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Apr
30
2010

Friday Fun! A house warming burger?

by Jody on April 30, 2010, posted in Friday Fun

We love the west coast. We love the ocean, the palm trees the excitement of all the cool and different cities that are out there, but most of all, we LOVE IN-N-OUT Burger!

For some really lame-o reason they are no In-N-Out burgers anywhere near Nashville, so every time we are out on the west coast the first and last thing we always do is hit up the best burger joint known to man. Some of our friends out there, namely Jeff & Betsy McCue of La Vida Creations, happen to know how much we love it and miss it, so they sent us the best house warming gift that anyone could ever send! Paraphernalia from IN-N-OUT!

They sent us a hat, pencils, and even a guide to eating IN-N-OUT! It was soooo awesome! Now if they could just get a burger sent by UPS, that would be something! :) I wonder how we can incorporate this into the design of our new place? Hmmm… Maybe lick-able burger-flavored wall paper?

Thanks guys! You the best!

So, what is your absolutely favorite burger place of all time? Let us know and we might have to just check it out and see if it can hold a candle to IN-N-OUT!

Paraphernalia

Apr
28
2010

Coming Soon! Emily & Jeremy

by Jody on April 28, 2010, posted in Destination Weddings,Featured Weddings

Jody and I shot an amazingly cool wedding in the mountains of North Carolina this past Saturday and it was a blast.

Despite all the rain we had an amazing time and the bride and groom were just awesome! We can’t wait to share more images with you later but here is a teaser just for now.

To sign up for Emily & Jeremy’s gallery to see all their images once they are available online, click HERE and sign the virtual guest book!

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This Tuesday tips and tricks blog is all about what we love the most… business! As much as I (Zach) love shooting cool images and working with our couple’s on the wedding day, those that know me will tell you that when we get on the topic of business, I get really excited! Jody and I both came from having absolutely nothing handed to us, to building a business that does what we want it to and blesses us each and every day.

So, today’s tip is going to be on the topic of where you want to be in five years and how to get there. The year we got into photography we also became huge fans of a great financial adviser who hails from Nashville (and also happens to be a multi-millionaire)  named Dave Ramsey. One thing that I heard Dave quote all the time, and which is the basis of this post, is that “where you will be in five years is dependent on two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” That quote has stuck with me over the years and is one of the major factors in the success of our business.

The average millionaire reads one business book a month, and I want to think like they do, so Jody and I have become huge readers (which is something I have to force myself to do) of great business books. Every time I pick up a new business book and start reading, my mind starts racing with new ideas and different and better ways to run our business. We get asked all the time what books we recommend, so here are our top picks for this weeks tips and tricks! These books have literally changed the way we do business and helped us make more money and enjoy our business and personal lives more.

First up is in my opinion THE best book to read if you own a small business of any kind. This book by Michael Gerber (who has coached 24,000 small businesses) dispels the myth that just because you are good at something (like photography) does not mean that you are an entrepreneur and does not automatically qualify you to run a business (ouch Gerber!). Every year one million new small business start and within 10 years, 96% of all of them WILL fail. This book teaches you why and how to avoid becoming one of those statistics.

This next book by Dan Miller is a book that not only helps you figure out exactly what you are called to do, but how to make great money doing it. It also talks about balance and how your job should not be the central focus of your life.

Seth Godin is a great marketing mind that really teaches you how to stand out from the crowd and be a “Purple Cow” in a pasture of black and white cows. Great and easy read!

This is one of the first books I read when Jody and I fist started our business. This book taught me how to think like a marketer every day with our business and really helped to change our thoughts on how we ran our Nashville wedding photography business.

The last book is by Dave Ramsey who is definitely a HUGE mentor of mine. Dave is a self-made millionaire, educator, best selling author and has a hit radio show that is nation-wide. He is a financial expert as well and the reason that we recommend this book, is because if you do not have your finances in order, then venturing into the world of full-time photography can be even more dangerous than it should be.

With the tools that Dave teaches, Jody and I were able to become completely debt free, start our retirements, save for our home and have peace when it comes to money and finances.

Living this way has also helped our marriage because the number one cause of divorce in America is money fights and money problems. We care more about marriage than anything else, so if you are married and struggling with finances and it is causing a strain on you, your family or your friends, then you must pick up this book! Everything that Dave teaches is simple common sense approaches to money. Things like spend less than you make, save, give and have fun with money. Dave has radically changed our lives and our family tree with what he has done.

Happy reading and we pray that all of your businesses will be blessed!!

We met Mallory & Aaron what seemed like forever ago and it was finally time for us and them to get their engagement shoot on!  We had a really, really fun time just hanging out and shooting and capturing the cuteness and fun of these two.

To view the images once they become available online, CLICK HERE to sign Aaron & Mallory’s virtual guest book.

Aaron has a HUGE love of baseball so we thought we would incorporate that theme into the first part of their engagement shoot.

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Then we headed off to some cool grassiness right behind our home as the golden hour hit… ahhhh love it.  These guys are so cute!!!

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Our last stop for the shoot was downtown Franklin, TN, rockin’ it out with some 580s and Westcott‘s new constant lighting – the SpiderLite.

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Nashville Engagement Photos, Nashville Engagement Photographer, Downtown Franklin Engagement Photos, Gray Photography, Zach and Jody Gray

Aaron & Mallory – You two rocked it and we had a blast!  Can’t wait for your wedding day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jody and I shot an amazing wedding last weekend and are now finally able to show images from the bridal shoot that we did for Sara Jo! This girl pretty much rocks in every way and Jody and I had an amazing time getting to know Sara Jo and her new hubby Ben over the last few.

Sara Jo is a sweet country girl and we wanted her bridal shoot to reflect that side of her personality. So we headed out to the amazingly cool Tap Root Farm in Franklin and got our country on! We drove four wheel drive vehicles, listened to some country music and saw tons of cows! It was awesome!

We had a beautiful day to shoot the photos and went all out for this shoot which you will see in some of the behind the scenes images. Enjoy the shots and leave some love!!

We started out shooting some big open wide shots at the farm to really capture Sara’s bubbly personality!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

When you are on the farm, you have to include the tractor tires!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Here is the crew (image taken by our awesome intern Kate!) 4-wheel driving to the next location!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Sara was almost attacked by these mad cows, but luckily we shooed them off with our big cameras! :)

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Then it was time for me (Zach) to get down and dirty for these next shots!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Apparently I looked like a complete dork in my hip-waiters and everyone started laughing at me. :(

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Once I gave them Blue Steel, a quiet hush came over the on-lookers. Then they laughed louder.

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

While I was drowning in the water, Jody grabbed these image from above!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

We had an awesome time and can’t wait to show you all the wedding photos!! You are the best Sara!!