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A Day of Rest

by Jody on August 31, 2009, posted in Uncategorized

After wonderful friends visiting us in town this weekend, a rockin’ photoshoot on Saturday and our IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop yesterday, we are spent and taking the day off.


Have you taken a real break lately?



Friday Fun – We Heart Our Clients

by Jody on August 28, 2009, posted in Friday Fun

What’s the best part of your job?  The best part of ours is the new friends that we make as our paths cross with some pretty amazing couples.  We got a thank-you in the mail the other day from one of our suh-weet and cool couples – Amy & Rich – and just wanted to brag on the rad card they put together with one of the images taken from their wedding :)


Below is something we have recently started and call our “Board of Love”… actually, we just made that up… we don’t have an official name, but this is where we put all of our thank-you cards and notes from clients friends & vendors. It’s our happy wall!  See your card on there?


Everyone should have a happy wall.  Definitely.


Podcast on The Camera Dojo!

by Jody on August 27, 2009, posted in Speaking

To download the Podcast now, click HERE and then scroll down and click the “download” link that is right next to the iTunes button (and below the video of the dude holding the camera)!

Camera Dojo…. Sound familiar?

If not, and you’re a photographer – you are missing out!

We have the honor of being featured on Kerry’s CameraDojo podcast this week!  We give a little glimpse into what we will be speaking about at PartnerCon 2009, and will hopefully whet your appetite to hear the full shpeal and join in dialogue and Q&A’s with us in New Orleans!


A brief synopsis on CameraDojo: Orange County photographer Kerry Garrison ( is the creator of CameraDojo, and his heart is essentially equipping other photographers and sharing information whether through tutorials, product reviews, articles, and CameraDojo even has a forum for photographers to share/discuss a variety of topics on photography and gear.  Last year in May, the weekly CameraDojo podcast was birthed which is now one of the top photography podcasts in iTunes (holla!) and Kerry has featured well-known photographers such as Mike LarsonScarlett Lillian, Candice Cunningham, Gene Higa (named one of the top 10 photographers in the world), celebrity photographer Robert Evans, as well as Dane Sanders (Author of FastTrack Photographer), Tom Hogarty (Lightroom Product Manager), and many others who you will just have to check out for yourself on CameraDojo’s podcast lineup.

To listen to the podcast and to subscribe, visit and leave a comment for Kerry while you’re there!


A Nashville, TN Family Portrait Session

by Jody on August 26, 2009, posted in Uncategorized

We had the privilege of shooting an amazing session for the Boonstra family this past Saturday and had an absolute blast! When we shoot sessions like this we really like to get to know the family (Sandy, husband Jerry and their two amazing kids Luke and Jackson) as best we can so that we can be sure to incorporate their personalities into the shoot. So to do that, we went and spent some time with the Boonstras a few days prior to the shoot just getting to know them a bit.

We found out that their oldest son, Jackson, loves to play soccer (and is super good at it!) and has been playing since he was 3. The youngest son, Luke (aka Rock Star) also plays soccer, but loves to play the guitar as well. So we  really incorporated those things that they all love into the shoot and came away with some great images of the whole family!

First up is Luke. We decided to shoot some edgy photos of him with his suh-weet Gretsch electric guitar!


This is a cool detail shot of Luke holding his dad’s 60′s Gibson acoustic.What a sweet guitar! I am so jealous!!


We can’t forget to include Boo the dog!


This is me showing Luke some of the shots that we were taking. It is always good to let them know that the pics are not lame-o (as most kids his age would assume:))!


Here is Jackson in action!


Too bad these guys aren’t seniors.  These could be their senior portraits!

Next up is Jerry the dad. His dedication to his boys and family is unbelievable, and he has gone to great lengths to be a consistent part of their lives which is so evident when you meet them. This shot is of Jerry and his very first truck that he got when he was 16 years old. This truck means a lot to him and is a big part of his life. One day he is going to have this truck completely re-done and I (Zach) have first dibs on getting to ride in it!


Here is the family all together!




After the casual photos, it was time to get into wedding attire!  Some more cool shots that Jody grabbed of the two boys. Studly!


See if you can guess which one of us took what shot on this next collage. Is Jody’s shot on the left, or the right? Hmmm… And ladies, he is only 12, so don’t get any funny ideas. ;)


Then out came mom all dressed up and put them all to shame!! She looks amazing doesn’t she??




Here is a shot of Jody in the set up that the next picture was taken!



Then it was off to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for the vow renewal… our couple in waiting!


Here is Jody getting the shot!


A reading from some of the scriptures.


Here are the boys holding candles that represent their parents. Aw!!


This is me just before the the couple took their “first walk” together. Even though they have been married for 16 years, the Greek Orthodox Church blesses all marriages when new people join the church just like they would for a real wedding.



We are so glad that we were able to share in this special day with you guys.  We look forward to hanging out more in the future (and yes, we are defenitely putting together a men-only viewing session of Running Down a Dream…)!

PictagePartnerCon2009 Zach and Jody Gray Photography

We got some exciting news the other day and have been anxious to share it with you guys!

Every year Pictage (the professional online gallery we use) has a conference calling all photographers (called Partner Con) and this year we have been selected to host one of the sessions in the Photographer’s Lounge!  We are pumped and honored that they have asked us to be a part of Partner Con this year held at none other than Aster Crowne Plaza in New Orleans!!  For more information on the Photographer’s Lounge, follow this link.

We will be taking Q and A’s in the Lounge about our topic which called  “Executing the Dream”.  For more info on our topic, you can visit the Pictage link above, click on the “Photographers Lounge” and then scroll down till you see our bio!  The funny thing is, out of 6 photographers selected for the lounge – 3 of the photographers chosen were all from Nashville!  Just goes to show the talent we have here.  Phil from Phindy Studios and Peter & Whitney from Dove Wedding Photography will also be taking part in the Photographer’s Lounge.

A “Holla” goes out to our friends Justin & Mary who have been selected as one of the speakers!  You do NOT want to miss them – they will motivate the pants off you!  To read their story check out this amazing blog post of theirs.

Seriously folks, this is a Photographer’s conference that you will not want to miss!  Whether you are a photographer who uses Pictage or not, YOU are invited to come to Partner Con!  What could be better than 2 and a half days of amazing speaker sessions, workshops, mixers, and networking and meeting other awesome photographers just like yourself??

If you’re hesitating, just do it :o) You won’t regret it.

When: November 3-5th

EARLY BIRD registration ends Aug 31st!  Right now Pictage members can register for $150 and non-Pictage members can register for $200 – that is a DEAL! FYI – there are only 500 spots…

Hope to see you there! There are so many of you who we know online and would love to meet up in person!!

See you at Pictage Partner Conference 2009 New Orleans