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A bit about you and how you started Pure Lee Photography

I've been a wedding and lifestyle photographer for the past 4 years. Photography has been a passion and a hobby my whole life, I never meant to make it a career but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Pure Lee Photography shooting our Spring/Summer 2018 photo-shoot!

RA bit about your mission and why it's important

After seeing the realities of sex trafficking in my own city of Denver Colorado and across the world in the Himalayas, it has stirred me into action. Sex Trafficking is our century's greatest injustice bringing in $150 billion a year worldwide. The wedding industry worldwide makes $300 billion a year. As a wedding photographer I want to use my skills and profession to make a difference for women trapped in this industry. I give back 10% from each of my wedding packages to a non-profit in Nepal that works with sex trafficking survivors.

Learning about the issue of sex trafficking opened my eyes to the harsh reality of human trafficking all around the world. Human trafficking takes it's form often in poorly run factories that manufacture clothing with hazardous unnatural materials, assembled and made by men and women who are working hours unfit for health and survival. After learning about this I pledged to be more conscious about the companies I support and to make sure that companies I photograph for or shop from are paying their workers fairly, creating good and healthy work environments and helping them to succeed in all areas of life. Artisans Thrive is exactly that! A company that supports their artisans and treats them as if they were family. 

Roseline Choker Necklace/ Wrap Bracelet photographed by Pure Lee Photography!

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Part 3 of our meet the weavers series! Kaushila is 20. When she suddenly lost her husband at 19, she was desperate to find work to support herself and joined the Weaving for Empowerment training program. Learn more about her story on the blog. Read More
Part 2 of our meet the weavers series! She's 22 and lost her father and brothers in the 2015 earthquake. Her mother was also seriously injured. She needed to support her mother and her daughter but without an opportunity to go to school and get an education, she was finding it hard to find a job. She then joined the Weaving for Empowerment program. Hear more of her story on the blog. Read More
Artisans Thrive is excited to announce its partnership with Weaving for Empowerment, a initiative of The Small World in Nepal! This week we'll be featuring stories of some of the weavers and how your support makes a difference! Today's story comes from Mira. She is 32 and has 2 daughters. After not hearing from her husband is who is abroad, she joined WfE's training program and is now able to pay for schooling for her children. Read More
Our favorite durable yoga bag from Nepal is back in stock. Specially made for you by Artisans Thrive + Weaving for Life, a group of female artisans, in Nepal. We've got two great new colors! Grab 'em fast before they're gone!  Read More