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Model Mayhem #:
2290642
Last Activity:
Jul 18, 2018
Experience:
Very Experienced
Compensation:
Depends on Assignment
Joined:
Jul 08, 2011

About Me

Hello! Thanks for taking a peek at my profile. If you dig my work and personal philosophy, I’d be happy to collaborate with you on an awesome photography project.

If you’d like to skip all the wordiness, you can scroll straight down to Collaboration Guidelines below for working with me.

My portfolio site: http://www.chrisclee.com
My Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/chrisclee.ig
Troo Wear (my clothing line) site: http://www.troowear.com
Troo Wear - Yahoo! / Medium feature: https://www.medium.com/@Sandy_Dover/introspection-2-an-interview-with-troo-s-chris-lee-305087e3f446
Troo Wear - Fkn' Famous feature: http://www.fkn-famous.com/2011/12/fashion-troo-wear/

I’ve returned to Model Mayhem to work on more portraiture after a great period of photography / film projects through other venues. Most of my work is outside of Model Mayhem now, so if you want more information than what I have on this profile, please contact me. If I sent you a friend request / inquiry, it means I did take a serious look at your profile’s work and would definitely be interested to establish a solid collaboration.

Check out a project I worked on, the release advertisement for Axent Wear Headphones (raised over $3,000,000):

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJugaD6rs2g
Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/axent-wear-cat-ear-headphones#/
My site: http://www.chrisclee.com/axent-wear-kickstarter-shoot/

At the Axent Wear shoot:





Preview of the latest shoots below (as of 7/18/2018):

Collaborated with: Kai.






Collaborated with: Jill.






Collaborated with: Savannah.






Collaborated with: Carla.






Collaborated with: Victor.






Collaborated with: Lau.






Collaborated with: Robin.






Collaborated with: Bennett & Ayla.






Collaborated with: Rex.






Collaborated with: Danielle.






Collaborated with: Jessica.






Collaborated with: Angelique.






Collaborated with: Addison.






INTRODUCTION:

I actually first started off with a love for streetwear. My 90’s upbringing infused a healthy appreciation of graffiti artists, streetwear labels, and skater culture throughout my angsty teenage years. Growing up I wanted to own a streetwear brand of my very own. So as a kid I saved up and bought my very first 4 color process printer, then began designing and grinding out tee shirts:




I initially sold to friends and at a local Tapioca Express cafe, where a nice owner allowed me to set up a pop up shop next to his entrance:



From there I eventually opened an online website/shop and social media pages, attended more streetwear conventions, etc. Over the years my audience grew and grew and the brand became more of a lifestyle:





I branched off into designing jackets, jeans, hats, and more. The culmination of these efforts resulted in Troo Wear, the brainchild of my fashion ideas:






What does this have to do with photography? Well, I needed catalog and lookbook photos. I didn’t have a handy assistant 24/7 so I simply bought a camera and did the shoots myself. Where did I find my first models? Everywhere, really. From friends to complete strangers. It was a fun and thrilling experience to break out of my day-to-day life routine and talk to folks out of the blue who shared common artistic interests. When everyone comes together to create something beautiful, it’s truly a magical moment.

Later I found a happy marriage with Model Mayhem (in 2011) where I was able to efficiently search for, contact, and work with other models who needed my work for their portfolio.

As I matured my graphic design and photography throughout college, I started other interests. I joined a dance group called AFX Dance and performed on stage. I photographed their dance event and created a concept varsity jacket for AFX Dance from Troo Wear through a collaboration effort:



Later, some of my dancer friends asked me to record a dance music video for them to use as a showcase for acceptance into competitions, etc. After this first amateur dance video project, I fell in love with cinematography. These dancer friends later became a wildly popular group, performing in one of the largest dance venues ever: World of Dance Bay Area. They are called Identity X:



Original amateur video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U8QNUZwv60

Identity X @ WODLA16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4LK9EUmUKc

Soon, I began to design new clothing just so I could do more shoots. Every time I looked at a painting or a photograph or a film I instinctively analyzed the lighting, composition, visual storytelling, etc. and could do so for hours on end.

Then the lightbulb went off in my head, the dots connected, I realized how much I loved photography and film, and shouted “Eureka!”

From that day forth I dedicated my life to professional photography.

I seek to capture the moments that make people feel alive.

I seek to refine and perfect the timeless beauty and grace that every individual has in himself/herself.

I seek to respectfully and professionally collaborate with my peers to leave a photographic legacy, however great or small, as long as it is fondly remembered.

COLLABORATION GUIDELINES:

As of 2018, I have hit my 11th year of photography.

I specialize in:

1. Fashion - i.e. streetwear catalog and lookbook
2. Event Photography - i.e. comic conventions / dance showcases
3. Portraiture - i.e. Linkedin photos, group photos, headshots, etc.
4. Landscape - i.e. travel photography during my trips to Taiwan and Japan

I am a down-to-earth, genuine person. I am respectful of my peers, operate efficiently, conduct myself professionally and get straight to business. Though I like to test my creative boundaries in photography and design, I am conservative and traditional in my attitude. I like what I like, don’t like what I don’t like, and wear my heart on my sleeve. I am always optimistic and would rather take the “what could be” route rather than the “what isn’t” route.

I very much live by the “treat others how you’d like to be treated” concept and am looking for models that believe in the same.

I enjoy working with models who have these qualities:

1. Patient and respectful (it takes time and energy to setup the overall lighting and design of the scene)
2. Sense of humor (makes the shoot go by like a gentle breeze)
3. Attention to detail
4. Humble and follows instructions

I only shoot TFP if you can guarantee me a shoot of my creative direction + location of at least 2 hours. Extra compensation for a model will be considered based on experience (please be reasonable when comparing the value of your work with mine).

BEGINNER MODELS WELCOME (just let me know ahead of time so I can prepare instructions, etc.) - it will be a great intro into building your modeling portfolio.

I may seem younger than most photographers you work with. Don’t worry about it.

For paid:

1. Hourly rate up to 8 hours.
2. Day rate up to five days.
3. If you have a large job more than 5 days worth, we can discuss custom pricing.
4. If long-distance travel is required, all travel expenses must be covered.

You can also contact me directly at [email protected]

All my online photos are copyrighted by the U.S. Copyright Office. This will happen for future work as well. Unless there is a specific work-for-hire agreement between us, please ask for permission.

Restrictions:

1. I do not date peers who collaborate with me on a professional project. Don’t ask.
2. I do not shoot nudes. Don’t ask.

RANDOM FUN FACTS:

1. My favorite style of dance is popping.
2. I very much like jazz.
3. I enjoy chicken noodle soup. I also dig lasagna.
4. I am fascinated with the cosmos, stars, and planets.
5. I am an introvert. I scored an INFJ on the Myer-Briggs test.
6. I love deep, heart-to-heart discussions of life philosophies.

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"Chris is one of the best photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with! He gives great direction in a pleasant and concise manner. He has an eye for the details and will deliver the most incredible photos. " Read less

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"Chris was a true artist and has an eye for detail! He made me feel very comfortable and gave great guidance when it came to posing and finding the light. In addition to being a talented photographer, he also has a very friendly personality. I would absolutely work with him again!" Read less

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"Chris is a pleasure to work with! He is patient and helped guide me to work the best angles to produce some really great shots! I definitely would recommend working with him in the future!" Read less

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"Chris is a professional and humble photographer. He is very easy to work with and knows how to be creative with whatever he has. Indeed, he had worked with professional and newer models as he knows how to make newer models feel comfortable and has a variety of poses and ideas. I recommend Chris to anyone who wants to work with a talented and professional photographer." Read less

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"Christopher is a true professional in his field. He knows what he does and does it perfectly! I really enjoyed our photoshoot and the result amazed me. Thank you so much for beautiful shots, wonderful retouching and your professionalism. It was my pleasure to work with you! I will definitely recommend Christopher as a true professional and a great person who will fulfill all your desires! " Read less

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"Chris is a true professional. He has an exceptional attention to detail, a strong eye for composition, and has honed his techniques to produce extremely high quality images. He gave me posing tips that I will definitely be using on future shoots, and for that I am extremely grateful. Chris is exceptional and I would not hesitate in the slightest to work with him again!" Read less

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"Loved working with you! Super professional and really helped me feel comfortable after such a long type without modeling. Without a doubt, recommend for any type of shoots!" Read less

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"Chris did an amazing job directing me and making me feel comfortable. Very professional and well prepared. Great attention to detail, very impressed by his work and would be honored to work with him again!" Read less

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"Had a wonderful experience shooting with Chris. His relaxed and friendly nature made me comfortable from the start and his professionalism only added to the ease of being in front of the camera. Things moved swiftly as he comes prepared and knows just how get that perfect shot. 10/10 would recommend.:)" Read less

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"Chris is professional and an obviously experienced photographer. When we worked together he demonstrated a high degree of creativity in using our surroundings during the shoot, and was very pleasant to collaborate with. The photos from our session are truly impressive, and I very much appreciate the contribution his photos will make in my portfolio." Read less

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"I had such a great photoshoot with chris in the City. He gave good direction and I loved all the pictures I ended up with." Read less

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"Christopher is a fantastic photographer and very professional and capable. He is creative and takes high quality shots. I would love to shoot with Chris again!" Read less

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"I absolutely loved working with Chris. He is an expert photographer, professional and knows exactly how to make you feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera. He was a pleasure to work with and I would be honored to work with him again. Thank you Chris!" Read less

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"I am so happy to have gotten the chance to shoot with Chris. He is an incredible photographer, and truly has a wonderful eye for finding wonderful shots. He was very professional as well as skilled in finding unique concepts to work with. I would recoment anyone looking to acquire high quality, unique, professional shots to contact." Read less

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"Christopher is incredibly professional, creative, and passionate about his work! I was in awe of his ability to utilize any outdoor environment to capture a shot. He is masterful at his work - he has a clear direction and knows how to adjust poses. He also demonstrated that he is really intuitive and considerate of his model's needs. I found myself trusting his judgement, interested in his vision, and feeling excited about the final product. I would certainly recommend him to any model!" Read less

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"Looking to shoot?! I recommend you shoot with the one and only Christopher C. Lee! He is artistic, talented, very professional and well prepared. I’m so amazed with his work and I am honored to have been able to work with him. He was patient and was able to provide me guidance. I would definitely work with him again! Thank you Chris! I am in love with the photos. Without you, it wouldn’t be anything!" Read less

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"Chris was patient, kind, and encouraging. He does beautiful work and has a great eye for visualizing the potential of seemingly bland settings- a true artist! I'm grateful to have worked with him and would definitely collaborate with him again." Read less

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"Loved working with the talented Chris, time flew by so fast.Gives great advise, makes you feel at ease and comfortable. Very very creative and artistic, full of great projects. ☺ Should totally model for him!" Read less

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"A fantastic photographer who certainly has a great eye and aesthetic. I really look forward to working with him again. He's professional, honest and very pleasant. You won't regret working with him. Also, he likes Persona 5 and knows Death Note. That's a plus for me!" Read less

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"Christopher is a master at what he does. He is both professional and fun to work with, and his photos are absolutely breathtaking. I hope to work with him again in the future!" Read less

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"EXCELLENT~ Christopher was extremely easy going, encouraging and comfortable to be around. Christopher fully invests in each photo~ he pays attention to the little details. Each image he takes is truly thought out- through his thoughtfulness and creative passion he is able to create stunning master pieces. He made shooting entertaining and he offered suggestions for many great poses. He not only has amazing equipment- but the artistic talent to create powerful images! 100% recommended!" Read less

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"Kind, considerate, conscientious, and tremendously talented young photographer. He makes you feel at ease and has a great eye for little spots around the city that add great texture and color to your shots. looking forward to working with him again! " Read less

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"Chris was excellent to work with; he is an incredibly kind, patient, professional and instructive photographer that I would not hesitate to collaborate with again in the future. We did an outdoor shoot in San Francisco and Chris has a great eye for selecting interesting backdrops and setting up fun action shots. He doesn't hesitate to reshoot a scene if he feels that better images could be captured. I really enjoyed creating with Chris and appreciate the diversity that this will lend to my portfolio." Read less

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"Thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris-- he's very professional and gave me plenty of tips on how to pose. Has very high end equipment and is great at editing and retouching photos. Would love to work with him again in the future. " Read less

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"Chris is such a sweet person! He is serious and passionate about his work and takes a lot of effort for each photo he takes to create wonderful results! He has great vision to find the perfect set location. I highly recommend him as a photographer to work with." Read less

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"I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with Chris: very talented and responsible photographer, I was impressed by his skill, patience and respect for the model; he has an independent unique vision of the frame and it's story, he works skillfully with light and textures - an artist. I want to note his courtesy, kindness and commitment - it's a real pleasure to work with a man who genuinely loves what he does, strives for self-development and wants to give the world more beauty and positive." Read less

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"Chris was great to work with! I really appreciated his professionalism and great ideas, as well as his upbeat personality." Read less

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"Chris is such a wonderful photographer! Instantly made me feel comfortable and very helpful with posing tips. I am excited to work with him again! I would definitely recommend Chris to all models!" Read less

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"Christoper was a great photographer to work with! Very professional, great mentor, good eye for poses and for location! Definitely a must shoot!!! Will be doing more work!!!" Read less

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"Being my first time in front of the professional camera Christopher made made me feel like I'd been modeling for years! His direction, personality, and work environment is top notch. I would not hesitate to work with him again as our pictures speak for themselves. Thank you for all your beautiful work, I am honored with the experience." Read less

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"Chris was a great photographer to work with. He has a professional studio and really took his time to make sure we got everything out of the shoot. I like that he incorporated both his ideas and my ideas into the shoot. Would definitely recommend him as a photographer, thank you Chris! (:" Read less

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"Christopher is a wonderful photographer and was great to work with! He is very professional during shoots and also had some very helpful tips about posing. He is very talented at photography and I would work with him again. Highly recommended!" Read less

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"This was the third time I had worked with someone to get headshots, and the third time was definitely the charm. Chris is ultra professional, knowledgable, and efficient. Our session was very educational, as Chris taught me many things about posing and achieving the best look. It was an easy experience, and I recommend him to anyone looking for portraits and headshots. Thanks Chris!" Read less

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"Christopher was an absolute delight to work with. Not only is his studio equipped and beautiful, but his creativity and skill made the entire shoot really enjoyable. I would most definitely recommend Christopher to others in the industry and I hope to have the chance to work with him myself. " Read less

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