Oct 03-14

Bokeh Davis

NRP Team ~ by Callie Pitts ~ 4 comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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 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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Sep 29-14

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Lauren is so genuine and lovely. She's the type of girl who doesn't have to try to be pretty - she just naturally is. I adore her simplicity - no veil, her hair down, and very little jewelry. She absolutely shined on her wedding day this past Friday, and Mark was smitten (as he should be!).

When I photographed her bridal session, her voice was calm and she was so, so happy. We had so much fun that day! Her mom, her sister and I loved being her "team" - helping her around the lovely Merrimon Wynne house and creating such lovely images. Even though it was a bit rainy that day, nothing could have held back the joy that we all felt.

After our session, I received the longest, most thoughtful email from Lauren. It always amazes me when my clients go out of their way to reach out to me, to thank me, to share their hearts with me. I will treasure her words for such a long time! She and Mark are just so generous and so selfless, it didn't surprise me at all that she would take the time to write such a sweet note. Goodness I'm grateful I get to work with such wonderful people.

I cannot wait to share her beautiful wedding images with you soon!

Venue: Merrimon Wynne House
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Sep 26-14

NRP Prints

Products ~ by Callie Pitts ~ no comments

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In this day and age, I've found that most of us keep our treasured photographs in the following places:

- on our phones
- on our laptops / computers
- on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media

And even if we do print our images, so many of us have it done at Walgreens or Target because it's quick and easy. We might get around to framing them, but there's a good chance they will be forgotten in a drawer somewhere in our house.

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It's time for this to change, friends! Our hope here at NRP is that all of us prioritize these family heirlooms by taking the intentional time to do one thing:

have your photos printed.

The traditional lustre prints and the fine art canvases that we offer in every custom gallery are of the utmost quality. We work exclusively with a print lab in California that is unmatched in color and quality. And the best part about it? We make it easy for you to purchase a variety of sizes directly through your online gallery. Not only will printing your images remind you of those special memories, but they will make for beautiful decor in your home. (And I promise you'll be able to tell a difference between our prints and Target's!)

After attending AH Inspired this month and hearing my sweet friend Sara Rose talk about the importance of tangibly displaying the pictures that you get taken or take yourself, I have been encouraged to display all of my lovely pictures for people to see!

Just think of the simple things you can do with your printed photographs: you could use your prints to brighten someone's day by putting one in the mail, you could frame them in your house, or you could put them in a photo album for your children to cherish one day... the list goes on and on.

I promise, the time and effort that it takes is priceless when you realize the importance of these lovely heirlooms.

While ordering directly from your custom NRP Gallery is the best option, we also recommend these resources for taking the time to print your photos :

mpix.com (for printing from your USB drive)

prinstagram (for printing your favorite Instagram photos)

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Sep 25-14

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"It's only when you know you are loved that you are able to fully love others."

These words that were spoken during Sarah and Joe's ceremony have been ringing in my mind since their wedding day. Only when you know that you are loved and who you are loved by, are you able to immeasurably pour out and love others. This statement could not be more true about this incredible couple. The consistent, sweet words exchanged between family and friends were unending as they watched two people that they so deeply adore come together in marriage. Sarah was glowing throughout the day, and there was not a dry eye in the church as she walked down the aisle to her groom!

Jamie and I have had some time to get to know Sarah and Joe over the past year, and we have grown to become great friends! As a photographer, I hope that could happen with all of the couples that I get a chance to work with. We discovered the hearts behind these two people, and that is what makes them so special: their hearts for The Lord, for their families, and for their friends. They don't take life too seriously, and they are not afraid to dance like fools, to take risks, to love deeply.

Sarah and Joe, this is only the beginning of a beautiful life that God has called you to live together! I could not be more happy for the two of you. Congratulations!

Ceremony Venue: Neely's Creek Church
Reception Venue: McBryde Hall
Caterer: McBryde Hall Winthrop University
Videographer: Reel Weddings
Floral and Event Design: Fete Au Fleur
Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta
Stationary: Reaves Calligraphy
Reception DJ: Vox DJ Company

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  1. Samantha September 26, 2014 2:03 pm

    beautiful images callie! what a lovely wedding! xoxo

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Sep 24-14

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Hello, friends! Keeping it real over here: this is me, right now, working at 8pm. (But, I did stop working today from 3-7pm, to spend time with my family. So there. Although I can be a workaholic, tonight I'm just getting in my 8 hours - catching up on the last bits of my work day while hubby is on a client call.)

I had to hop on the Influence Conference Meet & Greet bandwagon and introduce myself! I'm Nancy Ray, a believer, wife, photographer, entrepreneur, blogger, speaker, writer. I own and run Nancy Ray Photography straight from my little town home in North Carolina, and I absolutely love what I do. Jesus is my everything. I am married to an amazing man and we have a giant dog, whose name is Winston. I believe that less is more, that hustle is very fulfilling, that life is about people (and not about stuff).

One part of the conference I'm most excited about is... speaking! I'll be speaking on the strategy track the very last day. Actually, my weekend is going to be crazy. I shoot a wedding on Friday in NC, fly to Indianapolis Saturday morning, speak Saturday afternoon, and proceed to hug a million women who have already experienced a few days of influence-amazingness. But it's all going to be so worth it! (I'm also very excited about sharing a bed with my sister, and just spending time with her. She's the best. Go read her cute little Meet & Greet!)

One thing I wouldn't leave home without? My pillow. What can I say, I really love my sleep.

I cannot even tell you how excited I am to fly to Indianapolis this weekend, for so many reasons: 1. Because I've never been there. 2. Because my sister will be there waiting for me. 3. Because there are a TON of incredible women that will be in one place. 4. Sashes Market. Enough said. (Please don't buy all the things before I get there. K thanks.) 5. To worship Jesus and learn more about Him through my sweet sisters. Can't wait to meet all of you!

I. am. pumped. See you at Influence!

PS. If you read this and you are going, please leave a little comment so I can try to find you and say hi!

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  1. Brittany Knight September 24, 2014 12:34 pm

    Nancy! You are a precious gem. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, and just love listening to you share your heart and letting God using it to speak to me. Side note question… WHERE is your watch from? That is so awesome! I’ve been on the hunt for a wrap bracelet the past few months and that one is just so good. I have tiny wrists so trying to find one that’s skinny and not overwhelming has been a bit of a battle ;) Best of luck this weekend (though I know you’ll do great, and God will use you)!! Sending prayers your way!

    • Nancy Ray September 24, 2014 7:45 pm

      Hi Brittany! Thank you for your sweet words. My watch is a La Mer watch, and I love it! : http://www.lamercollections.com

  2. Ann Swindell September 24, 2014 4:06 pm

    So sweet to “meet” you! Hope to meet you in person this weekend at Influence–it’ll be my first time, too!

  3. Andrea Bowman September 24, 2014 7:19 pm

    I was sitting here reading bios for the Influence speakers and was drawn into your site! I’m a fellow photographer (in Indy area) and can totally relate to your whirlwind weekend coming up! Praying God will give you the energy and focus you need. Hoping to meet you this weekend, too! :)

  4. Anna Montgomery September 25, 2014 1:26 am

    Nancy! I first heard you and Will at MTH this spring and was just beside myself with excitement when I saw you were speaking at Influence! You were such an encouragement to this creative.

    Ahh! So glad you get to come to the Hoosierland this weekend! Praying for safe travels and energy! See you Saturday!

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Sep 23-14

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Meet Hensley. Look at that gorgeous little head of hair! My GOODNESS she's cute!

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I met Bonnie, Jonathan and Hensley at their beautiful Wake Forest home just days after they brought their little girl home. For the most part, Hensley slept in the session, but she did wake up once or twice to stare intently at her mama and daddy as they loved on her. Either way, awake or asleep, she was an asbolute dream! Bonnie and Jonathan are head over heels in love, as they should be.

And can we just talk about Hensley's nursery for a minute? Definitely one of my favorites... it's rustic and has such gorgeous light! I also loved the print over the crib, that was actually created by a mutual friend of ours: Kiera.  Total coincidence that I saw it up in Hensley's nursery, and it was really fun to discover who created it!

Want to know something else really fun? Nancy photographed Bonnie and Jonathan's wedding  at the Sutherland, (the same place I got married,) just a few years ago. It is so sweet to see everything come full circle, and it's one of our favorite things to do here at NRP: capture weddings, then capture those same couples later as their families begin to grow.

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Bonnie and Jonathan - congratulations on your sweet baby girl! You make a beautiful family of 3!

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Sep 22-14

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We are thrilled to announce our fall mini sessions with Elizabeth! There are just a few spots left. To reserve yours, CLICK HERE!

Autumn is the perfect time to capture your growing family - to preserve your legacy, to capture those chubby cheeks, to have a beautiful photo for your Christmas card this year. It's also a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary, or you can "gift" a session to someone you love. Even if you don't send out Christmas cards, it's a beautiful and affordable way to capture the memory of your family exactly as you are right now.

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Details

Photographer: Elizabeth Tate - Gallery | Bio
Date: Saturday, November 1st
Time: Between 8:00am and 2:00pm (based upon availability)
Location: The Sutherland : a lovely historic home in Wake Forest, NC

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FAQ

• You will receive a link to an online gallery where you can download your high resolution images directly to your computer
• You can enjoy and print those images as you please!
- Refresh frames in your home
- Purchase a Christmas card for the holidays
- Save them as your lock screen on your phone
• If it rains, the back up date will be November 2nd (the following day)
• Your 15-25 images will be fully edited
• You can bring up to 10 people to your session
• Dogs / Pets are welcome!

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  1. Samantha October 13, 2014 3:18 pm

    Oh, I am so excited to see more from our session with Elizabeth. She was so lovely to work with! xoxo

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