We. were. nervous.

Zach and Jody Gray are international wedding photographers and amazing photographer educators from Nashville, Tennessee, and two of the best people we know. They’ve helped thousands of photographers all around the world learn how to shoot and serve well — including us. They have incredible hearts and undeniable talent. Truly, we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. Investing in their workshop was one of the best things we could’ve ever done for our business, and in fact, we even joke about our journey by dividing it into two categories: Before Zach and Jody (B.Z.J.) and After Zach and Jody (A.Z.J.). Their impact on us was that significant.

So, when we visited Nashville this week and scheduled The Gray’s first family photos with their six month old son and the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, Jaxon, we almost died of a combination of nerves and pressure before the shoot even began. The students were going to be photographing the masters, like when the up-and-comers cook for the connoisseurs on Top Chef. The only thing that made us feel better is that Zach and Jody taught us, so we playfully reminded them a few thousand times that if they didn’t like their photos it was their own fault!

An hour before sunset, we headed to a beautiful spot in Franklin, Tennessee and seriously loved every second of this shoot. Watching these three interact together is like watching three separate candles blend into one better, bolder, brighter flame. There’s nothing wrong with them them on their own, but there’s something so right about them together. The way they look at each other. The way they get lost in each other. The way they love each other. And we hope these images will do what photographs are supposed to do: be a time machine that bottles up the breaths of happiness that people breathe in fleetingly forever moments, so that others can feel like they were there, and the ones who were there can go back anytime and feel the exact same joy.

Zach and Jody, thank you for teaching us how to make memories and trusting us to make them for you. We love all three of you, as one of our friends says, to the moon and back. Here’s a sneak peek of our time together…

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the GEAR USED for this SESSION…

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    Sam McConkey

    to the moon and back, indeed. well done.

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Sam! Means the world!

    Kristen Hill

    That hat and bowtie on JAXON! I'M DYING! SO CUTE!

    Amy & Jordan

    Right?! He's so styling!

    Holli Brown

    Gorgeous pictures!!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Holli!

    Christiane Stein-Teubner

    Great job! Love every single picture.

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, Christiane! Appreciate it!

    Jody Gray

    This seriously is SUCH an amazing blessing to have. These images are beautiful and capture us as a family so well. They much to us and we are forever grateful to you both. You were a joy to be in FRONT of the camera for and we even learned some stuff ourselves while being shot by you guys :) :) HUGE hugs and blessings to you both. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo Jody (& Zach & Jax)

    That sounds like an awesome blog post! "What we learned being photographed by former students!"

    Y'all are an adorable family! These pictures are too cute! <3

    Amy & Jordan

    Hugs and tons of love to all three of you! It was the least we could do for everything you've done for us and so many others.

    Alison Mish


    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks, friend! Hugs!

    These are too freaking adorable! I've been around many, many babies but I've never seen one that encapsulated the look of BOTH of their parents in the way that JAX does. There's no denying that he belongs to those two, that's for sure!

    Great job! I can only imagine how nerve wracking that would be to shoot celebrities among the photography community! It's almost better than photographing the President and the First Family! hahahaha


    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, WW! Means a ton! And, yes! Ha ha! TOTALLY nerve racking but we love the thrill of a new challenge!

    Julie Wilmes

    I am just in love with this session! We make the same joke, my photography business has never been the same since I went to their workshop - it was the best!

    PS - I'm dying over Jaxon's bowtie!

    Amy & Jordan

    It was seriously THE BEST. They re-launched their DVDs this week, so for anyone reading these comments: STOP RIGHT NOW AND BUY THEM! #totallyworthit #everysinglepenny

    Laura Yang

    Oh my goodness, these are amazing and so much fun! You rocked this session -- all five of you! <3 <3 <3

    Amy & Jordan

    Yay! Thanks so much, Laura! XOXO


    INCREDIBLE!!! I love the images "to the moon" and I, WE, are so proud of you two for following your dream, glorifying God and having strong Faith! Xoxox see you two love birds soon!

    Amy & Jordan

    This is us giving you two the BIGGEST virtual hug EVER! See you on Sunday morning front and center :-)

    CC Garvie

    such a beautiful family, the colors are amazing ! great job guys !

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, CC! They're so inspirational in every way!

    Justine Russo

    THESE are AMAZING! You two are so talented!!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!!! Thanks, Justine!!! I'm so glad we got to "skeet" you at United and we can't wait to reconnect next year :-)

    Janice D Smith

    These pictures are so darn perfect. I love this family!!!! Great job!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Janice! They're very lovable!

    Audrey C

    These are gorgeous!!! You can almost hear the laughter just by looking at these. And YES this is how to perfectly coordinate outfits. Beautiful- they are gonna have a tough time choosing which ones to plaster their walls with :)

    Amy & Jordan

    We LOVED their outfits, too! They did such a goof job coordinating without matching!

    Kim Jansen van Rensburg

    Soooo beautiFULL!


    Jaxon is SO cute! I love these images! Beautiful family and beautiful work Amy & Jordan Photography!!!!!