Photo Pro Expo & Iowa PPA here we come!

We are headed to the Photo Pro Expo and then straight to the Iowa PPA convention this weekend! We are excited to be headed out to see friends, give some brand new talks and meet some new peeps!     If you want to come out and see us at the Photo Pro Expo, you can sign up HERE. If you want to see us at the Iowa PPA, you can check it out HERE. See you... Read More

Brand Consistency (Video)

We are excited to be talking about something that is critical in building trust with your clients. Branding Consistency. When your brand is consistent and seen everywhere, potential clients begin to trust that brand and feel good about purchasing from you. The same way that a bride could hear from a friend about you, then a florist, then a planner and know she needs to book you because of all those referrals  the same thing can happen when they see you on Twitter, Facebook, on a friends Facebook and then see your site and can easily detect that it is YOU in all those places. When that happens, she begins to trust in that brand due to her seeing it multiple times. Studies have shown that you need to see a company marketed to you at least 9 times in order to start trusting in that brand. So, check out the video to see how we have incorporated Brand Consistency into our business!... Read More

Matthew & Taylor are Hitched!! | Nashville Wedding Photography

We are so excited to show you the winter wedding of the sweet couple, Matthew and Taylor. This fab couple lives in Birmingham, but the wedding took place in Taylor’s hometown – Nashville! They had a beautiful ceremony at West End United Methodist and then their reception was held at Richland Country Club. Even though it was chilly outside, their wedding was beautiful and this couple was a joy to shoot :) Matthew & Taylor – we were so glad that we were able to be a part of your special day! A big congratulations to you both and we wish you the best!!!!!! To view images from Matthew & Taylor’s wedding once they are released online, CLICK HERE to sign their virtual guestbook. Wedding Vendors Who Helped Make this Day Awesome: Nashville Videographers – Full Frame Cinema Nashville Wedding Band – Burning Las Vegas Reception – Richland Country Club Cake – Desert Designs by Leland Dress – B. Hughes, Vera Wang... Read More

Brian & Amy are Hitched! | A Carnton Plantation Wedding

We shot the fall wedding of Brian & Amy at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN and what a perfect day it was! Brian & Amy are the sweetest couple and their day was so intimate and really special. We are super excited to share with you their wedding images!! Enjoy! To view their full wedding once their images are released online CLICK HERE to sign their virtual online gallery.     Vendors Who Helped Make Their Day Awesome: Day of Wedding Coordinator – Sarah Willard with Music City Events Florist – Bonnie @ Belles Fleurs Cake Artist – Gigi’s Venue – Carnton Plantation Wedding Dress – The White Room Lebanon Rentals – Music City Tents & Events Light – Nashville Event Lighting Catering – Loveless... Read More

Matthew and Stephanie’s are Hitched! | A Gray Photography Team Wedding

Team photographer, Kristine, shot the Nashville, TN wedding of Matthew and Stephanie at the Pinnacle venue in Nashville! Below are her thoughts on the wedding! The best word to describe this wedding is classic – through and through. From Stephanie’s simply stunning gown, to Matthew’s dapper tux, these two looked elegant and timeless in every way possible. With their ceremony set within a gorgeous church and their reception in the a breath-taking venue with floor to ceiling windows overlooking downtown Nashville, I’m pretty certain my jaw was hanging to the floor most of the evening. No detail was spared, and I loved that about these two. Well them, and their family and friends who made the whole experience even more enjoyable for me. I’m grateful to have been a part of documenting such a special time in your lives, Stephanie and Matthew, and wish you the best in your new life together! – Kristine Neeley To view Images from Matthew & Stephanie’s wedding CLICK HERE to sign their virtual online gallery. Congratulations you... Read More

Kendrick & Rebecca are Hitched!! | Aerial Nashville Wedding Photography

We had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Kendrick and Rebecca! We had a great time that evening celebrating with the two and their families and friends. Rebecca was a super sweet bride and her girls were a riot!! Luckily the weather wasn’t too cold at all so we got to take the sweet couple outside for some photos before the ceremony! Rebecca and Kendrick got ready at the Hilton hotel downtown Nashville, TN and their ceremony and reception was held at Aerial on Broadway. It was a busy and bustling night on Broadway! Enjoy the images of the day! To view Rebecca and Kendrick’s images once they become available online, CLICK HERE to sign their virtual guestbook. Love, love, LOVE the florals that Bonnie from Belles Fleurs Designs did. They were so beautiful!! Some of the awesome vendors who helped make this awesome day happen! Getting Ready Hotel: Hilton Hotel Makeup: Sherita Leslie Nashville Florist: Belles Fleurs Designs Catering: A Dream Come True Wedding Cakes: Rebecca’s Wedding Cake Design Nashville Ceremony Venue: Aerial Nashville Reception Venue: Aerial Venue Decor and Chandelier: Fabu Event... Read More

A Nashville Artist Photoshoot | Warren Barfield

Two days after we returned from Europe we had a shoot set up for artist, Warren Barfield. Not only is Warren a very talented musician, but a great business and family man as well. We started the shoot out with a studio set-up, as you can see below, and then we headed outside as the golden hour was approaching to shoot with some natural light, as well as utilize some studio strobes. Thanks to Matt Renaud for his tremendous help on the shoot! Enjoy the shots taken right here in Nashville, TN! For your viewing and listening pleasure, we thought we would share this video with you… Follow Warren Barfield on... Read More

A Country Music Hall of Fame Wedding | Brittaney & Jimmy Are Hitched!!!

We had the awesome pleasure of shooting Jimmy & Brittaney’s wedding this year and what a great day it was!! The theme of their wedding was the Enchanted Forest, and of course since the wedding was taking place in Nashville for this out of town couple, there was a country theme as well! Jimmy & Brittany got married at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which held personal meaning for them and Brittaney’s family, which was really sweet. We had a great day, with great weather, great people, and of course, great wedding vendors. Enjoy the images !! To view Brittaney & Jimmy’s wedding images for their online gallery, CLICK HERE to sign their virtual guestbook. Yes, friends. This cake has TEN layers! Jay from Maples Wedding Cakes killing it again! You have seen the photos, now watch their killer video by Nashville Wedding Videographers, 2Duce2! Vendors Who Made this Day Happen: Nashville Wedding Videographers: 2Duce2 Videography Venue: The Country Music Hall of Fame Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting Florist: Ilex Designs Hair/Makeup: Charity of Eye Candy Salon Cake: Maples Wedding Cakes DJ: Red Carpet Entertainment Live Band: Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band Getaway: Sugar Creek Carriages Photo Booth Nashville Programs and Signs: Hatch Show Print Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda Planner: Ann... Read More

A Gray Photography Team Wedding by Kristine! | Lukas & Mary are hitched!

We have another team wedding to share with you!! Kristine shot the wedding of sweet Lukas & Mary, and we are excited to share it with you below! Here are a few words from Kristine on the wedding day: What a lovely Fall wedding of such an adorable couple. Laid back and so in love, Lukas and Mary were a delight to spend the day with. From getting ready in a former county jail (I mean, how fun is that?!) to a sweet and emotional first look, all the way to fun with friends and family on the dance floor – Lukas and Mary had the kind of day that every couple dreams about. One that tells the story with all of the characters that make their love so special and unique. I felt welcomed into that story the day I shared with them shooting their engagement session awhile back and the wedding itself was just an extension of that feeling. I’m so grateful to Lukas and Mary and to their families for allowing me to help tell the story of a wonderful day! Blessings to the two of you for a lifetime of love to come :) -Kristine To view Lukas & Mary’s images once they become available online, CLICK HERE to sign their virtual guestbook. Enjoy the images! Congratulations Lukas &... Read More

Nashville Portrait Shoot – US Session with Jeff & Heidi

We just shot the amazingly cool Jeff & Heidi on Friday and had a blast with them! We shot their wedding back in March of 2009 and and we decided to get together to do an US session with them so they could have some more casual shots of these two cuties! We love these guys a ton and are soooo excited for them and their marriage! We shot some images here in Franklin, TN where we live and had an absolute blast. Afterward, we all headed to dinner at P.F. Chang’s, and it was AWESOME! Great to see you guys and enjoy the photos! The grass was super long, but made for a cool place to shoot for some texture and get that feeling of peering in on these two. :) This shot was in the most rugged little spot, but was worth the effort to get it as the sun finally went down. Love it! You guys rock! See you... Read More

The Tennessee Wedding of Aaron & Mallory! Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

You have seen their engagement session… You have seen Mallory’s bridal session… And now it’s time to share with you the fab wedding of this oh-so-awesome couple!!! Aaron & Mallory’s summer wedding took place at The Mill at Lebanon and planner Misty Saunders of Plan It Nashville worked her magic to make this wedding come together beautifully!! It was a HOT day to say the least, and we had a little rain, so with all of that you get AWESOME heat and humidity, but everyone kept their cool and rocked the day out!! The reception was especially awesome because Mallory (and most of her bridesmaids) are dancers and they pulled out the choreography from the dance number at the end of Slumdog Millionaire and rocked that, and ALSO, Mallory and her dad worked on a secret dance number for their father/daughter dance. It was so funny and awesome to watch. No one knew about it, so it was a total surprise to all of the family and guests at the wedding. Love it! Enjoy the images! Below you have Misty keeping Mallory cool. Now THAT is a helpful planner :) Aaron & Mallory chose to see each other before the wedding, and it was such a sweet moment with Aaron seeing Mallory for the first time. Aaron & Mallory – it was great to see you and your family again last night and once again, we are so glad that we were able to be a part of your day :) The Vendors Who Made this Day Happen: Wedding planner: Misty Saunders of Plan It Nashville Venue: The Mill... Read More

A Nashville Wedding | Jason & Katie are Hitched!

We are so excited to share this wedding with you!! We met with Katie and Jason what seemed like forever ago, and it was crazy to think their wedding was finally here!! The night before their wedding was their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at Belle Meade Plantation and it was an event in itself! The rehearsal dinner took place at Belle Meade Plantation, and thanks to the planning of Peggy St. Peters and Mary Natalie with Weddings by Mary Natalie it was a fantastic evening. The highlight of the evening for all the family and friends who came into town was the special performance by singer/songwriter Kyle Jacobs. You may have heard his work “More Than a Memory” sung by Garth Brookes, or Tim McGraw’s current single, “Still.” His songs have been recorded by numerous artists and you’ll just have to check out his MySpace for more information. It was a joy to hear him play and of course, he couldn’t stop talking about his lovely fiancé and sharing sweet stories about them together. So cute :) The following day was Katie & Jason’s wedding, and the night before it had rained so it was definitely a hot and muggy one. The boys still rocked it out in their layers of clothing and the girls were absolutely stunning. Props to Katie and the bridesmaids – all but one had JUST taken the bar!!! Can you imaging planning a wedding while studying for the bar? No thanks! Katie just got a killer job working for a firm in Manhattan, so good luck to her as she heads out for her... Read More

We’re Coming to Your Living Room for $39

For those of you who may have missed it, we are now officially a part of PhotoVision and the first issue that we are featured in comes out THIS month! A few years back we couldn’t have imagined that one day we would be a part of the DVDs that we were watching. Crazy. Want us and 8 other photographers to come into your living room and share all of our business and shooting goodness? (And that’s just for THIS month!). Now is your chance! If you’re not subscribed already to PhotoVision, this is a great chance to get in on the killer deal outlined below and get 6 DVDs a year with hours of great information! Join us this month as PhotoVision begins the journey of following us at a wedding. Listen to what we’re thinking – the whats, wheres, whys, and hows :) And also in this issue you will get a look into how we utilize social media for our business! Check out a teaser to see what you will be getting in the next issue of PhotoVision and what you have been missing out on- Below are the other photographers featured in this next issue with 9 educational segments! Subscribe HERE with Promo Code GRAY to save $110!. And that’s only in one issue – PhotoVision brings you 6 issues a year! We have a set of these videos that we hav A SPECIAL PROMO CODE DISCOUNT: As a featured speaker, we have a promo code, GRAY, to share. This code for our fab blog readers will allow you to get PhotoVision 2010 for... Read More

A Nashville Wedding Sneak Peek | The Fab Ryan & Sarah

We shot the most awesome (and HOT) wedding for Ryan and Sarah this past weekend and had an absolute blast with them! These guys are truly an amazing couple and we are sooo glad that they found us! We love these guys and are glad that we got to be a part of their big day. We can’t wait to show you all the photos from the wedding, but until then, here are a few teaser shots! To view their online gallery once the images are ready, CLICK HERE to sign their virtual... Read More

Ahhhhhhhhhh! We are speaking at WPPI!

We were having a normal day sitting in our office working on some details for weddings and getting things out to our clients, when we received an email from WPPI letting know that we had just been selected to teach a Master Class in Las Vegas in 2011!! We sat there stunned and ecstatic at the same time. We have worked so hard on everything that we have been doing for other photographers and we feel that this invite is like a little pat on the back (ok, more like a whomping wack ;), and a great affirmation to us of our goals and all that we have been striving for. We have a huge passion to see other photographers succeed and feel like there are no limits to what they can do if they are driven. We are honored to be a part of WPPI 2011 and can’t wait to have a Master Class that will be unlike any other! There is a limit of 35 seats available for this Master Class, so if you want to get in on it be sure to sign up as soon as seats go live! We will be Twittering and blogging again to let you know when that happens. For those of you that know me (Zach), I love to dream big dreams and come up with huge (sometimes crazy) ideas, and WPPI 2011 is no exception. Now that we are teaching this Master Class, we really want to do something that is so big you won’t believe it. Stay tuned for more details, but know that this will be the... Read More

A Gray Photography Wedding by Kristine | Brooke & McClain are Hitched!

You may recognize this fab couple from our sneak peek, but now it’s time to share with you the full wedding of Brooke & McClain shots by one of our team photographer’s Kristine Neeley! Brooke & McClain had their summer wedding at the Belmont Mansion on the Belmont University campus. It was a special and intimate affair and these guys were beaming! We are excited to share this wedding with you all! Enjoy! To view Brooke & McClain’s images once they are available online, CLICK HERE, to sign the virtual guestbook. LOVIN these shoes! This delicious and beautiful cake was made by the fantastic Crumb de la Crumb! Congrats you two!! Other Vendors a part of this Wedding Day: Cake – Crumb de la Crumb Venue – Belmont Mansion Catering – Down South... Read More

Featured Article on Expo!

We have been working with Expo Imaging for a while now (Expo Disc anyone? aw yeah!) and they are one of our awesome sponsors of our photography workshops here in Nashville and in San Fransisco too! Expo features photographers on their website with inside tips, interviews and tons of cool info about their businesses. The Expo Imaging article shares our mentality towards weddings, our gear, our workshops and some other cool stuff, so check out the article HERE to read... Read More

Friday Fun | The Household Appliance We Have Gone 4.5 Years Without

Yesterday we tweeted that there was one household appliance that we have gone without for our entire marriage, and many guesses came in with only TWO people guessing correctly (way to go @RECDDesignz & @Jimmynotjim). Now we shall share what we survived so long without… Yes folks, this is an iron. You may ask “if you went so long without one, why get one now?” Well, if you simply take your wrinkly clothes, throw them in the dryer with a damp cloth and let it run for a few minutes your clothes will come out wrinkle free! … this works for the most part… We FINALLY decided to buy an iron because we bought 100% cotton sheers for some of the windows in our home and it was kind of hard to get them totally wrinkle free and our interior designer would make us feel shamed every time she came in and saw them hanging with wrinkles all over them…. alas, we gave in! Look at me ironing!!!!!!! woo hoooo!!! Want to see the box?? oooooh, ahhhhh….. Even has a RETRACTABLE cord!!! Yup, you read that right! We’re big time now! Our sheers are 8 feet tall so you can imagine that a lot of the material hung on the ground as I was ironing… well guess who starting running and sliding into my freshly ironed curtains? Yeah, you guessed it – our cat Star! She was having a field day but I finally had to put an end to it with a conveniently placed water bottle threatening the tread of kitty paws that may desire to come near…... Read More

The Nashville Belle Meade Plantation Wedding of Mark & Kelsey!

Mark & Kelsey’s wedding was an absolutely amazing event and we love these guys sooo much! We had a ball shooting their fab wedding at the historic Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville and the day could not have turned out any more perfect (rain and all!)! At this wedding, Ed Peirce and his video team filmed us throughout the day for Photo Vision. PhotoVision is a DVD series that gives photographers an inside look into the businesses of top photographers and follows them on their shoots so that you can get an exclusive ring side seat into how they do what they do. This video series goes out to photographers across the country and the next DVD sent out will feature one of our segments! You’ll get the first glimpse into how we shot this wedding and you will get the inside scoop into how we run our business! If you’re interested in subscribing to the DVDs, view our PhotoVision blog post to receive a promo code and receive the discs at an awesomely discounted rate! Thanks to Mark & Kelsey for being so cool with having an additional film crew out! Mark and Kelsey are the bomb and we are so glad that we met them and got to be a part of their big day! Congratulations you two and enjoy the blog roll!! To view their complete wedding once the images become available online, CLICK HERE to sign their virtual guestbook. Mark got custom flasks for all of his guys. Mark got ready the ultra cool Hutton hotel in Downtown Nashville. We had WAY too much fun... Read More

Wedding Don’ts and Don’ts

As a wedding photographer (or wedding vendor) what would you say is one of the most powerful ways you market yourself? Some would say their website, blog or maybe Facebook… Have you ever thought that maybe one of the most powerful ways you market yourself (speaking to mainly wedding photographers here) is at the wedding itself? The wedding is where the magic happens and is when you are put in front of hundreds of people watching you work – many of whom are single, engaged, or at least know someone getting engaged. People are watching you, and how you represent yourself can either draw so much business to you that you have to turn away clients, or you can turn away clients right there at the wedding unintentionally. How you represent yoursef on the wedding day will be key to your success! We have a few tips below that will help you put your best foot forward as you showcase yourself in front of hundreds of potential clients. 1) Dress for the Part Do you love wearing PJ’s all day when you work? Us too! But don’t wear them at your weddings. When I (Jody) was in college taking a career class, I was told by a professor, “Dress for the job you want.” You want to shoot 10,000 weddings? Well you better dress like a $10,000 photographer. If you look sharp, professional, and put together then that is how you and your business will be percieved. 2) Gear, Gear Everywhere Have lots of bags? Or maybe even just one bag? The last thing you want to do is... Read More

The Sewanee Wedding of Christian & Elizabeth

We got to shoot the awesome wedding of Christian & Elisabeth a few weeks back in Sewanee, TN and had an absolute blast! Christian actually graduated from med school the day before and then they and their families drove up to Sewanee for their wedding the next day! Whew! They were troopers and you would have had no idea that Christian just finished grueling exams. Christian & Elizabeth were amazingly calm and were a joy to work with. At the end of the night we received the best compliment that a client can give us – They said their day was better because we were there. That is our goal for all of our weddings and thank-you, Christian & Elizabeth for letting us be a part of your day. These guys were really fun and after the ceremony we headed to one of their favorite spots in town to shoot even more photos of the two of them. It was really wonderful to be a part of such a cool day with these guys and we wish them the best! They were all about the Nashville vendors, they even had their rehearsal & reception food catered in from the delicious A Catered Affair! To sign up for their online gallery and to see images once they are available online, click HERE! Enjoy the images from the day! I love the look on Elizabeth’s face in this shot! Congrats you two! You are the... Read More

Shoot em’ Straight!

Today’s post is a very simple technique that I learned back in the early part of 2008 when I (Zach) had been shooting for just under a year professionally. Back then, me and another great Nashville photographer Evan Baines used to send our favorite few images from our recent shoots back and forth for critique from each other. It was cool how he would see things in my shots that I did not and vice-versa. I highly recommend this between photographers because it will help you grow tons faster if you have someone you respect looking at your images from an outside perspective! So after one particular shoot that I had done, I sent over a few shots and got some amazing advice from Evan. I showed him this image and was sure he was going to love it (because I was sooo excited about it myself). Evan did love the shot, but he noticed one major flaw in the image that I did not. He told me to either, “Shoot it straight, or shoot it purposely crooked. Never shoot it a little bit crooked like you did.” So, I went in, cropped the shot slightly, and re-sent it over. And I was like “Whoa! I never noticed that!” Images that are purposely straight as an arrow or purposely crooked leave your audience feeling a certain way about the shot. If your shot is straight, it looks like it is balanced and even and makes you feel that way. If a shot is purposely crooked it gives you a sense of movement, or can even make you feel like you... Read More