Friday FUN | Elf it up!

Merry Christmas and Enjoy!! Cast is: Jody Gray (center stage elf), Zach Gray (supporting elf), Noah Gray (brother elf), Jan Gray (step-mother elf), Keith Gray (papa elf) [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/56103635?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”900″ height=”506″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen] Spread some Christmas... Read More
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Bye-Bye-Bye (bye-bye!)

We have crossed to the dark side, people… No longer are we drinking from the wellspring of Caffeine. We have gone DECAF. *gasp* We know, we know…we have just rocked all of your worlds.  And yes, we LOVE coffee! However, as soon as we started cutting our caffeine from our drinking diet, we actually noticed quite a change in how we felt throughout the day. Over the past year and a half, we have gone through a big journey of dealing with the pressure, stress and anxiety that can come with running your own business. We help in reducing that stress in our lives, and it was suggested to us to switch to decaf.  We didn’t really  notice much of a difference UNTIL we would drink a cup of regular coffee. One morning Zach made me a cup of coffee and unbeknownst to me we had run out of decaf and it was a regular cup.  I was up at my desk working and I felt like my heart rate was up, and that I just had this weird high level of anxiousness and feeling unsettled.  I told Zach about it, and then he went on to tell me that my cup of coffee was not decaf.   It’s crazy the difference that it makes in how we feel about the day! So we now officially bid our dear friend, Caffeine, ado and say hello to Decaf!! We tell you that small story to really talk about something bigger. Switching our caffeine intake was one of many changes we made in 2012 to adjust our lifestyle and keep our stress levels... Read More
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CONNECT | A Marriage Retreat For Photographers

We are super excited to tell you that we, with the support and help of Katelyn James and her fabulous hubby, Michael, have created a marriage retreat for photographers!!!! If you are married and work with your spouse (or are considering it!), and want to getaway, learn from industry leaders and refresh, refocus, and RELAX then this is for you.  This is for any married couple regardless of how long you have been married or how long or short you have been working together. We introduce to you: Registration opens: TOMORROW, (Tuesday) 8:00am CST Seating is Limited | Early bird rate expires Sunday the 23rd   We will be the FIRST to admit that working with your spouse isn’t easy all of the time and neither is having a healthy marriage with that! There are so many extra dynamics of working with your spouse and it brings up so many questions on how to run a highly successful business while having a highly successful marriage and family life at the same time. As couples who work together, it is a necessity to have times to get away, refocus, and learn and grow from industry leading couples who have gone through the hard growing pains and have come out the other end a success.   We want to provide this opportunity for us all to learn from each other and walk away encouraged, inspired and renewed. This is what CONNECT is. We are honored to have the following married teams bring their insight and wisdom. Jeff & Julia Woods We have the utmost respect for this couple.   They have been... Read More
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Happy Birthday Zach!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, my husband is one year older and one year wiser today!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!!!!!!! To Zach… This past year has been one of amazing highs and some very low lows.  I am so lucky to have you by my side through it all supporting me and encouraging me to pick my head up and keep going.  I don’t know what or who I would be without you.  I am excited turn to the future together, hold hands in firm resolve, and take the steps to walk the path the Lord has laid before us this next year in your life. I love you so much and so glad that you’re by my side on this journey together. Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! Love, Me, your wifey... Read More
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On Location Groomsmen Lighting

Happy Holidays!! It’s crazy to think Christmas is right around the corner!  As you’re settling in for the end of the year we want to bring to you a few tips on groomsmen lighting and break it down for you. Today we are going to look at two shots that we did at a recent wedding with the groom and groomsmen and how we shot them. These images were shot on-location at Belle Meade Plantation a few hours before the ceremony. The sun was still pretty high in the sky and we wanted to do more than just stick the guys in shade and take some bland shots, so we looked for a cool composition we liked and then brought out our powerlight to make the shot work. I set up the light and took two test meter readings as the guys were walking over. Once we got them set up as you see them in image one, we took the shot and this was the result. HOW WE DID IT: We metered the main light so that it was twice as bright as the light that was already there (the sunlight). The trick to nailing this type of lighting fast is by understanding how the meter works. The last thing we want to do is take test shots of the guys while they are there, then change settings and so on until we finally get it right. The other trick with shooting more than one person is that many times the person that is closest to the light will be blown out, and then those that are in... Read More
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What you all have been waiting for – A Married Couples Retreat

It has been on our hearts for a while to meet a need that we have seen in the photography community – the need for married couples who do this together to be encouraged, refreshed and gain extra guidance and wisdom on how to make working together WORK as well as balance the craziness of life, being married, and for some of us, kids. We have teamed up with two other couples who share the same vision – Karen & Isaac Stott, Michael & Katelyn James  – to meet this need and we will be bringing in some amazing industry leaders we can all learn from and grow together in our marriages. We introduce to you: More information will be released this week.  Make sure to sign up for the Married Couples Newsletter as we communicate more information.... Read More