Author archives: Nancy Ray

Olivia and Andrew Raleigh, NC Film Wedding Part 2

Olivia and Andrew Raleigh, NC Film Wedding Part 2
Click here to read part 1! Here are a few of my very favorite moments from Olivia and Andrew’s wedding day : - When Olivia and Andrew accidentally almost saw each other before the ceremony - The epic dance floor where the whole NRP Team got down with their bad selves -  Sharing a table with the Ligon Family at the reception - Olivia's reaction to George Bush's [...]

Olivia and Andrew Raleigh, NC Film Wedding Part 1

Olivia and Andrew Raleigh, NC Film Wedding Part 1
Whenever I photograph the wedding of a dear friend, I get extra excited. Whenever I photograph the wedding of another amazing photographer, I get extra nervous. Whenever I photograph the wedding of someone on the NRP Team, I get crazy nervous-excited. I had the joy and honor of photographing Olivia and Andrew's incredible wedding this past October. It was lovely [...]

Olivia and Andrew Raleigh, NC Rehearsal Dinner

Olivia and Andrew Raleigh, NC Rehearsal Dinner
I LOVE surprises. And the best thing about this Rehearsal and Dinner? Olivia had no idea I was coming! I was so sneaky arriving in the parking lot - I made sure I had all my equipment loaded up just right, and as I approached the rehearsal, I felt like I had to tiptoe across the grass. A few others saw me first, but then Olivia caught my eye. I knew she would be ex[...]

November 2017 Goals

November 2017 Goals
I’m back from maternity leave! It’s hard to believe this time has come and gone. As a working mama, there are so many emotions that come along with coming back to work. It’s easy for the enemy to whisper how hard it is, and to quickly feel anxious and overwhelmed. But I’m choosing to focus on every blessing I have in order to finish this year strong, as a mama and as [...]

The WHY Behind a Team& our Top 5 Team Resources

The WHY Behind a Team
It was 2012, and Will and I were sitting across from each other in a coffee shop, discussing the big-picture future of Nancy Ray Photography. We were at a crossroad, trying to decide if we wanted to stay the “husband - wife team” route that most photographers took, or if we wanted to take a risk and hire associate photographers to form a team. We were nervous, and [...]

The Journey of Nancy Ray Photography Part 2

The Journey of Nancy Ray Photography Part 2
2013 Caroline and I hosted Branches and Light in Texas, and it was stunning! Truly, it was one of the most beautiful experiences we’ve had. Shortly after, I checked off a big business dream: getting featured by Martha Stewart Weddings. In March, I had the privilege of speaking at Making Things Happen in Chapel Hill, which I’ve been speaking at every year since for [...]

The Journey of Nancy Ray Photography Part 1

The Journey of Nancy Ray Photography Part 1
Oh friends. Let me just brace you for the pure goodness you are about to experience. This is my journey as a small business owner as I’ve grown and poured into Nancy Ray Photography for the past 10 years. Get ready for some good laughs, hilarious photos, and candid thoughts as I take a trip down memory lane! 2008 2008 is when it all began. I was majoring in Tech[...]

The Most Surprising Effect of Our Internship Program

The Most Surprising Effect of Our Internship Program
6 years ago, I was completely overwhelmed. I finally stopped long enough to realize that I needed help in the studio, and I hired my first intern (link to “meet robin blogpost). I’m not gonna lie - it was incredibly helpful! I got more done and was less stressed because I had help. But this internship program has turned into not only a helpful resource for our studio,[...]

Lyndon’s Birth Story Part 2

Lyndon's Birth Story Part 2
8:05PM We got checked in, made it to the room, and the nurse checked me: 7 centimeters! I was pretty thrilled about that! I labored in the bed with the heart monitor strapped around my belly. Goodness labor was intense at this point. I remember feeling hot, and my prepared mama busted out her American flag fans and kept us all cool! I loved having [...]

Lyndon’s Birth Story Part 1

Lyndon's Birth Story Part 1
Beautiful pictures that we will treasure forever by Elizabeth Tate. 3:30PM on July 25th I had just woken up from a nap. I was already on maternity leave, It was 4 days before my due date, and I had been chasing my 2 year old Milly around all morning. I felt mild cramps, and then they would subside. "Could this be it?" I laid there for 30 minutes, praying, timing the[...]