More Pics from NOLA and Props to awesome photographers!!

Ok, so we keep on getting more shooters from New Orleans sending us shots from the workshop that we were the subjects for in New Orleans at PartnerCon, so we thought we would share!  Not to mention we love bragging on other photographers that are great at what they do. You may be saying to yourself, “You’re photographers.  Why are having images of yourselves such a big deal? You should be able to take pictures of yourselves all the time.” Weeeeeell, yes we are photographers, but no, it’s extremely hard to take self portraits!  We did it once and it took forever and the outcome… um, wasn’t very good to say the least. So over the past little bit we have had some friends take images of us like the amazingly talented Evan Baines And then the awesome Keoni K took the below images of us that are a part of our branding And the totally amazingly talented Justin & Mary Marantz. But the biggest reason why we are so stoked about the New Orleans photos is not only because we had extremely talented photographers shooting us but because they were the wedding photos we wish we knew were out there when we got married! We cannot stress enough how important it is to make the right decision for your wedding photography.  You truly get what you pay for and that’s what happened to us when we got married four years ago.  We did get some cool shots, but had no idea what was really out there if we would have properly budgeted for it. So when Jeff &... Read More

Friday Fun – A Little Bit of Mac in Our Lives… Enter the iPhone!

Alright all you Mac fan boys out there… you can rejoice, we bought our first big Mac product (we don’t think iPods TOTALLY count and it is funny that we said Big Mac).  We broke down and bought iPhones! Yes, it’s true.  We have been with Sprint for almost 9 years and had a killer phone bill payment plan! Unfortunately,  Sprint was just lacking with their coverage (well, AT&T isn’t much better…), customer service (big time!), and the phones they offered.  One of our bigger conversion factors was trying to get more connected and interactive with different social media outlets like Twitter and FaceBook which can be a huge part of growing one’s business (and has been for us), but have been a bit limited while out of the office and out of town with our interaction that we have been able to have due to our sucky phones. So right before we headed to PartnerCon we switched over and have been digging it so far!  (Yes, Heather & Eugene, you were right…). We’re actually tweeting more often, responding to direct messages (woo hoo) and tweeting back to peeps.  Amazing.  We know. People say this may be the beginning of our (94.5 percent of the market share) PC to (6.5 percent of the market share) Mac conversion but we don’t think so.  Sorry to disappoint. And here they are! Ahh… and we have matching cases in “his” black and “her” blue. Is that not cute or what? What do you love about your iPhone?  For those of you in business, what about the iPhone has made your business better?... Read More

Still Got that Lovin’ Feelin’…

It was 4 years ago this day that Zach and I stood with each other in front of 130 guests and committed to stick with each other ’till death do us part. It’s unbelievable that we have been married four years.  Where does the time go??  We are celebrating our anniversary on the Caribbean seas and are pumped to finally go somewhere outside of TN to celebrate our anniversary.  Woo hoo! Marriage most definitely is not easy and people were right when they told us “marriage takes a lot of continual work.”  Things definitely aren’t roses all the time, and we still don’t have everything perfect (yet… ;o), but we love each other and are committed to each other no matter what.  It’s hard at times, and easy at others… We’re so thankful that we have each other and we often like to joke that we are the other’s only friend because we spend SO much time together.  ha ha. A few books that have been a huge blessing to our marriage… (click on the image for more info on the book). We love talking with other couples and hearing their wisdom and advice when it comes to being married.  For those of you out there, what advice can you give us and others?  Bring it... Read More

IN-CAMERA FL and CA Photography Workshops Super Soon!

It’s crazy that the workshops we are holding in Jacksonville Beach, FL are less than 2 weeks away and then the next week is Orange County, CA!  We are soooooooo excited to meet all of you and can’t wait!!! All the seats are almost gone, so if you’re on the fence, make a decision soon!  Come, listen, learn, and DO! Florida Photography Workshops: IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post – (Sunday, Dec 6th) 2 seats left IN-CAMERA: Light – (Monday, Dec 7th) 1 seat left Orange County Photography Workshops: IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post – (Sunday, Dec 13th) 1 seat left IN-CAMERA: Light – (Monday, Dec 14th)  Sold Out IN-CAMERA: Light – (Monday, Dec 15th) 3 seats left Video by 2Duce2 Videography Click here for a description on what our workshop classes teach and offer. Click here to... Read More

Photo Restoration – The Perfect Christmas Gift Idea

Old and damaged Photo + My Sister = awesomeness I have to say that my sister is a super talented gal.  All of us girls (I have an older and a younger sister) are creative in our own ways thanks to both of my parents.  I want to take a moment and brag on my older sister, as well as maybe give you some ideas for Christmas shopping! Introducing my sister Jacq (also know as Jacqueline or Jackie as I called her growing up): Not only is my sister super organized, and loves photography (must be in the genes, check out this shot my mom took of her when we were little…aw so cute!)… …but my sister blows me away with her talent at the computer.  Jacq for the past couple of years has worked with a company doing photo restoration and has branched out on her own.  Her work blows me away!!  She can take a water damaged photo, a faded photo, a torn photo – you name it and bring the image back to it’s original state.  It has been crazy seeing the hundreds and hundreds of projects that she has worked on and what she has done. With a baby on the way (the first grandchild of both sides of our family!  Woo hoo) my sister has moved into freelance and fired up her own business.  So exciting! For those of you wondering out there what meaningful Christmas gift you can give your parents, grandparents, siblings, or special someone, think about having an image restored & retouched. With technology these days and a skilled person utilizing... Read More

Time for Cruisin! – Suggestions? Ideas?

For those of you not following us on out Twitter or FaceBook, you might have missed out on the news that we are going on a CRUISE!!! This year has been super busy and we have been working hard and saving hard and are in need of a long break away from phones, email, internet and work  :)  A time to get away, refresh and revive is exactly what we need, and it doesn’t hurt that the cruise happens to fall over our anniversary!  :) It all started about two weeks ago when great friends and photographers, David & Tammy Molnar said they were looking into last minute cruises and wondering if we would want to join.  We jumped at the opportunity and booked it that day! Short of Zach, none of us have ever been on a cruise and are not fully sure what to expect, pack, think about, etc.  My sister and her husband went on a cruise a bit ago and we have some family members who have been as well telling us some things to avoid, things to bring, things to keep in mind, and their help has been invaluable! For those of you cruisers, we would definitely appreciate some insight if you have it! A little bit of info about our trip if that will help you with your ideas & suggestions: Royal Caribbean is the cruise line and we leave from Puerto Rico. Suh weet! The islands we will be stopping at are: – Bridgetown, Barbados – Castries, St. Lucia – St. John’s, Antigua – Philipsburg, St. Maarten – St. Croix, U.S. Virgin... Read More

It’s Coming…

Your dynamic duo Nashville wedding photographers Zach and Jody Gray had the privilege of shooting the super hot Landon & Laila this past weekend! Here are just a few to hold you over until the big reveal and full blog write up on these two hotties! Can you guess who took what shot? Or did one of us take them both? You may never know….... Read More

PartnerCon 2009 Reflections: Part III – Uh, models, wha??

Partner Con 2009 was amazing and there were so many different components that came together to make it a rockin’ weekend! Something great about PartnerCon is that there are not only speaking sessions but there are actually workshops!  They filled up so fast this year that they added even MORE workshops and our friends Jeff & Erin Youngren from San Diego, CA stepped up and met the need.  Their workshop filled up in like 30 seconds and a little bit later we got an email from them asking if we would um, be their subjects – wedding attire and all!!!!!  We agreed and were even more pumped about it because we don’t have that many modern shots of us in wedding gear!  So we were excited about getting some nice shots of us as bride and groom… four years later… Here are a few that have surfaced so far! Image by Jeff & Erin Youngren, workshop leaders. (Ok so after we created this post tons more images popped up, and as I, Jody, type I’m in MN sitting at a dial up computer – who would of thought people still have dial up? – and we have some more KICK BOOTY images to show, but alas, the connection is taking forever for us to put more up… To see more images that the workshop leaders themselves took you’ll have to mosey on over to their Blog!!!) Jeff trying to get in on the action! Some of the 25 people who were shooting us! Tonhya Kae Erin O’Neil Studio Blue The above images were taken by Amy Lashelle who not only... Read More

PartnerCon 2009 Reflections: Part II – And the Winner Is…

Alright folks!  The time has come to announce the winner for the big giveaway we spoke of at Partner Con 2009! For those of you who were not there, Jody and I did a give-away for one lucky shooter who attended our talk at Partner Con and we are announcing the winner today!!  We are one of Westcott’s Top Endorsed Pros and Westcott is all about educating and helping photographers and that is why we love them!   For our talk Wescott generously donated a $1,000 Strobelight Plus 2-Lite Softbox Lighting Kit! The winner was randomly selected among all entries who followed the specific given tweeting guidelines!  (Are you following @WestcottCo on Twitter)? Below is Stephen Knuth getting his tweet on! We had tons of you enter but sadly, only one can win. :)  So, without any further ado, the winner of the Westcott Strobe-lite lighting kit goes to……. @chelsea_nicole_!!  Wish Chelsea congratulations! Make sure to claim your prize (email us with your mailing info at within the next 48 hours or the prize will go to the second name drawn! Westcott is one of the most innovative lighting companies out there and have been in business for 83 years! We have been using their lighting gear for a few years now and that is how we achieve the stylized look of some of our images. They have an amazing staff and some awesome tools, so you need to check them out and their products on their website at F.J.! Congrats to the winner and thanks to all who came out to our... Read More

Where Did My Superhero Underpants Go?

Where did my superhero underpants go? Ever have one of those days where it seems like all the crap just hits the metaphorical ceiling fan?  Or your boat is right on the tipping point and that the little mouse comes along and totally sends the boat underwater? Ugh. As I begin to write this I am sitting in the Oral Surgeon’s office as Zach gets to go through the awesome experience of having his wisdom tooth pulled out.  No fun… Just another thing added to my boat that just went under. Yesterday was just one of those days.  We finally sit down in our office to work after traveling, speaking, shooting a wedding and taking Monday off, and all of a sudden I feel suffocated.  Overwhelmed.  So much to do and so little time!  125 business emails. 187 personal emails.  68 FaceBook message. Not to mention orders that need to be placed, blogs that need to be written, albums that need to be completed, packages that need to go out, newletters that need to be written, messages to get back to and it’s not like I have all the time in the world to do it all.  On Thursday I head out of town to visit my sister for a few days (yay!) and then when I get back we have 4 more working days and then we’re gone for 9 days (yes, it’s on a cruise but still). Where did my superhero underpants go?  Can I please have the super human power to stop time so I can get more work done? I am one of those people... Read More

PartnerCon 2009 Reflections: Part I – Friends & Speaking

Wow. Where do we even start on the amazing week we had last week?  Last Thursday we  got back from Pictage‘s national conference in New Orleans called Partner Con and it was AMAZING!  We were inspired, motivated, encouraged and of course had a downright BLAST!! With us came our good friend and amazing photographer David Molnar, and our two associate photographers (yes, you did read that correctly!  More to come soon on that!!!), Kristine and Jessica Rai.  We had so many laughs and had a great time bonding…. We learned so much from all the photographers that were there and had an absolute blast meeting new friends and hanging out with old ones!  A special shout out to Jeff & Erin Youngren for being great industry leaders and keepin’ it real, Scarrlett Lillian for helping us find our inner fabs and shining bright with the love of Christ, Stephen Knuth for his awesomeness and support, Justin & Mary Marantz for rockin’ our faces off and getting our rusty gears moving again, for Jared Bauman for kicking our business brains into high gear, Jeff & Betsy McCue for becoming instant buddies and friends that we will have for a long time, Nathan & Amber Holritz for your wisdom and many laughs, and ah, there are so many more.  You’ll just have to attend PartnerCon yourself to see how amazing it is and meet all the fab & inspirational photographers. There is so much to share so we’re going to split PartnerCon into a few blogs, from us speaking, to mentoring, modeling (ha ha you read that right! lol) and yes,... Read More

New York City Winner Announced!!!

Alright, friends!  The time has come to announce the winner of our “Plan Our Trip to NYC” contest. With our traveling and the last minute re-scheduling to be one of the main speakers at Partner Con, our blogging schedule got thrown slightly off so sorry for the delay in announcing the winner! We have to admit that it was a tough call.  We had over 20 of you leave comments and we even got a few emails with lengthier suggestions.  There were so many fab ideas and sadly, we barely got to do any of them with how our days in NY ended up working out (and of course it didn’t help that we left the list of everything to do on the bus and that was BiP – before we got our new iPhones), BUT we said we would pick a winner and we did! Drum roll please! The award of amazingly awesome New York souvenir  goes to….. Amy McNeal of Nashville, TN! *Read following in announcer voice* Amy’s prize comes straight from the heart of New York City and yes, is a real, genuine, Statue of Liberty bobble head.  “Libby” (as nicknamed by Zach and Jody), loves to stand tall and proud on anyone’s work desk and can appreciates a great view out of an office or home window as well. Here is your amazing prize!!!! Congrats Amy!  Please contact us within the next 42 hours to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone else who played and made our trip awesome! You guys are the... Read More

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography – Blake & Andrea = Awesomeness!

We just shot the awesome wedding of Blake & Andrea and these two are so amazing!! We have known Blake and Andrea for quite some time as we shot their friends Britt and Allison’s wedding over a year and a half ago.  The wedding was out at the amazing Carnton Plantaion in Franklin, TN which makes for an amazing backdrop! The day ended up being really chilly, but everyone was so full of life and so excited about this wedding that the cold did not faze us one bit (maybe a little:)! The day started out with me shooting the guys over at Blake’s bachelor pad as Jody shot the girls at the plantation.  On our way to meet up with the girls the guys made a pit stop downtown Franklin to take some shots of the dudes.  We then headed off to Carnton to meet up with everyone else and get the party started! The reception was in the new building that Carnton just built and the outdoor patio was tented to keep the chill out. It was a great party and everyone hit the dance floor with tons of energy! We had a ball and loved every minute of it!! Andrea, the bride actually got in a car accident a few weeks before the wedding and hurt her wrist and broke her foot.  Praise the Lord she wasn’t hurt any worse.  Blake and Andrea are such positive and fun people that they didn’t let it effect their day and they had fun with her boot through out the night… lol… We made sure to incorporate her amazing... Read More

Nashville Wedding Photography – Beth & Josh = Gorgeous!

We had the awesome privilege of traveling to Monteagle, TN to shoot the amazingly cool wedding of Beth & Josh. These guys could not have been more easy to work with and Beth looked absolutely stunning on her wedding day! We started off  shooting at their family home up in the mountains and then headed to the beautiful church where Beth also went to school when she was younger. The family and friends and everyone that was associated with the wedding were so nice, helpful and accommodating. The night was capped off with an outdoor reception at the High Point restaurant that Al Capone himself financed! It was an awesome event and we had a blast! Check out the images from the day below!! Meet the vendors from the day! Flowers: Taylors Mercantile Lighting:  Crescent Moon Talent Music: The Answer Band Cake: Signature Cakes By Vicki Wedding Dress: A Joyous Occasion Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicole Miller You guys rock and thanks soooo much for letting us be a part of your awesome wedding day!! We can’t wait to see you again!! *To view and purchase images from this wedding once they are available, register at this link... Read More

Big Last Minute News to Announce for those going to Partner Con 2009!!

We have an announcement about our speaking engagement at Partner Con in New Orleans this Wednesday, so check out the video. If you are checking this on your iPhone, then read below to see what is up! We are no longer leading a Q&A session at PartnerCon in the Photographer’s Lounge, but are now in the main room following Jim Collins, CEO of Pictage and Joe Buissink, speaking more in depth on our topic “Executing the Dream”!  We are still in the same time slot, 11:20am to 12:20pm on Wednesday November 4th, but now you just get a little more!  We have also pulled some strings and made a few calls and are doing a HUGE giveaway during our presentation. You must be present to win, so come on out!!  We will also have time afterward for some Q & As, so grab us in the hall afterward if need be! We are sooo excited to be at Partner Con with you all and if you see us wondering around the hotel, come and say... Read More