Featured Photographer - Zachary Gray

for Material Girl Magazine

for Material Girl Magazine

What photographers have been the biggest influence on you?

Juergen Teller, Helmut Newton, and Venetia Scott

What magazines and websites do you look at for inspiration?

Select Service and System are my favorite fashion magazines. I see cool things on Instagram too.

How have you handled the collaboration process when working with a fashion designer?

I've wanted to work with Ashley for quite some time and this particular project allowed us that opportunity. I view every shoot as a collaboration. Things are always best executed with a team and I'm very happy with how our shoot went.

What three words would you use to describe your work?

I had to get some help with this, but came up with: Intuitive. Concise. Subtle.

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How did you become a photographer?

I began my freshman year of college as an audio engineer major and felt very out of place. I switched to design and took the beginning photo class and fell in love with film and the whole darkroom process. It happened pretty naturally. From there I just took pictures of friends and wanted to learn as much as possible. I started to slowly figure things out. (Still working on it).

What advice would you give young people who want to be a photographer?

I'm still a young person who wants to be a photographer so I'm not sure how good my advice is, but I'd say if it's what you want to be then aim high and let it take over. Pictures and fashion pretty much consume my thoughts/life.

What was the most fun you’ve had on a shoot?

The best shoots are when everyone is committed and excited about an idea. It's fun to see it all come together. Most recently I was in Oregon for the first time shooting on a sheep farm in a town with 423 people. I don't travel too often so it makes it very exciting when I do.

What are the limitations/advantages of being a photographer in Nashville?

Nashville is very comfortable and there's a real sense of community here which I love. Lots of people are doing great things and most of them are my friends, which is really cool. I guess limitations would be the size/market, but I kind of like it too. There's going to be frustrations wherever you go, but so far Nashville has treated me very well.

Which part of the photography process do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy shooting film and waiting to get scans back is the best part.

What is your favorite subject?


See Zachary's photographs and his collaboration with Ona Rex at the next Fashion Happening on October 15. Get your ticket here.