TEAM

Jen Kelly

Principal Photographer and Studio Owner

This isn’t my first career, but it is the career I love the most!

When I left the corporate world to open my studio, I wasn’t sure where to focus my photography. But after spending more than 25 years in executive and employee communications for Fortune 500 companies, my comfort zone is working with business professionals. I’ve coached CEOs and executives in their communications; prepped them to speak to thousands of employees around the globe; helped them communicate with constituents and present themselves in a way that exudes confidence, trust and approachability. Now I get to use those same skills as a headshot photographer.

Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to participate in countless hours of photography education and workshops. But the pivotal point for me was being mentored by the world’s best headshot photographer, Peter Hurley. Here’s a little more about that journey. The pinnacle was being named an Associate of Peter Hurley Photography in 2013. I could not be more proud to be associated with this master photographer, who so generously shares his expertise in the coaching of others.

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Jen Kelly

Principal Photographer and Studio Owner

I’m often asked how I got started in photography. I worked in corporate America as a corporate communications professional for many years. but photography was always my passion, and I dreamt of making it a full-time career. Whether engulfing myself in professional photography training, traveling to Australia, Hong Kong or across the U.S., I always had my camera in hand. Early on, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to focus my photography. I dabbled in photographing babies and even a few weddings. However, I kept coming back to headshots.

After spending more than 25 years in corporate communications, my comfort zone is working with business professionals, which helps me put them at ease. I’ve coached CEOs and executives in their communications. I’ve prepped executives to speak to thousands of employees and helped them communicate with constituents and present themselves in a way that exudes confidence, trust and approachability. I can now apply those same skills to making them look great in front of the camera.

Throughout my career, I was fortunate to participate in countless hours of professional photography education, seminars and workshops all over the country. But the pivotal point for my headshot photography was being mentored and coached by the world’s best headshot photographer, Peter Hurley. Here’s a little more about that journey. The pinnacle was when I was named an Associate of Peter Hurley. I could not be more proud to be associated with this master photographer, who so generously shares his expertise in the coaching of others.

Abby Merickel

Studio Manager

Abby Merickel is a University of Minnesota graduate with an undergraduate degree in early childhood education. Abby calls herself an “Aussie at heart” after living and working in Sydney during her sophomore year of college. Abby discovered a passion for photography when she worked as a photographer while in both high school and college. Her creative eye is apparent in the images she captures. When not working, Abby kicks back binge watching Netflix and trying new restaurants (one of her favorites is The Lowry) with her husband, Duke.

 

 

 

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Abby Merickel

Studio Manager

Abby Merickel is a University of Minnesota graduate with an undergraduate degree in early childhood education. Abby calls herself an “Aussie at heart” after living and working in Sydney during her sophomore year of college. Abby discovered a passion for photography when she worked as a photographer while in both high school and college. Her creative eye is apparent in the images she captures. When not working, Abby kicks back binge watching Netflix and trying new restaurants (one of her favorites is The Lowry) with her husband, Duke.