Who is Jason Byron Lee?
Photography has always been a part of my life. I received my first camera at 6 years old, and since then I’ve rarely had a moment in my life that I didn’t have a camera in my hands. I'm an avid hiker/backpacker and love being outdoors and I'm currently a member of Eureka Lodge #16 of the Free & Accepted Masons. I'm married, and the father of 2 beautiful daughters.
How do I describe my work?
First of all, I'm a commercial photographer focused on high quality, impactful images for your advertising and marketing needs. I love working on a team of fellow creatives and art directors and I bring great creative energy to your project all while working with professionalism and skill. I also create classic fine art portraits for a select and highly limited number of clients per year. I require a face to face interview to discuss your session goals (from large wall portraits to desk sized 8x10's) clothing choices, and how you wish you portrait session to "feel". My images can be either created on top of the line digital gear, or on film for a truly classic look.
My images have been published in magazines in over 80 countries and hold numerous regional and national awards for my imaging. I photographed weddings all over the U.S.A. from California to as far east as Tennessee for over 20 years. I also specialize in historic photo restoration and have done work for many local museums and historical archives doing artwork and reprinting of old color and B&W photos. I've also been teaching advanced photography classes for the Placer School for Adults in Auburn, Ca. for almost 10 years.
My family history in the photographic industry
Our studio opened in 1897 as the W.E. Banbrock photography studio. In 1945 it was purchased by my grandfather Howard Gibson Lee and renamed “Lee of Auburn Photography” and operated as a full camera store, photo lab, and photographic studio. In 1970 it was purchased by my father Byron Gibson Lee, and in January 2004 My wife and I purchased the business, and shortened the name to “Lee Photo” And on November 1st 2012 we closed our brick and mortar location in downtown Auburn and we made the transition to become a totally mobile studio to better serve our clients that are spread out around California. I’m very proud of the history of Lee Photo, and I still own W.E. Banbrocks original camera that he used in his studio over a century ago.