on our Master Class, and the other awesome big thing that we were involved was an event that Pictage had with The Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas! Yes, we were a part of this last year and begged for them to let us be a part of it once again. We split into smaller groups and talk about cameras and photography and then we go out and shoot with the kids! It’s a great chance to pour into these kids and just love on ’em. Below is our group! This kid here, Paul, became Zach’s apprentice. Talk about shadow for the day and SUPER Talented! Zach gave Paul his camera (this is a big deal here folks!) and gave Paul some pointers and this kid took off and got some REALLY stellar shots! Talk about artsy! :) Pictage had a studio setup and so our kids had a great time posing and taking shots with each other :) This is me with my precious girl, Kayden. We met last year when we came to the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club, and we were soooo excited to see each other again. Kayden wants to get into model so she’s practicing her look here :) Short of the desert... Read More

Photography DVD Review | Jeremy Cowart’s LIFEFINDER

As most of you who are familiar with us know, we are all about getting great content into the hands of photographers that truly enables them to run their businesses better, more efficiently and hopefully guide them towards the tools that will inspire them in their creative endeavors. That is exactly why we decided to review Jeremy Cowart’s Life Finder DVD in order to help those of you who follow us make an educated decision as to whether or not you should purchase this DVD. About Jeremy: Jeremy Cowart is a celebrity photographer who hales from Nashville, TN (go NashVegas!) and has shot images for major record labels and television, and he has done philanthropy work all over the world. He was also the creative mind behind Help Portrait which has taken off worldwide. Jeremy’s skill s are second to none when it comes to creative imagery and he is admired by photographers in every aspect of this industry. We know Jeremy personally and he has inspired parts of our work with his off-camera lighting images. But, does all of this qualify him to produce a DVD to educate you, the photographer who is looking to gain insight into how to do what you do better? Here is our review. After watching the DVD in its entirety, we came to a few conclusions. 1. This DVD is really well produced as compared to other DVD’s that we have seen floating around the industry. That is a huge plus because the content in it is clear, easy to find and broken into chapters and spaced out into simple, easy to... Read More

Friday Fun | Making Travel Easier for Photographers

In honor of thousands of us all traveling to Vegas for WPPI, we thought that this Friday’s Fun Blog couldn’t come at better timing! Packing for Vegas can be tricky! From clothes for different climates, a variety of shoes and of course, camera gear, things can get interesting. As people who love our iPhones, iPads, and other electronic gear, it can be a challenge getting through the airport with all of our bags, while being able to text, email and have a 3 way call between friends all at the same time! Fear no more! SkyMall has done it again and come to our rescue with this awesome, and oh-so-cool looking way to get around the airport HANDSFREE! Introducing – The Helpy for only $29.99! Strap on the harness, and turn your old-school “drag your bag with your hands” look, into the newest “now you look like a mule dragging your bag behind you with a creepy looking harness” look! It’s the most hip way to be cool in the airport and all the kids are doing it! Thank-you Skymall for once again, making our lives better, while adding a bit of flair! PS. How much would you have to get paid to use this? We DARE someone to get this bad boy and walk around the MGM dragging their rolling camera bag….. he he... Read More

Image Contest Winner Announced!!

We had an exclusive photo contest for all past workshop attendees to submit an image using the tools that they learned at our IN-CAMERA workshops and today we announce the winner!!! The winner receives an exclusive discount to the photography workshop cruise (Photog Retreat) happening the end of Feb that we as well as some other amazing speakers will be a part of! The winner of the contest is….. Paul with Paul Francis Photography! All of the submissions we received were really solid but this one stood out and this is why we chose Paul’s image: This image has really strong composition- it is a great use of the rule of thirds with the subjects on the left vertical third and then we love how the landscape also abides by the rule of thirds. We also love the leading lines the scenery creates. And of course, Paul did a great job on lighting his subjects on location with a strobe. Congrats, Paul and thanks to all of you for submitting!! Leave Paul some love below... Read More

A Chocolate Filled Adornments Open House!

Want to browse the latest in custom made jewelry and invitations, while mingling with other wedding professionals, brides and their families? Want to have some delicious fresh, handmade, European style chocolates from the Schakolad Chocolate Factory? Want to speak directly with the designers who will be in house INCLUDING Charlie Thompson maker of Titanium Wood Inlay rings while listening to the live music from Jack Grant? Want to be the recipient of the Adornments give-a-way of a pendant to one lucky attendee? If so, come to the Adornments Open House THIS Sunday (April 25th) from 2-5 pm at the Factory in Franklin (2nd floor)! It’s going to be an awesome time! Hope to see you there! For more information visit the Adornments... Read More

20,000 Hits and Counting

A little over eight months ago we started our blog. The first month we had a whopping 918 unique visits (lol) and this past week we have hit the 20,000 mark with over 32,500 page views. This does not even include all of you who are subscribed via readers or RSS feeds… Thanks to Google Analytics we see that some of you follow us from around the world! From good ‘ol Canada to Argentina, from Norway to China, from New Zealand to South Africa… Even small (but not insignificant!) places like Portugal, Turkey & even the Philippines to name a few. Wow. Just a small thank-you to those who follow us along in our photographer adventures and into our personal lives as well. We do this for you! If there’s anything in particular that you love reading about, or have questions about – let us know either by commenting or via email and we will make sure to do more of it and answer your questions!... Read More

GrayPhotography Wins Best in Nashville Wedding Photographers, Wedding Blog & Vendor Who Wows!

There’s so much to share about we don’t know where to begin :) The response from our workshops has been amazing, and things are still set up for online registration to begin on Monday! We have the first part of an artist shoot happening tomorrow of Aussies Luke & Joel of which we will blog about in due time. In the meantime we are also preparing for a trip we are taking next week to freezing CT! We are visiting amazing photographer friends Justin & Mary Marantz and will be speaking at their PUG, which we are pumped about! But today, we will want to honor all of our Brides, Grooms, and Parents for voting and for Ashley’s hard work in seeking out the best wedding vendors in Nashville. Ashley’s Bride Guide is a local wedding resource for Brides who are are looking to plan their Nashville wedding. Ashley conducted a survey & search of all past brides in the last year to find the top wedding vendors and to create her A-List Best of Nashville Weddings. We were honored to be named one of the top three in the below categories. Best Nashville Wedding BlogsVendors Who WowBest Photography Thanks for all of you for voting!!! We really strive to offer an amazing and different product, great service and to have your wedding be one of the best days ever! To see others honored on the A-list click... Read More