We had the good fortune of connecting with Joseph Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joseph, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been taking photos for over five years now. While my skill with a camera has improved, my love for photography has not diminished. I started with an iPhone 6, trying to take photos that captured a mood or feeling instead of just the objects in front of the camera. If I can make the viewer feel as if they are with me taking the photo, then my goal has been accomplished.
After a few years of senior photos and weddings, I realized my photography was a marketable skill. Immersive photos with the power to make the viewer feel a certain way could be used for commercial purposes. Balancing the career with the hobby isn’t always easy, but I love my work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My photography fits somewhere in between the travel/adventure/lifestyle genres. I love the outdoors and hiking, and I take my camera with me on all of my trips. I’m blessed to be able to have my hobby be my job. I’m excited to continue producing work for myself and others, and I’m grateful for everyone who’s already given me opportunities. Say yes to every opportunity and just see where it leads you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The title of this prompt is “favorite spots in the city” but most of my favorite spots aren’t in any city. My go-to places are all outdoors, specifically in Colorado. If you’re visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and you want to get away from the crowds, get there early and hike as far up as you can. Check out Sky Pond and Lake Haiyaha. If you’re into more hardcore hiking, try a Coloredo 14er. Many of the lesser known ones will give you another chance to get away from the crowds. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s many ways to safely camp and hike without paying a fortune for hotels and restaurants. A couple PB&J’s go a long way.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all of the YouTube photography community. There’s some great artists putting out great work and tutorials. I learned almost everything I know about photography from YouTube.