The name H.H. Boogie is rooted in family. Har, Henan, and Boogie are the nicknames of the eldest three of the Kester children. Ashley and Jeremy Kester founded H.H. Boogie in 2012, out of a desire to focus on stories and people. Jeremy had been in the photography industry since 2005, and his love of creating, exploring, telling and preserving stories drew him to create H.H. Boogie and a line of heirloom quality products that would help other photographers to do the same.
From the beginning, H.H. Boogie has truly been a family affair. Jeremy’s father, Aaron, spent over twenty years in the hardwood industry and had shaken more hands and made more lasting friendships in the Amish community than you could imagine. He handled the production side of H.H. Boogie, so Jeremy could continue to focus on vision. Laura, Jeremy’s mother, was a CPA and handled accounting; she kept the budgets on track and the company running smoothly by extension. Ashley took over as President of H.H. Boogie, ensuring that clients were cared for like the family they were to everyone behind the scenes. Even the kids took part from time to time, helping with little tasks like placing corks in vials and accompanying Ashley on trips out to the shops.
In 2017, after a fulfilling five years in business, Ashley and Jeremy announced that they would be stepping down from H.H. Boogie and closing up shop to focus on a new season for their family.
Even then, family shone through.
Melissa and Conrad Miller first learned of H.H. Boogie through Conrad’s father. He was one of the builders for the H.H. Boogie line. When they heard the news about the Kesters closing up shop, they felt it would be a shame to see such a great product line disappear. They reached out to Ashley and Jeremy to see if they could step in to keep H.H. Boogie in business. After long talks together and sharing vision, the decision was made to transition the company over to Melissa and Conrad and keep H.H. Boogie running.
Now, the Miller family is upholding the same values and vision that the Kesters first put into place when H.H. Boogie began. With their two children at their side, Conrad and Melissa own and operate H.H. Boogie with family at the heart of all they do. Their home is full of love, laughter, a lack of sleep and plenty of craziness – but they know that their boys make everything well worth it. Knowing the importance of family, story-telling, and leaving legacies, the Millers are dedicated to helping you to preserve and tell stories in ways that will stand the test of time.
From then to now, H.H. Boogie is for you and for generations.