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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  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

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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!

Comments: 4

  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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