In Bed With Photographer Daniel Lee

Jun 27, 2016 | by Melanie Albert

Meet Daniel Seung Lee. Having photographed numerous celebrities, thought leaders, and culinary experts, this NYC-based photographer has an impeccable eye for breathtaking images. With a mind that’s always in motion, we wanted to find out how this creative settles down for the night.

Do you have a consistent bedtime routine? If so, walk us through it.

I usually will get some work done right before bed. If I’m stressed or having something on my mind, I’ll watch some terrible reality tv to get my mind off it. I always take a hot shower before bed to get the gross New York grime off of me.

When is your bedtime?

I’m an insomniac so my bedtime is embarrassingly late– anywhere from midnight to 3 AM.

What’s the one thing you can’t sleep without?

A hot shower, brushing my teeth, and my pillow (yes, I travel with it whenever possible).

What do you do if you can’t sleep?

I usually never have trouble sleeping unless something is bothering or stressing me out. If that’s the case, I have a journal that I keep next to me in bed. Writing my thoughts down on paper always helps me relax and fall asleep.

In Bed With Daniel Lee

What’s the weirdest thing you do in bed?

Meditate; eat pizza; and in the winter, I’ll take my fresh warm laundry and lie with it under my covers,

Left, right, or middle of the bed?

Whichever side that is closest to a wall.

Where do you keep your phone while you sleep?

On my bedside table.

How many alarms do you set before going to bed?

Two on an average day, three for an extra early morning.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Check my emails on my phone in bed.

What’s your ideal sleep setting?

A room only lit by moonlight, temperature at 69 degrees, and the sounds of the ocean.


Can’t get enough? Visit Daniel’s website.