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Jan
29
2010

Family Photo Fun – Nashville Family Photography

by Jody on January 29, 2010, posted in Uncategorized

Jody and I donated a shoot to charity recently for the 2009 Bone Bash which raises money for the Nashville chapter of the Arthritist Foundation. A ton of awesome Nashville peeps came out to bid on different items for the charity and the Awesome Chris & Holly Baumgartner won a family session with us! We recently photographed them and their adorable son, Carter and had a blast! We headed to Franklin to shoot it up and had a ball with these guys! Their family is full of life and energy and boy were these guys photogenic!

Enjoy some of the images from the shoot!!




Are these two not the cutest?!




Jan
27
2010

Our Visit to the Pictage Offices!

by Zach on January 27, 2010, posted in Traveling,Vendor Spotlights

Since almost the beginning of our business, we have been members of Pictage, the industry leader in online image hosting, printing and sales solutions, and services to professional photographers. Once we got their informational DVD on all the services they offered, we were sold!

Pictage has been HUGE in assisting us in our business, and their services for photographers range widely, and without them we would be spending countless hours dealing with print orders and many other things.

When we were in CA in December we set some time aside to visit the offices and have lunch with a few of the peeps!  Enjoy the visual journey of our visit, thanks to the iPhone‘s picture taking abilities!

First, we were greeted with a custom welcome screen in the main entryway of our images… awwww, special.

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Then the FABULOUS Scott Miura gave us a tour of the place which started in CEO Jim Collins‘ office… Jim wasn’t there yet so Zach was welcomed to take a moment and see how it felt in Jim’s Seat.  Ohhh… the power…

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We got to see and meet the people in all the departments and what a system they have set up there!  We stopped by shipping and were told that we had just missed the crazy rush of getting all the thousands of Christmas orders out in time.  Here were some of their regular orders waiting for pickup (this was one bin of like 4 or 5!).

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And of course, we left our mark on a few whiteboards that just happened to be around…

Artwork by Zach Gray…

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Artwork by moi

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We headed off to lunch with the FAB Emily, Scott M., Scott A., and CEO Jim at the Red Car Brewery, and then came back for a few photos :)

Here is us with Jim & Paul Manke!

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What we love about Pictage is that the people there really care.  They are open to any and all feedback and really want to make Pictage the absolute best it can be for their fellow photographers.

When we got back from our travels we had a package waiting for us with a print of the below picture that was taken of us all together…  Aw!

(From L to R – Scott A, Jody, Jim, Zach, Emily, & Scott M.  We heart you guys!)

We love how the people at Pictage really care about photographers.  They aren’t interested in making their own lives easier, they are interested in making our lives as photographers easier.  Thanks everyone at Pictage for all you do!!

Who else out there is a fellow Pictager?  What do you use Pictage for and what do you like about it?

Jan
26
2010

Nashville Wedding Venue Open House Not To Miss!

by Jody on January 26, 2010, posted in Uncategorized

Nashville brides, are you looking for not only a killer Nashville wedding ceremony/reception venue but GREAT people to work with and orchestrate your wedding?  Look no further!!!  CJ’s off the Square is having an Open House hosted by Williamson County Weddings and Events, and you should come by and check the place out and all the other amazing things they offer!

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, February 27th from 3-6 p.m!!   On display will be WCW&E’s complete 2010 Wedding Invitation Collection available now in their boutique as well as giving clients a sneak peak at the nearly completed event pavilion opening in April at CJ’s Off the Square!!

Come and go anytime from 3-6 pm. Complimentary valet parking will be provided and this is a free event, open to the public.

If you are planning to come, feel free to RSVP at this link.

See you there!

Jan
24
2010

You’ve Got (too much) Mail

by Zach on January 24, 2010, posted in Uncategorized

Have you messaged us on Facebook and gotten no response?

….And then still no response?

…Wondering if we’re ignoring you?

Never fear!

We’re not ignoring you!   =D

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We do love hearing from you on Facebook, but if there is something time sensitive, please feel free to directly email us at Zach@grayphotograph.com and Jody@grayphotograph.com and you will hear back from us in a much more timely fashion!

Anyone know how to send auto responses through Facebook???  Is there an app for it?  ha ha…

We had the honor to be a part of the beautiful wedding of Whitney and Drew…  It wasn’t beautiful simply because it was in Florida, or because it was in the FABULOUS destination wedding local Carillon Beach Resort, or because we had a killer sunset on the beach to shoot photos of these guys… It was a beautiful wedding because of the couple.

We were drawn to Whitney & Drew’s story… how they both love the Lord… how they wanted to honor God in their relationship, the love and respect they have for each other, how they were so genuinely excited to be committing themselves to each other,  how they actually have two streets back in TX that cross each other bearing their names (if that’s not a sign, what is??) and of course, waaay long before Whitney even met Drew, she knew she wanted us.  We like a bride who knows who she wants :)

As mentioned, Whitney and Drew chose a destination wedding in Carillon Beach Resort, which has a designated staff and event space to solely handle Carillon Beach Weddings. Once we arrived there, we knew why they had made the choice.  The resort is beautiful, relaxing, and they have a staff there who is AMAZING (yay Victoria & Avis!)!!!  The wedding was absolutely perfect and the guest list was to match, with only their absolute closest friends and family attending – all who have been a part of their relationship and lives.  We cannot tell you how thrilled we were to be welcomed into this personal, intimate, and meaningful wedding celebration and capture it.

The weather the day before was cloudy and overcast (not to mention COLD!), but by the time their wedding day festivities began, the sun was shining down!  The photography highlight of the day was immediately after the ceremony ended, we rushed down to the beach (in the decked out golf cart :) to catch the last bit of remaining light, and as we made our way over the steps of the pier to the beach, we were met with the most BEAUTIFUL sunset.  Whitney & Drew ignored the windy chill and worked it in the 20 minutes of sunlight we had left to shoot in!   It was the most gorgeous sunset you have ever seen and exactly what they were looking for in their photos.  Love it!

It was a great day and we are SO excited to show you the images!!  For those of you still wondering if we travel – yes!  We do!  We love traveling, so do not hesitate to call us if you do not live in Tennessee! :)

To view Drew & Whitney’s images online once they go live, sign up for their online guest book.

Enjoy the images!

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Drew holding his wedding gift for Whitney, getting ready to send it off to be delivered for his soon-to-be Bride!  We think she liked them… :)

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And now Drew receiving Whitney’s gift to him!

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LOVE these guys and their excitement in finally being married.  We don’t think they stopped smiling all day!

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And now, killer sunset…

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Off to warm up and celebrate!

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Ok, here is the groom’s cake.  As you can see, Whitney & Drew are represented with the dogs they each have AND also the street sign that has their names on them back in Texas!!  Lol, this was tooooooooo cute.

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After their exit, we went and shot around on the Carillon premises with all the lights they had turned on just for Whitney & Drew!  This would have been quite the challenge without our trusty video light and of course, Zach’s mad lighting skills.

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Thank-you, Victoria for letting us shoot in your back yard!

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Some of the awesome vendors from the day were:

- Accommodations & Florida Wedding Venue – Carillon Beach Resort. We cannot speak highly enough of Victoria and her team who were superb.
- Townsend Catering – Donna and David Townsend.  This seriously was the most AMAZING catered food we have ever had in all of our travels.
- Elegant Tents and Events -  Vicki Blount
- Nouveau Flowers - Christina Springfield
- Wedding Cake - Confections on the Coast

Florida was absolutly beautiful for a wedding.  If you could chose any place in the world to get married, where would you pick?  …I think we would go for Bora Bora… :)