“The camera is a tool that teaches you how to see without a camera.”
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The person in charge of messaging and scheduling
Hello Future Clients!
A little bit about us! We formed Neeley Photography back in 2012, as Sophomores in High School. Our names are Bree and Jesse, and we are the business owners! We are a boyfriend/girlfriend duo who run this company.
Our mission is to capture the beauty, personality, and individuality of each client!
Bree: Studied at Nikon School in Chicago 2012/2016, and Raleigh 2014. Currently she is getting her degree as a photographer at the University of Southern Indiana.
Awards: Best of Show Indiana State Fair 4-H Photography in 2013. Indiana State Fair Open Class Second Place Winner for Wedding Photography in the Professional Division in 2017. Indiana State Fair Open Class Honorable Mention in Professional Nature Photography 2018. USI Juried Student Art Show (Merit Award, Gift of: Jennifer L. Porter-Kieffer '06, Laurel Vaughn) 2021.
Jesse: Studied at Nikon School in Raleigh 2014 and Chicago 2016. He has his degree in accounting and computer information systems. Currently he is in charge of scheduling, accounting, and communication for the business.
Some of our favorite things outside of photography?
We are passionate about quality time with family and friends! We don't have the biggest family, but that means we cherish the ones we love even harder.
We love going on lunch dates, and that has really become our thing on Sunday's between photoshoots. We usually find ourselves at Panera or getting sushi.
Neither of us really drink coffee. But our Starbucks order is: (Jesse) Matcha Frappuccino, (Bree) Iced Matcha Latte add citrus and mint OR a London Fog.
Jesse's passions include UFO's, Aliens, conspiracy theories, Basketball, Bree, and playing the guitar.
Bree loves to roller skate, and is finally starting to get fast! Bree loves making cocktails for friends and family, and is always creating new recipes. If she wasn't a photographer, she'd probably be a bartender. She also loves her plant baby's.
Our greenhouse is our obsession! Our plant baby's have been thriving for a year now!
We are horror movie fanatics (as long as it's not gory). Name a horror movie, and we have probably watched it!
Some quick favorites! (We share most of our favorites, until it comes to podcasts):
Movies: The Conjuring Universe, The Joker Movie, and The Ritual.
Books: the Harry Potter Series, and Project Hail Mary.
TV shows: Servant, Stranger Things, Mindhunter, and Big Bang Theory.
(Jesse) The Secrets of Skin Walker Ranch, Last Podcast on the Left, Tin Foil Hat Club, Joe Rogan.
We love alternative music.
As long as we aren't already on a shoot, we try to go to as many street festivals as we can! We love the live music, art booths, and food trucks. We also are fond of traveling, but who isn't!
We hope this lets you get to know us a tad! It's always more fun when you feel like you know your photographers.
How did we meet?
We met in 8th grade, September 2010, at a volleyball game. Bree was taking photos for the yearbook, and Jesse was there supporting a friend. Jesse always says, I caught his attention because of my long blonde hair. I was new in school, and didn't know that many people yet. Jesse decided to make his move. He got up from the bleacher's walked past me and gave me a high five. Apparently that's how I got his attention though, because I did not hold back, I gave him a powerful high five. He spent the rest of the night moving around and choosing calculated seats where he could just chat with me. I don't honestly remember much from that night except that I met this really nice nerdy guy and his buddy. But from then on I was in Jesse's sight's. He spent a whole year in the relationship before we were even together. He got my attention, because he decided to buy a camera so he could take photos with me. (ready for some relic's?)
Then he started calling me at night to watch Big Bang Theory with me over the phone. Soon we started talking for 8 hour a night over the phone. We then had a brief embarrassing spat where we dated other people. But that only lasted a month, the night I ended things with my ex, I called Jesse crying. And immediately we were back to talking every night.
The last day of 8th grade, there was a lock in and I brought my little point and shoot camera. there is so many funny and stupid photos that were taken that day, including our first selfie together, and trust me it is truly embarrassing! We were sitting against the bleachers and Jesse didn't smile cause he was embarrassed by his lime green braces. I thought they were really cute though.
About a week later, we went to the movies with a group of friends, and he grabbed my hand.
3 day later Jesse invited me over to watch a movie with just him. We were hanging out in Jesse's parents attic, and it was a hot summers day. Like really hot. We watched the Matrix and then Forrest Gump, and Jesse Kissed me. We never really discussed it, but that's when we both decided we were dating. Although we kept it a secret from our friends for the rest of the summer. One of our friends knew, but still.
And from then on we've been together! We've been through 3 schools, 2 graduations, every school dance, all the proms, and sorority formals together. We started our business in 2012 together and from day one, every bit of it has been mutual. We've gone through multiple career switches for Jesse, and multiple degree switches for me to get to where we are now. And we are completely co-dependent. No point denying it. We grew up together, and everyone will tell you we are. I think the longest we've spent apart is 4 days, and we've never gone a day without talking.
About the Biz
“Excellent, genuine, and fun to be around during a shoot. Excellent attitudes and great ideas. I love that they are always snapping pictures; letting life happen and getting the best shot. Neeley Photograpy provided over 7000 pictures from my wedding, close to 3000 for my engagement, and I’d easily say 2000 were taken in a short shoot with my daughter. I will always recommend them, and love spending the shoot with them. They know when it’s time to do business and bring their A game to each shoot.”