Oct 15-14

Ice Family

Families ~ by Elizabeth Tate ~ no comments


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!


Image by the lovely Callie

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)


Click here to fill out the Survey!

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!

Comments: 6

  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


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


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


The Rays ~ by Nancy Ray ~ 2 comments


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:

Laughing until we cried
Banner Elk
Catch Phrase
Open windows
Dance Parties in the kitchen
Breathtaking views
Adventuring on the hillside
Blue whales
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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  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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Oct 03-14

Bokeh Davis

NRP Team ~ by Callie Pitts ~ 4 comments


Yes, it is true! Jamie and I are new puppy parents and we could not be more excited. You see, since Jamie and I started dating, I knew that he was an animal lover (particularly a dog lover). Even in his brother's toast at our wedding, I was warned about his love of dogs. If it were ultimately up to Jamie, we would probably have 20 dogs frolicking around in our backyard. (Not kidding!) The good news is, that I love dogs too! We both grew up with labs, so we have known for a while now that if and when we were going to get a precious puppy, it would definitely be a lab!

We found an available litter of silver Labs in Greensboro a couple months ago through a mutual friend and got to know Bokeh's mom before she even had her litter of pups. Once she had the puppies, we waited patiently while receiving many videos and pictures of the tiny pups, until it was time to pick her up at 7 weeks old. Since then, we have completely fallen in love with her! But don't get me wrong: i't hasn't been a walk in the park (no pun intended) either. We have learned that puppies are literally just like babies. They have to be watched at all times, fed constantly, and taken out at all hours of the night. But, it has all been worth it!

Today, I am so excited to introduce you to our little bundle of joy, Bokeh (pronounced like Boca) and yes she is named after a photography term (nerd alert!) Follow along with her #bokehthelab

Thank you, Nancy, for these sweet photos!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab



I also want to wish my amazing husband a very happy birthday! Jamie, life with you is my greatest adventure! I love you!





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  1. Kristen S. October 3, 2014 12:20 pm

    Callie. She is ADORABLE. Love these photos!! Enjoy her puppy stage :)

  2. Faith October 3, 2014 4:38 pm

    SO cute!!!!!!

  3. Mandy Volpe October 3, 2014 5:45 pm

    The puppy is so cute! And I LOVE these pictures. So sweet.

  4. Kim Konderla October 9, 2014 3:09 am

    Love it! I’ve had my future pups name picked out (also a photo term- Koda like Kodachrome film!) for SO long! So happy for you :)

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Oct 02-14


I knew I was going to love this couple from the moment I met Caroline for coffee a few weeks back. She has such a sweet spirit about her, and she is incredibly genuine and thoughtful. I'll never forget sitting outside sipping my latte, feeling like I had known her for so long, even though I had just met her. And the way she talked about Patrick made me so excited to meet him! She went on and on about what a wonderful guy he is, and what a great family he has. He is the oldest of 7 kids, and it's obvious that family is so important to both of them. Patrick's family owns a vacation home in Pine Knolls Shores, a beautiful secret on the coast of North Carolina, which was where they decided to do their engagement session. It's right near Beaufort, where Will and I vacation every summer, so it was a blast exploring these secluded beaches nearby and seeing such a special place to Caroline and Patrick. When we arrived (Will accompanied me this time!), Patrick said that if we saw any kids running around, most likely they belonged to his family. Sure enough, when we ventured out onto the beach, a small audience was forming on the pier, pointing and waving at all of us on the beach. It was so much fun to see his family so enthralled in our session! I know this wedding will be celebrated by so many people who love them. I for one am so excited to see all of his little brothers and sisters dressed up at the wedding! Caroline and Patrick, I cannot wait for your beautiful wedding day!

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Oct 01-14

October Goals

Goals ~ by Nancy Ray ~ 4 comments


Yes yes yes. I love this sign and I keep it on my desk. This is my mantra this month!

September was my month of traveling, shooting, and hosting my nieces and nephews... twice. It was full of all the important things, and it was wonderful, but I am SO happy to see you, October. I am declaring you are my month of simplicity. No traveling. No additional events or things to add to my schedule. I'm going to be home, I'm going to maintain, I'm going to hustle right where I am. And I am just so, so excited about it!

A quick update on life: it's good. Really good. Adjusting to not being at church as much as we used to be has been kind of weird, but my heart lights up when I see Will working so passionately to serve his clients and build his business. He still does ministry - it just looks a lot different. I have been so encouraged by new friends I've met at AH Inspired and the Influence Conference. God's faithfulness is found wherever I set my foot.

So yes - we are settling in and figuring all this out. We are loving working at home, together. And this month, I'm going hustle and check off all the things! Let's do this!

October Goals

Read 20 in 12: The One Thing*, Notes from a Blue Bike, continue to re-read The Advantage with the team
Race in my first Triathlon (!)
Answer all of the 6 major questions in The Advantage & share them with the team
Decorate for Autumn
Speak at Making Things Happen. Much needed, and I love those girls so much.
Order new sample albums & canvases for studio*
Order our 1st 5 years: Artifact Uprising book (I've decided to create 1 family album every 5 years to document us. It's simple and it's us.)

(*) denotes things I did not quite finish last month!

What are your October goals? Link below in the comments!

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  1. Kyla Fetzner October 1, 2014 12:47 pm

    Go Nancy go! That’s super exciting that you have your first triathlon coming up :)

  2. Emily October 1, 2014 4:02 pm

    Good luck at your triathlon!!

  3. October 2014 Goals | Teasley Photography October 1, 2014 9:49 pm

    […] Sorry I missed September, but let’s just say I’m welcoming October like my friend Nancy Ray says and ready for this new month. God is good and I’m so thankful to see His faithfulness […]

  4. Em October 2, 2014 1:50 am

    Ooh, a triathalon – I am suitably impressed! Remind me to tell you about my and John’s new running habit :) http://www.emformarvelous.com/october-2014-goals/

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Sep 30-14



Photographing our NRP products / Bokeh meets Winston! / NRP Fun Day Photo shoot
Celebrating our best friend's wedding in the mountains / AH Inspired! / Puppy Snuggles after a long day of work!



Family time at the Bay / I'm the new family photographer! / Boating in Chesapeake Bay
Sweet baby Daphne / The sweetest little nursery for Juliette  (blogpost coming soon!) / NRP Lake Day - tubing



Grandview Vacay / Hot tea, love-filled conversation and genuine prayer with these wonderful ladies / NRP Fun Day
Sweet time with my amazing sister before taking my triplet nephews for the week / My floral arrangement thanks to the teachings of Hey Gorgeous Events at AH Inspired / Dinner with my amazing husband



 Gorgeous sunrise on our Grandview Vacay / Running with Winston / My new home office setup
Marbles with my triplet nephews / Delicious breakfast / Bedtime stories

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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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