Jan 28-15

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One lovely set of new products we are offering this year are our Frame Collections!

When I think of the end of my life when I'm old and grey, I picture a home full of frames and gallery walls, just like I remember my grandparents home. I want to stroll through the halls and remember my wedding day, the birth of our children, memories of them growing up, adventures and trips we've taken, ministry opportunities, scripture, and photos of my favorite places on this beautiful earth. I want my home rich in memories, not clutter. And this is the perfect way to start!

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To really capture and remember the most important days of your life, it's important to display them on the walls of your home! Canvases are a lovely way to do that, but if you are more traditional, the Frame Collections might be the perfect fit for you. (I personally love a mixture of both!)

The Frame Collections are the perfect starting off point after your wedding day or recent family session, to truly begin this legacy in your own home.

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We are offering three lovely new collections :

Collection One : Barn Grey
• (2) 20x24 frames with 16x20 mat openings for prints
• (1) 24x24 frame with 20x20 mat opening for prints

Collection 2: Metro White
• (2) 16x20 frames with 11x14 mat openings for prints
• (2) 11x14 frames with 8x10 mat openings for prints
• (4) 8x10 frames with 5x7 mat openings for prints

Collection 3: Bella Gold (pictured in this post)
• (2) 20x24 frames with 16x20 mat openings for prints
• (2) 16x20 frames with 11x14 mat openings for prints

To purchase your Frame Collections, visit the Nancy Ray Store!

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Jan 27-15

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After you have decided on a venue for your wedding, you will want to begin planning the timeline of your wedding day: your ceremony time, dinner time, and exit time. As a photographer, your wedding day timeline is one of the biggest factors of getting the most beautiful natural light pictures. Let me share a little secret with you: I planned my whole wedding day based on the sun. Knowing that I wanted a lot of film taken at my wedding, I knew that this would allow for us to get the most beautiful images. When touring our venue, light was one of the biggest things I thought about and looked for. Here are a couple of important places where I would encourage you to look at the light when choosing your wedding venue:

- Your getting ready room: Are there large windows where natural light can pour in, or is it a small room filled with fluorescent lights? I fell in love with the lovely bedroom where I would be getting into my dress and spending time with my bridesmaid, because of the large windows and light colored walls and decor. I knew it would make for a perfect light box for my photographers. 

- Ceremony space: Is it outdoors in a shaded area or in a dark church? I have always experienced Jesus in his beautiful creation and knew that we didn't need to be married in a dark church for the Holy Spirit to be present during our ceremony. I loved the large oak trees and I knew that they would provide some even shaded light, with just enough that would be coming through their branches during our ceremony. 

- Portraits: If the weather permits, plan to do all your formal portraits outside, even if you are married in a church. Most brides think that they have to do portraits at the altar, because that's what the church lady says. Remember - this is your wedding day! You can call those shots. I loved our space because our whole wedding was held outdoors and I knew that the outdoor portraits would be my favorite. 

- Wedding details: Will your reception take place outdoors, in a dark ballroom, or under a dreamy tent? We chose to host our wedding dinner outside because I loved the thought of our guests eating under the oaks with a gorgeous view and because I knew that our wedding details would photograph lovely in these accommodations.  

Please don't be discouraged if after you are reading this you are not happy with the light situation in your wedding. A good photographer can photograph a wedding in any light situation! If you are dealing with a lot of dark lighting, I can not tell you enough: trust your photographer and tell them that natural light is important to you. There are many alternative ways to stage moments happening that don't take place in those dark spaces. For example, if you are getting ready in a dark underground room of a church, put your dress on and then ask your photographer if you can go outside to take a couple more pictures of you zipping up your dress and putting your accessories on.

We have found that the best time of the day for portraits in 1.5 - 2 hours before sunset. If possible, plan your ceremony time around this parameter, so you can have your portraits done directly when your ceremony ends. And again, trust your photographer and be willing to go along with their direction. I will never forget when it was time for Jamie and I to do our portraits: Nancy told me that we were going to wait a little bit longer so that the sun could go down a little bit more. So we went on with our evening, ate dinner and then she came back to get us when she felt the lighting was just right.

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Here is what our May 3rd wedding day timeline looked like:

3:00pm - Wedding Party, Bride & Groom, and Family arrive at River Oaks
3:15pm - Callie puts wedding dress on
3:30pm - Bridesmaid Portraits
3:50pm - Groomsmen Portraits
4:15pm - Bridal Party and Family Hiding
5:00pm - Ceremony
5:45pm - Cocktail Hour / Portraits Begin
6:00pm - Family Pictures
6:30pm - Bridal Party Pictures
6:30pm - Callie and Jamie Introduced / Receiving Line
7:00pm - Dinner
7:20pm - Bride & Groom Portraits
8:02pm - Sunset
8:00pm - Cake Cutting & Toasts
8:30pm - Guests move to tent for reception and dancing
11:00pm - Sparkler & Boat Exit

And remember : your wedding day timeline should not look like mine if you are getting married in the fall or winter! Check the sunset for your specific day before you begin planning. Best wishes for beautiful light on your big day!

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Jan 26-15

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Although Angel and Brad were married in December, you never would have known it! To be completely honest, I was really hoping for snow, but with this crazy North Carolina weather, the day turned out to be one of the most perfect days with a dreamy and beautiful sunset. Angel and Brad were married in the church that Angel grew up in and then celebrated with their closest friends and family at The Sutherland. With deep purple tones, mini hot chocolate favors, and sweet memories of their loved ones who have passed, Angel and Brad's wedding day was filled with deep love and joy. I especially won't forget Angel's sister's singing toast (she changed the lyrics to "Don't Stop Believing"), the sweet Father Daughter dances that Angel shared with Brad's dad and her uncle, and the Christmas themed picture box. From beginning to end, it was a lovely day celebrating the beginning of a beautiful marriage!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Homer! I am so happy for you both!

Venue: Harris Chapel Baptist Church
Officiant: Bill Haley at Harris Chapel Baptist Church 
Cake Artist: Maureen Mashburn
Caterer: The Cook Shack
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Event Coordinator: The Sutherland
Reception Band: Tokyo Joe
Hair & Makeup Artist: Make Up for Your Day
Invitations: Invitations by Dawn
Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom's Suites: Joseph A.Banks
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff

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Jan 23-15

Update January 22: We've received several messages letting us know that the form wasn't working properly.  Our apologies!  If you have submitted an application before January 23, please re-apply here.  The form should be working properly now!

With wedding season just around the corner, we are happy to be offering our Spring and Fall internship program again this year. This presents an awesome experience for someone to learn business and photography in a growing studio with multiple photographers.  We will be hiring a Spring Intern by mid-March. To get a glimpse at what this looks like, view our #nrpintern hashtag on instagram!

Interested in the fall internship? Go ahead and apply now, and we would be happy to consider you for our fall intern during this application process. We are focusing on the right fit for our Spring Intern, but if we find someone who is perfectly suited for our fall intern during this process, we will be happy to fill both positions at once.

Here is what we’re looking for:

– Someone who can commit to working approximately 10-15 hours a week in April, May and June, with a somewhat flexible schedule.
– Someone who has a passion for photography, weddings, and organization.
– A great work ethic is super important to us, as well as someone who loves to learn, can work and problem solve independently, and is very responsible
– Someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and contribute to a team
– Someone who is very familiar with Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
– A working knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and WordPress would be a bonus!
– Someone who loves music, coffee, and big dogs.
– Someone who is interested and willing to assist at a few weddings (usually on Saturdays)

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Here are some of the things you can expect to learn:
– The basics of social media to grow a small business and interacting with followers
– How to maintain photography equipment
– The flow of a wedding day and working with vendors
– What it takes to make weddings, sessions, and editorial/styled shoots successful
– The big and little things required to keep a studio running smoothly
– Writing occasional posts on the blog
– How a bustling wedding photography business is run in high wedding season

This position is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to get college credit if that’s something your school offers.  We know this will be a great learning opportunity!  If chosen for the internship, we will need you to work in person in the NRP studio in North Raleigh.

Sound like you?  Please fill out THIS FORM no later than February 6th, 2015 at 11:59pm.  Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions.  Please do not email your application to us or email us to confirm receipt.  We will be in touch with applicants who we think might be a good fit by February 12th!

We can’t wait to hear from y’all!!

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  1. Bethany Daley January 20, 2015 5:38 pm

    I tried to complete the application several times, but continued to get an error saying parts of the form were not complete when I tried to submit it. I don’t know if it had anything to do with my picture at the bottom being too large (and I really hope I didn’t end up submitting the application 50+ times).

    • Will Ray January 21, 2015 11:26 am

      Sorry about the trouble, Bethany! Thanks for sending in an application – we’ll look into those issues you mentioned and get it figured out. Thanks!

  2. Annie January 22, 2015 10:44 pm

    Hello NRP!
    Is this internship for college students only? It mentions that in the information, but then asks whether you are a student or not in the form.
    Thanks a ton!
    Annie B.

    • Will Ray January 23, 2015 10:12 am

      Hi Annie! No, the internship is open to anyone, we just ask that so we can know if we will need to flex around a class schedule and to get to know a little more about the applicant! Thanks!

  3. Melanie Park January 24, 2015 11:30 am

    Hey NRP! I am very interested in your intern opportunity. However I am still in highschool and would only be available for +10hrs during the summer (only available on weekends during the spring) Would I still be considered if I applied for your internship?

    Thank you,

    Melanie

    • Will Ray January 26, 2015 9:40 am

      Hey Melanie! Thanks for commenting. We consider every application that comes in, and if you’ll put that information in your application it will help us determine how you might fit into our traditional internship model. We do this every year, so if for some reason it doesn’t work out this spring perhaps another semester would work! Thanks!

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Jan 22-15

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Molly and Patrick's Winston-Salem wedding was lovely in every sense of the word. This celebration lasted the entire weekend, and it was filled with friends that love and support them, Molly's feminine touches, Patrick's classy style, family that adores them, and the most thoughtful details that made everyone feel so special. Not to mention - their sweet dog Lucy made an appearance on their wedding day and almost stole the show! The custom wedding map, the fresh rosemary sprigs on every program that smelled so sweet, the blush florals, the veil Molly's mom wore on her wedding day, the beautiful ceremony in a historic Moravian church, Patrick's tailored suit, the custom coozies, Lucy's custom floral leash, the emotional first look, and to end the evening: Molly's Dad singing God Bless America with a group of his friends at the reception!

My favorite wedding celebrations are the ones that represent the couple, that are meaningful, that are unique, that are well thought through. Molly and Patrick did just that - they had a wedding that represented the two of them perfectly. Becca and her team saw that every detail and moment happened flawlessly, and because of that, every moment was filled with joy. I'm also so grateful that Neil and his team at Iron Kite Films was there to capture those moments. It was a lovely wedding from start to finish - Molly radiated beauty, Patrick couldn't stop smiling.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cahill on the most lovely day!

Event Designers and Coordination: Rebecca Rose Events
Ceremony Venue: Home Moravian Church
Reception Venue: Forsyth Country Club
Cake Artist: Cakes by Chloe
Florist: Amy Lynne Originals
Caterer: Forsyth Country Club
Reception Band: The Maxx
Videographer: Iron Kite Films (See their teaser film here!)
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Colleen Kelley
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Jan 21-15

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Molly and Patrick kicked off their wedding weekend with the most beautiful rehearsal dinner! A lovely outdoor patio welcomed each guest as they arrived. Custom cocktails, lovely florals, hues of blush and gold, and of course twinkle lights as the sun set created the perfect atmosphere. You really can't beat the Graylyn - it's a lovely venue that makes every person feel like you are attending a ball at Downton Abbey. Most of all, it was full of laughter, friends, and family that loved Molly and Patrick dearly. Check back tomorrow for their beautiful wedding celebration!

Event Designer : Rebecca Rose Events
Florals : Amy Lynne Originals
Venue : The Graylyn
Film Processing : Indie Film Lab

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Jan 20-15

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When choosing my photography collection, I knew that I wanted to include a bridal session. Per my mother's request, I kept my wedding dress a complete secret to everyone except my parents! There is only one time in your life when you get to wear a gorgeous bridal gown, so don't be ashamed of wanting a lot of beautiful pictures in your dress. I can most definitely say that your family members will want to frame a bridal portrait of you.

Having a bridal session is important, not only to have a abundance of beautiful pictures, but also to be used as a test to make sure you like the way you look on camera! It's the perfect time to make sure that your dress and attire fit properly, and it's a good time to have a trial of your hair and makeup done. However, it does take time and some organizing to get everything planned. Here are the four main things you will want to plan prior to your bridal session:

• Have a bouquet made for your session
• Schedule your hair and makeup
• Make sure that your dress is altered and in your possession in a timely manor
• Choose an appropriate location

I chose to have my session done at the Graylyn in Winston-Salem. Ever since I saw this bridal session, I knew that I wanted to have those gorgeous cherry blossom trees as the backdrop. It's important to chose a location that is outdoor with beautiful natural light and a place that might hold meaning to you.

As you will see below, I also decided to bring along a small "team" that included my mom, dad, and Becca who made me laugh, helped me move throughout the property and even made some beautiful cherry blossom snow happen! Not only did we have a great time together, but it was a sweet time that really made my soon-to-be marriage feel real.

See my full bridal session blogpost here!

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Jan 19-15

Davis Miller Newborn

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The lifestyle side of newborn photography is very near and dear to my heart, simply stated. I really enjoy the posed sleepy baby pictures, but I love how much there is to document when you choose to focus on the photojournalistic side. It's for that reason that I got really excited when Lauren and Jeff told me that they really wanted me to capture life as it is right now for their family more than perfectly posed sleepy baby pictures. I am always up for that task!

I got to their newly renovated home and noticed that the window light was fantastic. Holy cow. If only indoor light was this beautiful everywhere! We did some posed photos of beautiful little Liza Jane and moved on to focus on her in the context of her family. It's always so fun to watch and document this part because it is real life that just unfolds right before my camera.

With this sweet family, it was a playful time with lots of laughing, lots of "Gooooo Duke!" chants, and lots of itsy bitsy spider songs and hand motions. Davis, Liza Jane's big brother, was perfect. He cautiously admired his new little sister with his parents and was very sweet with her. Trust me when I say that this is rarely the case with big brothers under the age of 2! In the couple hours I spent with the family, it became very obvious that they live their lives in joy and truly celebrate life as it is at present.

Lauren and Jeff - thank you for allowing me to capture this beautiful season of your lives just as it is now... cries, goldfish, tickles, cuddles and all!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Jan 16-15

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It's been a dream and goal of mine for 5 long years to have a Real Wedding featured in the beautiful Southern Weddings Magazine. Of course, Callie and I both were thrilled the day we got a call from the ladies at SW! We may or may not have cried in the NRP Studio. "Thank you" is not enough. Thank you to the SW ladies for choosing this beautiful wedding to be featured, thank you to Callie and Jamie for creating the most beautiful day of celebration, thank you to Marianne at River Oaks who provided the most wonderful service and the loveliest venue, thank you to Becca who styled the beautiful details for me, thank you to Callie for asking me to be a bridesmaid and photographer, and thank you to Will, Geoff, and Cheyenne who photographed all the moments I was unable to, thank you to every single vendor involved who made this wedding a reality. I am so, so grateful!

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  1. Kyla Fetzner January 16, 2015 4:39 pm

    YAY! Callie and Jamie’s wedding is my favorite that I have ever seen. You did such a wonderful job capturing the details of the special day. I’m so happy for y’all!

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Jan 15-15

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Here are a few of my very favorite moments from Callie and Jamie's wedding day :

- Praying for Callie just after she put on her dress
- Photographing details while my friend Becca styled them
- Stopping to pet a sweet old dog while walking over to the neighbor's yard for a better view. Thanks to us, we accidentally left the gate open and the dog surprised everyone and ran around during the dinner! It was quite funny.
- The mother-son dance. Amazing.
- Stopping to eat!
- Wearing a beautiful gown while shooting. It was the prettiest I've ever felt shooting a wedding!
- Watching Callie give her parents and brothers their gifts
- Watching Jamie open his gift from Callie. His face was priceless!
- Being in the bridesmaids photos
- Photographing Jamie and Callie as they prayed around the door before the ceremony
- The ceremony. Tear filled. Jesus filled. Beautiful.
- Taking the newlyweds out to the dock for some lovely portraits at sunset
- Laughing hysterically at everyone on the dance floor
- Dancing with Will
- Celebrating the best day ever with ice cream at the hotel with the Schultzes and the Wheatons

Callie and Jamie, it was an incredible honor to be standing by your side as you committed your lives to one another. Thank you for inviting us into your most precious day. We are so excited to see how God uses your marriage to change lives. We love you, Mr. and Mrs. Davis!

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  1. Dennis Bullock January 15, 2015 10:04 am

    So so so amazing!

  2. Kyla Fetzner January 15, 2015 1:35 pm

    These are beautiful!! Callie and Jamie’s wedding is such an inspiring example of a meaningful start to marriage that centers around God’s hand in their lives. Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Rachel Weisenburger January 15, 2015 2:25 pm

    Callie, you look beautiful and radiant! Such an amazing snapshot into your wedding that was full of love and Jesus!

  4. Hannah Elizabeth January 15, 2015 2:53 pm

    Goodness, could there be a more beautiful wedding! From beginning to end the whole wedding looks so meaningful and fun! Love those dancing shots! Congrats to Callie + Jamie!!

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