Jes Lee

Little moments

I just read a post by a friend today that pointed out that sometimes you have to look for inspiration, and sometimes you have to make do with what you have. It is so very true, and something I need to remember these days. It has been slow getting back into artwork mode after the holidays, and inspiration hasn't exactly been knocking on my door. But there have been little chances to be creative popping up here and there, and I am realizing today that those are the moments I need to focus on more, and look for more of them, and the rest will follow. In fact, as I go through my day today, I am taking pictures with my Hasselblad. We'll see how the film comes out in the end, but it is accomplishing two things: 1. I'm taking pictures. 2. It is forcing me to get over the idea of "that really isn't worth putting on film". That is an easy trap to fall into. The reality is, film is pretty cheap, and you never know what you'll get unless you try.

Getting back to one of those 'little moments'…

A couple of Saturdays ago we went over to our friend's house. She had asked me to take pictures of her little boy. Now this little guy stole my heart the first moment I saw him in the hospital, and I love photographing him. We didn't do anything fancy, there were no backdrops, or fancy lighting. Just us and my camera and a few outfits and toys for him. 

I'm going to miss this little guy and his mom very much when they go to Japan for 3 months this spring, but I imagine his family there will greatly enjoy meeting him.

Until next time,



Some days just end up being a bit more complicated that you expect. Today was one of those, though I did manage to get a few things done.

In the end, I sat down and processed the images from one roll of film I shot a few weeks ago. All of these images were shot with my Hasselblad using a roll of expired 3600 speed Ilford black and white film.

It was kind of therapeutic. 

I don't usually shoot with this high of film speed. I like the grainy-ness in this batch though. It fits the subject. 

Until next time.


I leave you with…food

No, I'm not really going anywhere. At least not this week.

I realize I haven't posted for awhile.

I promise to remedy that very soon. 

I've been busy working on things, and getting back into the mode of creating after a vacation over the holidays. 

Sometimes it is hard to get back to things.

For now, I leave you with Okinomiyaki and Melon Soda from Japan. 

(one of the things I have been working on is our Japan book…i just finished placing the day two pictures! This photo is in the book layout now!!)


Until later


2010 – new things

Well, not too many new things. I have enough of the other things to work on. 

2010 has started out with a bang! This week I assisted a very fun friend in what turned out to be a very fun head-shot session at a local law firm. I think it ended up to be much more fun than either of us expected. 

A short list of what I learned from our two days of working together:

*setting up a backdrop

*using flashes and strobe lights and gels to make the backdrop colored instead of just white

*lawyers can be fun

*my Mamiya and my Hasselblad hook up to my strobe lights

*gels are much easier to use than I thought

*never underestimate the power of using the manual settings on your camera!!! 

I also happened to encounter a couple of amazing windows throughout the days of working, and I just happened to have a camera with me (who would have thought of that!)

The window in my friend's studio at the Northrup King Building

The setting sunlight and the reflections through the window in the office downtown on the 37th floor that we were using as a photo studio. 

Here's to amazing jobs, and an awesome new year!

Happy 2010!