Happy Halloween!!

Zach and I have been running around like crazy this week with client meetings, a meeting with an awesome coordinator who we cannot WAIT to work with and brag about, AND we also have been enjoying this cooler weather (a bit TOO cool for my taste right now…). We have a group of couples from our married Sunday school class that we hang out with and last night some of us went to the Corn Maize in Spring Hill, TN. (Photo compliments of our point and shoot camera… where’s our 5D when we need it? :). We had a fun time roaming around (with the guys trying to scare us) and then went to Frank & Gaby’s afterwords for hot chocolate and yummy cookies! Tomorrow we have Alexis and Abdul’s wedding at CJ’s Off the Square ! Yaaaaaay! Alexis has put a lot of thought and planning into her day and we cannot wait to capture it and post photos of it! Have a great Halloween... Read More

Williamson County Weddings and Events

So for those who are looking for a great wedding resource, Williamson County Weddings and Events is a great place to go! CJ and Amy Parmen (both from CJ’s Off the Square ) are suuuper great business minded ladies and run the show! We wanted to give a quick shout out to them and their pretty new website, which just happens to feature photos of your favorite photographer dynamic duo (that would be us). Take a click on the above link and look... Read More

Tall & Creepy Skeleton Guy

Yesterday we went to the Get Motivated seminar. Some of the speakers were really great, and others were highly disappointing like Mr. Get Rich Quick if you buy my $4,200 software. *sighs* We were able to attend with friends Daniel & Jaclyn (who we blogged earlier on their engagement session and hanging at Moe’s), and it was really cool to hear Zig Ziglar speak! Tons of people were there and here is a shot we took with our awesome point and shoot… On another note, we blogged yesterday about Pumpkinfest and getting our photo taken with Tall Creepy Skeleton Guy. Well here is the photo folks, compliments of Mrs. Kristine Neeley... Read More

‘Tis the Season!

Ah, fall… what a great season… True, it’s the busiest time of the year for us, but we love it just the same. This weekend was a rare treat for us – we had it off (the calm before 4 weddings in a row) and we enjoyed it to its fullest! On Saturday Zach and I went with some friends of ours, Cliff and Kristine, to Pumpkinfest close to home right in downtown Franklin! It’s a big event every year (good luck finding a close parking space) with music, costume contests, children’s activities, a chili cookoff, crafts, dancing, and many other things. We had a nice time enjoying the weather and being with our friends! (We even had our picture taken with a 15 foot tall creepy skeleton guy!). On Sunday after youth group small groups we went to our dear friend Anna’s house where she was hosting her annual Pumpkin Carving Party. The votes were close, my friends, and Zach and I, for our 2nd year in a row, landed in 2nd place. The theme was 70’s Rock and we thought ours was the most appropriate to win the glowing bobble head mummy trophy, but you really can’t compete with a pumpkin with guts falling out of his head…. *sighs* Please enjoy our awesome freehand pumpkin with the Flying V guitar, 3D amp, and shaded rocker hand. This morning we are up early to go to the Get Motivated Business Seminar with some great speakers like Zig Zigler, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Rick Belluzo and others! We are excited – see some of you vendors and friends... Read More

A Duck?

For those canvas ordering photographers out there you know what getting this little guy means… More canvases! We got in our latest canvas order to adorn our studio walls. Info coming really soon on our studio warming party! Stay tuned! Yesterday we had a Bridal Lifestyle Session on the grounds of Cheekwood with one of our soon-to-be brides who is getting married in 2 weeks from tomorrow!! We can’t post her shots yet, so you’ll have to wait until after the wedding… but she looks grrrrrrrreat!!! Have an awesome weekend,... Read More

A New Calling

Not that we were looking for one, but Zach and I have found a new calling…. ROCK BAND it is, my friends! After hanging out with another couple this evening, David and Tammy Molnar, we decided to make a quick trip to good ‘ol Walmart for some office things we needed. Low and behold a grand display was set before us calling out for us to play… Guitar: Zach Gray Drums: Jody Gray Song: Eye of the Tiger Difficulty Level: Hard Drum Accuracy: 97%Consecutive Drum Notes in a row: 132 Thank-you very much… now I need a hand... Read More

Destination Wedding Photography – Well I Come From AL With A Banjo On My Knee…

For those wondering – we are settled in and have internet once again!! Woo hoo! Life is good ;o) In regards to the blog title – not sure why that song popped into my head… well, probably because I’m getting ready to blog about part of our AL wedding trip!!! So this past weekend, we traveled down to the great state of Alabama – Birmingham to be exact. We had a SUPER awesome time, and what a great couple and families to be around. One could really feel the love and honor Daniel & Brigette had for each other and their relationship with God, and it was so transparent in their marriage ceremony and celebration after. We were so glad we could be a part of it! We have pulled a few photos from the first part of the day for those who are anxious to see. Enjoy the photos & commentary :) We started the day off at this amazing piece of property (thanks Karen & family!) and had a blast with the 17 gals in the bridal party… All 17 attendants! Then the ladies left, and the guys came out for their photos. and ceremony time! and then some shoot time with the couple before the reception… That’s all for now! Until next... Read More

We’re Back…

We are back!! Had a great time in AL and can’t wait to share some of the photos with you all! We are actually relocating our work space tomorrow and moving lots of things, so bear with us as we get re-organized and re-connect our internet and all that other great stuff. We shall post very soon… :) Have a great... Read More

Off to Alabama!

Today we are off to Alabama to shoot the wedding of Daniel & Brigette this weekend! This couple is interestingly connected to us, or at least to me (Jody). The groom is the cousin of my bestest childhood friend in the world, Ashleigh Hancock! Another fun and interesting fact about this wedding is that Brigette has not 5, not 10, but 17 attendants! With the 7 groomsmen and the bride & groom, that makes the total bridal party number 26!! She’s got a lot of love and as a smart bride, allotted a good amount of time to get photos with all her girls who have meant so much to her. Poor guys, they are by far outnumbered! Anyway, keep us in your prayers for safe travel and stay tuned for... Read More

Engaged!

And here we have some more photos for our avid blog followers from our Lifestyle Engagement session with Eli and Ashley Carol! This great couple gets hitched April 25th of next year and it seems forever away but before we know it, their wedding will be upon us! This shoot took place around downtown Franklin, and once the sun set we called it a day and grabbed a bite to eat at the Mellow Mushroom. Enjoy :) A Zach shot… A Jody... Read More

Paul + Laura = Married 4-Ever

And here we have a few photos from Paul & Laura’s wedding in good ‘ol South Carolina! It all began with them December of last year when we shot a wedding in Indiana. One of the groomsmen was from SC and went back home raving about us to Paul & Laura. Laura contacted us and without ever meeting us (not sure if we had even spoken on the phone at that point!), booked us… and now they are finally hitched and we were able to be there and capture it all! They are a great couple, and even cooler, they are now moving to Nashville (how perfect), and we do hear that Paul is a great handyman… ;o)... Read More

Balance

Bal·ance – /ˈbæləns/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[bal–uhns] – noun, verb, -anced, -anc·ing. I love Dictionary.com. What a beautiful thing it is. I went to it this morning in search of the definition of “balance” and these by far, were my favorite: 3. Mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.11. The act of balancing; comparison as to weight, amount, importance, etc.; estimate.26. To have an equality or equivalence in weight, parts, etc.; be in equilibrium. Balance. I think this is something we all strive for in our lives. I know Zach and I do, and I think every couple about to get married can especially relate as well. Having balance in our lives is a continual effort. We all have our own unique challenges, but the twist for Zach and I is we love our job (if you can call it that :) and it’s easy to get carried away and forget about everything else going on… like our marriage, our friendships with others, helping people, serving somewhere, and the list goes on. It was in the honor of having balance and setting priorities, that a blog did not get posted yesterday. Sad, I know! Monday is our highest blog traffic day and I really wanted to get a blog out of this past weekend, but it was 6pm and Zach and I were still going. We looked at each other and knew we had to stop and just hang out or we were going to go crazy. So we went to the video store, rented some movies, stopped at our favorite place to... Read More

Hello South Carolina!

Yesterday we flew out of Nashville to go to Columbia South Carolina for Laura and Paul’s wedding! These weren’t the largest planes in the world so we had to gate check our camera bags which always makes us nervous. We watched the guys unloading the plane lift up one of the bags and heavily drop it onto the conveyor belt… ugh! Good thing we invested in great bags and our stuff is well protected… we still think a HUGE blinking neon sign saying “FRAGILE” will finally convey the fragile message we have on the bags… We had a layover in Charlotte, NC, and of course entertained ourselves with our cameras… We arrived safe and sound (including all cameras and luggage!) just in time for Laura & Paul’s rehearsal. It was so nice to see them again and we can’t believe their wedding day is finally here!!! After the rehearsal we had the privilege of getting to meet up with some past clients of ours!!! December of last year we shot Nathan & Liz’s O’Neal’s wedding in Indiana, and we LOVE this couple. They are such great people and we selfishly wish they could live in Nashville so we could hang out more. :) They took us to this local coffee shop (had to convince Zach we should try a different place BESIDES Starbucks…) and the drinks were great (my drink was called “The Perfect Man”), as well as the company and conversation. Soooooooo nice to see you two again!!!! Ok, now we must ready ourselves for the wedding this afternoon! Until next... Read More

Senior Shadow Day & Off to South Carolina!

Today we were honored to be shadowed by two awesome seniors for Senior Shadow Day! This is where a senior (hence the name) shadows someone in a profession they are interested in. We were approached by two students from Independence High School asking us if they could shadow us and we jumped at the chance! We had Kevin, who we have known from helping out with the youth group, as well as another great, creative person, Sarah! Lucky for them we had some exciting studio stuff on the agenda for the day, so after grabbing coffee at our favorite hangout and talking business, we took them to the studio and put them to work! Ok, ok… just kidding… well, kind of…. :) Unfortunately there were no shots taken of Sarah and I messing with the lights… though we are official accomplished Light People now… (not sure exactly what that is, but it’s really important I promise you… :). After working on the studio, we had lunch at S.A.T.C.O. and that wrapped up the day!Always remember, regardless of how busy your life seems, to make sure to take some time to serve and invest in other people, not just yourself! It can be one of the most rewarding things and who knows the impact you can have on other people and change lives! By the way, these are the only sneak peaks you’ll get of our studio before we have our Studio Warming Party so enjoy them while you have the chance! On another note, we leave early tomorrow morning to head to South Carolina to shoot the wedding of... Read More

Our New Studio!

So officially as of Monday October 8th we, Zach and Jody Gray of Gray Photography, are proud leasers of a new studio! Maybe we’ll affectionately call the place Studio Gray :) We have been busy this week transporting our photography stuff to this location and we are pumped! Stay tuned for a “Studio Warming” that we will be having for people to stop in and see the place . We couldn’t decide what photo to put up so here are 2 more :) Lovey dovey picture… My Husband is a Stud... Read More

Nashville Photography Workshop Completed!

(**Note** If you found this post from a browser search, feel free to visit the photographer’s area on our website to view the most current information on our Nashville photography and lighting workshops). Yesterday in conjunction with Evan Baines we hosted the Bridal Portraiture workshop and it was absolutely fantastic! We had such a great time teaching, sharing, as well as getting to know the photographers who came out. Thanks to our awesome models, Dustin, Lindsey, and Kathy, as well as our pro makeup artist, Sherita Leslie. And of course a big thanks to Mel of The Velvet Trunk and Krystal Mann of Mint and Sage who lent us the use of their great studio at The Factory for the morning sessions and the afterward critiques. Evan and Zach at their finest… After the morning tutorials, the afternoon consisted of 6 hours of instruction/shoot time. Everyone was split into 2 groups, half going with Evan, the rest with Zach, and then after 3 hours the groups swapped. Below we will show behind-the-scenes photos as well as an image or two from the setup that Zach demonstrated and shot. This, my friends, is the lovely Amanda Baines, who is the wife of Evan Baines. Random note… For any of you bacon lovers out there, I suggest you visit this original creation of Amanda’s… …and the group! Our models did a great job, and the feedback we received from this workshop was extremely positive. Sorry for those who were unable to make it, but stay tuned for the dates of the next one coming up! We are planning on Spring and... Read More

Second shooting can be fun!

These last few days have been a whirlwind! Not only have we been busily preparing for our Bridal Portraiture Workshop tomorrow, but on Thursday we drove all the way to Chattanooga, TN to hear a photographer speak, and then yesterday (Friday) we were busy organizing our office (yours truly) and also shooting (Zach)! We had the privilege of helping out some good friends of ours over at Dove Wedding Photography. The dynamic duo is Peter and Whitney Carlson and they have become friends through a once-a-month photo geek meeting that we have called PUGs (Pictage User Groups). We get together, talk shop, then go out to dinner and comment on how nerdy we all are with photo stuff! Their client’s wedding took place in Franklin at the Factory, which is also where we are hosting our photography workshop tomorrow. Here are some of the images that Zach took from the day! Enjoy! Here is Whitney in Spy Mode… Peter getting his photo... Read More

Ben & Amy!

This past weekend we had the honor of shooting Ben & Amy’s wedding. Talk about a great couple! Amy especially amazed me – she was so calm and caring about everyone but herself :) The ceremony was great, and thanks to the amazing planning of Helen Morisette, their reception at the Parthenon was absolutely beautiful! Enjoy a few photos! This photo makes me laugh! I look so intense!!The “walking bridge” holds special meaning for Ben & Amy and it was really important to them to get shots together on the bridge! They didn’t want to see each other beforehand, so they allotted an extra 45 or so minutes for us to drive over to the bridge, take some photos and then move on to the reception. We love working with couples who realize the importance of bride and groom photos and are willing to build it into the schedule of the day. This is soooo important we can’t stress it enough!!! Congrats you guys!!!!! Enjoy your time relaxing on your... Read More