About Me

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Vital Stats:

Born in Paris (France) in 1968. Grew up in the Versailles area. Moved to USA in 1988. US Permanent Resident since 1995. Lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Education:

High school: Lycée Marie Curie, Versailles (France)
College: Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA (USA)
University: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (USA)

Occupation:

Laurent is the owner and principal photographer at Studio Laurent Photography & Design since 2007.

Last Book Read:

Smarter, Faster, Better, by Charles Duhigg.

Favorite Films: (In no particular order)

The Big Blue, The Professional, The 5th Element, Nikita, Subway, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Artist, Cinema Paradiso, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The King’s Speech, Chocolat, The Intouchables, The Hundred Foot Journey, Ocean’s Eleven, Taken, The Bourne Identity, Taken, The Tourist, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Midnight In Paris, Pulp Fiction, Wind, Avatar, Seven Years in Tibet, The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Amelie, Manon des Sources, Jean de Florette, La Boum, The Princess Bride, Office Space, Fools Rush In, Indiana Jones, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump.

Favorite Bands/Musicians: (In no particular order)

The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, New Order, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, The Gipsy Kings, Bob Marley, Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark, Bond, Bruce Springsteen, Les Negresses Vertes, Alison Moyet, Basia, Tina Turner, Dire Straits, Supertramp, David Bowie, Jimmy Somerville, R.E.M., INXS, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Pink Floyd, Goo Goo Dolls, Greenday, Matchbox 20, Elton John, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roxy Music, Pink, Enya, Etienne Daho, Indochine, Julien Clerc, Jean-Michel Jarre, Telephone, Michel Berger, Veronique Sanson, Renaud, Daniel Balavoine, Joe Dassin, Patrick Bruel, Francis Cabrel.

Favorite Restaurants:

Scottsdale, AZ: Scramble, Egg N’Joe, Café Pino, Zinc Bistro, O.H.S.O. Eatery+Distellery, Flo’s, Thai House, Fired Pie, Indian Paradise, Flower Child, Tea Light Café.
Phoenix, AZ: Christopher’s, Postino’s, Blue Hound Kitchen, The Henry, Beckett’s Table, The Market By Jennifer’s, French Grocery, Essence Bakery, Chino Bandido, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pizzeria Bianco, Cibo Pizzeria.
Winslow, AZ: The Turquoise Room
Las Vegas, NV: Mon Ami Gabi

Interests/Hobbies:

Photography, travel, off-roading in my Jeep, tennis, skiing, hiking.

Favorite Magazines:

Professional Photographer, AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Arizona Highways, National Geographic Traveler, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, and Digital Photo Pro magazine.

Favorite Foods:

French of course! Can’t live without those cream and butter sauce-covered dishes!… But I also enjoy French pastries!… And then there’s the Italian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Moroccan, Indian and Mexican foods.

Latest Projects:

Working on translating from French to English and publishing my grand-mother’s journal which spans from her early childhood growing up on a farm in a small seaside village of Normandy in the early 1900s to the end of her life in 1993.
Scanning and re-touching images captured by my grand-father during the early 1900s as he was one of the very first aerial photographers in Villacoublay, France.

Accomplishments:

Moved from France to the USA, right after high school to attend university.

Favorite TV shows: (In no particular order)

USA: Million Dollar Listing NY, Million Dollar Listing LA, House Hunters International, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Passport To Europe, Cash Cab, Love It or List It, Friends, Seinfeld, Castle, Mad Men, The Americans.
France: Des Racines et Des Ailes, Thalassa, Secrets D’Histoire, Rendez-Vous en Terre Inconnue, Faut Pas Rêver, Nus et Culottés, Taratata.

Computer Setup:
  1. 15″ Apple MacBook Pro
  2. 24″ Apple iMac
  3. 27″ Apple iMac
  4. Wacom Intuos4 Professional tablet
  5. Drobo FS with 10TB.
  6. Western Digital My Passport 500GB portable HD.
My Favorite Stuff:
  1. Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited
  2. Babolat tennis racquets
  3. Apple iPhone6+
  4. Apple iPad
  5. Apple iMacs
  6. Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  7. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
  8. Canon 70-200m f/2.8 lens
  9. Lowepro Pro Roller x200 AW
  10. Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod
  11. Manfrotto 808RC4 3-way head
  12. Manfrotto befree tripod
  13. Drobo FS
  14. Sirius Satellite Radio
  15. Compagnie de Provence soaps
Favorite Software Programs:

Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress, iTunes.

Favorite Diversions:

I love going to the park with my daughter Chloé and watch her play on the swing or the slide ; taking her to the Phoenix Zoo and watching her enjoy the animals.

Favorite Web Sites:

Apple Insider, 500px, Bloglovin, Instagram, Iconosquare, Dropbox, Typeform, Hootsuite, Klout, Twitter, Lumoid.

Biggest Thrill:

Experiencing the birth of my daughter Chloé in January 2014 and receiving the news after all six of her brain embolizations that everything went well.
Capturing images at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Arizona during heavy winds.

Personal Philosophy:

“Everything is gonna be alright in the end! So if it’s not alright, then it’s not yet the end!” – Sonny Kapoor (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

 

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