It occurred to me that maybe I should write some more to tell you about me.
My name is Sherwin Lee. I was born in Florida in 1983, as an FSU fan. I grew up on the Atlantic coast of Florida, casually ignoring shuttle and rocket launches (after a while they get old) and yearning to see snow, mountains, and clear mountain streams. I lived there until I moved to Atlanta to attend college. I met my wife during my college years, got married in 2006, replicated my mother’s X chromosome in 2009 (i.e. had a baby girl, blogonym Pearl), and then replicated my very own Y chromosome in 2012 (i.e. had a baby boy, blogonym Optimus). I do have a non-photography day job, which I am grateful for, but enjoy photography much more than my day job. And that’s why you’re here looking at this website.
My photography history? I can’t claim that I’ve been taking pictures for 40 years. Part of that would be because I haven’t existed for 40 years yet. I started getting into snapshot photography around Y2K (thank goodness we all survived!), when I convinced my parents to get a Canon Powershot S20. I used the megapixels out of that thing, documenting all sorts of things. I remember thinking it was so cool that I could see the photos right away and that we didn’t need to pay for film processing.
Fast forward to 2009 when my sister-in-law took some nice DSLR photos of Pearl at 2 months old. My dad saw the pictures and instantly said that we needed to get a camera of similar quality, and if we couldn’t afford it, he’d subsidize.
I’m a very what-you-see-is-what-you-get, no-nonsense kind of person. Things are the way they are. I place high value on honesty. When someone asks me how I’m doing, I don’t automatically say “Fine thanks and you?” I like to give a truthful answer. Maybe I’m not doing fine. Maybe I am doing fine and I don’t really care about how you’re doing 😉 While this may make me seem like a cold individual, when I say something like “Good to see you,” it means I really do mean it. Now doesn’t that make you happy or bring me closer to being a bubbly happy human being? 🙂
I’m not one to use flowery language unless I really mean it. I’m also one to shy away from using trite or overused concepts. Probably 9 out of 10 photographer’s websites out there use the term “passion”, “passionate”, or “vision” at least 4.7 times on their About page, and perhaps about the same number of those photographer’s sites are pretty humorless. I also notice that photographers like to call their price page “Investment.” That is, if they even list their prices (acceptable for certain categories of photographer not to list, but portrait photographers ought to)
Nah. Not me. I call it Prices, and they’re listed quite plainly. If I had a page called “Investments” then I’d be telling you about stocks, mutual funds, and other bad investment advice such as telling you to invest in human-managed mutual funds (that one’s free, further bad tips will cost you $5)
Me, I’m a real person, I like to laugh, and I like to make people laugh. As for photography, I get enjoyment from it, simple as that. I enjoy capturing memories for myself and others. I like for pictures to tell stories, but not all pictures have to tell stories. Sometimes a picture is just a picture, you know?
So there you have it. That’s me, summarized on a short webpage. Book me for a session and let’s see what memories and moments in time we can capture. (that’s about as cheesy talk as you will get from me)