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Art & Life with Lee Gill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Gill.

Lee, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I worked for years in the surfing world, while at the shop I was asked to be a model in an upcoming look book for a local shoe company, and I definitely wasn’t going to turn down $200 for taking some photos. I was lucky enough to meet some amazing humans that guided me in the right direction, and it eventually led me to trade in foam and resin for life in front of the camera. I have been a full-time model for the last seven years, and I love every second of it. I started my photography journey years ago taking photos of waves and landscapes whenever I traveled, so I always had some sort of camera with me. The influence of the modeling industry pushed me to evolve my photography, and now I’m in love with capturing moments in people’s lives. So here we are today, still living in front of the camera but have really pushed my skills and knowledge to grow as an artist behind the camera as well.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I consider myself a portrait and commercial photographer. I absolutely love photographing people in their element whether they are a model or completely hate being in front of the camera. I’m confident that we will capture some rad images. I love shooting portraits in studio as it allows me to be in control of the lighting and posing of the subject. Bold colors and patterns are something that I absolutely love to incorporate in creative sessions, it’s fun for me, and hey, the model gets to have some rad images for their Instagram. Which is all that really matters, right? In the end, everyone has some sort of vision or idea, and it’s my job to execute it to the best of my ability. The best feeling when I walk away from a shoot knowing that the client is stoked whether it be a restaurant commercial shoot or a little headshot session. I’m just here to bring ideas to life.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think artists are, and always have been a great outlet to see what’s going on in your community. I have so much respect for the street artists that bring to light local happenings that otherwise the general public wouldn’t know about. It’s pretty amazing how a mural can showcase a whole event and remind everyone what’s going on.

Today’s political climate is something that is influencing so many people’s art and outlook on life. I can’t speak to that personally because I am not involved in that side of media, but I do have some incredibly talented friends and acquaintances that are taking the reigns and introducing their art for the betterment of not only our local communities but everyone as a whole.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website is

My Instagram is @leegill_photo.

Those are the main two outlets. My Instagram is usually showcasing one or two from a set that I shot. But my website has everything. You can also check out the tagged section on my Instagram to see who I have been working with. Everyone is so amazing and talented.

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Image Credit:
Bree Sargee. Becka Palter. Jenna Cotton. Cloak and Petal. Caitlyn McDermott. Tanisha Newman. Craig Newson. Audrey Zito. And Mike Weybret for the action photo of me.

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