Welcome to the New Brand!Nancy Ray Photography

Welcome to the New Brand!
I am so pleased to introduce the all new website and brand for Nancy Ray Photography! I am overjoyed at the final look and feel of every detail : simple, clean, and a beautiful reflection of our Film Photography Team. Our core purpose here at NRP is to capture and preserve beautiful legacies, and this brand reflects our heartbeat more than ever before. I do hope you stay a while and take a look around! Kathryn Duckett of Creme Brands was the designer behind my new brand. I cannot speak highly enough of Kathryn - she listened to my heart and my mission above everything else, and that is where true lasting brands are born. A brand is so much more than a logo - it is the entire feeling and cohesive experience that is conveyed through a business. Kathryn tied everything together so seamlessly! She guided me with her creativity and expertise as a designer, and listened every step of the way. Ross and his team at Flosites implemented the beautiful design of my new brand, and I could not be happier! They we[...]

Lara Casey Isaacson Maternity

Lara Casey Isaacson Maternity
Four years ago, I was taking Lara's maternity photos before she had Gracie. It was her first baby... there was so much anticipation and excitement with what was around the corner! Now, for this sweet maternity session, there is this knowing, a sense of purpose, so much excitement, and a knowing of what is coming. Lara knows she is going to be completely smitten. She knows the hard, challenging nights ahead. She knows the fullness she'll experience as they welcome their sweet boy into their family. This session was so relaxed and simple - perfect for the little boy they are expecting! Goodness - so much has changed since that first maternity session. My eyes fill with tears as I think about how faithful God is! Lara would be the first to tell you that in the past 4 years, her marriage has radically changed for the better, her priorities have been reset, her faith is the most important thing to her, and her family has captured her heart. Since she had Grace, she suffered a miscarriage, felt called to adopt, a[...]

Rehearsal Dinner Coverage

Rehearsal Dinner Coverage
I can so vividly remember my own rehearsal dinner! I was filled with so much emotion; anxious and excited for what was to come the next day, nervous, and blessed to see all of my most favorite people in once place. Whether you decide to have a small, intimate rehearsal dinner with your bridal party and family only, or a large welcome party for all of your guests, adding rehearsal dinner coverage to your wedding collection will allow you to remember that special night for many years to come! From the details, to your guests and special toasts, we capture the special moments that the evening holds! Rehearsal Dinner Coverage Includes: One photographer 2 hours of coverage Images included in your online gallery Digital Negatives USB

Barger Maternity Session

Barger Maternity Session
You know that particular look that the sky has when a week of cloud cover finally breaks up right around the time the sun rises? Lots of colors, bold beams of light, contrasted against dark clouds scattered overhead? Let's just say if you had been driving on Capital on Saturday morning at about 7:30, you may have seen me grinning from ear to ear and staring off at the sky. I was heading to photograph the Barger's Maternity session that had been rescheduled from the afternoon before because continuous cloud cover just really bummed us all out and we heard the sun would finally come out the next morning. Turns out we made the right call! I met Jason and Jessica at the JC Raulston Arboretum, the same place that she did her Bridal Portraits 7 years earlier. We hit some of the same spots that she used for her bridal portraits and talked about the last 7 years and some of what that time contained for them. They are thrilled beyond belief to be expecting their first little one on June 10, and are intentionally wai[...]

My Journey with Baby Ray – Part 3

My Journey with Baby Ray - Part 3
Exciting News Journey with Baby Ray - Part 1 Journey with Baby Ray - Part 2 Our Babymoon in California My Maternity Session Two weeks from today. Is this real? Really, it could happen today, or 3 weeks from today... it's up to baby at this point! Only the Lord knows when he or she will arrive! This past weekend was a big finish line for me: I finished planning my maternity leave with my team, I photographed my last wedding at 9 months pregnant, and the new hospital where I'll be delivering had their grand opening. Mother's Day was sweet in SO many ways! I had crossed those major finish lines. Not only did I cry my eyes out in church because of God's goodness to me, I felt such relief. So many things I wanted to accomplish came to pass, and here I sit - two weeks from my due date. Don't get me wrong - we still have a ways to go! The nursery isn't done. I still have a lot of work to accomplish before officially going on maternity leave on Friday. My house still needs to be cleared of lots of clutter[...]

Karin and Paul Wedding

Karin and Paul Wedding
I'll never forget the moment when Karin and Paul held hands around the door, just moments before the ceremony. Those photographs are always so beautiful, but it's because of the words, tears, and memories they represent. This was by far one of the sweetest of those moments that I've ever witnessed. They read letters to one another, expressing how incredibly grateful and happy they were to have found one another. They talked of the family they will one day have together, and they painted pictures with words of their future lives, full of joy and love. I never want to take for granted that I have the privilege of witnessing and capturing those precious moments. For Karin and Paul, that was just one of countless moments from their sweet wedding day. I loved their intimate wedding at Haywood Hall, their amazing families and their loyal friends. Thank you for allowing me to capture such beautiful moments throughout your day! Wedding Coordinator: Orangerie Events Venue: Haywood Hall Cake Artist: Once in a Bl[...]

Caroline Hurley Bridals

Caroline Hurley Bridals
Caroline and Patrick had the most beautiful wedding day on Saturday! We kept our eyes on the weather as we were expecting to get a few showers throughout the day, but the rain only started once we were done with all the photos and safely inside the Pavilions at the Angus Barn. (And even then, it was just a brief shower to cool everything down.) Just like their stunning beach engagement session and just like her bridal session, the weather could not have been more perfect! Caroline is so beautiful. Her blue eyes and gorgeous smile make her beauty so effortless - she's the kind of person who could wear no make up and still be stunning. Not only is she beautiful, but her sweet spirit makes everyone around her calm and happy. Even on the day of her wedding, she was calm and collected every moment. It has been such a joy photographing such a sweet bride! Venue: The Arboretum Film : Indie Film Lab

Whitney and Nick First Anniversary

Whitney and Nick First Anniversary
You might recognize Whitney and Nick from their beautiful Charleston wedding just one year ago. Goodness I love this couple! Not only are they beautiful and easy to photograph, they are some of the most generous people I've ever met. I'll never forget how Whitney sent me a thank you note and gift after every engagement session, bridal session, and after their wedding. And of course when I met them a few weeks ago for their first anniversary session, sweet Whitney arrived with a gift for Baby Ray in hand! Their generous hearts were especially reflected in this session because they chose to participate in The School Sessions. If you haven't heard, The School Sessions is an organization that partnered with hundreds of photographers like myself to raise money to build a school in Haiti. 100% of the proceeds of Whitney and Nick's session was donated to building a school that has been desperately needed since the earthquake that hit 5 years ago. As soon as Whitney heard about the opportunity, she emailed me [...]