We had the good fortune of connecting with Zachary Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zachary, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As I was previously working as a welder, I was working a job that made me feel like my soul was dying, that didn’t allow me to express myself, that I was working a job that didn’t allow me to reach my full potential. I was stuck in a cubicle and feeling very isolated.  Feeling a lack of love and a lack of fulfillment.  From a deep suffering of feeling like my life was going to go to waste if I stayed along this path, I did some soul searching in order to find a lifestyle I wanted to live.  I knew I wanted to be able to connect and give something to others.  I also knew I wanted to create and to express myself and my emotions.  And I really knew I wanted to be able to talk to others and get to know them.  After many
months of reading books trying to change my attitude and my course of life to owning my own business.  It finally hit me that I wanted to do photography.  It was like a flash of lighting that gave me so much excitement and then I said to myself “This is actually some I can do”.  It took me quite awhile to realize that this was a possiblity and without reading and changing my attitude, I never would have been able to have seen myself a person that could accept such a thing into my life.  The idea of photography or notion that I could accomplish it would have never happened if I didn’t make myself ready accept it.  The same day I bought a camera and from that point on it has been trial and error and a lot of work to get to the place I am now.  But there was never an option of quitting so I knew it would work out.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I specialize in portraiture and branding images.  On one side of things is my portraits and creative session.  This is for people to explore themselves in a different light.  Get a unique perspective into who they’re.  I aim to find deeper emotions and something more real within the images I take of someone.  In this experience there will be a lot of conversation and I will try to photograph each individual as I see including all sides of them. The good or the bad, the perfected or the flawed, the happy or the sad. The point is to find acceptance and a love for ones self in its entirety. And once the acceptance is found, to then be able to express themselves in their trueest form, giving a life to their images.

The other side of things is my branding work. This type of session is for those that need to look absolutely incredible for their line of work and for them to stand out of the crowd. It’s a much more simplistic approach and is catered to their brand or whatever career they’re in or pursuing.  Simply making them look like they stand above the crowd and are something to behold. All of my work however has a connection from the subject to the camera, and that is what I believe makes my work special. The human element that gives that soulful feeling. I want my work to help people to express themselves, to find acceptance, to become confident in who they’re, to grow, to be more, and to be seen and heard.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I personally don’t know many spots for eating.  However I do always recommend one pizza place in Culver City called Roma Specialty formerly known as Bella Vista.  It’s an all you can eat pizza place with so many different styles of pizza and delicious toppings.  As far as things to do, I’m personally a homebody and a rock climber and I would suggest hitting up a rock climbing gym. They are all over so just google rock climbing gyms and you’ll be alright.  Also, you can never go wrong with a hike and for that I recommend using “All Trails” app to
find locations near you.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There were two people before I started my photography career that set the wheels in motion to change my life.  One of Jim Kwik’s youtube videos speaking about how readers are leader and that CEO’s of company’s read 4 books a month shifted my focus towards books which made a profound difference in my life.  Without books I would be so screwed and so ignorant to lifestyles I never would have imagined possible. I’ve gained so much confidence and individual decision making power from gaining knowledge from these books as I trust my opinion more than others now. The second person is Sorelle Amore who once mentioned in her video “Start a side hustle… Even if it takes 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years to make it work. Isn’t the work worth it to live the rest of your life doing something you love.” To me now, there’s no other way.  And even if you’re doing your side hustle and still haven’t made it your main thing.  The
journey of working towards it gives your life so much more excitement and fulfillment within your heart. And you start to love yourself so much more by going towards things that make you happy.

My books that really shaped me were “7 Habits of highly effective people” By Stephen Covey and “Think and Grow Rich” By Napoleon Hill

Website: www.zacharyleeportrait.com

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