How to Plan Your Wedding Day Around Film Photography

How to Plan Your Wedding Day Around Film Photography
Here's the most important thing to remember about film photography: it's all about natural light! If you're a bride that loves the look of film photography (like we do) and has booked a wedding photographer that shoots in film, here are important steps to think through as you are planning the details of your wedding day. Your most meaningful details: Prepa[...]

Wyatt Medlin Film Newborn Session

Wyatt Medlin Film Newborn Session
Sweet little Wyatt came about a month early, right on Christmas Eve. It felt like I had just done Cameron and Daniel's maternity session, so I was pretty surprised to get the email from them letting me know their little dude had arrived, and that everyone was happy and healthy. I arrived at their home to photograph their newborn session in the first few days of Januar[...]

Joelle and Justin Film Engagement Session

Joelle and Justin Film Engagement Session
It was my very last session of 2016, and I met Joelle and Justin on the beautiful campus of UNC in Chapel Hill. Joelle looked so beautiful I immediately asked her where she had her hair and make up done, and I was so impressed when she said she did it all herself! They both were so natural in front of the camera, we had a great time in the crisp, chilly air. Here'[...]

Laura and Clay Old Edwards Inn Film Wedding

Laura and Clay Old Edwards Inn Film Wedding
I have been anxious to share these images for over a year now and am so excited that the day is finally here! Laura and Clay's wedding day was unforgettable, not only because Clay is like a brother to me, but more importantly because there is no doubt that this day was not filled with the Holy Spirit. From the beginning of the day when the two were getting ready with [...]

Hawthorne Family Film Session

Hawthorne Family Film Session
This family holds a special place in my heart. Blake and my dear friend Amy both serve our country in the US Army as Helicopter Pilots. When their littlest Hadley Rae was born in December, Blake coached Amy via Skype in the hospital as she delivered their sweet miracle. A few days later, he arrived to meet his 2nd daughter, and I had the privilege of capturing this sw[...]

February 2017 Goals

February 2017 Goals
Adorable mugs (the perfect Valentine's gift!) can be found at Lettered Life! This February, my word is "prepare." I want to prepare for a new 2017 team (new studio assistant + 3 new interns), prepare for upcoming courses I'll be launching on Film Photography and Team building (follow @nancyrayshop to stay in the loop!), I want to prepare for romance and a healt[...]

The 2017 Legacy Challenge+ 7 Ways to Organize your Legacy THIS year

The 2017 Legacy Challenge
My grandpa, Dr. John Wesley Nance who I called "Papa," was family physician in the small town of Clinton, NC. Papa made tremendous waves with his humble life. He loved his wife, he had 5 children (including my mama), he delivered over 3,000 babies, he taught his family how to sing together, and he left my grandmother well over 1 million dollars upon his death. In my m[...]

20 Images That Will Make You Cry

20 Images That Will Make You Cry
I look for the gospel in what I capture through my photography. The Lord is in so much of what surrounds us, but we are often too busy to stop and see Him. He is in the small moments, He’s in the emotions that run high on a wedding day, He’s in the changes of the weather, He’s in the vibrant colors of springtime, He’s so very present in the room when I’m capturing a b[...]

Heartstone Films Team 2017

Heartstone Films Team 2017
If you don't know our friends over at Heart Stone Films, then just take a minute and hop on over to their site so you can cry your eyes out at their wedding films. (They did Callie and Jamie's wedding film and none of us can watch it without a box of tissues!) I recently had the joy of capturing their team photos in their brand new studio space, and it was so much[...]