Will we see you? | Places to see us this spring

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe that it was just ONE week ago that we were at Imaging USA getting to meet so many of you. We were soooo thrilled to share with the hundreds of you who were in attendance at our platform talk, and say hi to those of you who approached us on the tradeshow flow.  Tons of fun and lots of great memories made. Where to Find us This Spring!  When we spoke at Imaging, not everyone made it in the room and they had to turn away people at the door, so we wanted to go ahead and share our upcoming events, so you can ensure your place! If you want to know where you can hang out with us this month and through the spring, then look no further! We have some amazing events we are excited to be a part of, and YOU can join us for some of them! We also have some really great virtual places you can see us or WIN some of our best content!  WPPI, LAS VEGAS | February 26th – March 4th Where to find us:  PLUS CLASS – February 27th, 10am-4pm Signature Tower 3 – “Bringing Commercial Quality Lighting to your Wedding & Portrait Shoots”  This class will be with Zach and extremely talented photographer and author, David Molnar teaching you how to take his stellar commercial lighting work and adapting it to weddings and portraits! This class is already SOLD OUT! PLATFORM CLASS – Sunday March 1st at NOON – “Behind the Veil, The Reality of Running a Successful Wedding Business”  This is the BIG ONE! You MUST pre-board HERE... Read More

Free off-camera flash webinar!

Come join us for this FREE off-camera flash webinar hosted by the amazing crew at Shoot Dot Edit! We will be teaching you the 3 simple steps we take to shoot amazing off-camera flash images plus some other great flash info! Off-camera flash may seem a little intimidating, but after learning these steps, you will realize just how simple it really is and you will be amazed at the results you can get! If you are tired of not being sure what to do when you have bad natural light, and are interested and excited to learn more off-camera lighting, then you should sign up and listen in to this webinar! Just some of what you will learn in the live webinar will be: #1. How to use small speedlights to create really cool portraits that look like they were shot in the studio. #2. How to practically use more powerful off-camera lights to create portraits in tough natural lighting scenarios. #3. How to get that super pro, ultra soft lighting you see on magazine covers with one simple trick anyone can do. We hope you can join! Sign up HERE for the webinar to learn this, and much more!! We can’t wait to see you guys... Read More

Join Zach on a New York City Photoshoot

You will have two chances to see Zach the 2nd weekend in June, thanks to Adorama! OPPORTUNITY #1: Come to the fourth annual Adorama Street Fair on June 8th! Stop by 18th Street in NYC for a free event with the top technology vendors such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, and many more. Plus food, games, raffles, and speaker presentations. Find Zach at the speaker stage as he shares in the afternoon the 3 essential steps to starting with off-camera light! For more info on the fair, visit THIS LINK. OPPORTUNITY #2 | NYC Photowalk What: Join Zach Gray as he takes you on a model shoot on the streets of New York City! This is your chance to not only watch Zach work on the streets of the Big Apple, but learn in-person his approach to finding great locations, his techniques to lighting a scene along with the whys and hows of lighting, and even have the opportunity to take some images. When:June 10th, 4:00-6:30pm Capacity: 20 people Register: Registration opens Friday (yes, TOMORROW) at NOON Eastern. Come back to the blog, or make sure you’re following us on Twitter for the registration link once it’s live  First come, first serve.   See you in NYC!... Read More

Tuesday Tips & Tricks | WPPI Finder

This week’s tip is all about getting your learn on AND a chance to WIN, BIG! We are headed back, once again to… We have a Platform Class & are doing a bunch of smaller gigs, so below is where you can find us (and Jax!) during the event in Vegas! …BUT before we get to that, in honor of us doing our talk on our IN-CAMERA DVD series (which is currently NOT available in our store) we are doing a giveaway, and you don’t have to be going to WPPI to partake in the fun!   GIVEAWAY   We are giving away the chance to win one of our 4 DVD workshops to whoever tweets the below message (or hits their facebook page)! Each DVD is valued at $249 and YOU could win one by doing the following:   1. Tweet or Facebook “Pre-Register for @ZachandJody Platform Class w/ @rfwppi & enter to win one of their IN-CAMERA DVD’s! http://tinyurl.com/3t4rfju – RT to enter!“ Or just Click HERE to Tweet this message. 2. Add us to YOUR planner if you will be coming out to WPPI in Las Vegas March 3rd – 6th (you don’t have to come to WPPI to enter)! 3.  Wait until Thursday the 27th when we announce the winner, and because we are giving away one of each DVD (4 DVDs total), your chances of winning just went up! OK, so now that we have that out of the way, where can you come and find us, and learn some really cool tools for business, shooting, lighting and more??   #1 Platform Class Wed, Mar... Read More

Moscow Here We Come!

Come August, we will be adding a new location marker to our decal wall map!!   We have been asked to speak in Russia!     We are headed to the MyWed Party which is an amazing community of photographers from MyWed.ru – They come together each year like a small WPPI and we are ecstatic to be speaking there August 6th – 8th!   If you are going to be in the area, come and see us!!    ... Read More

Where To See us over the Next Few Months!

We have some exciting things lined up this summer and early fall that we are excited to tell you about! >> Hunstville, AL | June 10th << We are speaking at the PPMA Summer Convention!  For more detailed information, stay tuned to this webpage. >> Chicago, IL | August 11-14th <<    We are a part of Skip Cohen’s Summer School teaching the main keynote as well as doing a 20-person 4 hour program on branding, marketing, pricing and much more.  Book your seat now before it fills up!  Visit HERE for more information. >> Rome, GA | October 8-11th << I (Jody) will be speaking again this year at the Christian Women’s Photography Retreat, Pursuit 31.  It was such an amazing time for women to come together and grow and learn together – it was so great and I’m looking forward to coming back again! >> Nashville, TN | Nov 1-3 << We are going to be speaking and leading a shoot at the 2013 Blink Conference along with some other amazing speakers!  We are so excited to be a part of this!  Early bird registration expires June 1st!  Visit HERE for more information. We hope to see... Read More

Tuesday Tips | WPPI Hiatus

We are taking a break from our usual programming with our Tuesday Tips & Tricks, seeing we are at WPPI! (Image by @brettandtori) For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, it has been really great so far and we are having a blast meeting so many of you. Stay tuned for our big update when we get back. Have a great... Read More

Join us at WPPI for our Platform Class with Special Musical Guests

For all of you going to WPPI this year (almost one week away!), we invite you to join us for our platform class Sunday, at 3:00m (doors open at 2:50pm)! Not only will we be sharing on avoiding the pitfalls that most small businesses do, but we will have opening musical guests Holley Maher and Marie Hines, thanks to The Music Bed!  This event is free and you can attend if you have the full pass to WPPI. DOORS OPEN AT 2:50!! RSVP at this link on the Facebook event page! And if you haven’t already, make sure to add our class to your WPPI planner, and pre-board to ensure your seat if there is still... Read More

Santa Barbara & Showit!

  We are in the glorious state of California in Santa Barbara speaking at the Showit United Conference! We are going to be here hanging at the Four Seasons and soaking up a little California sun! We love giving back to the community and this event is a shining example of that. The Showit Community has tons of free resources for photographers 0n all sorts of business, shooting and great, low-priced events like this conference. We are excited to be here and hang with all the amazing photographers that are a part of this event!!  ... Read More

Our Photo Pro Expo Cincinnati Adventures!

One week ago we found ourselves in Cincinnati, OH at the largest photographic convention in the midwest – Photo Pro Expo! We had a GREAT time connecting with people on the tradeshow floor, speaking, and meeting new photographers. Here are a few images from our iphone and the better images are from two of our assistants for the day – Rebecca Pierce (Pierce’d by Rebecca) and Lauren (LoK Photography). :) The entrance to the show! The calm before the storm! Zach rockin it out at the Westcott Stage. Our platform talk… Chatting with some peeps afterwards! We also got to meet the sweet and energetic Sandy Puc and be on her show SPTV! Other amazing photographers who were a part of this LIVE on-location airing were Joe McNally, Kevin Kubota, Tim Walden, & Rick Sammon! (below image by Ryan Gambrel on Instagram) You can watch the re-air of the LIVE show at THIS LINK for two more days! (All you have to do is Register for free, if you already don’t have an account to her forum!) If you aren’t familiar with Sandy, check out her site and also non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.  Such an amazing heart and person! Our amazing team who helped us run our table! – Thank-you, Rebecca, Leah, Lauren & Mandy!! Below is the sweet photography duo, Nick and Chelsea who also helped us on on Sunday! It was so nice meeting everyone who came to the show and maybe next time we’ll get our Cincinnati Starbucks mug and go to Skyline... Read More

Photo Pro Expo & Iowa PPA here we come!

We are headed to the Photo Pro Expo and then straight to the Iowa PPA convention this weekend! We are excited to be headed out to see friends, give some brand new talks and meet some new peeps!     If you want to come out and see us at the Photo Pro Expo, you can sign up HERE. If you want to see us at the Iowa PPA, you can check it out HERE. See you... Read More

Free Online Event Tomorrow | Grow Your Business for 2013!

As we tend to be in the “slow” season, now is a great time to get refocused on your business, take in new ideas and learn from others!  We hope you join us.  :) Want to make more money in your photography business this year? Do you need to reFOCUS? SIGN UP Here for the FREE online event tomorrow! Tomorrow, 6 talks will be live-streamed from us and five other speakers!      ... Read More

See you in Cincinnati & Iowa!

In two and a half weeks we will be speaking in Cincinnati at the Photo Pro Expo!   Register NOW for the Photo Pro Expo! After we leave Cincinnati, we will be flying straight to Iowa to speak at their PPA Winter Convention! We look forward to seeing you all there and for those of you who are coming, you’ll get first-hand knowledge on our #secretproject that we have been instagramming on our accounts!!! (Follow us:  ZachGray &... Read More

Our London, England Adventures! SWPP & Harry Potter Tour!

We got back from London this past Sunday and we had such a great time!!  This is our 3rd trip in 2 years and it keeps getting better and better.   We flew out to SWPP which is Europe’s largest photographic convention to speak at their business school and then for a platform class for their convention. We had so much fun and met so many more great photographers!! (Above photo provided by the SWPP in-house photographer) It was also my (Jody) birthday while we were out there!!! Zach surprised me through a series of clues (you can see them when you follow me on my Instagram) and with no small feat, secured us a reservation for the 3-Michelin-Star Gordon Ramsey in Chelsea London. If you can’t already tell by the images, the food was amazing and the service was impeccable!!  What a great treat!!!! (Side not: “Smart dress” in British means no cool red Journeys shoes :)). We also got to celebrate at a traditional British pub with some dear old, and new friends!!! (Zach and I both ordered the Lamb cheek and it was amazing!). We also got a chance to hang out with the very kind and fun Jerry & Melissa Ghionis.  This was our first time really getting a chance to get to know them, and what a sweet couple.  [Mystery solved — for all of you wondering out there, their last name is pronounced Gee (as in “Glee” without the “L”) – oh – niss].   We also got to hear Melissa speak, and if you ever get a chance, GO!  She is phenomenal and... Read More

SWPP in LONDON HERE WE COME!

  We are officially headed off to London this Sunday the 6th! We are excited to be coming back to this wonderful city and can’t wait to see some of our overseas friends.     We are doing a Keynote at SWPP which is the UK’s largest photography conference, held in the great city of London. We are talking about bigger sales and marketing strategies to bring your business into 2013 with some serious steam. We hope to see some of you... Read More

Reserve Your Seat for WPPI 2013!!

Mark your calendars and book your seat for WPPI 2013!! Registration opens today! Make sure you register and you can pre-board up to five platform classes to secure a seat in the classes you want to attend the most. *The pre-board for our class last year was the first to fill up, so make sure to reserve your seat pronto* Zach & Jody’s Platform Class: Sunday, March 10th at 3:00pm Topic: How To Avoid What Most Small Businesses Do – Fail Register now View the full speaker schedule Other platforms not to miss: Dane Sanders | Going to Market: Maximizing Portrait and Wedding Profits (Sunday, 9:00am) Jared Bauman | Pricing & Packages Made Simple (Sunday 12:00pm) Lawrence Chan | Content Marketing & Social Media: The Secrets to More Bookings and Online Engagements (Monday 4pm) Blair Phillips | Absolute Refusal to Blend In: Senior Photography that Rocks (Tuesday 4pm) Jared Platt | Profitable Post-Production Using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 (Tuesday 4pm) Sal Cincotta | Weddings: Making Real Money Doing What You Love – Tips, Tricks, and Business Advice for Everyone (Tuesday 6:30pm) Justin & Mary Marantz | The Bottom Line (Wednesday 8:30am) Sue Bryce | Contemporary Portrait Posing (Wednesday 8:30am) WPPI is a jam-packed few days of meeting photographers, learning good stuff and walking the tradeshow. It’s exhausting, but absolutely fun :) We hope to see you all... Read More

Pursuit 31 Women’s Conference Recap…

This blog has been three weeks in coming. I (Jody) was honored to have been a part of the Pursuit 31 Christian Women’s photographer’s conference a few weeks back and my life was changed. It’s so hard to describe everything that happened, and I think you had to be there in order to fully understand and grasp the God-filled life-changing times that were had. All I know is that if you are a believer and a woman (sorry men :), and you need to get away, rest, and relax, learn and be refreshed, mark your calendars for next year. The dates are October 8-11, 2013. Pre-registration will open for alumni November 15, and for newsletter subscribers on November 19th! Make sure to sign up for the Pursuit 31 newsletter and feel free to join the growing online Pursuit Facebook community! The retreat was held at Winshape Retreat Center in Rome, Georgia and was an amazing, beautiful, and PEACEful place. Each speaker had a main session where they shared on faith and also had smaller breakouts. There was free time, massages, bike rides, amazing food, bonfires, photo shoots, fellowship – it was amazing. :) Enjoy the images!   Heaven on earth? Maybe :) Part of the welcoming committee!!! Karen, myself and Desirea! We had worship every evening lead by Gabrielle. The amazing Karen Stott who is Pursuit 31’s fearless leaders Karen’s second in command, the sweet servant Suzy VanDyke. Desirea Rodgers kicked off our first morning sharing her heart on the non-profit she started called Love 146, which raises awareness and resources to combat child sex trafficking. So amazing to... Read More

We’re in Phoenix!! … a re-cap so far!

We arrived yesterday in Phoenix and we are so pumped to be here! This is the first stop of our workshop tour and it couldn’t have started off any better! After arriving in town )to beautiful weather!) we had dinner with amazing couple Stacey and Joe from Stacy Kokes Photography. Stacy and Joe are also acting as hosts for our Phoenix IN-CAMERA tour stop and have been SO amazing! Last night, Zach and I spoke at the Phoenix PUG and what a great turn out! A HUGE thanks to Scott Foust of Image Industry for hosting us and the group at his studio space and to Melissa Jill and Sara Nevels for organizing and helping with the event. Thanks to Scott and his iphone for the below image :) Thanks to Stacy and her iphone for the below image :) It was nice meeting so many of you and we look forward to hanging out more with some of you starting this weekend for the workshops! For those wondering, our first workshop day on Sunday – Shooting & Post – is completely sold out! There are two seats left for Light on Monday. Learn how to rock off-camera Lighting on-location and get those awesome and dramatic blue skies!! Find out more information and secure your seat HERE.  ... Read More

Come Meet us! Open & Free Speaking Events You Can Attend!

We are about to hit the road and start our 2012 IN-CAMERA workshop tour and are stoked! Not only are we coming to 8 cities but we are also doing 5 FREE & Open events in some of the cities we are visiting that YOU can come and attend!   At these events we are going to be sharing our 3 Steps To Cost Free Marketing. Each of these talks will be held at local photography groups in the below listed cites and are open to anyone and everyone! First up, is Phoenix THIS coming Thursday the 15th! Where: Image Industry Photography & Design Studio – 7034 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 When: March 15th from 6:30 – 9:30pm RSVP: PUG Facebook Event Page     Want to see what other cities we will be in with all the details? Click HERE to go straight to our workshops page and click on Free Evening Event to see all the info! Be sure to sign RSVP to make sure that you can get a spot!!   Other Free & Open events: Seattle, WA on 4/19 Atlanta, GA on 5/03 Destin, FL on 5/17 Vancouver, BC on 5/31 New York, New York on 6/14   We can’t wait to see you there!!... Read More

Starbucks Trip Adventures | WPPI 2012 at Vegas

For the last five days we have been in Vegas at one of the biggest photography conventions – WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). It was such a whirlwind but SO amazing! We met SO many of you and how fun was that?? A huge thanks to George, Arlene and Neeta with WPPI who helped make our speaking experience amazing here!!   Here is a little highlight of our time there, thanks to our lovely iphone photos :) Sunday morning at 9AM was our platform class to a packed out room! Thanks to David Molnar for this below photo! This was our view from the stage :) Then that afternoon we had our Sold-Out Get Engaged in Vegas workshop with some teaching and shoot. We started out in our in our hotel Suite. Then headed out to for some shooting time! Then that evening we had dinner with the amazing group from Showit including Jasmin Star and her hubby JD, David Jay, Promise and Brian Tangeman Kevin Sturm and hottie Toddy co-owner of Showit. :) Zach and I had five speaking and teaching slots with the Showit group and two of those things was Zach and Cory Phillips sharing their coffee knowledge :) This is Z in the lobby with his espresso maching getting ready to go in and set up. Yes, we transported our espresso machine in a pelican case.. ha ha Cory showing & demonstrating the science to the pour-over method. Us at the SanDisk booth hanging with the team, and behind is our image that was used for some promo! Us at the Expo Imaging booth... Read More

Preparing for WPPI and Where to Find Zach & Jody!

We are sooo stoked to be heading to Vegas for WPPI and Showit United this weekend and are stoked to see soooo many of you! WPPI and Showit UNITED are going to be amazing and whether this is your very first time coming, or your 20th, we know that this event can literally be crazy with all the things to do, see and experience. So, below is our full-schedule of where you can come and see and connect with us and we have also linked to Karen Stott’s awesome post on the WPPI Survival Guide! So below is where you can connect with us and hear different talks and things that we are going to be a part of! Sunday Morning the 19th at 9am – WPPI Platform Class! “Engaging with the Engaged”   This is a 2 hour talk on how we have built our business grassroots style with clients being our biggest source of referral! You can PRE-BOARD HERE to be sure that you can get in by clicking “ADD TO PLANNER!”. We have heard, but are not sure, that the pre-board for this this class may be full, so get in now if it isn’t! If you can’t pre-board, make sure that you show up for the class, then once all the pre-boarded peeps get in, if there is room left, you can then get in too! :) Be sure to check your schedule to know exactly where the class will be held. ________________________   Sunday from 2 to 6pm – Get Engaged in Vegas with Zach & Jody – Workshop (sold-out) For those of you... Read More

Come See us Speak at WPPI + Win Some Cool Stuff!!

Want to guarantee your seat to hear us speak? Classes are filling up so make sure to add our class to your planner! It’s crazy to think that THIS Saturday we fly out for WPPI 2012! For those not familiar with WPPI, it’s only the biggest wedding and portrait photographer convention in the US (if not the world…)! We love going every year! Seeing friends, meeting new people, having fun, gaining knowledge – it’s just awesome :) Last year we were invited to lead a Masterclass, and this year we are doing a Platform class! Platform classes are open to all and it will be the same format like in the image below from our talk at New Orleans at the PPA convention. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Sunday morning, 9AM is our platform class (Yes, this is in the morning. Sunday morning classes are new this year). Title: Engaging with the Engaged: Growing your business cost-free It’s going to be a blast and we cannot wait to meet you all! Classes are filling up so make sure to add our class to your planner! It gets even better because we use some AMAZING companies that we use and not only will we be giving away some goodies in our Platform class, but we are giving away some awesomeness THIS WEEK! YOU CAN WIN: #1: An Expo Disc by Expo Imaging (This will change your shooting & editing life forever! Read our blog post HERE about it) #2: An 8 gig memory Vault (A cool way to deliver your clients their images – tested to support data retention for up to... Read More

Reflections on our time with creativeLIVE

(Us pictured with Samantha, Valentina, Janelle, Kris & Kenna) It has been a little over 48 hours since we said goodbye live and on air to all of you. It’s been hard for us to put into words what we experienced on creativeLIVE and we have to say that all of you tuning in made this one of the best and most fulfilling things we have ever done. The students…Kris, Samantha, Janelle, Valentina. We were so motivated and encouraged by all of you who had a HUGE hunger to learn and were forsaking sleep, meals to your family and even carrying us around with you on your mobile devices throughout your day as you took to the tasks that you couldn’t avoid. You are committed, and if you keep up that intensity and hunger to learn, you will do great things. As an internet viewer, you don’t get to see a lot of what happens behind-the-scenes, but let us tell l you – the people running show behind the curtain are amazing people. We cannot thank enough Craig Swanson (@CraigMSwanson) for taking the chance on bringing us out and having this course on-location (so much more work than we think!), Celeste (@CelesteLIVE) the production manager who worked out ALL of the crazy logistics of putting this together and responding to our emails late in the night to make sure that all of our details were taken care of, the sweet Kenna (@KennaKphoto ), one of the fabulous chat hosts who fed us the questions coming from all of you, who is so giving and has such a great spirit... Read More