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Jess Lee Photography


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Examples of Jess's work

Wildlife, Landscape, and Outdoor Recreation Photography is our specialty at Jess Lee Photos. Assignment, Stock, decor photography and Photo workshops/tours comprise the major parts of our business. Here you can view stunning images from one of the worlds most published wildlife and nature photographers. Jess was recently highly acclaimed by Natures Best Magazine and is one of the top money winners in the world's richest photo contest, Images for Conservation. Photographs are available as custom prints to Corporate and individual clients.

My home and business is located a short distance from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I have been living, photographing, guiding and instructing in the Yellowstone eco-system for over 30 years. While this is great Nature, Wildlife and Travel destination. I spend over 200 days each year in the field adding to my already large stock file.

Each year a few field trips are shared with a select group of photo adventures during our No Rules Road trips and small group workshops

Editors and art directors can browse here to select images for your latest project. You can click on the e-mail link below to discuss you project and your custom photo needs. For personal attention you can call 208-521-5170 and speak to Jess or one of the staff directly. We daily provide electronic submissions of hi-res print ready files from clients on line selections.

Selected credits: Audubon, Defenders, Field & Stream, Geo, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, National Geographic World, National Wildlife, National Parks, U.S. National Park Service, Nature Conservancy, NRDC, Outdoor Life, San Francisco Examiner, Scientific American, Sierra, Sports Afield, Der Stern, Trout, Woman's World, Wyoming Wildlife.Author/Photographer: Fly Fisherman, Das Stern, Rod & Reel, Das Tier, Trout, Western Outdoors. Books: American Geographic, Houghton Mifflin, National Geographic, Time-Life, Riverbend. Calendars: Day Dream, National Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund. Advertising/Corporate: ATT, Autolite, Orvis, USWest. Calendars: Day Dream, National Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund

Products, People,Threatened Locations,Landscape and wildlife Species.

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Jess’s love affair with photography began in his teens in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he was raised in a family firmly rooted in the ranching life of the west. This early passion for being in the outdoors with a camera lead to his doing reconnaissance photography for various US government agency’s during his early 20’s while serving in the military . For over the next 30 years Jess balanced, running a stock photography business, serving as staff photographer on several magazines, raising a family and a career in the communication industry .

However, in 1999 intense desire drew Jess out of the commercial world and deep into the soul of nature along with the heart,sprit and hertiage of the West. Jess stepped away from the hectic corporate world and into a place that rejuvenated his spirt. Being in the midst of the wilderness renewed him. It was time to give meaning to his roots and purpose for himself, his western hertage and his wildlife partners.
Jess has learned the nuances and habits of his beloved wildlife companions as they enteract together in their natural environment.
“Wildlife, wild country and the beauty of nature that surrounds us is a magnificent teacher of humanity.” Wildlife give us a sense of freedom that many of us have forgotten. They teach us about honesty and trust, because they know no other way of being. Nature and wildlife teaches us to respect and honor the unknown, rather than fear it and try to destroy it

Jess’s work serves as an homage to the beauty that surrounds us, and gives celebration to our remarkable wilderness areas. Often times referred to as “visual poetry”, Jess’s images truly intensifies what is wild and free

Jess’s photos have appeared in many diverse publications from Paris Match, National Geographic, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, Wilderness, National Parks, Sports Afield, Sierra Magazine and Smithsonian, among others. He has also contributed to several regional magazines and newspapers Today, while a couple of book projects on endangered places are progressing, much of his work is used by advertising clients from industries as varied as Automotive, Banking and Sporting goods..

Jess Lee lives in Southeast Idaho, with Yellowstone and the magnificent Teton's in his very backyard. This is his base, where he not only supplies images for publication but he also shares his expertise with others through photo workshops and tours.



Photo Equipment, gear,toys whatever you call it, most photographers are more interested it the hardware of the business than any single aspect. Ok I've said it STUFF RULES!!
Can you make great shots without the latest great Gear? Of course you can, but try shooting a Great Gray Owl at sunset with you 50mm lens hand held. Thinks Tripod,Telephoto Lens, E-TTL flash, Flash extender, external battery ....... See,, STUFF RULES!! But you still have to use Stuff with a creative eye to make interesting photos. Get the stuff you need but remember your only subject is light.


Enough of my ramblings you are here to see what I use, so here it is;


Arca Swiss 4x5 with lens of 75,110,150,210,300,360 and 500 mm. Filters (Mostly split ND'S)and other large format goodies like focusing loupe by toyo light meter by pentax and custom tee shirt dark cloth.

35 mm currently by Canon, I shot Nikon from the Ftn up to the f5. Then came along Image Stabilization, I haven't looked back.

1D MK lV, 1DS MKIII, 7D, (Instant feedback)

Lens, 16-35, 20, 24-105, 24 T-S, 45 ts-e, 90ts-e, 70-200 is, 200 f1.8, 300 f4, 100-400 4.5, 500 f4, 600 f4, converters, flashes, beamers,Arca Kirk and wimberly heads, Gitzo tripods.


All together pretty normal stuff except 200 f 1.8. I had the 300 f 2.8 IS but with the 200 and canon converters the 300 was seldom used.

The most important piece of equipment I own is an alarm clock. Be there early and plan to stay late.

Remember "it's all about the light"

Images and design protected by U.S. And international copyright laws. No right is given to save or download any images or components of this site unless written permission is granted by Jess Lee Photography.
Licensing for use can be arranged by contacting :     jess@jessleephotos.com



Images and design protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. No right is given to save or download any images or components of this site unless written permission is granted by Jess Lee Photography.
Licensing for use can be arranged by contacting :    mailto:jess@jessleephotos.com