Shawn Lee is the founder and owner of Shawn Lee Studios in Southfield, MI and Detroit, MI. His "edgy punch it" style along with his energetic approach to photography have caused his photos to grace several Local, National and International media forums and publications. Shawn is a photography instructor for Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan and is the head of diversity for the Professional Photographers of America which is the largest photography membership organization in the world with 30,000 + members in over 50 countries. He is also the co-founder of XPOSURE 101 Photography Conference which is in its second year and hosts over 400 photographers from around the country for 3 days of high level instruction in his hometown of Detroit, MI. 

Shawn is featured on the Speaker Team for Miller's Professional Imaging, the largest professional lab organization in the United States. Shawn also won the “Spirit of Detroit” Award given by World Architecture News and Buro Happold, a global engineering firm in partnership with Detroit Works. As a result, his Award winning photograph “Dawn of Detroit” was exhibited in London's West End for a four month stint in 2011. 

Along with being an artist, photography instructor and entrepreneur, Shawn has been passionate in the service of community for over 20 years. Shawn serves as a board member and Director of Photography for TEDxDetroit and is the head mentor for the Crescent Academy School District in Southfield, MI. Shawn is also the founder and director of "I SEE DETROIT", his Fine Art Photography turned community initiative which features an annual photographic tour that brings photographers from across the nation to photograph the jewels of the city of Detroit. Shawn is former Co-host of the popular radio show Community Driven which aired every Saturday morning at 8am on WLQV AM1500 Salem Communications. It focused on local initiatives, organizations, people and businesses that had positive impact on community with a very lively and upbeat approach.

You'll often hear Shawn say, "RUN THAT!" or "BRING THE PAIN!", and most recently...“ROCK THAT!”, which are his energetic terms for making life happen. He approaches photography, his love for people and his numerous community service initiatives very much the same way... with a great deal of enthusiasm.




9:05 am - 9:55am Friday May 19, 2017
Opening Keynote - Xposure101 Founders
• The 5 Fold Vision and Mission of Xposure 101


10:00am - 11:10am
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Business of High School Senior Photography


3:00pm - 4:10pm
Basic DSLR and Fundamental Photography for the Beginner