Feb 17-14


Christy and Michael met me on Hillsborough street on the perfect fall afternoon. What better place to have your engagement pictures done than the place that you fell in love! Because they were both State students themselves and Jamie and I fell in love on the same campus, I knew we were going to hit it off! To finish our time together, we went to the Rose Garden where Michael proposed to Christy. I love the way they lit up telling me the story of and reenacting the proposal, which was filled with a sweet notes, rose petals and a scavenger hunt which ultimately lead Christy to the spot of their first date, the Rose Garden.

Just from our short time together, I noticed very quickly that these two together love Jesus and each other immensely. Christy is personable, confident, organized and thoughtful. Michael is sweet, intelligent, caring and patient. Together, they light up a room! I know that the Lord has blessed them greatly with each other and will continue to bless them through their marriage and ministry.




To the Future Mr. and Mrs. Britt,
I know your Wilson, NC wedding is going to be one filled with love, meaning and family! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your engagement!
P.S. Don't ever again say that you are not photogenic.

Comments: 5

  1. Christy February 17, 2014 9:15 pm

    Oh how sweet!! Callie- thank you so much!! Words cannot express how grateful we are!

  2. Emilia February 17, 2014 9:30 pm

    These photos are simply stunning. They are sophisticated and classy, yet not forced and cheesey. The love between Christy and Michael is so encapsulated in these photos that it is hard to notice much else. The photography, setting, everything contributes to these timeless engagement photos. So very happy for you Christy and Michael!

  3. Melissa February 20, 2014 2:13 am

    Thanks so much Callie for taking such amazing photographs of my sister and Michael. They were literally talking about it non-stop after and are still going crazy over the pictures!!!

  4. Cheryl February 24, 2014 9:26 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos of Michael and Christy. We look forward to traveling to North Carolina and celebrating their marriage!
    Love, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Denny

  5. Cate March 31, 2014 2:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! You look absolutely stunning Christy! The photography is amazing as well. I love your love story and watching it unfold. Can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle :D

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Feb 12-14


I met Amber and Will on Sunday morning at Pullen Park. It was cold and gloomy, but Amber and Will's attitudes were quite the opposite! As we walked through the park, it was almost as if we were not doing an engagement session at all but just spending time together as true friends. Our main topic of discussion: marriage counseling! I am so blessed to be working with the clients that I am during this exciting period of my life because I get it. The wedding planning including each and every little detail and decision, the life planning - where are we going to live, what are we going to do, and most importantly the marriage planning. While Jamie and I are in the midst of planning, our greatest desire is to focus more on our marriage and less on our wedding. I am so encourage by this couple, because they are doing just that. I love the way that they have invested in the marriage counseling series at Summit and were open with me about the things they have been learning about marriage and about each other.


Fun side note: Jamie and Will were in the same Fraternity at NC State and we didn't put this together until after Amber and Will booked me as their photographer and we found out we go to the same church!


Amber and Will, I am so excited for your wedding in less than two weeks and am praying that The Lord will continue to bless you!

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Feb 11-14



You guys, God is so good. I am so incredibly honored to be speaking at the Influence Conference in September to share my heart alongside these incredible people. If you don't know about the Influence Conference, it's time for you to spend some time on the Influence Network, fall in love with Jessi and Hayley and all the other brilliant women who run this community, then mark your calendars for 2/17 to sign up. It's going to be really beautiful, and I can already tell it's going to sell out fast. Comment on this post if you're planning on joining us! I'm feeling humbled and blessed as this year unfolds before me. 2014 is going to be GOOD!


Comments: 1

  1. Melissa Cheek February 14, 2014 6:19 pm

    Hi Nancy! Ah yay, that’s so exciting that you will be one of the speakers! I have been praying all week about getting to go to this conference and have asked a few of my other christian blogging friends and we plan to all make a decision by next week :) So if the good Lord puts it on my heart that I should go, I can’t wait to attend and to hopefully meet you!

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Feb 10-14


Meredith and AC, the sweetest couple, met me early one morning at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh. I was so grateful to see the beautiful light bouncing all around the buildings as soon as we arrived! I admit, I had never been there before, but that is always my favorite thing to do: to photograph new couples in new spaces. Something about the different backgrounds, the unique architecture and vibrant colors - it was all a backdrop that was brand new to me. And to incorporate these new backdrops with this couple's laid-back, fun personalities was the perfect match. I can tell AC and Meredith have great style, but it's the kind of style that's effortless. It's just them - relaxed and fun. Meredith struck me as such a natural beauty: very little make up, yet so stunning. AC was so comfortable in front of the camera too, which made my job super easy!

I love the way they describe their relationship: comfortable and casual. It's true, too - I felt so comfortable around them, like I had known them forever. I'm especially excited about their wedding! It's going to take place in the same small town that my own Mama grew up in, and they desire to make family the heartbeat of their wedding celebration. I'm so grateful to be a part of this couple's life as they begin their lives together!







Comments: 3

  1. Em February 11, 2014 2:30 am

    Love that first shot – dreamy morning light!

  2. Anne February 11, 2014 3:40 pm

    So sweet!! Love the lighting and textures of the pictures. The yellow “Raleigh” sign really pops! I also want her sweater! :)

  3. Meredith February 12, 2014 1:24 pm

    Nancy–thank you for making US feel so comfortable around YOU! I truly believe that’s a sign of a great photographer as well as a beautiful spirit; you are certainly both. We love the photographs and are SO excited to have you with us on the big day! Thanks again!

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Feb 07-14


Uncategorized ~ by Elizabeth Tate ~ 6 comments


"Several months ago, my family (and Robert and I) had the privilege of visiting “a little piece of heaven” – Bar TT Ranch, not far from Dillon, Montana. The term “a little piece of heaven” is something we picked up from the family that owns the 75+ square mile working cattle ranch, and is a huge understatement to my family.

I’m not really sure where to even start in describing what this trip meant for my family. I could write for days about the history and the details of the Ranch, and the memories my family made. I took about a thousand pictures but will only share a handful. Nothing I could write or show you in this post will do our time in Montana justice.

The quality time that my family spent together was irreplaceable. Each day we gathered at “Hilltop” to eat together, play games, hang out, and plan our adventures. We had our own agenda every day: four wheeling, hiking, horseback riding in the hills, skeet shooting... really just enjoying being outside and exploring completely unknown and breathtaking territory. We’d meet back at Hilltop for lunch, and again at dinner. Each meal served was unbelievable, y’all. We were, without question, completely spoiled by Mrs. Gay, the ranch cook whose sweet company we enjoyed just as much as her cooking!

We were also blessed to be in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Sloan while we were there – Mr. Sloan is my mom’s boss and the owner of the Bar Double T Ranch.  I can’t say enough about this man’s generosity, integrity and character. We so enjoyed spending time with he and his sweet wife... hearing their stories and sharing with them in the joy that comes from this magnificent place.



Without a doubt, one of the best trips my family has been on together. We loved every minute of our time together and will treasure it for years and years to come!


Comments: 6

  1. Elizabeth Ligon February 8, 2014 5:07 pm

    Such a great post, Libis! Pictures are great!

  2. Sloan Baker February 11, 2014 3:38 pm

    These are beautiful!! Hope you are doing well.

  3. Ann C Sloan February 11, 2014 5:33 pm

    Cheryl’s family at the ranch last summer, her daughter is a professional photographer and the pictures are great. Ham

  4. Carson Henline February 12, 2014 2:08 am

    The pictures are wonderful! Thank you for sharing. So happy your family had such a special time at the Bar TT Ranch!

  5. Edythe Poyner April 6, 2014 1:40 pm

    I just bought a week’s visit at the Double TT. What time of year did you go? We will go sometime in 2015

  6. Elizabeth Tate April 6, 2014 8:59 pm

    Hi Edythe! We went mid-August… It was gorgeous! In the 80′s during the day and down in the 30s and 40s at night. Have a wonderful time!

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Feb 05-14


I've been waiting to share this incredibly lovely wedding with you, friends! Emily and Andy tied the knot in historic Winston-Salem, and their wedding could not be more elegant. Blush hues, lace, pearls, black tie tuxedos, lush bouquets, the sweetest first look, raindrops, umbrellas, gold undertones, an entertaining band and a groom that can d-a-n-c-e! (Seriously, y'all. I've never seen a groom with moves like Andy.) Everything came together to create one stunning celebration. Emily's style resonates with me so much, which is another reason I adore this wedding. I think if I were to re-create my wedding today, it would be very similar to this one. She has such lovely taste! Rebecca Rose outdid herself as she pulled the details together seamlessly, and Amy Lynne created florals that I could not stop staring at all day. Their bouquets were just stunning. Emily and Andy are young, beautiful, and so bright - both are students in med school at Wake Forest. Planning a wedding in the midst of studying, exams, and the high demands of med school made it all the sweeter when the wedding day arrived. Now that they are happily married, they can tackle med school as a team! So grateful to have captured your beautiful celebration, Emily and Andy. You were so wonderful to work with! And Andy… please never stop dancing!

A big thank you to Snippet and Ink for featuring their lovely wedding today! 

Ceremony Venue: Highland Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: Old Town Club
Cake Artist: Maxie B's
Caterer: Old Town Club
Florist: Amy Lynne Originals
Event Designer/Coordinator: Rebecca Rose Events
Reception Band: The Company Band
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Makeup and More
Calligrapher: Carole Murrary
























Comments: 4

  1. Tiffany Medrano February 5, 2014 3:11 pm

    I’m in my office reading this blog post. I see this beautifully shot wedding and say, “Gorgeous!!”

    Then from the kitchen (without him knowing what I’m looking at) I hear my husband ask loudly, “But is it SWOON WORTHY?”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! I love him.

    And yes, yes it is sooo swoon worthy ;)

  2. Elizabeth February 6, 2014 6:21 pm

    This wedding is gorgeous!! I’m in love with it, especially her dress. Stunning!

  3. Joy February 7, 2014 12:00 am

    Stunning! I love the bridesmaid dresses and beautiful flowers.

  4. Hannah February 7, 2014 3:06 am

    Love this wedding! Especially those dancing pictures :) I am doing the same color scheme for my upcoming wedding, love how it looks here!

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Feb 04-14

Hello, friends!  While Nancy Ray Photography did not have an internship program last year, we have decided to bring on a spring intern 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.  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.




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  25 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 within two weeks of February 25!

We can’t wait to hear from y’all!!

Comments: 5

  1. Elizabeth February 5, 2014 1:15 am

    I’m so excited! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  2. Nancy February 17, 2014 3:08 pm

    Hello! This is such an incredible opportunity! I was wondering if there was a rough idea of days and times for this internship? I am currently a student and want to be sure I would be available when needed. However, my schedule is quite open. Thank you!

    • Nancy Ray February 17, 2014 4:48 pm

      Hi! The hours would most likely be 3-6 hours/day depending on the workload, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays. We will most likely make a custom schedule depending on the schedule of the Intern. Thank you! Great question.

  3. Natalie February 21, 2014 9:23 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if this internship requires one to be at all the weddings you shoot? I have some weddings of my own during these months but would LOVE to have this opportunity. Thanks!

    • Nancy Ray February 25, 2014 3:04 pm

      That is not a requirement, but we do require you to be at some. Good question!

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Feb 03-14


Several couples I have the opportunity to work with don't live in North Carolina, so I usually try to get to know them throughout their engagement via video chat and during their engagement session. When I first met Lauren and Mark through Skype, I was smitten - first by their love story, second by Lauren's genuine and sweet personality, third by Mark's British accent. I just fell in love with this couple! And when I spent the afternoon with them on a chilly  day capturing their engagement photos, I became entirely too excited to work with them. Truly, they are one of a kind. You could write a movie based on their love story, and it would be a box-office hit. On top of that, they are so kind and thoughtful and real - I felt like I had known them for years. After several offers and attempts to bring me Starbucks (I politely declined due to the amount of equipment I was carrying), they showed up adorable and ready for their session. It was very cold outside, but they never complained. I admired how Mark was constantly taking off his jacket and wrapping it around Lauren, making sure she was warm and loved. She, in turn, would be concerned for him. Their "normal" is caring for the other instead of themselves. This couple will happily grow old together with attitudes like that!


A short summary of their story, because it's too good not to share:

Lauren, with a sense of adventure, decided to purchase a 1 way ticket to London in order to spend a year studying and working abroad. She interned at a bank in London, and her boss introduced her to a handsome young man by the name of Mark. They became colleagues, working closely together and eventually began secretly dating each other halfway through the year. After falling in love and discovering their relationship meant more to them than anything else, they had a big talk and revealed their relationship to their boss. Lauren's visa was soon expiring, and she knew that she had to move back to the States, but she didn't want to leave Mark! So Mark did what any gentleman would do: he bought a one way ticket to the States! He secured a job in the US, and they've been together ever since. Now living in NYC, they are so grateful they found each other.

I told you - they could be in a movie. Lauren and Mark, I can't wait for your big celebration!



Don't you love how they included their national flags?


Football and Rubgy, too! They came prepared, and I love how they incorporated meaningful symbols as they begin their lives together. What a fun session!


Comments: 5

  1. Samantha February 3, 2014 2:59 pm

    These are beautiful, Nancy! Great work – and such a lovely couple!

  2. Lauren February 3, 2014 6:33 pm

    Thank you, Nancy, for these beautiful pictures! Mark and I couldn’t feel more honoured to be featured on your blog today! You’re a wonderfully talented artist, and we can’t wait to see you again at our wedding! Thank you again! xx

  3. Carrie February 3, 2014 7:37 pm

    Love these, Nancy! Their story reminds me of the plot of the movie “Like Crazy”. Such a sweet couple.

  4. Liz February 5, 2014 1:03 pm

    As one half of an international couple as well, this has to be one of my favorite sessions!! I appreciate all the personal touches they brought to it and the images are just gorgeous as always!

  5. Joy February 7, 2014 12:01 am

    All of these are so beautiful! Love the light :)

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Feb 01-14


I love February. I took this photograph of one of my favorite marriage quotes in hopes to remind myself what love is really about. This is the month we celebrate love! We go on dates, we buy gifts, we embrace romance and butterflies and getting dressed up for one another. But if we are honest, love is more than butterflies and romance. It is selflessness and work. It is sacrifice and victories. It is doing all that you can to make your spouse the person he or she is meant to be. It is making time to nurture your relationship even when you don't feel like it - the other 11 months of the year included. I do love this quote and I do love February because it causes all of us to stop and evaluate our relationships, and that is a good thing.

Do you know why else I love February? This quote says it better than I can:

"If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. January is for dreamers... February is for doers -"
[Marc Parent / Runner's World Mag]

That quote hit me like a ton of bricks as I was reading Runner's World this month. Isn't it GOOD? It's just the kick in the pants I needed as I begin this month. Last year, Will and I did the Whole30 in January. This year, we have done our own variation of the Whole30, and have abstained from processed food, sugar and grains all month. Yes, we have talked quite a bit about how nice it would be to eat a warm piece of bread, some oatmeal, a mug of hot chocolate and various desserts. But I don't want to just dive back into my "old ways," you know? What's the point of all this sacrifice if it doesn't lead to lasting change?

One of my 2014 goals I wrote out in my Powersheets is this:

I want to take care of my body. I want to be fit, skinny and strong: a woman who runs distances and isn't afraid of a little pain. I want to eat food that fuels me - full of nutrition. I don't want to be like our culture. I want to lead by example.

If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. I'm certainly embracing that this month!  I'm the kind of person who needs defined boundaries in order to make something work, so in regards to my health, I'm striving this year to limit my desserts to once or twice a week. (Says the girl who has a major sweet tooth and used to eat something sweet at least once a day.) So I'm determined to break my bad habit of reaching for sugar every day, and replace it with the habit of reaching for a glass of lemon water, or an apple, or my favorite green peach tea. I'm also determined to stay consistent with my strength training workouts 2-3x/week, and my pilates DVDs as well. The only way to kick a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit! This is MY YEAR to break these habits for good.

Healthy eating isn't my only goal this month, as you might have guessed! I'm focusing a lot on getting the studio in order before wedding season officially begins with our first wedding of the year on 2/22. Here are my goals for this month!

February Goals

20 in 2014: Read Rich Dad Poor Dad & Paid to Speak
Organize and streamline ShootQ
Begin Intern hiring process (If you're interested, stay tuned! And please - don't email me quite yet!)
Buy and sell lenses, cameras and computers. Time for a studio and equipment refresh!
Install Drobo and get it up and running
Go on a date with Will and think up something creative for him. (We've decided not to buy each other gifts this Valentine's day, but rather do something meaningful for each other.)
Speak at the WPR Roots Workshop alongside our friends Geoff & Cheyenne (aka The Schultzes)
Decide on gym membership
Line up Winston-sitters and reserve rental equipment before wedding season starts
Take a Calligraphy Class
Order personal photos to fill frames in our home
Implement new workflow after the first NRP wedding of the year
Take photos of us one weekend - just for fun
Finish leading The Legacy Journey at church
Be true to my new healthy lifestyle, especially in regards to eating dessert once or twice a week

What goal or area of your life do you want to implement lasting change? I'd love to hear it!

Comments: 8

  1. Hannah Elizabeth February 2, 2014 4:58 pm

    I really love that Marc Parent quote. Soo good. One goal I am focusing on this month and for the coming months is not letting wedding planning rule my fiancé and I’s relationship. Both of us want to remember to have fun together during this process and continue going on date nights (not wedding talking the entire time). :)

  2. ANNIE February 3, 2014 3:18 am

    Hi Nancy,

    As always, I love hearing about your goal setting processes and thoughts. I find it inspiring and encouraging. And as Hannah mentioned above, the Marc Parent quote is a good one!

    My biggie is chocolate, and I am trying to cut that down from – let’s be honest – a little bit everyday. As you said previously, sweet treats are supposed to be special.

    One lasting change is turning the television off. Thus far, it’s been off since January 1st. (Although yes, I do still use my computer and internet… and phone… still so much technology!). You could certainly argue “well what are you missing out then!?”, but I have noticed a subtle difference. Turning on the tv used to be such a default. A time and noise filler. And once it was on, I would watch regardless of need or quality. When I search out shows on the computer, it is a specific show, and then I stop.

    My reading is going well. Thus far, I have finished Jen Hatmaker’s book, “7”, and am now three-quarters of the way through “Margin”. So on track for “12 in 12” (yes, I pinched that expression from you too), which is another lasting change I want to achieve.

    Wishing you all the best with your pre-season work-up. I’m sure you’ll feel good with all of the ground work complete x

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  4. Emma Dhesi February 3, 2014 5:01 pm

    Hey Nancy! It’s Emma, the one who emailed you about BVI hotspots! :)
    I’m wondering what you do in order to actually not eat that cookie when you *really* want it. I have a major sweet tooth as well and would like to limit my intake but the problem I always face is that once I tell myself I cannot have it, that’s all I can think about having. It’s very frustrating. Any suggestions to overcome the obsessive thoughts and step away from the cookie?

    • Nancy Ray February 3, 2014 7:17 pm

      Hi Emma! Such a great question. My first suggestion is to hide the cookies! But seriously – we try not to keep any sweets available in our pantry or fridge on a regular basis. We hate wasting food, so we feel the “need” to eat them. Thus, we simply don’t buy them! Secondly, giving myself guidelines (such as only eating 2 desserts / week) allows me to ask, “would I rather have this cookie now or a piece of cheesecake later this week?” If the answer is cheesecake, it’s easier to turn down the cookie knowing that something better is coming later. Lastly, posting scripture in my kitchen has always helped remind me that I am not a slave to my desires / flesh, but that I am led by the Spirit of the Lord. When I look to His strength, it’s much easier than doing it in my own weakness. Hope this helps!

  5. Em February 3, 2014 5:04 pm

    Love your Valentine’s Day plans! And can’t wait for our calligraphy class! :) As for lasting change, one thing I’ve recently implemented is stretching while I pray before bed. It gives me something to “do” to help my mind not wander, but the “doing” doesn’t distract me from the praying. It has really served me well thus far, and I’m looking forward to making it a habit!

  6. Allison Mannella February 3, 2014 7:29 pm

    I hope you enjoy and share more about the calligraphy class – I’ve been wanting to find one in the area, but haven’t yet! Good luck with your goals this month!

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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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