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Catalyst Design & Photography


Catalyst Design & Photography

Catalyst Design & Photography
Catalyst Design & Photography
Hey! We’re Jen & Jesse (the faces behind the cameras). We may be a little goofy at times, but we SERIOUSLY love what we do. Here’s a little more about us just incase you are curious:
How did we meet? The two of us met in high school. We quickly hit it off as good friends and haven’t been able to get rid of each other ever since.
How did we get into photography? Catalyst started in 2012, but we’ve been taking photos, editing, and growing as artists for over ten years.
Photography started as a hobby for Jen in high school, when she convinced her mom to give her an old, 35mm Nikon. Over the years people started asking her for various photo sessions (her first wedding shoot was actually Jesse’s). In college Jen started to take graphic design & photography classes, as well as business courses. She eventually started showing her work in a few local art shows.
Jesse is fully self-taught and has always had a heart for photography. He used to sit in bookstores and thumb through photography books for hours. He started dabbling in graphic design and photography while doing church media for years, and it expanded slowly. Eventually, after Jen started to take photos for people, Jesse offered to help her with editing. After a few years of doing this, we decided it just made sense to open a business together. We bought cameras and equipment and the rest is history.
What makes you guys unique as photographers? Being friends for so long has really given us an edge when working together and has given us a great work dynamic. We can “talk” from across the room with out actually speaking (which is extremely helpful when it comes to shooting weddings). We are also able to make our clients feel more comfortable due to our relaxed nature with one another.
We are a little different when it comes to how we run our business. We treat all of our work as art. We hand edit everything you get and don’t limit what you receive. If it’s a good photo, you’ll likely see it in your gallery even if that means you get more photos than the average photographer provides.
Anything else we should know about you? Jesse is married and also has two beautiful daughters. He loves to cook, brew beer, and is actively pursuing a secondary career as a musician. Check out his band, The Lone Canary, by clicking on the name!
Jen loves traveling and is a self-proclaimed nerd (and is darn proud of it). She enjoys art, crossword puzzles, scotch, true crime shows/documentaries, and live music. She’s basically an old man.
Really, the main thing you need to know about us is this – we LOVE people and we LOVE photography, which means we love what we do and it shows in our work! SO… help us do what we love and let us give you photos YOU will love for years! Contact us for more information and check out our Instagram!
Business Address: Rockford
City: Rockford
State: Illinois

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Listing Title: Catalyst Design & Photography