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Meet The PN Team

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!

Meet Steph:


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. 

Meet Jennie:


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. 

Meet Rosalyn:


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.)

Meet Kelsee:


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.

Meet Jessie:


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.

I Am A Photo Native: Baylie Longenecker - Featured Photo Native Attendee

"Growing up, I always knew what I wanted to be-a photographer. Since I was 4 years old, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always had the same answer “I’m going to be a photographer”. After I got married I got super burnt out, I felt that my work didn’t portray how I felt about photography, the passion I had always felt for this art was leaving, and I couldn’t hear my voice among the thousands of talented photographer voices out there, and I honestly didn’t know the first thing about business, I was trying to do everything by myself and from YouTube videos I was watching. I was ready to quit. My sweet husband, who knew how badly I loved photography, had heard of Photo Native and surprised me with a ticket on my birthday. He told me that if I went to Photo Native and still wanted to quit then I could and he would have to be ok with it, but he really thought from what he read that it would fuel my photography fire again. And he was right. 

Photo Native was everything a photographer could hope for and more. It made me excited for photography again, it taught me things I didn’t even know I needed to learn, it reset and refreshed my love for photography and it pointed me to the direction I needed to go. It didn’t just have fun photography classes but it also had the BUSINESS side of things which was huge for me! Since Photo Native I have hit every photography goal I have set for myself, I went from doing maybe one wedding a year to doing at least one wedding a month! It gave me a voice. It made me feel like I truly belong. I went to Photo Native a week after I had an emergency c-section and didn’t regret one second I spent there (thank you ibuprofen) THAT SHOULD TELL YOU HOW AMAZING IT IS. You belong at Photo Native if you haven’t already bought that ticket! It will change your life, and if that sounds dramatic it’s because it is. Photo Native is a place for you to find your voice, to find your passion, and to be surrounded by talented creatives who will inspire you and uplift you. It’s a community. A community where YOU belong. "

Baylie Longenecker - Photo Native Attendee

Photo Native 2019 is February 11-13 in Palm Springs, California. Early Bird Registration ends on June 30th, so get your ticket soon to save $200 and have priority registration access to Native Shoots and Boosts when they open up this fall.

Join Us, You Belong!

Photo Native 2019 Lineup Announced

The Photo Native 2019 lineup is full of so much heart, wisdom, talent, fun and we can hardly believe it's real. But it is, and we can't wait for you to join us in Palm Springs this coming February 11-13 for the most epic Photo Native yet.

With classes ranging from food styling for wedding photographers, to videography for photographers as well as other solid business, creative, and technical classes we are confident you are going to love, we can honestly say this might be the best money you could spend on your business and personal development.

We will also be opening up registration this fall to the exclusive Native Shoots and Business Boosts for Class Pass holders only. So not only will you have access to two full days of incredible learning, you can also customize and enhance your experience further to fill your individual needs. 

Head over to the Instructors page to learn more about the incredible talent we have on board, and then jump to the Classes page to see what they'll be teaching.

We promise it's an experience you won't want to miss. Join us, you belong.

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