Author archives: Nancy Ray

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[...]

Free Training! Learn Film Photography with me!

Free Training! Learn Film Photography with me!
I am so excited to be hosting a FREE hour of online training for anyone who wants to learn to shoot in film! I hope you'll join me! 3 Keys to Learning Film and Transforming your Photography Business Here's the deal: I searched high and low trying to find ways to learn film when I was just starting out. There was NOTHING. I also knew that I wanted more of a mentorsh[...]

October 2017 Goals

October 2017 Goals
Hello, friend! Happy October! I have been soaking up these last few months as a mama of two, and goodness I am so grateful. Grateful for these sweet two littles I get to call my own, and grateful for the amazing NRP Team who has carried this studio and cared for every client while I have been away. I’m still on maternity leave, but I’m giving myself grace and pe[...]

Joelle and Justin Fearrington Film Wedding

Joelle and Justin Fearrington Film Wedding
This wedding will always hold such a special place in my heart. Not only do I adore this couple, their love for Chapel Hill and Harry Potter, their quirky senses of humor and their amazing hair… but this was my last wedding before I went on maternity leave! It was quite the hot July day, and I was 37 weeks pregnant. But goodness I’m so grateful It was Joelle and Justi[...]

Jamie Hopkins Merrimon Wynne Film Bridal Session

Jamie Hopkins Merrimon Wynne Film Bridal Session
I was fully expecting to cry when I saw Jamie for the first time. She was one of our first interns, and she has become so close to our team over the years. (You can’t help but become close to someone who will drive 10 hours in the car with you in one day to shoot a bridal session in Charleston!) When she called me about shooting her wedding, I was so thrilled. When[...]

Welcome Lyndon Ray: A Legacy Film

Welcome Lyndon Ray: A Legacy Film
It's not lost on me that having these moments captured is a rare treasure. I can only imagine watching this film again when the girls are older, full of shared memories and the close bond that only sisters share. The fact that Milly almost always said "baby sister" when we asked "What is in mama's belly?" is the sweetest, because it's like she knew when all of us didn[...]

Wheaton Family Raleigh, NC Film Session

Wheaton Family Raleigh, NC Film Session
Goodness do I love this little family! Chris and Toni are dear friends of ours, and they are incredible videographers (check out their work, but grab a tissue first: Heart Stone Films and Portico Pictures)! I photographed their sweet maternity session, the birth of their baby boy Elijah, and his newborn session, and to see them now makes me all kinds of happy. Fir[...]

Highlands Babymoon

Highlands Babymoon
Our babymoon before Milly was so sweet, and I’ll be honest - it was quite the trip! I laugh because it was before we had a kid, so it was more on the extravagant side - 5 days in California with all the adventures. This babymoon was no less special, but was a very typical “2nd baby” babymoon. We lumped it together with a wedding weekend and mother’s day weekend - [...]

Tidwell Family Raleigh, NC Film Session

Tidwell Family Raleigh, NC Film Session
Stephanie, the beautiful mama in these photographs, has been the brilliant designer behind my home’s refresh. Not only that, but she is a lifelong friend of mine - we grew up going on vacations together since our parents were in business together. I have been so inspired by this woman and her family. She’s the kind of person you are just drawn to because of her joy, h[...]

Whitney and Nick Beaufort, NC Film Maternity Session

Whitney and Nick Beaufort, NC Film Maternity Session
This maternity session brings me all the feels. I’ve photographed Whitney and Nick’s engagement session, Whit’s bridal session, their wedding day, and their anniversary session. I’ve been following along with this sweet pregnancy, and I wish I could grab you by the face right now and say these words: Miracles HAPPEN. Whitney had cervical cancer and beat it. S[...]