Feature Friday//Neyssa Lee Photography//September 1, 2017

Last week Neyssa Lee Photography shared a really gorgeous {beautiful light in everyday life} image and this week we get to see more of her gorgeous work and get to know her a bit. 


Please tell us about yourself…

I am a mother to 3 children (ages 6, 4 & 2) with our fourth child due in January! My husband and I live in a small town that is a suburb of Seattle and we love it here (though I wouldn’t mind a little less rain!). Our family loves to go on small adventures outdoors. As long as it isn’t raining, you can find us exploring a new park, throwing rocks in the river, or golfing. I always have my camera on me, capturing the every day moments with my kids. I also run a family and newborn photography business that keeps me pretty busy. I love the opportunity that a photography business gives me - to be home with my kids while still doing something creative. 


Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?

This is a tough question for me. When I pick up my camera I am aiming to capture light beautifully, connection, and/or a story. Whether I am photographing my own family, or a client, I want my work to speak to them. I want a family (or my kids) to look at the images and see who they were at a certain point in time, or how much they were loved or how much they loved someone or something else. And of course, beautiful light just makes an image that much more impactful and more of a piece of art, too!


What sparked your passion for photography?

 I was adopted at the age of 10 and found myself wanting to photograph everything to hold onto it. I always was asking for a new camera and went through a ton of film. However, I didn’t see myself as a photographer for many years later. As cliche as it may sound, the birth of my son and seeing how quickly he was growing and changing before my eyes pushed my passion for photography into overdrive. It became a need to capture my children as they grow. 


What's in your camera bag right now?

I try to keep it pretty simple. I have a Canon Mark ii and 3 lenses - the Canon 50L f1.2, the Canon 135L f2, and the Sigma Art 35mm lens. Those three lenses give me plenty of variety for the kind of shooting I do. Though I wouldn’t mind adding the Canon 85L lens too!


What is your dream shoot or project?

I would love to start taking birth clients. I love everything about birth and how different every birth story is. However, my children are at an age that it just wouldn’t work for my family. But maybe someday. I would also love to do a shoot featuring moms and their rainbow babies in some form or another. I don’t know what that would look like. But as both a mother of a rainbow baby, and having a rainbow baby on the way, I feel this urge to showcase the beauty and rawness of having a child after a loss. 


What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?

One of the main things I thought was that I would reach an “end point” with my photography journey. In that, I would reach a predetermined skill set and be content. However, I see that is truly is a journey and that there is always more to learn. I’m always finding new techniques or things to try and that what keeps my photography fresh and my passion strong. 


What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?

Shoot as much as you can. Last year I completed my first 365 Project, and the process of shooting every day, going through ruts and fighting my way through them taught me so much. My photography really grew last year, I found my voice, became more consistent and really just grew. I think if you’re shooting regularly it will give you the experience to shoot in all types of light and situations so that when you have a session with a less than ideal situation, you’re ready for it.