Jaymie Lee Photography

“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”


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Mugshots

As the final project for one of my classes last semester, I created a series of mugshots. I found simply doing the mugshots themselves to be boring so I decided to add something extra- a before photo. Mind you the mugshots themselves aren’t exactly traditional but the other images help create a story. It’s up to you to decide what crimes were committed. I’d love to hear your theories!

 

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Oldies.

I don’t like to go back and post things that I’ve done in the past but for some reason today I figured, why not. Here’s some of my much older work. Don’t judge me too harshly- I’m pretty sure I’ve come a long way.

I should also note that every one of these images was shot in .jpeg. There are no RAW files.

To begin with: People!

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Balloons!

There will always be a plethora of things that I doubt about myself but there is one thing that will never make it into that category because I know it to be true– I am a great story teller. Be it with the written or spoken word or with photographs, it is my strength and my gift. I have been doing it for as long as I can remember and I don’t believe I’ll ever stop. When I entered my 20’s I was introduced to photography as a new way to tell the stories that I had in my head and over the past few years it has become my favored medium. I’ve played with many different things through personal experimentation and school assignments but I’ve always lingered on the edge of darkness. Hell, sometimes I’ve jumped right over the edge– I’ve created murder scenes, a series of mug shots & relating crimes, fears.. my first solo exhibition involved the dark secrets kept behind closed doors (well, windows) and included domestic abuse, stalking, substance abuse and much more.

But as interesting as drama and conflict are, they aren’t all I’ve had inside. I just haven’t been comfortable sharing the happy, fun side of myself through my photos until now.

Yesterday I had to shoot with my brother’s beautiful girlfriend, Stephanie. She is not a model- she is in fact a lawyer- but you would never be able to tell that from these images. She’s great to work with and we had a ton of fun with a few simple props that helped us forget about the fact that it was 93 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside while we were shooting. I’ll share more later but this little series within a series is too fun to wait.

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