Oct 21-14

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This is Juliette. She is the first little love for Stacie and Lou, and they are completely smitten!

I met them for Juliette's newborn session at their home out in Zebulon... not too, too far from the city, but just far enough to get out of the hustle and bustle and into their sweet quiet country home.

When I arrived, Stacie had laid out probably over a dozen outfits, headbands and accessories for Juliette and was so excited! Lou made a cute new dad comment when he saw it all laying out and said, "Well... I guess I better get used to this!" Stacie just held Juliette in her arms and said, "Well yeah!" It was awesome.

Juliette was awake for most of the session, but seemed content as long as her mama and daddy were holding her. We had some pretty sweet moments in between with just a couple of tears, but such a precious time with genuine moments full of joy with their new baby girl.

Stacie and Lou, congratulations on your beautiful Juliette!

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Oct 17-14

As we recently launched Elizabeth as our family photographer, we wanted to take a moment and allow her share a little bit more about herself!  We are also giving away a full-priced family session absolutely free, just in time for the holidays! So be sure to scroll down - details are at the bottom of the post.

We sat down and discussed some of the reasons Elizabeth loves family photography, and what her family life was like growing up...

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Tell us about your family growing up.

I grew up with parents who showed me that, outside of a relationship with the Lord, family is the greatest gift.  My parents were pros at taking ordinary things and making them into something exciting... in fact I feel like a huge part of my childhood was spent anticipating in excitement the simplest things - going on a "special" work trip with mom, our weekly trip to the dump with dad, or just our bedtime routine.

I remember lots of chaos, lots of laughter and – let's be real – lots of tears.  My brothers were my best playmates and my worst enemies all at the same time, which is just baffling to me.  We had so much fun together, but we fought ridiculously hard sometimes... ok, many times.  My family was just very interactive: my parents were the kind of parents who built forts with us, coached our rec sports teams, and made sure that they spent significant time with us together and individually.  All this just means that we invested time, effort, and energy into each other growing up, because that's what was important.

What is it about photographing families that you enjoy so much?

Each family has it's own personality, and I think that's so cool!  I like the laid-back nature of family sessions, and that it's really just about getting to know the family and getting them comfortable in their own skin, so I can capture them as they are.  In other words, my agenda for each session is to get families comfortable being themselves in front of me.  Sometimes it's an instant thing; sometimes it takes a few minutes.  It's always fun.  The best feeling is walking away feeling like it wasn't a photo session as much as just an hour hanging out with some cool people and watching how they live life while I take some pictures.

What's your favorite picture of your family? How old was everyone, and where was it taken?

Ok. I have 3, which is actually really good considering I'm working with thousands of pictures here. I will tell you why each one is awesome.

1. The picture below is actually on Valentine's Day, not Halloween.  It's my brothers and I (Parks- 6, Bryant- 2, me- 4) and my dad, dressed up like zombie-Frankenstein monsters.  We had a baby sitter a few nights before this and she watched Night of the Living Dead with us (just like any good babysitter would).  Naturally, my brothers and I didn't sleep after that.  My parents decided that they would help us understand that it was all "pretend" by showing us how scary movies are made.  They made an event of it, and we had fun dressing up, putting makeup on, and pretending to be scary in front of a video camera.  When they played it back to us, it helped us to understand that we didn't need to be afraid.

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2. When I think about my childhood, I remember our bedtime routine. Dinner, baths, books, bed. Something so simple that was so full of life because my parents cared to make it important.  This is my mom and my brothers and I (Parks-5, me- 3, Bryant- 1), after baths, before bed, reading our books.

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3. A lot of our time growing up was spent on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where the picture [at the top of the post] was taken. We spent several weeks a year (and most of the summer) there.  When I think about about summertime during my childhood years, this picture comes to mind.  Sandwiches and Sunkist on the beach, after a morning of clamming and swimming with my family (Parks 8, me 6, Bryant 4).

What were some of your favorite moments and/or traditions as you were growing up with your family?

Saturday trips to the dump:
My brothers and I always looked forward to our weekly trip to the dump with dad.  Every Saturday morning we'd pile in dad's old pickup, stop at the store for Yoohoo's, and ride along with dad while he did his favorite weekly chore.  We just saw it as our special time with dad.  To this day he still talks about how he wishes he could have those mornings back, when he'd look over and see us piled in the truck beside him with chocolate milk dripping all down our chins and shirts.

Family night:
Every Friday night, as a family, we would go to the movie store and pick a movie.  Then we'd come home and help mom make homemade pizza for our movie night.  All 5 of us would pile on the couch, eat our pizza, and watch our movie.  This quickly became known as "Family night", and was something that my brothers and I tried never to miss.

Christmas morning:
Every single Christmas morning, without fail, Dad would make us wait at the top of the steps while he taunted us, saying things like, "Oh I don't think Santa came this year," and, "Your mom and I want to drink our coffee before you guys come down. Oh, and I'm going to go ahead and get a shower first."  We all three sat on the top step, giddy and irritated at the same time, just laughing at dad and waiting for him to say, "OK guys come on down now!"  Years later I don't really remember the toys I got but I can remember the anticipation in vivid detail.

Do you plan to continue those with your family? Will you start some new ones?

Absolutely!  My husband Robert and I are really excited to implement some of the same traditions that we grew up with and definitely  start our own.  Even now, pre-kids, we both have fun with the little things and have our own traditions.  For example, every third Saturday of the month, we wake up early, get bagels, and go to Cars n' Coffee, our favorite date morning.  We collect coins in mason jars and every couple months we count and roll them in the floor of our living room and talk about how we'll spend them one day.  We love playing cards, and we have a little notebook with our running "Pitch" score.  When we get sick, we fix each other 7up and chicken and stars, and put Sgt. Bilko on, because these things fix everything.  Whenever kids come along, there's no question that our lives will be filled with tradition.

Do you have a favorite memory of growing up with your family?

I think my favorite memories growing up are definitely from our times at our tiny cabin on the Eastern Shore.  Days spent on the beach, flounder fishing in the bay, pulling crab pots up with dad, playing flashlight tag with my brothers and the other kids in our little beach community at night.  We still have that little beach place, and we continue to make some pretty great memories there.

How would you define your style of family photography?  What's your favorite setting to shoot in?

I have a very photojournalistic style.  I want to capture things as they are, genuine and true to form.  I don't like to manipulate or force things... I'd rather just get to know each family and let them sink into their rhythm of just being together in front of me.  This happens easiest at home, I think, and that's my favorite place for sessions.  Kids are comfortable and at ease with plenty of their favorite toys nearby; mom and dad are in their element.

Session Giveaway

 - Family Session Giveaway - 

It's the perfect time of year for a family session as you're getting ready to send out Christmas cards!  What a great gift for your family, your parents, or your extended family to have updated pictures of everyone!  See what it includes and how to enter below.  Enter to win:

One Session of your choosing (family, extended family, newborn, maternity or a couple), a $500 value!

What's Included :

One hour session at the location of your choice
Digital Negatives USB with rights to print
Full Online Gallery for viewing, downloading, and ordering prints

How to Enter
(you must do all three!)

1) Follow Elizabeth Tate on Instagram

2) Instagram your favorite picture of your family, and use the hashtag #nrpsessiongiveaway

3) Comment on this post, telling us, what's your favorite family memory or tradition?

 Winner will be announced on October 31st! 
*Session must take place within 45 minutes of our North Raleigh Studio
*If you've already booked a mini-session, you are still eligible. If you win, we will refund your mini-session!

Comments: 26

  1. Erin Snyder October 17, 2014 11:55 am

    My favorite memory/tradition is any Christmas morning. We would always start Christmas morning out at home, just the four of us (mom, dad, me, and sister). We would spend the morning calling the entire family one by one retelling our morning while mom made breakfast. After making a huge mess in the living room, packing, and a little cleaning, we would load up the car and head to Grandma’s. We would spend the rest of the week there with the entire family. We still do this today…we cram 11 people in a three bedroom house with one shower. It’s a blast! Pa, my grandfather, is worse than any of the kids. We have to watch him like a hawk to make sure he doesn’t sneak and open a present out of turn. We talk, laugh, cuddle, sleep, and eat a lot. It’s a time when everyone is together with no distractions…grandma and pa don’t have wifi and have terrible cell service; it’s great!

  2. Megan Ligon October 17, 2014 1:10 pm

    I love you dearly, sissy! I loved reading this post – you and B share many of the same favorites! So thankful to be a “Ligon.”

    xo

  3. Em October 17, 2014 3:30 pm

    Love these sweet memories, Elizabeth! It sounds like your parents did a great job making your childhood full of everyday magic :)

  4. megan ayers October 17, 2014 8:12 pm

    My favorite family tradition is getting up on Saturday morning, taking our pup to the park and laugh hysterically together while he plays. We then go to La Farm for breakfast and coffee to catch up about our week and to talk about future plans. Sometimes thinking about those Saturday mornings is what keeps me motivated and happy during the week!

  5. Heather Wilson October 17, 2014 8:28 pm

    My favorite tradition (can you call it a tradition if you do it everyday?) is singing lullaby to Destry every night before bed. Brian’s dad used to do that with him and his brother and sisters so I’m so glad we’re keeping the memory alive!

  6. Kara October 17, 2014 8:36 pm

    My favorite family memory growing up was living the next street over from my grandparents and always taking shopping trips with my nana! She just recently found out she has cancer and when I got the news, those memories came flooding back and right now at this moment in our lives, that’s my favorite family memory I wanted to share! God has been good to our family and has given her 82 wonderful years and God is able to heal her!

  7. Ashley Winstead October 17, 2014 8:58 pm

    Every Christmas Eve morning, Santa Clause comes and pays a “surprise” visit to our family. Our kids look so forward to this every single year (and mommy and daddy too) even as they get older. Then, on Christmas Day, we get together with my family and exchange stockings. We draw names and who’s name you pick is the person you fill a stocking for instead of buying everyone (now 20 ppl) a gift. My brother-in-law reads the story of the birth of Jesus before we dig in! I have six brothers and sisters and my husband is an only child so he eats this up!!! Jesus is the reason for it all and I am so thankful He has blessed us the way He has to have such a wonderful family to spend it with!

  8. Christie Lewis October 17, 2014 9:13 pm

    I grew up as one of five children. We were poor, but so incredibly rich in love & fun & tradition so I never knew it. By far, my favorite memories revolve around our (almost) nightly walks to get slurpees at 7-11. The neighborhood kids would often tag along. We were a happy, ragtag parade of bikes, wagons & walkers. To this day, I like to enjoy a slurpee whenever I return home to Northern Virginia. They taste like those cool summer night walks & unadulterated childhood bliss.

    Now I am a wife & a brand new mama to a sweet Olive June & can’t wait to share my beloved, sweet memories & new traditions with my new little family.

  9. Elizabeth October 17, 2014 9:17 pm

    Our new favorite family tradition is to cuddle up with our two-year-old before he goes down for the night to watch some of the 1979 Muppet movie.

  10. Ashley October 17, 2014 11:46 pm

    Going to church with Carter(5) and Emma(2 going on 20) to church on Sunday is our family tradition. We know that leading the kids in a Godly household and Christian lifestyle is not only our biggest blessing, but also our greatest responsibility. We have made it our tradition to have pancakes for breakfast before church (a tradition I have carried over from my childhood of Sunday mornings) and after church, we take the kiddos to McDonalds and they play in the play area. Carter, at the magical age of five, thinks McDonalds is the coolest place on earth! The excitement he portrays when he receives his happy meal and toy is hilarious! I have yet to become as good at multitasking as my mother when it comes to cooking. I would love to eventually alter the tradition to a home cooked meal on Sundays after church, but for the time being, everyone seems to love this tradition!

    I am so excited about this giveaway! Our family has yet to have pictures taken! I know….that is terrible. I have been following everyone from the Nancy Ray team for a while and I admire the work yall do!

  11. Jessica Todd October 18, 2014 12:29 am

    Our favorite family tradition involves buying/decorating our Christmas tree. We purchase our tree from the Henderson Optimist Club at their annual tree lot. When we bring it home, we set it up for a day to let the limbs fall. Then we make a big production of decorating the tree with Christmas music playing and egg nog on hand to drink.
    We start with our special ornaments that were wedding gifts and some others from mine and my husband’s childhood.
    We are so looking forward to involving our daughter Harper this year for her first Christmas.

  12. Stacy October 18, 2014 1:10 am

    One of my favorite family memories from my childhood was choosing our Christmas tree each year. Growing up in the Northeast, we were able to go to Christmas tree farms, choose and then cut down our own tree. Then, we’d load it up, take it home and decorate it as a family.

  13. Jenny Mullins October 18, 2014 1:47 am

    A new tradition we’ve started with our own kids has been having a dance party after dinner at night. So much fun to watch little ones bust a move :) .

  14. Charles Ligon October 18, 2014 10:48 am

    Elizabeth, I loved reading this blog!! Thanks for taking me back on memory lane…brought a tear to my eye. I’m so proud of you and the young lady you’ve become. God has gifted you with tremendous creativity, inward and outward beauty. It’s no surprise, family photography is a passion and no doubt, you will bless many families with your gift. You’ll always be my Daddy’s Girl Baby Love!!

  15. Ashlie Hill October 18, 2014 3:09 pm

    My all time favorite memories of with my family are those little little things. Watching my kids discover new things and taking walks and trips to the park with my family.

  16. Amie Babo October 19, 2014 12:17 am

    In the spirit of Halloween, one of our favorite family traditions is our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. This time of year is the best! The weather is breaking, the leaves are changing, and fall has finally arrived. From the giant corn maze to the petting zoo and the hayride to pick out pumpkins, our family loves the pumpkin patch.

  17. Lyndsey Lowe October 19, 2014 2:21 pm

    I look forward to two weeks out of every summer, probably more than any others during the entire year! These are the weeks that I spend soaking up the sun and sweet family time with my aunts, uncles, parents, cousins, and grandparents at the coast. 29 years and counting, we all pile into one house, making lots of noise, eating tons of good food, and enjoying sweet time making memories that truly last a lifetime. It has been so sweet as I’ve grown older, gotten married and now started a family of my own, to experience these weeks with my husband and kiddos too! These weeks are true blessings from the Lord!

  18. Olivia a October 19, 2014 10:25 pm

    I love traditions especially Christmas ones but I think since we have started a family my favorite is our weekly family breakfast, sometimes we try a new place and sometimes it’s one of our fav spots, with a two year old it’s not usually long but it’s always worth it!

  19. Jessica Hancock October 20, 2014 7:21 pm

    My favorite family tradition I’ve continued in our family is lighting advent candles and reading the Christmas story. We light one candle each night beginning on the first day of December, and continue until Christmas Eve. Each night, my husband, our three little boys, and I all sit down together around a small log my husband drilled holes into to hold the tealight candles. Next, we open an egg carton and each child takes turns opening one egg that holds a figurine representing a part of Jesus’ story. One of the boys holds up the figurine (example: a small nail) and my husband reads the Scripture that goes along with that part of the story. As a child, I loved everyone sitting down and reading the Bible. With the “busyness” of the holidays, this tradition always centers our attention around God and the true meaning of Christmas.

  20. Allyson Hemric October 20, 2014 11:21 pm

    My favorite memory and tradition growing up was spending time at my grandma’s house. During every holiday, our entire family (11 in all) would travel up to grandmas’s in the little town of Elkin, NC. While I absolutely LOVED every second of every minute of those trips (which we still do each holiday!), my favorite memory is the school breaks/weeks just my sister and I would spend with Grandma & Pa. Any time we had a break, mom and dad would drive us up to spend time with them. We’d work on the farm helping bring in the new baby chickens, picking vegetables, going on tractor rides, stringing’ green beans, shucking corn, and so much more! We’d always finish the evening with a bath in the kitchen sink while Pa had us giggling with his silly stories. I can honestly say that Grandma & Pa are the reason I am who I am today. They taught me to love always, forgive graciously, laugh daily, to get a little dirty occasionally, but above all to cherish family and put God first in my life. I love them so much.

  21. Connie Hemric October 21, 2014 12:09 am

    When I was growing up, I remember our summer vacations. Our family of 5 would stay in a one room motel room. When the pull out couch was pulled out, you’d better not need to go to the bathroom because you’d have to walk across the beds! We would spend all day long on the beach, only to come in for lunch an my little sisters to take a nap. Mama and I would play scrabble on the porch while they slept. I loved those times, though with children of my own, I cannot imagine how my parents handled all of us in that little room!!! As a child, I never knew it was small.

  22. Bristol October 21, 2014 1:25 am

    My favorite family memory is of the summers when I was younger and my parents and I would just set off driving for vacation. We had a vague idea of the direction we were headed, but no real agenda. We would just look at the map as we went and see where we wanted to go next. One year we made it all the way from NC to Northern California, Washington and Oregon. We even went up in to canada and hit all the big national parks along the way. It was incredible just to explore and be spontaneous as we went. Those are definitely some of my best memories.

  23. Stephanie Riesland October 21, 2014 1:55 am

    We just had our fourth baby. There are so many moments and memories I have from when I was a little girl, but for our family it’s the new traditions that mean so much. I love our dance parties on Saturdays. We all get up after breakfast and just dance around the living room. There’s so many to choose from.

  24. Courtney Shelton October 21, 2014 2:01 am

    A favorite growing up family tradition would have to be my brothers and I sleeping in the same room on Christmas eve. Then we would get up early and sneak out to see what presents were laid out before we were allowed to get up and report to one another what we saw as we “went to get a drink”.
    A favorite tradition now would be hard to narrow down. We love our lazy Sunday’s together. We do cake and streamers for birthday breakfast. We read the bible and tell that we love each other “a million billion _______” every night. I love building all these new traditions for our growing family.

  25. Catherine Tutor October 21, 2014 3:13 pm

    I love creating special memories for my kids on their birthdays. I always celebrate mine for at least a week and I want them to have fun with theirs too! So my favorite tradition is to make the morning of their birthday as special as possible, complete with balloons, streamers, donuts, etc as we celebrate life and the blessing that each of them are to our family!

  26. Brittany Liggitt October 21, 2014 9:28 pm

    I love going to the candle light service in our Christmas best, then going to IHOP, followed by the opening of one gift when we get home!

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Oct 16-14

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It brings my heart so much joy when I have the privilege to work with couples I've known for a long time. Will is the brother of one of Jamie's best friends, and I remember going to NC State soccer games in college to watch him play. I have never known Will and Melissa without each other, which is simply the best. While Will is quite laid back, Melissa is incredibly organized (something that we bond over!). Together, they are hard-working, they believe that family is the most important thing, and they believe that love never fails. I love that they enjoy the simple things in life, whether it is watching a movie together on the couch or spending a holiday in a new city. Will's job is quite demanding, and Melissa shared that they don't take for granted the time that they get to spend together.

Although they now live in Charlotte, it was important for Will and Melissa to come back to Raleigh for their engagement session since it is the place where they first met and fell in love. We met at the lovely Historic Yates Mill County Park, and our time together could not have been more perfect! The sun was shining, the leaves were slowly changing into those beautiful fall colors, and there was a slight cool breeze.

Will and Melissa, I am so excited for your upcoming summer wedding and am praying blessings over your engagement! Thank you for allowing me to capture this special time in your life!

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Melissa is a lover of all-things-Southern so of course, she fell in love with this old mill house at the park!

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  1. Melissa Cheek October 16, 2014 3:15 pm

    Be still my heart. You are amazing, Callie girl. You captured everything I was hoping for and MORE. Will and I will treasure these for our lifetime and can not wait for you to be there to capture our wedding day.

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Oct 15-14

Ice Family

Families ~ by Elizabeth Tate ~ no comments

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I met the Ice family in Downtown Wake Forest for their family session... their backyard as well as my own! I had such a great time getting to know them as we walked around our quaint little hometown. Sessions like this make me very thankful for what I do!  In one hour I met this family, got to know them, photographed them as they sank into feeling natural with each other, and walked away feeling like I'd known them for some time and that if I ran into them at our local Harris Teeter, we'd be stopping to catch up for a while!

Side note... about midway through the session I was attacked by fire ants! I had just finished telling everyone about how I had been attacked by fire ants the day before shooting a wedding, and literally 3 minutes later I had another swarm of fire ants on my foot. It was hilarious and terrifying all at the same time! And for the rest of the session, I had the entire family looking out for ant hills while I walked!

Ice family, it was such a privilege photographing your sweet family. I so enjoyed meeting you guys and getting to know you!

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Oct 14-14

Blog Survey

NRP Team ~ by Nancy Ray ~ 6 comments

Well friends, it's been a long journey for this little blog and myself. Through the years, I've accumulated quite the collection of blogposts! Now, I would simply love to hear from you. What have been your favorite posts or features? What do you look forward to most when you come visit? I would be so grateful if you took less than 2 minutes to fill out this survey, made just for you!

If you wish to take a trip down memory lane, feel free to scroll down click on a few of my favorite posts throughout the years. It's quite fun (and funny!) to see how my style & voice have changed through the years!

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When the cops busted me during an engagement session (2009)
My triplet nephew's newborn session (2009)
My very first monthly goals post (2009)
My first ever blog feature (2009)
That time I blogged every single day for 100 days straight (2009)
My Life Goals (2010)
Musings after moving to Raleigh (2010)
That time my sweet husband hacked my blog (2011)
We're Debt Free : Paying off our house (2013)
My Contentment Story / The Contentment Challenge (2013)
Nicaragua Missions Trip (2013)
Our 5th Anniversary BVI Trip (2013)
5 Years of Marriage (2013)
5 Years of Business (2013)
My Morning Routine (2014)
Series on Organization (Work, Time, Home Finances, Personal Life, Spiritual Life) (2014)
End of a Season: Will's job change (2014)

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Please comment below and:

- Let me know if you have a favorite blogpost, mentioned above or not!
- Let me know if there is something you would like for me to blog about in the future

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following. Blogging is a fun outlet and platform for me, and I am excited to hear from you!

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  1. Kelly October 15, 2014 2:04 pm

    I liked reading the “My Life Goals” from 2010. Wow – you are straight killin’ it! Thanks for taking the time and commitment to blog. I enjoy reading it each day. :)

    • Nancy Ray October 15, 2014 6:46 pm

      Thank you, Kelly! It was fun to find those life goals and re-read them. Many have changed, many have stayed the same, and many have come to pass! The power of writing down your goals :)

  2. Amber N October 15, 2014 7:00 pm

    I LOVE the “We’re Debt Free” post! I like when you all share about your finances, because it is SUCH an encouragement! I just started reading Dave Ramsey and I’m hooked, so to see people so young living a debt free life is a testimony and shows that hard work really does pay off!!

  3. Mackenzie October 16, 2014 12:35 am

    I love your “My Morning Routine” post! It inspires me and reminds me that I can be a morning person too, even if I’m sleepy! I also loved your Spiritual Life organizational posts. I am so thankful for the way you share your heart!

  4. Lorin Fairweather October 16, 2014 2:39 pm

    Goodness, it’s so difficult to pick a favorite! I’ve really enjoyed reading & have been so encouraged by how you got your start in your business, monthly goals, organization posts, missions recaps, financial success & marriage posts :)

  5. Amber October 17, 2014 1:47 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about your Contentment Challenge and Debt-free journey! As a fellow 20-something year old gal living debt free, I find both to be such an encouragement.

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Oct 13-14

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Ashley and Nathan had an elegant wedding celebration this weekend at North Ridge Country Club. There's something so classy about a Southern bride having her wedding at a longstanding country club in town, and the fact that her family is so involved in that community made it even more special. When I photographed her bridal session a few months ago, it was only fitting that we use the lovely greens of the golf course at North Ridge. We happened upon a truly magical spot with sunshine beaming through a weeping willow tree. Ashley was simply stunning with her long wavy hair and beautiful Vera Wang gown; I cannot wait to share more from their wedding day.

Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Dress Boutique: Alexia's Bridal
Bouquet: English Garden
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Oct 08-14

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A few years ago, I photographed Will's brother John & my best friend Samantha's wedding. These are two of my very favorite people on earth. They have moved to Africa for the next 3 months, and I thought I would share of their adventures here in case you wanted to follow along! They are in missionary training school through Iris Ministries, and they will return home just before Christmas. They have sold all of their belongings and moved to Africa simply because the Lord called them to. I love their simple, profound obedience!

Be sure to follow their journey by clicking here! They are hoping to be placed as international missionaries some time early next year, so please keep them in your prayers.

And if you're looking for some lovely music this fall, Samantha's album Royalty is perfect for this season!

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Oct 07-14

Grandview

The Rays ~ by Nancy Ray ~ 2 comments

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Early in September, we went on an adventure. We rented a cabin for a weekend with our dear friends : Chris & Toni, Geoff & Cheyenne. We had been planning this adventure since May, and it was nothing short of a miracle that 3 couples who work in the wedding industry had a free weekend this fall. It was meant to be, and it was much needed.

If I could tell you one thing I learned from that weekend, it would be this: surround yourself with good friends. I cannot tell you how refreshed, encouraged, challenged, and inspired I was after simply spending time with these amazing people. Not to mention, I haven't laughed that hard in a really long time, and it was plain good for my soul! Take time to enjoy God's beautiful creation and laugh like crazy. Life is too short.

Our weekend in a nutshell:

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Laughing until we cried
Sleep
Candles
Banner Elk
PJ's
Catch Phrase
Hiking
Open windows
Dance Parties in the kitchen
Breathtaking views
Adventuring on the hillside
Blue whales
Chili
Conversations about life, faith, and family
Swimming under a waterfall
Getting caught in a thunderstorm while hiking
Business & branding talk
Loaded Questions
Driving & driving some more
Peppermint Taffy

To Will, Geoff, Cheyenne, Chris & Toni:
You are my people. Can't wait until next time.

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Comments: 2

  1. Becca Atchison October 13, 2014 6:37 pm

    Love this. Love these beautiful photos of beautiful people and beautiful hearts!! XOXO

  2. Cheyenne Schultz October 14, 2014 2:22 am

    AH! Just seeing this!

    “Driving and driving some more.” LOL. Too funny. Good times!

    Love y’all!

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Oct 06-14

Hiring Associate Photographer

I cannot even begin to describe what a joy it has been to grow this team. Today, I'm excited to announce that we are growing again! We are looking for an associate wedding photographer who will be the perfect fit for the NRP team.

A few years ago, I was turning away so many clients that we were forced to make a decision: either stay a husband and wife team only, or train and grow a small team of photographers to accommodate those clients. After much prayer, we decided to grow a team. Now, we have three lead photographers on our team: myself, Callie, and Elizabeth. Once again, we have reached full capacity, and we are looking for a fourth gifted photographer.

If you are interested in this position, or if you have a friend that would be interested, please thoroughly read the guidelines below. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of this blogpost.

All Applications are due no later than October 31, 2014.

We cannot wait to hear from you!

What we are looking for:
– Someone who has a natural eye, gift, and passion for wedding photography
– Someone who is organized
– 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 our team
– Someone who is very familiar with Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest
– A working knowledge of a camera & shooting in manual
– Someone who loves music, coffee, and big dogs
– Being a good writer is a bonus, as you'll be contributing to the Nancy Ray Blog regularly
– Someone who values communication, feedback, and growth (personally and professionally)
– It is a bonus if you already have experience shooting weddings, but it is not necessary to apply for this position

Things you can expect from us, if you end up joining our team:
– How to become a successful wedding photographer
– The basics of using social media to grow an individual platform within a small business
– How to contribute to and interact with a small (and wonderful!) team
– Vendor relationships & networking
– How to work with a team of photographers
– What it takes to make weddings, sessions, and editorial/styled shoots successful
– Constant feedback and encouragement

Important info:
– This will be a position that is compatible with another part time or full time job.
– This position does not include in-studio / office work, but it will require that you be available on Saturdays (for weddings) and in the evenings (for sessions), at big team events, and regular team meetings.
– You do not need to own your own photography equipment, but if you already do, that is a big bonus.
– Our interview process is not quick, but it's effective, so get ready!
– We are not in a rush to hire, and we won't if we don't find the right fit for our team.
– We will be training you to have the "NRP look," while drawing out your personal style as a photographer. We believe that the photographer's creative eye goes hand in hand with our streamlined processes of shooting weddings.
– If you love taking photos but hate the business side of photography, you could be the perfect fit!

If you have carefully read all of the above and would still like to apply, you may do so here!

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Photographer, wife, and worshiper... I am a Southern girl who looks most forward to waking up each morning to drink my coffee, read my Bible, and soak in the beauty that surrounds me. These pages chronicle my work, my life, and the things that I love most. You'll also hear from Callie, Will, and Elizabeth - my amazing team who has so much to offer. Thanks for visiting, I do hope you stay a while!
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