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Do you ever pull images into Lightroom or Photoshop and decide to make a black and white image of one of your shots, and when you do, it just seems to lack a little life and vibrance? When we first starting shooting, I would always feel like my black and white images lacked something, that little bit of extra POP that would make them come alive.

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Have you ever been on a shoot, and just KNOW that your client is feeling uncomfortable? Then you start to feel uncomfortable and things just go downhill from there? We have felt that way before and it is not a fun experience for anyone!


(image from Daniel & Stacia’s super fun non-awkward wedding!)

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US Session | Matt & Joanna

by Zach & Jody on August 26, 2014, posted in Uncategorized


In 2001-2003 I (Zach) interned in Rockford, IL at a large church, and one of the girls in my class was Joanna. She married a talented photographer named Matt (click the link to see his FB page!) and the two of them over ten years later, called us up for a portrait session in Nashville. They said that even though he was a pro shooter, and she was a make-up artist, that they didn’t have any professional images of the two of them other than some “stick the camera on a tri-pod” type of stuff. Many of us pro photographers know that feeling, don’t we?

They knew they wanted something that showed their sleek side and their love for each-other and Jody and I were honored that they came down from Ohio to have a session with us. We not only loved shooting them, but were blessed and encouraged to be with them in our time together last week. We had lunch and got to catch up and get to know each other better, and talked about growing stronger marriages, kids and lots of stuff in-between.

It was a great time together and we are excited to show a little sneak-peak of their shoot with you all!










You guys are amazing and we can’t wait to see you again in the near future!


Let your Voice be Heard! | Survey

by Zach & Jody on August 13, 2014, posted in Uncategorized

We want to hear what you have to say!


Zach & Jody Gray

We want to know how to continue to best serve you and the photography community, so we would love your input! We have a simple survey we would love for you to fill out!

This survey will take you just a few minutes and it allows you to play a role in what we bring to you next!

Let you voice be heard by clicking on the image below to take the survey!

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Introducing Jaxon’s nursery

by Jody on August 7, 2014, posted in Uncategorized

This has been a LONG time coming!  We finally are sharing with you Jaxon’s nursery!  I (Jody) have always been excited about decorating a nursery for our children, but  living in an apartment while pregnant as we awaited our home to be completed, definitely didn’t allow me to decorate our nursery before baby.  While I waited for an actual nursery to decorate, I busied myself planning and trying to figure out what I wanted. The only problem is I didn’t know where to begin.

I knew I wanted something cool and different than cars, cartoon animals or the ABCs (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just not the direction I wanted to go in :).  After poking around online, my ideas started coming together and below you’ll see the creative process of decorating for the nursery!

I started off by scouring Pinterest after looking at a lot of nursery ideas and then I found a color palette that I liked on Design Boards.


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