Building a House! – Nashville Wedding Vendors Team Up Together with Habitat for Humanity

It was 5:50 am, Sunday morning… my body felt like it had barely recuperated from the wedding we shot only 5 hours before. I could feel the last bit of ache in my legs, slight headache from not getting enough sleep, and I rolled over to look at my sound asleep husband and I asked myself… Why did we agree to do this again? As we dragged ourselves out of bed, put clothes on our weary bodies, brushed our teeth and headed off to Starbucks for the coveted Carmel & Vanilla lattes, we began to wake up… Thirty minutes later we found ourselves at the Habitat for Humanity build site. The cobwebs in our brains diminished and we could feel the excitement as we joined all the other volunteers for the morning safety meeting as we prepared ourselves for BUILDING A HO– USE! Yes, you heard that right – Zach and I helped build a house! This is my second time doing this with Habitat, Zach’s first – and we really had a great time. Zach and I are a part of a group – TWESA (Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association) and the group signed up to help support and build a home for Ayalew and his two sons. This is Ayalew! We’ll show some pictures from the day and then share a bit more about what exactly Habitat for Humanity is/does for those who may not know. This is a view from the neighboring house where only the foundation has been laid… so far! Name tags for all – very important! Getting our Fierceness on! (Me, Kathy... Read More

IN-CAMERA: Basics Nashville Photography Workshop – Completed! (And workshop class added!)

(**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). Earlier this month, on April 11th, began the start of our Spring 2009 Photography workshops! A few comments from the day… “Thanks for the workshop – it rocked!!!“ “It was awesome and I learned alot!!! Thanks you guys, for everything!“ “It was a blast“ “I cannot thank-you enough for the instruction you and Zach gave in the workshop… thank you, thank you, thank you again!“ Here are just a few pics to highlight the shooting part of the day… Goofing off… Most of the group at the end of the day! Click here to see some of the work of one of the class attendees from the workshop – MD of Laidlaw Photography!! We are so excited about the IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop this Sunday! It’s going to be a full class and we are pumped!!! Just a reminder that we have officially added an additional IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop for Monday, May 18th for $199. To register please visit Gray Photography and go to our Workshop web... Read More

A Nashville Wedding Sneak Peek – Rich & Amy!

This past weekend we shot the wedding of a super awesome couple – Rich & Amy!! Their wedding took place at the beautiful West Meade Mansion and was coordinated by the AMAZING Mary Natalie. More on this amazing gal on the full blog that we do! The wedding day couldn’t be more perfect and yes, even the rain held off for us until late at night. Here is a sneak peek of their gorgeous and elaborately planned wedding – enjoy these for now!! By the way, the bride totally looks like Julia Styles in some of her shots!! Love the colors of the bridesmaids dresses! The groom and groomsmen working the tails! The bride and her mom! The reception took place by the pool and tennis courts… Love this look on the brides face during the first dance! That’s all for now – just enough to keep you coming ;o) Enjoy Hawaii you two!!!!! Can’t wait to hang once you get... 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

Published! Southern Weddings Magazine Blog

We had the awesome privileged of being published in Southern Weddings Magazine Blog, and not just one post but two! They featured Meagan & Jerry Grosvenor’s Nashville wedding and did a great job displaying all the images and sharing about the wedding and fantastic group of vendors who came together and pulled this event off. They really showcased some of the awesome wedding details from this wedding! To read both posts visit these two links:Part I & Part II. For those who may be wondering about our amazing wedding we had this weekend with Rich & Amy – stay tuned for a sneak peek coming super... Read More

A Nashville Family Session & Healthy Living!

Awhile ago we did a little peek into a family shoot and we thought we would share a little bit more photos as well as about the Family. Meet Nathan & Jenni Oates & their adorable children. We have known these guys for almost 2 years now and they have been such a blessing and encouragement to Zach and I. Nathan & Jenni have an amazing story of devastation & hope that involves the loss of their 3rd child, Hosea, their first son. Their honesty, faith and story of healing is a testimony and a real encouragement. Not only are they an encouragement in an emotional and spiritual sense, but they also are a very health & green conscious family which inspires us to take better care of our own bodies as well. Nathan & Jenni work with Shaklee which is the leading natural nutrition company in the United States. (To the left: Shaklee on Oprah). Jenni struggled with anorexia in high school rendering her body unable to fully re-coup even after years of eating correctly again. Shaklee changed that for her. Nathan’s brother had inoperable cancer in his eyes with the only option to find the best nutritional company and pray that it worked. One and a half years later his cancer is fully gone and no trace of it has come back in the last 10 years. Nathan & Jenni told us, “Once your life has been changed by something, you want other people to know about it. So that’s what we do… we take great products and then share them with other people in hopes that... Read More

Nashville Family Portrait Session – The McGaugheys

This past Sunday we did a Lifestyle Session for one of the kindest families. You may remember Mel who we did a promo shoot of a little bit ago who is also a photographer (The Velvet Trunk). Well, her parents and twin sister (I’ve always wanted a twin!) came in town from Texas, and we shot at ’em with our Canons. :)We hit a few different spots around downtown Franklin and had such a nice time. Her sister is so sweet and kind just like Mel, and her parents are really wonderful. They have been married 40 years and they are so in love! Check out some of the shots we captured… A little behind-the-scenes shot I took while Zach was shooting with the strobe… Don’t they look so happy together? :) What a great example for those of us who are practically just starting our marriages….No behind-the-scenes shot on this one, but this was taken by me when I was shooting the sisters. I was shooting with just the natural surrounding light and we wanted to make sure their eyes looked nice and bright (got to love a good catch light) so Zach grabbed the reflector and “popped” some light on them. Yay teamwork! Next we had a wardrobe change and headed to downtown Franklin and then off to Carnton Plantation to make use of their field! :) Group Photo! Thank-you guys for making the shoot so enjoyable for us. Hope you had a safe flight back and next time we’ll fly out to you... Read More

Nashville Headshots – Rockin’ it in non-Beautiful Places

Our IN-CAMERA: Beginners workshop was this past Saturday and it went AWESOME! For those who are our Facebook Friends, you can already see two of the images taken that day, but no worries we will blog very shortly on it! A few days ago we did some headshots for model Lindsey Kirkendall. She’s always so easy to shoot and we had lots ‘o fun. :) Windy hair patrol! :) Something we really enjoy is finding the “beauty in the ugly” and by ugly, we do not mean Lindsey :) Beauty can be found almost anywhere, especially if one is able to control his/her camera and gear in the way he/she wants to. The shots you see above taken at a nice stone wall like the one below… … were taken at a wall in an apartment complex! The great thing about this spot is to the left was a white wall which reflected the setting sunlight. The light that hit Lindsey was soft, PERFECT light to have filling the shadows of the face. Awesome spot to shoot in! The shots you see taken by the orangish cool background like this shot.. … wer taken by a big ‘ol nasty storage unit. Beauty in the ugly, my friends! Thanks for reading! Hope you all had a great... Read More

Adding Additional Workshop Class – IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post

Tomorrow begins our first run of our IN-CAMERA workshop series, beginning with IN-CAMERA: Basics! We are excited and are looking forward to seeing those of you who are coming! Update to share: Due to demand, we have added an additional IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post class. Date: Monday, May 18thApprox Time: 9am – 5pmCost: $199 We have only 5 spots left, so if you are interested, please contact us via phone (815-670-6384) or email – IN-CAMERA: Lighting update – 2 spots... Read More

A Nashville Artist Shoot on a Heli-pad + Free Music!

We have been dying to post more on this artist shoot we did but have been holding off so we can simultaneously release it with a free download being offered (more info on the bottom)!! As mentioned a few weekends ago on our Twitter as well as on a previous blog, we did a photo shoot of these amazing artists Joel & Luke. It was an absolute blast and started in our studio and then concluded at Vanderbilt Hospital. Yes, we said Hospital. No, we weren’t shooting in any operating rooms – we were on top of the building shooting on their Emergency Helicopter Landing Pad as you will see in the below video! We know you just want to see photos and the video so we’ll have additional commentary at the end :) The exhausted stylist with the boy’s clothes strewn all about. Ha ha! Onto the heli-pad with the help of the amazing staff at Vanderbilt Hospital and Life Flight. Thanks again guys! And a little behind-the-scenes rockin’ video of the day The day was totally blessed! It’s a bit hard to tell but it was cold and rather cloudy but that actually turned to our advantage! We were forewarned that if a helicopter was to land, we would have 5 minutes notice and would have to get all of our camera gear as well as their bass drum and piano (yes, piano) out of the way for the copter to land. However, because of the clouds, the helicopters were grounded and we were able to shoot for quite some time up there uninterrupted! The staff was... Read More

A Fun Date Day in Nashville!!!!!

Our business is our baby. It’s something Zach & I built together from the ground up and we pour a lot of time and effort into it. As important as it is, it’s also really important to us to spend time together outside of our business. We have been a part of a married couples Sunday School class for the last 3 years and we’re all going through the book His Needs, Her Needs (great book to read, by the way). This week we were on Chapter 6 which addresses one of a male’s most important needs: Recreational Companionship. It’s important for a husband and a wife to have activities they can do and share together because it is such a huge bonding thing, especially for men. Personally, we have found that recreational companionship is pretty high on both of our “lists.” Luckily Zach & I get along really well (most of the time.. he he) and do most things together, but we try and always make some efforts to hang with NO business talking/planning/brainstorming allowed! Take today for example… Sunshine + 73 degrees + Strong winds + Sponge Bob Square Pants kite + Local park + Subway + Velcro catch games = LOTS OF ZACH & JODY FUN! Enjoy the pics :) Stopped at good ‘ol Walmart and bought this Velcro-catch game that I (Jody) used to have growing up… Took a studly pic of my husband and me in his reflection after we finished our Subway… Posing it up with SPONGE-BOB (look at his cute little arms and legs!) And then took Sponge Bob out for a... Read More

Nashville Photography Workshop Update – Filling Up!

(**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). We are soooooo excited and cannot wait for our photography workshops to begin! Just a little update on the classes for those who are interested and have yet to sign up: IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post & IN-CAMERA: Business is full and our IN-CAMERA: Lighting is about to be closed to registrants as well. We still have a few more openings for our IN-CAMERA: Basics, photography for beginners. Sign up on our website. Due to continual interest, we are considering holding an additional IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop. If you would like to sign up for the class, contact us at and once we receive enough serious inquiries, we will schedule an additional date! We can’t wait and are looking forward to meeting and hanging with all of you who have signed up so... Read More