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Why I am a Photographer

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Why I am a Photographer

Before Neyssa Lee Photography

Growing up, I always had a camera in my hand. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved the click of the shutter. I loved that I could capture those things that were important to me. I could document my life the way I wanted to. However, photography was never going to be a career for me because you have to be creative and an artist to be a photographer - and I did not see myself as either of those things. I had a dream of becoming a director of film or more likely, I wanted to work for Disney in their marketing department.

After I graduated from college, I found myself with a degree in business, working at Starbucks, with no desire to sit at a desk job. The irony is that I had never imagined owning my own business. In fact, during my entrepreneurial course that was required to graduate, I often thought. "Who would ever want to run a business?" It was my husband who encouraged me to start Neyssa Lee Photography and even found me my first client.

Motherhood Changes You

In the beginning, I was preserving a piece of a childhood I missed out on for the kids of the families that hired me. I was capturing them with their parents who loved them, and it brought me great joy.

Then, when I became a mother, my life was turned upside down. I experienced first-hand how fleeting each stage with my baby was. In the blink of an eye, he went from newborn to infant to toddler. The passing of time left me longing to hold onto my tiny baby, while celebrating each milestone he passed. This paradox of motherhood made me reach for my camera even more.

With my son’s growth, my photography changed. I was no longer clicking the shutter for the children, but for the mother who just wanted to hold on a little longer. Suddenly, I understood the details, the moments, the looks that all mattered.

 Photo by Megann Robinson - My girls meeting their baby brother for the first time.

Photo by Megann Robinson - My girls meeting their baby brother for the first time.


Life Happens and Makes You Stronger

Over the course of the next seven years, I had four babies and four miscarriages. I was fortunate to have had my first two children without any problems. But it took a year and a half and three consecutive losses to bring our first rainbow baby home. When I thought I had endured enough as we tried for our fourth child, we lost a baby girl at 14-weeks gestation. We had already announced we were going to be a family of six, we had already told the kids, we had already heard our baby's heartbeat. Those years of struggle and grief made me a better, more compassionate photographer.

I see each newborn as a true blessing, whether I know the entire story behind his/her arrival or not. I know the heartbreak of loss, how that baby always stays with a family. I know the sheer bittersweet joy of a rainbow baby. I see the gift each child is for a family, whether adopted or biological.


Photographing is Healing

Photography helped me heal a broken childhood, hold onto a family that gave me a family. It has helped cope with how fast my children have grown and move through the pain of grief. It is more than a creative outlet, it is a lifeline. I know how important photography is for myself, my journey, and my family. I bring all of that to each session, knowing it's important to you, too.

Why I am a Photographer, Self Portrait, Neyssa Lee Photography

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 Fall Family Photos by the River | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Fall Family Photos by the River | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

I always feel so fortunate when a family asks me to photograph their family year after year. It means they enjoyed their experience, loved their photos, and trust me to capture them again. It is even more special when that family is a friend from school. 

This mama and I have known each other since the 4th grade when I moved to Washington State. In high school we were very close, from playing tennis together to waiting in a line hours long when Krispy Kreme first came to Issaquah. However, life took us on different paths for a while and we lost touch part way through college. Fortunately for me, she found me on social media when their oldest girl was just 6 months old. Since then we have reconnected and I have gotten to photograph her family as it has grown. 

Photography means so much. It is a way to document your family in the here and now, to look back and where you've been, and in my case, it has given me the chance to reconnect with an old friend. 

I only slightly apologize for the overshare of photos from their fall family photos by the river. I just can't help myself, I shoot a lot and I give families large galleries. If you'd love family photos with me, I am now booking 2018 sessions.

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