Levi and Caleb Ely (pronounced "ee-lee") are brothers who've always gotten along. When they were kids Levi dreamed of opening a multi-level musical instrument store. Caleb wanted to be a professional BMX rider.

Levi and Caleb Ely (pronounced "ee-lee") are brothers who've always gotten along. When they were kids Levi dreamed of opening a multi-level musical instrument store. Caleb wanted to be a professional BMX rider.

But they found themselves as adults working unsatisfying jobs (in Levi's case, assembly line work) and decided to study photography in their blips of free time. They consumed all they could about the craft, watching videos online, reading books and talking to professionals.

"So many people told us not to do it," Caleb said. "They said the market was oversaturated; too many people are trying to become photographers."

They didn't listen.

Caleb and Levi began shooting weddings, capturing moments lovely in their candidness. Popular local businesses now hire them - Jeni's, Middle West Spirits, Tigertree, These Are Things.

A year and a half ago they were holding business meetings at Caribou Coffee. Today, they've moved into this sprawling third floor studio in Victorian Village and hired another photographer, fellow self-taught artist Brittany Stigler.

"They have a ribbing sense of humor. They pick on me," Stigler said, adding that the brothers' relationship has helped make them successful. "They're very honest with each other.