Jolene and I met in October of our 8th grade year (1966) at Enid's Emerson Junior High when we both transferred from other schools.
"I was smitten, she was not impressed..."
... we, however, began dating in our senior year and were married in 1972, one year after graduation. Jolene encouraged my photography from the very beginning and supported the decision to open a studio on March 3, 1975. Our family life and studio life have been entwined for over four decades. With the advent of our digital world in 2004, Jolene became our retouch artist and we collaborate on every portrait.
Every portrait by Wess and Jolene is designed with clarity of purpose. From the story it tells to the place it will be displayed, there is a reason for each question asked in the "Portrait Planning Session". Next, we reserve plenty of time for your "Portrait Photography Session". Our relaxed and unhurried atmosphere is fun. This results in beautiful, natural expressions. The "Portrait Projection Session" in our theater is an exciting and moving experience where we will help you make decisions. Corrections, retouching and artwork on your portraits are done exclusively by Jolene and Wess, plus, the hand crafted finishing of your portraits is also completed to our exacting standards. At the "Portrait Pick-up Session" all of our individual attention is devoted to you and your delivery. At this appointment, your portrait will be displayed in our gallery for you to see. Hanger nails and hooks are included with your frame (as well as your warranty card). Gift portraits are also boxed and ready for giving. We'll put them in a "Grays" carry-all to keep them together for the ride home. After talking about display ideas, we even carry them to your car.
With our years of studio experience (since 1975), you will be totally confident in your choice of Wess and Jolene Gray Portraits.
"It was a wonderful experience. Thank you for capturing our family in such a special way."
"I will always cherish the amazing portraits you have taken of our family."
"You were great to provide such wonderful service and a spectacular finished product for us."
"Wess, you told us when you did our portraits that we would cherish them forever and you were correct!! We will never look any better than we did on that day!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful work."
"You once again performed your magic and created some wonderful family pictures that we love. They far exceeded my expectations!"
"Rarely in my life have I had such a wonderful experience that exceeded my expectations. Truly the best money I have spent in years."
We promise to devote our time, talent and attention to you in every aspect of creating your portrait. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not pleased with your portrait projection session, we will refund your portrait session fee in full.
Through your patronage, we support 4RKids, Youth & Family Services, Junior Welfare League of Enid, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Enid Arts, YWCA Enid, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Enid Symphony Orchestra, Leonardo's Children's Museum, Enid Chautauqua in the Park and many other local charities.