Fun fact - Photo Native started out as “Super Cool Photographer,” a name that barely lasted 12 hours before we realized the tongue-in-cheek approach wasn’t coming across the way we’d hoped. But regardless, we like to joke that PN teamies Steph and Jessie have been around since the “Super Cool Photographer” days … which was really not even a day. Along the way, we’ve collected a few more names and faces to round out the team of women that today work behind the scenes to make Photo Native not only happen - but grow to be even bigger and better every year. Let’s meet the Photo Native team!
Creative Director Extraordinaire. The brilliance behind the branding, the creative vision that keeps us fresh, the most infectious smile. Not only does she lead us creatively at Photo Native, but she leads a handsome team of three sons and a husband at home. From putting on adorable puppy parties for her son, to whipping up scroll-stopping graphics, to raising chickens and remodeling her mid-century home, Steph is the backbone for so many but still somehow manages to make it all happen.
The next team member to join us at Photo Native is Jennie, master of relationship building and hospitality, we only somewhat jokingly call her our sponsorship concierge because she does more than just coordinate our sponsor’s needs, she goes above and beyond to make sure the experience is golden for everyone involved. Jennie has been with Photo Native since year one, and has all the shirts to prove it. In addition to making the sponsorship experience incredible for our sponsors and attendees, Jennie runs her own photography business and is mother to three adorable kiddos.
You know those incredible Native Shoots we drool over every year? None of those would have happened without the dedication of Rosalyn! Master of spreadsheets and organizer extraordinaire, Rosalyn manages to coordinate every single styled shoot every single year - which is no small feat. Another proud member of the “I own every PN shirt” club, Rosalyn also juggles her own photography business and motherhood. Plus, Rosalyn is a JCW’s frequent flyer, so we know she has good taste. (And if you don’t know JCW’s, it’s arguably the best burger joint in Utah and you should definitely give it a try.)
Photo Native’s newest addition, but no stranger to the magic that is Photo Native, Kelsee is the one responsible for onboarding all our generous sponsors as well as masterfully controlling the playlist for our team photo shoot. Mother to two adorable twin girls, Kelsee radiates positivity and is always more than willing to lend a helping hand. She’s also more than willing to share her chocolate chip cookie recipe, and trust us, it’s a good one.
Mother of four, “retired” photographer (in quotations because she claims to have retired but can’t stop won’t stop and isn’t really mad about it), taco lover, and car-dancer (as in, if you pull up next to her at a red light, she’ll probably be dancing and doesn’t really care who’s watching), Jessie has been called the “fearless leader” of Photo Native. Truth be told, she isn’t fearless, she just does it anyway.