Our Latest Baby… A New Camera

Sorry, we are not pregnant but we did get something that’s about the same cost as having a baby! Welcome home our 5D Mark II! Ok, so we have had this for about a month but we’ve had so much other stuff going on to blog about that it’s better late than never! It’s like Christmas in the spring… So, why a new camera and what can it do? Pretty much everything except make us breakfast, that’s what! This camera is pretty awesome and shoots really hi ISO images (geek talk for the camera’s sensitivity to light) all the way up to 25,000, it automatically cleans dust off of the images by using ultra sonic vibrations, it takes 1080p high definition video and it produces ultra smooth 14bit depth images at a whopping 21.1 megapixel size. The camera also has many other cool new features that the old cameras do not have and all for a relatively low price in comparison to other cameras on the market. But what it really does well is this: Welcome home... Read More

Nashville’s Newest & Hottest Venue – The Red House

Last Tuesday we had the honor of being one of the selected photographers to cover an amazing event at The Red House. If you have yet to mosey on over to The Red House located in downtown Franklin, you must visit! The Red House is an AMAZING & hip event space and Laura Hill, the owner has done a fantastic job renovating & decorating the home. This event featured some of the best vendors in Nashville & we were glad we were able to be a part of it and capture it all! The Vendors: Thanks also goes out to Faccio Bridal for providing the wedding gown, and a special thanks to the beautiful bride-to-be Chelsea for modeling! Images for your enjoyment: The is such a great spot for an outdoor or indoor wedding and reception! This is the Red Room as you can see! The bride looked super cool in this wedding dress by Faccio Bridal. Great wedding flowers by Jimm Wright. It is possible to have a ceremony on the front lawn of The Red House! Full picture view coming Some awesome wedding cakes by Maples Cakes! Whew! That’s a lot of photos! Sorry, it was hard to narrow them down and these aren’t even all of them! :) Next time you have an event that you are looking for a venue to hold it at – think of The Red... Read More

A Motherly Visit – Dave Ramsey Headquarters

Happy Memorial Day!! This weekend Zach & I were blessed with the presence of my mom coming into town :) She flew in Thursday and leaves this morning. Yesterday (Sunday) we drove to Berea, KY for my little sister’s college graduation! What a whirlwind these last few days have been and super fun. Here are a few photos from the first portion of mom’s visit! In line at the DELICIOUS and famous Pancake Pantry The food is so yummy I STILL have a thumbs up in this photo (doesn’t my mom look great?) One of the highlights of her visit was taking her to Financial Peace Plaza, the headquarters of Dave Ramsey‘s radio station, as well as businesses. We had our wonderful friend, Cliff, give us the in-depth special tour. In the newly renovated lobby… Free goodies for the 80+ visitors who come in every day… Check out the menu a bit closer… Mom with her Debt Snowball Cupcake! Some super cool stickers in the gift shop… Peeping into the studio window where Dave broadcasts his radio show live every weekday from 1-4pm & records his FOX business show segment every morning. Unfortunately, Dave was out of town for the Memorial Day weekend, but there’s always next time! Creative plaques/artwork/whatever choice words you would like to use for people who are no longer living life bound to credit cards. There are some creative people out there! Dave’s company has been awarded Nashville Business Journal‘s Best Places to Work for the last 3 years. Dave takes amazing care of his employees, and if we weren’t doing photography, we’d want to... Read More

Our Idea of Heaven… Music We Love

We have sooooooo many people asking about & complimenting us on the music we have on our website, especially the first song, so we thought we would share with the masses! Leigh Nash is the singer of the first song you hear – “My Idea of Heaven” from the album Blue on Blue. Watch the music video below. Favorite part – the old couple near the end! Leigh was the lead singer of the former band Sixpence None The Richer who had the hit song “Kiss Me” a few years ago. Blue on Blue is Leigh’s solo album. So what’s your idea of heaven?... Read More

Published Twice: Her Nashville!

This month we have the privileged of being published in Nashville’s coolest women’s magazine, not once, but twice! If you have yet to pick up a Her Nashville, you totally should! It’s a great read, with good articles that are fun and entertaining. The magazine features the weddings of Jeff & Heidi… and Sabrina & Patrick! And the issue… Congrats you guys!... Read More

IN-CAMERA Nashville Photography Workshops – Going Worldwide

(**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). This post is scheduled to go up Monday morning, and depending on when you’re reading this (on Monday) we are either 1) hosting the 2nd IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post Workshop, or 2) if it’s in the evening, we are with the sold-out IN-CAMERA: Light workshop attendees for Part II of their two-day spanning workshop. It has been a blast holding these workshops here in our home-town of Nashville,. TN and we are looking forward to moving on with planning the out of state & country workshops that we have been contacted about! If you have yet to reach out to us about bringing our workshops to your area, please email us at INCAMERA@GrayPhotograph.com. We travel worldwide and would really love to bring one to Hawaii! Hint, hint! ; ) Below are some topics we share/teach on and can lead a workshop covering a few different combined items: Website Marketing: Are images really enough? – Standing out amid the rest by branding yourself on your site The Most Valuable Advertising – Utilizing Clients & Vendors to be your biggest advertisers Creating Balance – Having your business work for you and not you for your business Pricing – What to charge and how to charge it Client Meetings – How to utilize your client meetings to your advantage and book a higher percentage Advanced off camera lighting including multiple strobes Lighting ratios – Controlling different light sources to... Read More

Friday Fun – A Squirrelly Post…

Holy cow – it’s Friday! Where in the world has this week gone? Unbelievable! In honor of Friday, I (Jody) thought I would share something that’s a little different than usual. I take full responsibility of this post, but it cracked me up so hard I just have to share it. There are so many other things we have to post on, but this most definitely deserves a Friday Shoutout. Background: I, Jody, went to Berea College in KY, which my younger sister is now attending and getting ready to graduate from! Berea is known for it’s over population of squirrels and I was shopping around for a gift for my sister when Zach & I walked into Pangea (one of the coolest knick-knack stores in Nashville), and low-and-behold, my eyes landed on this: Oh, yes, what you’re seeing is real… and yes, I bought it for her :) And for those who can’t make out what the writing says on the back… here is a closer view for some extra laughs… And yes, folks, the website on the back does exist – Small Animal Decency.com. And to get a little more specific, you can watch a Squirrel underpants promo video and read testimonials here Squirrel Underpants.com! 1. I want to know who came up with this idea…. 2. Who actually buys it??? (Um, besides me :) Am I just weird or does it make anyone else laugh as well? Happy Friday!!!... Read More

A Nashville Wedding! Clover & Emerson – The Hermitage Hotel & West End United Methodist

Brace yourselves – this is a big blog! :) What do you get when you combine an artist with a med student? A beautiful couple and a beautiful wedding! We had the honor or shooting Clover & Emerson’s wedding this weekend and it was fantastic! The rain held off and everyone and everything went so smoothly :) What a great group of people and a wonderful celebration! Enjoy the images! The beautiful wedding flowers you will see throughout this whole blog were done by Bonnie of Belles Fleurs Custom Floral Designs. Gorgeous! The bride also had a slammin cool wedding dress! All hair and make up was done by Harlow Salon of Nashville, TN. Have to let some of the fun faces come out every now and then! :) In the cool church in the background is West End United Methodist Church of Nashville, TN. Love the short stylish bridesmaids dresses! Great bridesmaids shoes too (photo by Jody the hottie)! Love the lily boutonnieres! We shot some of the groomsmen shots right across the street on Vanderbilt because most of them attended the college. The groom and groomsmen all went to Vanderbilt together and wanted to shoot there. Elaine, the super wonderful wedding planner with Clover right before the ceremony begins (more on Elaine below!) For those photo geeks out there, this image was taken at 6400 ISO and looks AMAZING! Canon 5D mark 2, you are my hero. Love the walk down the isle! So classy! Bride and groom portraits are our favorite! The reception was held at the elegant & beautiful Hermitage Hotel. Joann & her staff... Read More

Nashville IN-CAMERA 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). “Great day! Super informative!” “AMAZING class!” “I seriously learned more here than anywhere!” “It was amazing at how well the photos turned out, and I didn’t have to do any editing to them!” “Thank you for helping me conquer manual mode!” “Loved it!” “Great experience” “Fabulous!” “The class was amazing” “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!” The above are just a few comments that we have received since the IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop on Sunday! We had an amazing time this past Sunday afternoon, despite the rainy weather! We had 13 students for this sold out workshop and we all had a blast shooting together and talking shop ALL day. :) It was great to meet so many different photographers from different places and to see everyone get so excited to get such great images right in the camera (which is what these workshops are all about!). We had students from Nashville and the surrounding areas, and students who came all the way from Kentucky, Alabama, and Arkansas. The award for longest distance traveled goes to Melissa with an 8 hour drive! :) The day began with some class time at our studio in good ‘ol downtown Nashville, TN… (photos complements of Kristine Neeley) Next, we headed off for lunch and then the hands-on shooting & learning time began! We started off as a whole group doing some stuff with ‘el natural light... Read More

Sneak Peek – Ashley Carol & Eli! A Nashville Wedding at Cheekwood

Last weekend we shot an absolutely beautiful wedding at Cheekwood and are excited to share a little sneak peek with you! Helen Morisette coordinated this wedding and did an amazing job along with Jennifer Byler and her staff of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens capturing Ashley Carol’s vision for the day. The mother of the bride lookin on and the groom too! The whole bridal party working it! Love the details at this reception! Some other awesome vendors who helped make this day happen (whose work we will show more in our next blog of this wedding):Band: Familiar FacesCake – The Sweetest DayFlorist – The English Garden by Terry WhiteThe Jag Ashley Carol & Eli drove away in Matchless Limosine!Beautiful ceremony string music – Wedding Musician’s CompanyFun photoboothing :o) – Photo Booth NashvilleRentals – Music City Tents & Events That’s all for now! Stay tuned for... Read More

A Nashville Makeup Shoot – The Before & After!

It has been a busy week! We had a beautiful wedding last weekend at Cheekwood (will give a sneak peek on Monday!) and have been working on our IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop for this weekend! It’s going to be a full house and we’re praying the rain stays away! Have a great weekend, and enjoy the blog below! Some brides choose to do their own makeup for their wedding day. Some brides hire a professional makeup artist. What do we suggest? Hire a pro!! A professional artist knows all the tricks of the trade and it’s their art, talent, and ability that will bring out the areas that flatter you the most, and conceal the ones that maybe you want de-emphasizing. :) A great makeup artist also knows how to apply makeup that looks awesome for photography (but doesn’t look like overkill in person), which is a bit different than the normal every day makeup. The other week we worked with makeup artist Sherita Leslie in Nashville. Models were brought in to help show the latest trends in makeup. To read her guest post on Ashley’s Bride Guide follow this link to Ashley’s Blog. The shoot took place in our studio space downtown Nashville… Me working on some marketing while we wait for the models to get ready. The ever-so-cute Sherita with one of the lovely models :) Now some Before & After shots! Isn’t it amazing the difference great hair & makeup can make?? Have a great... Read More