Our Team

We’ve assembled an all-star team in the US, Canada, and the Philippines.

These are Photoshop wizards behind your brilliant sky replacements, these are the programmers and developers behind your fast and efficient uploader interface, these are the smiling faces that bring you the best customer support in the industry and this is the team that is helping you grow a beautiful and healthy photography business.

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Kristian Pettyjohn, CEO

As co-founder and chief technology officer, Kristian is the “Brawn” of PhotoUp who fast-tracked the business from idea to reality. A former Realtor turned Web Developer, Kristian moonlights as a world traveler and entrepreneur. A double major in Marketing and Finance, Kristian is a drum-playing soccer-aficionado who spends his free time exploring the great outdoors and pondering the future of the internet.

Chris Palmer, President

Chris is a social entrepreneur with professional backgrounds in social start-ups, human resource management, and international non-profit development. Holding a BA from Calvin College and a specialized MBA degree focusing on triple bottom line enterprise from Colorado State University, Chris helps lead PhotoUp under the role of CEO. Having worked in diverse sectors and cultures around the world, he believes in the power of enterprise to solve some of the most stubborn issues in our world. Chris and his wife are Michiganders and live in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids.

Devon Higgins, VP of Marketing

Devon came to PhotoUp with a background in digital marketing and communications. With a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University and previous experience working with both big business and non-profits, Devon brings a well-rounded perspective to the team. Outside of PhotoUp, you can find Devon coaching and playing soccer, socializing in downtown Grand Rapids, or going on adventures throughout the great state of Michigan.

Dave & Jenn Stark, Creative Director & Resident Photographer

Professional photographers from Toronto, Canada, Dave and Jenn bring the experience of life as working photographers and a passion for helping photographers grow better businesses to the PhotoUp team. Both professionally trained teachers, for the past four years Dave and Jenn have started and continue to run a successful photography business in Toronto while traveling the globe in search of adventure, beautiful stories, and the chance to make a difference. Dave and Jenn believe in the power of partnership across nations and cultures to help make a difference in people’s lives. In their downtime they enjoy going on hikes and camping. To see some of their work, visit their photography website at jennanddavestark.com.