About Me - leedawson
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About HLD Photography

Hi, Lee here from HLD Photography. I've been shooting 35 mm since (hhmm dinosaurs were walking then) 1982. I went digital in 2003. My primary focus in photography is weddings, but I am moving into on-site portrait work also. I shoot with professional grade cameras and lenses and have worked with other wedding photographers as well as shooting weddings on my own. 
For weddings, I combine traditional poses with a photo journalism style. Knowing this is your special day, I always try to capture images of the distinct personality of each bride and groom as well as the guests and location setting. <Click Here>
Since 2009, I have shot special events in addition to weddings. February 2009 - one of my photographs won First Place in the Black and White Competition at the Capital City Camera Club. In Fall 2009, I participated in the 2009 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photoshop Photo Walk at the Cary location. <Click Here>
December 2009 - I won 2nd Place in the Historic Oakwood Photo Contest 2009 in the Public Places category for my shot of the Governor's mansion. <Click Here>
May 2011 - Photography assistant for wedding in Raleigh, NC

June 2011 - Prints sold at the Cary Photographic Artists Exhibition at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh
July 2011 – Paid by the local Rocky Mount Telegram newspaper for a series of images of the plane crash in Red Oak. The images appeared on the front page of the paper. <Newspaper Link> <Website Photos Link>
September 2011 - I finished the year out photographing the Hunt - Lane wedding on the beach. <Click Here>
April/May 2012 Served as photography assistant for two weddings.
May 2012 – Collection of landscape work exhibited at Via Cappuccio in Rocky Mount, NC. This was my first solo exhibition. Excited that several prints sold. <Click Here>
Fall Pathways
Shade of Tranquility
May 2012 - Duke Hospital requested submissions for purchase of images of a “natural scenic beauty depicting serene, calm, and relaxing settings” for a project called HAND (Health Arts Network at Duke). 7 images were initially selected. Later Duke hospital wanted additional images and selected the top eight scoring images for additional purchase. One of mine was one of those top eight. <Click Here>

Every year since 2010 I have served as a volunteer photographer for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. 
In 2010 I shot the Softball and Golf events. 
In 2011 I shot just the Softball games 
In 2012 I shot the Gymnastics and Athletic events. 
In 2013 I shot the Volleyball games. 

On my blog I wrote about what I considered one of the most awesome moments I have seen in a while when one of the players hurt her side and flat refused to come off third base but continued to finish to come home. (Click Here for Blog Story about this>
September 2012 - I served as second shooter with Chris Neito for the Sealey - Dial Wedding. <Click Here>
I have also photographed three funerals but those sites are permanently closed except to the families. 


I am a member of Cary Photographic Artists, Nikonians.org, and Strobist.
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