join a workshop
get the newsletter

from the May 2010 category

May
31
2010

A Memorial to My Hero, My Grandfather

by Zach & Jody on May 31, 2010, posted in Uncategorized

My grandfather on my father’s side, was Thomas Gray. He was an orphan and ran away from his foster home at age 15 and joined the US Calvary. On June 6th 1944 he stormed the beach-head of Normandy. Although I barely knew him as he died in 1991, his sacrifice helped free Europe from the evil of the Nazi’s and helped to stop one of the most horrific wars in history.  His skill in battle also allowed him to survive some of the bloodiest battles in the war.

Thank you Grandpa Thomas for your sacrifice for me and for this country.

May
31
2010

The Nashville Wedding of NY Couple Adam & Rita!!

by Jody on May 31, 2010, posted in Featured Weddings

As we often tell people, yes, we shoot weddings all over the United States/Universe (waiting for our first wedding on the moon… ;o), but this one couple had a destination wedding right here in the great state of Tennessee!

We shot the beautiful wedding of New York couple, Adam & Rita here in Nashville and what a wedding it was! Adam and Rita planned their wedding from New York (she even got her dress at Kleinfeld‘ s Say Yes To the Dress on TLC!).  The day was filled with culture and meaning and we had a joy shooting it!!!

To view Adam & Rita’s images once they are available online, CLICK HERE to sign their online gallery.

Enjoy the wedding images from the day!

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding images (3) Say Yes to the dress

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding images

Adam and Rita wanted to see each other beforehand and get their photos taken at Centennial Park so we set this up at the Parthenon!

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park parthenon wedding images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park parthenon wedding images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park parthenon wedding images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park parthenon wedding images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park  parthenon wedding images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park parthenon wedding images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Centennial Park parthenon wedding images

Before the traditional “white wedding dress” Western ceremony, Rita and Adam took part in a private Muslim ceremony called the Nikah.

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

And then it was time for the Western ceremony!

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

And a few more pictures right outside of the Loew’s Vanderbilt hotel.

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Nashville Wedding Photographers GrayPhotography Vanderbilt hotel wedding and ceremony images

Congratulations you guys!!!!! Hope you had an amazing time relaxing in Africa!!!!!!! :)

If you missed the video of their wedding, done by Nashville Wedding Videographers 2Duce2, then watch it here!

Other Vendors:
Nashville Wedding Reception Venue: Loew’s Vanderbilt

Hair Artist: Mary Malone

Wedding Makeup Artist: Angelisa Farmer with Artistry Spa Salon

Lighting: Techworks

Linens: BBJ Linens

Drapery: Events Plus

Florals: A Village of Flowers
Cake: Dulce Desserts

May
28
2010

Friday Fun – Date Night at the Carnival!!!!!!!!

by Zach on May 28, 2010, posted in Friday Fun

Zach and I have been married four and a half years and we still have date nights.  These are really important to us because it is so so SO easy to allow ourselves to get swept away into the busyness of life (especially with owning our own business).  There’s nothing better than making the effort to get out and do something different and have intentional fun with each other!

About a mile away from where we now live a carnival came into town, so we decided to go there the other night with our trusty ‘ol point and shoot camera (who wants to lug around one of our big ones?).

First, we were hungry so we paid $6 for an “Italian sausage” (so they said) but it tasted more like an Italian guy’s foot… we think it had been sitting there for awhile… it wasn’t that great :0/

Then, because it had been YEARS since I had had one, I thought I most definitely needed a CANDY APPLE!!

It was DEE-lish and got all stuck in my teeth and everything :)  I ate that bad boy up like Christmas dinner!

And of course, what’s going to a carnival and watching all the crazy people on the rides (yes, watching… not participating :) without a little popcorn goodness?

Watching everyone on the crazy carnival rides got us talking about making a trip to Cedar Point some time…. Oh my gosh, that would be SO fun!

Cedar Point is “The Roller Coaster Capital Of the World”  in Sandusky, Ohio and my family went there every summer growing up.  Now THAT place has some good (and safe, ha ha…) rides!

Ah, the memories!  I am a HUGE roller coaster lover (used to call them “rolley coasters” :) and I think it is definitely time to leave my stomach behind on some killer rides up North.

Check this video out of one of their roller coasters that have been added to the park since I have been!  Aw snap!!

If any of you want to road trip it there sometime… Oooh, maybe THIS summer! That would be a blast!  Roller coaster lovers and non-roller coaster lovers are welcome.  There is fun for all :)  Ha ha.

Ok, I’m done with my tangent :) Just got me excited there for a bit.  Lol.  Anyone else been to Cedar Point?  What’s your favorite ride?  Wanna go back?  I’m serious!  :)  For those of you who have yet to experience the goodness of Cedar Point, you need to.

I’ll leave you with our parting iPhone carnival photo…

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!

We often get asked if we travel for weddings, and you bet we do!

The other weekend we trekked out to the mountains of North Carolina to a quaint and picturesque town by the name of Cashiers.  Our wonderful couple, Jeremy & Emily had their wedding at the High Hampton Inn & Country Club and it was a BEAUTIFUL location.  The mountains, the scenery – we couldn’t wait to begin the photos.  Sadly, about 5 minutes after we started Jeremy’s photos, the rain came down and did not let up the whole day.  No worries – we came prepared and made the best of the available light and used some of our own lighting!  The day turned out fantastic and Emily & Jeremy were happily wed and married by the end of the day.  Yay!!

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!

Enjoy the images!

Love this …

Congratulations you two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You deserve the best :)

Last week’s tips and tricks we talked about Zach’s favorite lens and why he loves using it. Today, its my turn!! I love using longer lenses and sneaking into moments from a distance so that our brides do not even know I am there.

One of my favorite lens is the Canon 100mm Macro 2.8.

I like to shoot in really tight. One of the coolest things about this lens is that you can do that easily while still maintaining a nice distance from your subject. A lot of wedding photographer’s go-to lens for makeup shots is maybe the 50mm 1.4 or even better, the 50mm 1.2. The cool thing about the 50mm 1.2 is one can shoot at a really low aperture where everything but what you’re focusing on becomes really soft, but there’s two problems with that – 1) you have to get right up in the bride’s business to get that close up shot, and 2) you have to be at least 1.5 ft away to focus. So it’s hard to get that tight shot because the lens can’t focus that close. Boo. What I love about the 100mm Macro is that if I want, I could get in as close as 5.5 inches away from our bride… not like I would want a shot of literally just her eyeball, but you get the idea :)

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

This lens is also GREAT for ring shots. Because it’s a Macro lens and it can focus as close to 5.5 inches away from any subject, you can literally fill the frame with a ring if you want and get in REALLY close! This lens is also very sharp and clear no matter what f-stop you shoot it at. (Tip – When shooting super close ring shots, it’s best to shoot at a higher aperture, say 5.6 and manually focus, and if it’s in low-light, put your camera on a tri-pod).

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

This lens is not just great for shooting those small details at a wedding, but also for shooting really nice portraits. Because the human eye and a 50mm lens on a full frame camera see things about the same distance away, everything that is longer than 50mm will look more and more compressed and intimate. So, 100mm looks VERY compressed and intimate and makes for great portraits too! Check out this shot that Zach grabbed with this lens the week we bought it.

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Have you loved on your 100mm Macro lately?  :)

If you have this lens, how do you like to use it?

To view the 100mm lens click here!