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?
As of now, most of my images are my own fine art photography that I create while traveling over the summer when I'm not working at E.V. Cain Middle School as a Librarian and Para Educator.
In my past career as a camera store owner and studio photographer I spent my time as a commercial photographer focused on high quality, impactful images for advertising and marketing and loved working on a team of fellow creatives and art directors.
I also created classic fine art portraits for a select and highly limited number of clients per year, Shooting most of my wedding and portrait work on film then later in digital formats.
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 over ten 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 sadly closed our brick and mortar location in downtown Auburn due to economic downturns and dramatic changes in the retail industry. 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. Currently I'm a Full-Time employee of E.V. Cain Middle School as a Librarian / PARA Educator and most of my photographic works currently revolve around Landscape images and my own Fine Art pursuits.