My name is Becky Yee and I am a photographer, marathon runner, martial artist and overall energetic person with a passion for sharing experiences with the world. To me my camera is a key to open up the world. It allows me to travel the world on commercial and editorial assignments. I love to connect people, places and experiences through my photos and imagery.
My talent lies in seeing this authentic beauty and bringing it to the surface for those who want to share it with the world; those who've forgotten it; and those who never even knew it was there.
I think the most beautiful photographs are the ones that capture the true essence of a person. The photographs that take a snap shot of what lies beyond the masks we all wear. I want to capture people at their most authentic selves that's usually when they're most beautiful.
A photo taken by me will honor the unique, beautiful, awesome, amazing you-ness everyone brings to the world.
Clients have hired me again and again because I have endless amounts of energy and am very passionate about what I bring to the creative process. I am committed to making sure we get the shots we need on any project big or small.
I always think with the end in mind. What message or feeling do I want these photographs to convey? How do these photographs embody the brand's voice and connect on a soulful level with the audience?
For my personal work, I love to explore the distance and space between private emotions and public perceptions. The gap in how I feel on the inside and how the world perceives me. Again the theme of connection comes up. I want the photos to be a connection between a subjects inner and outer worlds.
Over 25 years of playing kendo I am currently 4th degree black belt. Even though I have won many tournaments including the one pictured here where I came in first in Women’s Individual and team champion for Shibuya-ku in Tokyo, Japan. I have also placed first in Mumeishi 3’s in London, East Coast Kendo Tournament, University of Toronto Tournament. But I cite some of my 3rd place team medals as being my favorite kendo moments. A few times I found myself on rag tag teams with members of assorted experience. But somehow we all came together as one and placed 3rd place beating out MUCH stronger teams. Teamwork is important to me. The sum of the parts are greater than the individual’s strengths. That’s how I look at a lot of my photoshoots. We are not all egos demanding to be number one on the set but to share what we do best.
I used to HATE running but somehow in my 40’s I caught the running bug and here I am on my first ever full marathon on The Great Wall of China! It was 110° Fahrenheit and the hardest part of the run was at mile 21! I have since ran the NYC Marathon and the Transylvania 100!
Hiking trails in Yosemite, kayaking from Jersey to NYC? If it involves physical activity I am there. I think having a lot of energy is important on those shoots that demand a lot of energy and stamina. I am always up for any adventures. I lived and worked for a decade in Tokyo, Japan as a fashion and portrait photographer. Because I spoke both English and Japanese, I was often hired for the overseas shoots and have since traveled to over 35 countries on commercial and editorial assignments and love arduous and challenging shoots.
My very first camera
It was a 110 instamatic Mickey Mouse Camera and you pulled the ear down to take a photo. The camera was actually my older sisters but I quickly appropriated it. Since that age I was always curious and fascinated by the world we live in. The people and places in front of my eyes and my lens continually spark my imagination and inspiration.