The First Peak into a Nashville Wedding of Titan Proportions..

As some of you may be aware, we are not yet allowed to share any images of our latest couple until their official press release comes out and possibly some other press hits, so we decided to do a blog on this big TN wedding with some of the awesome details from their big day! This wedding was coordinated by Courtney Hammons and her team from A Magical Affair and was held at Opryland Hotel. Everything was beautiful from the pink and black color scheme that ran throughout the wedding, to the monogrammed everything! Check it out! After the ceremony we and our assistant/third shooter Kristine were granted access into the new & hottest night club at Opryland – F– USE – to do some photos of the bride & groom. They turned out so cool and the staff there was top notch. We can’t wait to share those here with you!Other vendors who were a part of making the day and everything else look so good: All of the paper that you see (invitations, menus, programs, seating cards, etc) was custom created by the great Donette & Steve with Designs In Paper. The cool Jen with Reveal Event Style was a huge part in planning the stunning decor. Just wait until you see some photos of the centerpieces!! Flowers were provided by A Village of Flowers. The other team involved in the decor and who also did all the lighting is one of the coolest and kindest couples in the world with – Blue Nova Designs. Our Bride & Groom had videographers capturing the day and they chose... Read More

Holding Out on You!

This weekend we shot an amazing wedding but due to the nature of who we shot, we are limited at this time to the images we can show as well as names while we wait for certain press to hit – so stay tuned and enjoy the below... Read More

The Cutest Kids in Your Life!

Earlier last week we had the blessing of doing a Lifestyle shoot for an amazing family we know. Meet Nathan & Jenni and their precious kids! Natural beauty is power! Doesn’t she make you want to burst to the seams in a smile? Nathan & Jenni are truly an amazing couple and they have a great family. We love these guys and will try and share more images later – there are so many great... Read More

The Jonas Brothers – Live in the Flesh! …kind of

Yes, Zach and I have caught a bug, but it was well worth it! This past Friday through Monday Zach and I went with our church’s high school youth group on winter retreat as leaders. We had a blast and some crazy times (see below!) and also many heart to heart times as well. It’s funny how you go with the mindset of solely serving and being there for others, but then God rocks your world as well. The weekend was wonderful and the students in our group are so dear to our hearts – we love you guys and are so proud of you! Here is us with (most of) our group on the last day: Can you spot us? Some parents think we are students! … lol. An interesting element added on retreat is that on the last night each small group had to perform a skit. On Saturday each group was given 3 elements they had to incorporate in the skit. These were ours: 1) Gladiators2) Hannah Montana vs. The Jonas Brothers3) Ancient Rome Our group didn’t feel like putting forth the energy to make the skit and then have to perform the skit live on stage, so we had the crazy idea to be a bit lame, and do it all on video so we didn’t have to go up and act it out. The funny thing was, is it actually turned out pretty good and we WON first place!!!!!!! woo hooo! For your enjoyment we bring to you our creation… OK, so maybe it was not fair that we also did a sweet Rock-Star... Read More

Associate Photographers – Update!

Since posting our blog for Associate Photographers, we have received over 35 responses so far. Thanks to those who have submitted their portfolio! Starting this evening we will be sending out emails to those who we feel so far would be a good fit for us and where we are headed with our business. Thanks to all who have applied, and if you are reading this for the first time, it is not too late to contact us about this opportunity. Please fully read the a blog we have posted on this before emailing us.... Read More

The Darling Mel of The Velvet Trunk

Yesterday we did a shoot for our dear & sweet friend, Mel. Mel is an amazing photographer and person and has such a kind heart and sweet spirit. Mel specializes in high end portrait photography for babies, children, etc. and her images are amazing!!! Here are some of the shots we took of her for her site/publicity. We started the shoot off at SOL in downtown Franklin with only about an hour and a half of shoot time… Then we ended up across the street…. And finally we ended up on the top of a parking garage! Here is a “behind the scenes” shot of the setup: The camera position: The shots: Doesn’t she look amazing??Thanks for stopping... Read More

Special Wedding Feature on Ashley’s Bride Guide

If you are a Nashville vendor or Bride and have not yet heard of Ashley’s Bride Guide, you might need to get out a little more! :) ABG is a pretty comprehensive resource of wedding vendors but also is in the know of the events going on locally for brides to check out to help them with their wedding planning. This whole week, Ashley with Ashley’s Bride Guide has been featuring real Nashville weddings and on Friday she featured tons of photos and bridal commentary on Meagan & Jerry’s Grosvernor’s wedding that we shot in November. To check out the blog go here! Meagan made this really sweet comment about us on this blog, which we wanted to share: My favorite vendors Mary Alice of A Delightful Day, Gray Photography and Maples Wedding Cakes. I had a perfect team of vendors but these three stand out above the rest. Mary Alice is a pro and makes you feel like the only bride she has. Gray Photography was amazing. I have gotten so many compliments and have so many pictures to choose from that are gorgeous. They are a great couple. Jay at Maples also works very hard to understand the look of the cake you are going for. Plus I don’t think cake could taste any better! Thanks Meagan & Jerry! You guys are the best and we are so happy for you... Read More

Famous Wedding Invitations- Mark Your Calendars!

Any of you heard of Sarah Evans? Country music singer… Yeah, we thought so :) As some of you may know, Sarah Evans got married last year and the printed pieces came from the Williamson County Weddings and Events boutique. Just a reminder that the lovely ladies of Williamson County Weddings and Events are hold a Social Invitation Showcase on Sunday, Feb 22nd at CJ’s Off The Square right in downtown Franklin. Again, check out their Blog Post for more information, and don’t forget to register! And of course, Zach and I WILL be stopping by… if you need any more incentive to come... Read More

200 Students + Separate Beds = Our Valentines Day

We did a Family Lifestyle shoot with this amazing family we know yesterday, and we are so pumped about the images! We’ll post those when we return early next week. In the meantime… It’s that time of year for us – Winter Retreat! While many photographers are headed out to Las Vegas for a huge photographer gathering/conference/workshop (WPPI), and while many couples will be celebrating their love over candlelit dinners, Zach and I are headed off to the woods for our church’s youth group’s winter retreat! Zach and I help out with the High School youth at our church, and Winter Retreat creates some of the best relationships and memories. We love it! We will be out this weekend up through Monday. Everyone enjoy your Valentines Day (and while we’re away we have a special video proposal coming up on our blog that made us smile!). No worries, we’ll make sure we celebrate our love. We already did get our chocolates from the Schakolad Chocolate Factory! We will get back with you when we return to the office! In the meantime, don’t forget to spread the word on our search for some amazing associate photographers, and don’t forget to vote for our blog here in the Fresh Blog Voting Contest held by Professional Photographer Magazine (in the upper left hand corner, enter 0011 to see our entry and vote for us :). We’ll do our best to keep everyone update with Twitter, assuming we have cell service... Read More

Best Blog Ever?!?

Only 4 days to vote! We may not have the best blog EVER, but with over 16,000 visits (and over 25,000 page views) from not only people across the US but from other continents as well – all in the 7 months we have had our blog going – that’s got to count for something :) We would love your vote on Professional Photographer Magazine‘s Fresh Blog Voting Contest. Check it out here and in the upper left hand corner, enter 0011 to see our entry and vote for us! VOTING ENDS THE 15TH of this month so take 20 Seconds and cast your vote for us… and maybe we’ll consider keeping up this blog… ;o) ha... Read More

The Willy Wonka (Schakolad) Chocolate Factory

Are you needing some Valentines Day goodness for your special someone? Well look no further! Zach and I experienced the joy and delight of Schakolad Chocolate Factory today, and we now can say we have lived life to the fullest ;o) This place has everything you can imagine when it comes to chocolate – chocolate records, chess boards, soccer balls, and yes, even chocolate handcuffs and body paint. You need it, they have it, and if they don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, they can custom make it! Zach and I met Taylor and his sweet wife Tara earlier this month and really clicked! They are both great business people and are nice as well (always a bonus :). Taylor owns & manages the Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Cool Springs and Tara owns My Lavish Event wedding planning. She actually blogged on us a few posts back so make sure to hit her blog up and see what other goodness she is sharing on :) Ok, ok, now it’s time for the photos – we know that’s why you all come to our blog anyway :) Custom chocolate being made for Arrington Vineyards Taylor the chocolatier! (Thank-you Kristine… he he he.)We followed them along in the making of their chocolate dipped cherries! I’m not sure if we’re allowed to share the secrets of what they are actually dipping the cherries in (besides obviously chocolate), so just enjoy the process! The chocolate dipping begins! Finished and ready to eat!! I (Jody) ate one of the dark chocolate dipped cherries and they were sooooo good! There were so many different... Read More

A Great Deal for an Awesome Wedding Venue! Save $1,000!

This image was taken in the back by their perennial gardens and gazebo For those who have not heard, CJ’s Off The Square is having a HUGE sale on all remaining 2009 spring/summer wedding dates. Save $1000 off the facility fee for Friday, Saturday or Sunday This is for a limited time only. Offer applies to wedding rates only and is valid on wedding dates through August 31, 2009. We have shot weddings here and this is a really great place to have your wedding! It’s picturesque, can be customized to fit any of your needs as a bride, and most importantly, one gets great service. Contact them to see if they still have your wedding date... Read More

Important Announcement: Seeking Associate Photographers!

Interested in joining the team? (Ok,seriously, not sure what’s up with this monkey image, but for some reason it just crack us up!) As many of you may know, we have been working hard on our associate photographer side studio! This side studio features hand-picked, thoroughly interviewed photographers who will be trained by us to shoot amazing wedding images. If you are a photographer who loves to shoot and wants to make great money, BUT is not interested in investing the time and money for all the marketing and promotion, on top of having the stress of all the details to maintain in the wedding photography world, then you may be exactly who we are looking for! :) If you are interested – read on! We are looking for people who:– Love photography– Love people– Have integrity– Are teachable– Are humble– Willing to invest at least one year– Have no desire to run their own wedding photography business– Have an overall knowledge of photography (exposure, composition, ability to shoot fully manual, basic knowledge of lighting, etc)– Have their own gear If this sounds like you, then this may be your chance to do something super fun, super cool and really exciting!How The Process Will Work:1. Send an email to associates@grayphotograph.com, including a link to your portfolio2. If we feel your work is in the ballpark of what we are looking for then we will send you an application to fill out! 3. Once we receive your application, we will look it over and then contact you if we feel like we would like to move you to the next... Read More

2009 Bride’s Choice Award – Nashville’s Own GrayPhotography!

Official press release from Wedding Wire… Wedding Wire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that GrayPhotography has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™! In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. That means GrayPhotography is one of the very best wedding Photographers. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews. “We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,” according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.” _________________________ Blah, blah blah… :) Thanks, Brides & Grooms who have given us great reviews, and if you have yet to, feel free to go to our page on WeddingWire and painlessly fill out info on your experience with... Read More

GrayPhotography is Guest Blogging :)

If you are a wedding vendor or bride to be – Christine Boulton‘s Think Like A Bride is a cool resource for marketing, getting in the minds of brides, and many other things that you will just have to visit her site to see for yourself. Christine also manages a blog, and quite some time ago she asked us to be a guest blogger, and we finally came through for her! :) Ah, what a patience woman she is… :o) To see the article we wrote, head on over to Christine’s blog and have a... Read More

Hand Made Jewelry = Sweet Wedding Accessories!

We just did a shoot for the super cool ladies over at Adornments at the Factory in Franklin. These gals are a mother and two daughters and they have a brand new studio located on the second floor. They make all of their jewelry, paintings and drawings themselves and can also do custom designed pieces for your wedding event – including very unique invitations. When you open up those top notch bridal magazines and see these great shots of so-and-so wearing these gorgeous wedding gowns and shoes, it seems like they are always wearing some hand-made custom piece of jewelry that is awesome and that is exactly the kind of stuff that these ladies make! Their stuff is beyond unique and would make a killer addition to you and your bridesmaids look for the wedding day. This stuff would also make a great gift for important people who were/are involved in your wedding. These gals started their company to allow them, as well as other artists, to live the dream of making a living doing their own art. For more background on these gals, continue reading at the bottom! Here are some of the shots with some behind the scenes at the end and a shot of the ladies! Here is the set-up! It’s amazing what some great lighting, mad camera skills and a great lens can do.Here is me with the ladies!Lucina, Zach, Laura, Alexis If you look close, you might recognize the awesome chick to the far right – that’s Alexis – she was one of our brides who we shot (with cameras) in November this past... Read More

Published – Her Nashville!

This month we also have the privileged of being published in awesome Her Nashville magazine in the “I Do” issue! (To see where you can get this issue, go to their website and click on “find her”). This magazine features two of our couples – Meagan & Jerry and Daniel & Jaclyn. See below and enjoy! Coordinator for Meagan & Jerry’s wedding: Mary Alice and team with A Delightful Day. Here is Daniel & Jaclyn’s feature! Our images are on the right. Vendors for Daniel & Jaclyn’s Wedding: – Church: Parish Presbyterian– Reception: The Factory.– Makeup: Sherita Leslie in Nashville.– Flowers: Debbie Sumner with Creations By Debbie.– Transportation: Reggie Slaughter with At Your Service.– Live band: Charmed Life Music.– Wedding Cake: Jay at Maples Cakes in Nashville.– Linens: Julie Murphy– Draping & Lighting: Don Sumner (the other half of Creations By Debbie)– Rental Company – Party... Read More

The Fitfty is Nifty!

OK, for those who just like to look at photos, scroll down and read the text just above the first shot! But for those who may want to learn some really cool photography jargon and be cool like me (Zach) then read away! We promise that it is not super-geeky even though we went to Wikipedia to get some detailed definitions. :) Jody and I are gearing up for the 2009 season and this is always a fun time because… we get to by new gear!! :) We purchased a few new lenses and are excited to share, and show, what one of them can do! We bought a brand new 50mm 1.4 lens (sounds techy, I know) which is a really great lens and serves a few purposes. With the 50mm, part of its title means that it is fixed at a focal length of 50 millimeters – which basically means that when you look through the camera at something, it is a similar distance away from you, like something you would see with your naked eye. That gives you some perspective as well on lenses that are say, 200mm which would make things appear about 4 times closer to you than they really are, or a 16mm lens that would make things look about 3 times farther away than they really are. The “1.4” part of the name of this lens means that you can let a lot of light into the camera because its “pupil” (if you will) can get very big like an owl’s eye can. This is called the f/stop or the aperture. This... Read More

Local Brides & Party Planners – Add to your February Calendars!

Glad you all have enjoyed the latest “behind-the-scenes” blog. We’ll make sure to do more of those. Thanks for leaving feedback! If you have yet to come in contact with the amazing ladies of Williamson County Weddings and Events, you are missing out!!! Not only do they host great game nights (click HERE to see my awesome Pictionary drawing of Twilight, and while you’re at it, become our Facebook friend and fan), BUT they are great people and great business women! On Sunday, Feb 22nd they are hosting the 1st Annual Social Invitation Showcase at their venue, CJ’s Off The Square! This is not just for Brides who may still need their invitations taken care of, but for those who are planning other events (e.g. birthday parties) or even need something like Baby Announcements. Check out their Blog Post for more information, and don’t forget to register! By the way Zach and I WILL be there… if you need any more incentive to come :) For those photo lovers, here are just a few shots of some weddings we have done with... Read More