Show It Freedom 2010 Tour in Nashville THIS Friday!

This Friday the Show It 2010 Freedom tour is wrapping up, and the last stop is Nashville! We will be speaking not only at this stop, but in Chicago the day before. This is your opportunity to hear from industry leaders in 4 jam packed hours of education and inspiration covering topics from photography, fusion, marketing, branding, and web presence; all focused around freeing your business to grow. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and network with your local Showit family and The Crew. EVENT DETAILS Freedom Speakers – The Chicago Leg: Bob Davis, David Jay, & us. The Nashville Leg: David Jay, Sarah Barlow & us. Hear from 3 industry leaders on topics all focusing on freeing your business to grow – Jessica Claire, Jasmine Star, Bob Davis, The Grays, Promise Tangeman, Rudy Arpia, Ron Dawson, The Boudoir Divas, Gabriel Ryan and some very special guests! Speakers will rotate as Showit goes to different cities. When you purchase a ticket to Freedom Tour 2010, recordings of all speakers will be available for download. Showit LIVE! – Each city’s event will begin with one-on-one training from a Support Stud. If you are not a Showit subscriber you can come to Showit LIVE! to find our more about Showit. Benefit Concert – In select cities events will culminate with a LIVE benefit concert by musical guests with proceeds going to Thirst Relief International. Other show Goodies: First access to SHOOTit so you can create an interactive video game for your clients! Free Music for use on your website and slideshows! Video downloads of all the speakers in every city!... Read More

Mallory’s Rockin’ Bridal Session!

Jody and I had the awesome privilege of shooting Mallory’s bridal images here in Franklin it was great! We have been super excited to post these images, but of course, had to wait until after the wedding to show off Mallory’s pure awesomeness! This was definitely Nashville, TN Wedding Photography at it’s finest and was soooo easy since we were working with this bride! Check out the shots below! This was a nice grab shot from the Jodster while our bride was just chillin. Mallory’s dress was slammin cool and looked so glamorous! Jody nabbed this one while our bride was looking on! This was one of my fav’s from the day that I (Zach) took! While I was shooting the lit shots up above, Jody was literally getting some shots from up above. She climbed up on the rocks like a monkey and rocked some cool perspective shots! You rock Mallory and we are soooo stoked that we were able to shoot your bridal shoot and... Read More

Behind the Scenes on a Bridal Shoot

We know a lot of you out there have questions about how we do our lighting and set up so we wanted to give you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of one of the set-ups of a bridal session that we shot a few weeks ago. The fab bride that you see below is Mallory, and she and her man, Aaron just got married this past weekend, so we are excited we can start putting up some of her bridal images! We shot this setup with a Westcott 24×32 Softbox, two Photogenic Powerlights (600 watts & 1,000 watts), Pocket Wizards Plus IIs, the Sekonic L-358 light meter, and of course 2 Alien Bee Vagabond II‘s for our power source. I put the main light about 35 degrees off to the side and as close in as possible to give the “painted on” light look. Putting it off to the side creates a “loop” lighting pattern where the light loops off to one side of the brides face and body and helps create more depth and dimension. Then, to help “pop” her out from the background even more, I set our second light to the side of her, hitting the rocks and her back. We shot this BARE BULB with a small 7 inch reflector so the light was a little more harsh and defining. The front light was metered at F/9 which was about 2 stops brighter than the background (to give us a very flash heavy dramatic look) and the back light was metered at F/11 to make it really obvious. This is what the set up looked... Read More

The Two Rivers Mansion Wedding of Nicole and Rhett!

We had the fun privileged of shooting Rhett & Nicole’s spring wedding last month at Two Rivers Mansion! This wedding was put together by none other than Mary Natalie with Weddings By Mary Natalie, and she and her team did a simply stunning job with the all the details and the wedding day! The day started off with some rainfall and all the guy’s photos were shot on the front porch making use of the available light and pulling out some of our strobes, but as soon as Nicole came out – the rain stopped and the sun shone away!!! The rain held off throughout the ceremony, photos of Nicole and Rhett, and the reception, but literally, FIVE minutes after the last song played…. a drop of rain was felt.. then another… and then TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR! :) How’s that for timing? The day was fantastic and fun was had by all. We are so glad that we were able to be a part of it! To view images of their wedding once they are released online, sign up for their virtual guest book HERE. Enjoy images from their wedding day! Nicole looked absolutely stunning with her hair by Mary Malone and makeup by Kristina Arlund! Nicole & Rhett – we had a blast being a part of your wedding day and are so excited for you both! Congrats on being married and welcome to the club :) Cheers to all of the FAB vendors who pulled together to make this day happen for Nicole & Rhett: Makeup by Kristina Arlund. Hair – Mary Malone Cake – The Sweetest Day... Read More

Friday Fun | A Sneak Peek into our New Home!

You know how we are all about sneak peeks of the wedding and engagement shoots we do, well we thought that it’s high time we do a sneak peek of our new home! To catch some of you up, we started looking at buying a house the beginning of the year and to make a LONG story short, we finally found the perfect fit for us and closed March 1st! We showed one picture on our moving in blog, but have yet to show the final, moved in, and decorated house! …. Sorry, that’s not happening yet, BUT we do want to give you a little sneak peek into what we have been doing for the last 3 months to our home (thanks to our FAB interior designer, Colman Interiors). in the middle of our traveling and running a business and having lives, lol. We are super pumped with how our home is turning out and we can’t wait for the official blog unveiling! lol. It HAS been really fun having a place that we can call our own and do whatever we want to it! Not to mention, actually having SPACE… it’s a beautiful thing and we are so blessed. Thanks for sharing in our excitement with us... Read More

A Gray Photography Wedding by Jessica Rai | Jeff & Lisa Are Hitched!

As many of you know, and some of you may not, Gray Photography not only consists of Zach and I (Jody) but of two fabulous other ladies as well – Kristine & Jessica Rai. This wedding you are about to see is one of Jessica Rai’s (pictured below). Be prepared for a barrage of more weddings on the blog by them! We have some fantastic weddings to show!! The wedding we are featuring today is the wedding of fabulous Chicago couple Jeff & Lisa. Their festivities took place at the beautiful Nashville wedding venue – Cedarwood and is a great place for getting married and having tons of places to shoot. Enjoy Jessica Rai’s images from the day! To view their images once they are available online, CLICK HERE, to sign their virtual guest book for their online gallery. Lisa’s dress is a Reem Acra and looked absolutely beautiful on her! Other Vendors Apart of this Wedding Day – Florals – Karen Wright from Cedarwoods on-site design studio Cake – Patty Cakes Catering – A Dream Come True Catering Get-away vehicle – Matchless... Read More

Time better spent!

Today’s post is all about saving you, the awesome photographer, time, which is your most valuable asset. Time is the only thing you can’t get more of in this life, so you need to use it wisely. Sometimes as photographers we just trudge along in many activities within our business and never think about how much time we are actually spending on certain tasks that we do. If you know Jody and I at all, you know that we spend very little time in actual post-production because we work very hard to shoot our images how we want them right in the camera. We do that because we want to spend time with each-other, time building our business and time enjoying life, and not be stuck behind a computer all day editing photos. It’s all about having the freedom to do what you want. It is really important to not just look at the bottom line at the end of the year to see how “well” you did, but really look at how “well” you are doing per-hour of time worked. It is cool if you can make 100k a year, but not at the expense of losing your personal life and neglecting those that are most important to you and those that need you. Most of us can be scared to look at what our hourly wage might be, but need to do so. When you do, you realize what your time is really worth and what things you should be doing, and more importantly, should NOT be doing! We could write an entire blog post on just this... Read More

An I Do Sneak Peek | Christian & Elizabeth

We shot the wedding of the super sweet couple Christian & Elizabeth :) and we wanted to put out a little sneak peek of their wedding! We had a beautiful day out in Monteagle, TN for Christian & Elizabeth’s wedding and there was not a more chill bride and groom. We can’t wait to show you more images from their day!! Stay tuned for more! To view their images once they are available online, CLICK HERE, to sign their virtual guestbook for their online... Read More

Married Vendor Hangout Night – Next Thursday!

It’s time again! There comes a time when people need to connect with each other outside of their professions and what they do. AND it’s super important (and fun) to invest in your relationship with your spouse and with other couples! Not to ostracize those who aren’t married but there are certain times when ya just need to hang with other married folk and build those relationships. Well it’s time again for the next installment of our Married Wedding Vendor Hang Out Night (we seriously need a name…). Who: For any and ALL married couples who work in the wedding industry. Yes, you are welcome if just one spouse works in the industry :) Why: How many times do you get together with other people in your profession and all you end up talking about is business (which is cool and fun) BUT what about getting to know each other outside of business and having some fun hang time with your spouse OUTSIDE of work? Hence, these hang out nights! This is not only about hanging with people you already know but getting outside your zone and developing NEW friendships! What: Food & brushing up on our mad roller skating skills! Where: Brentwood Skate Center, 402 Wilson Pike Circle | Brentwood, TN 37027 When: Thursday, June 24th, 6:30 pm Rules & Restrictions: NO Business talk allowed. A penalty will be enforced for violators :) RSVP: Please click on THIS LINK to RSVP! (You’ll have to enter in your Evite info, or register to view the invite… if you have problems, just email us at... Read More

Published | People Magazine

If you head on over to magazine stands you just might see some images of a recent wedding of ours! We are super blessed and pumped to have our images from one of our latest weddings in People magazine. Check out the below spread and make sure to pick up the county special in stores near you. To view more images from the beautiful wedding of Jenny & Josh, CLICK HERE or scroll below! Josh & Jenny – your wedding was once again, absolutely beautiful and we are so blessed that we were able to be a part of... Read More

The Beautiful Nashville Wedding of Josh & Jenny!

We had the pleasure of shooting an absolutely beautiful Nashville wedding for an absolutely beautiful couple this last month. When we first met Josh & Jenny, we loved their personalities and their love for music, and we were a perfect fit for the kind of wedding photography experience that they were looking for. Their wedding was beautiful, the weather was perfect, everything looked fantastic, and the wedding went off without a hitch, thanks to Dori Thornton and her fab team from The Social Office, not to mention all of the other fantastic vendors who were a part of this day as well. Enjoy the images and further details of their wedding day! _______ We will start off this post with Josh & Jenny’s adorable favors! These favors, along with the programs and koozies were all created and by Nicole and Lauren of Nico and Lala. The “Mint to Be” favor was placed in a mint plant for guests to take home. So cute! Jenny’s GORGEOUS dress was a Melissa Sweet with hand embroidery and floral applique with Swarvoski crystal detail from the fabulous The Bride Room in Nashville, TN. The dress fit Jenny like a glove and was absolutely stunning on her! Jenny’s bridesmaids were a RIOT and super fun! If only you could have been there while we were shooting … :) Josh & his groomsmen rocking it out… The flowers that you see below and throughout this post were done by Ilex for Flowers. Phalapopis Orchids, hundreds of white and green roses, and White Garden Peonies, created a beautiful backdrop for the festivities! Jenny looking on as... Read More

A Fitness Photoshoot – Nathan & Jenni Oates with B.U.R.S.TClub Launches!

Today marks the launch of something that has been in the works for awhile now, and we are so pumped that we have been able to be a part of this with our images! Entrepreneurs, personal trainers, former college athletes, health buffs, and friends, Nathan & Jenni Oates have officially launched B.U.R.S.TClub.  B.U.R.S.TClub is a member center that offers 100s of burst training style workouts for those that want to have a healthy life.  But it’s not just your average fitness website. B.U.R.S.TClub provides a place for community and accountability for people desiring to get a great workout and be healthier through blogs, forums, and personal nutrition and fitness tips from Nathan & Jenni. And we are soooo stoked that we were able to shoot all of the imagery for their promo! The BURST workout is a unique 3 minute (yes, you read that right) workout that is a combo of both cardio and resistance training, and let us tell you from personal experience – it kicked our booties!!!!  Read our blog post on our experience of doing burst training.  Whew! We not only admire but have tremendous respect for this couple and their cutest kids EVER (view our past blog post of their family). Anyway, make sure to check out the below images from a fitness shoot we did of Nathan & Jenni, visit their highly informational blog with great ways on being healthy, and check out their brand spankin’ new BURST Club website. *For those of you in the Charlotte, NC area, make sure to check out Nathan & Jenni on CharlotteToday on News Channel 36 THIS... Read More

Published! Her Magazine

We had the honor of being published in the “I Do” issue of Her Nashville magazine!  We love this magazine and the people behind it.  The magazine is that good that you will even find a few men out there who like to sneak a read!  he he… This issue highlighted the fab Sewanee, TN wedding of Beth & Josh. A little glimpse back into their wedding.. To view the fun they had at their wedding, CLICK HERE to view the full blog... Read More

The Beauty of the Expo Disc & White Balance

Don’t you hate it how sometimes you spend FOREVER in Lightroom or Photoshop trying to get the stinkin’ correct white balance for your images?  Waste time no more!  These next minutes will forever change your editing time, and therefore will change your life. Guaranteed. Read on :) When we first started shooting professionally back in ’07, we (well, really Zach :) stumbled across this awesome little guy called the ExpoDisc, and it truly has changed our editing and edit time.  You know how we’re big advocates of shooting everything in camera so your edit time is next to nil and how we show clients images as we are shooting because they look so great right on the back of our cameras?  Well, the ExpoDisc, my friend, is a HUGE part of this. The ExpoDisc is essentially a gray card.  Just smaller and more accurate. For those who like to read the detailed information of its workings, you can visit the ExpoDisc web page on Expo Imaging’s site. The Awesomeness of the Expo Disc: – It’s small and comes with a strap where you can wear it around your neck or in a little carrying case that attaches to your belt.  SWEET. – Allows you to get a custom white balance, set it in your camera and all the following images will have beautiful color!  Try showing your subjects your images as you are shooting – they will FLIP! – If you forget to get a custom WB (which it really takes about 5 seconds and doing it beforehand is the way you want to do it :) then you... Read More

Mark & Kelsey are Engaged!!

We just shot the most awesome couple ever! Mark & Kelsey are getting married this July and we are stoked to be a part of their big day! :) We did their engagement shoot at Kelsey’s parents home, and wanted to put up a quick teaser of what is to come. Their wedding is going to be at Belle-Meade Plantation and we are sure it will be amazing, just like these two. Their love for each-other is infectious and we can’t wait to spend more time with these guys! Check it... Read More

The Belle Meade Plantation Wedding Photography of Jake & Meredith – The Teaser

We initially ran into Jake & Meredith in good ‘ol Barnes & Noble as they were checking out wedding magazines, and then we realized we went to the same church!!  We are thrilled they chose us to shoot Meredith’s Bridal Session, as well as their wedding.  The big day finally arrived and we cannot wait to show you all the images from their gorgeous day.  In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek!!! To view the images from Jake & Meredith’s wedding once they are available online, sign their virtual guest book HERE. Jake & Meredith’s wedding was the first time that we got to work with the Nashville wedding videography team at Full Frame Cinema. Check out the guys in action, and then click on the link at the end to view their trailer of Jake & Meredith’s wedding! Jeffrey, Matt, and David are a great group of guys and it was a joy working with them!  You absolutely HAVE to check out their wedding trailer of Jake & Meredith’s wedding – CLICK HERE to do... Read More

Zach & Jody Gray are on the ShowIt Freedom Tour 2010!

If you are a part of our newsletter, you just might know that we use this really great tool for our business called Show It Sites.  Show It allows us and thousands of other photographers to easily create custom, killer looking websites.  (You can download it for free and you don’t have to pay until your site is ready to go live. Super nice!). What we love about the team at ShowIt is they are there to help and are always thinking of new and cool ways to keep up with social media and the latest technology (you can even put your entire site on Facebook like we did). Showit is a great tool that has helped us big time, so come on out to one of the tour dates that we are a part of and see us talk about our business and what we are doing next! We will be in Chicago on July 1st and here in Nashville on July 2nd. Click HERE to register for only $50! (Once you get to the link, click on the city you want to attend in the lower right hand corner). Here is some more info on the tour! 9 Different Cities. 9 Different Speakers. The Freedom Tour is coming to you! SHOWIT’s Freedom Tour 2010 is your opportunity to hear from industry leaders in 4 jam packed hours of education and inspiration covering topics from photography, fusion, marketing, branding, and web presence; all focused around freeing your business to grow. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and network with your local Showit family and The Crew. ________________________________________________... Read More

For the Love Workshop Registration has Opened!

Registration officially open for For the Love Workshop!  Did you miss out what this was all about?  If so, head over to our previous blog post describing not only this photographer workshop retreat but spiritual retreat as well! Visit For the Love Workshop Website (Registration is under the Details tab). Visit For the Love Workshop... Read More