Meet Laurent

Laurent and Chloé
Laurent and Chloé (April 2014)

Bonjour! Hello!

Thank you so much for visiting me, I’m glad you’re here. Bienvenue! Welcome!… Since you’re probably wondering who I am, let me tell you a little bit about me…

My name is Laurent (click on my name if you’re wondering how to pronounce it) and I was born in Paris, France. After growing up in Versailles (yes, near the famous palace just outside of Paris) for nearly twenty years, I moved to the United States to fulfill a childhood dream and pursue my college education. Now many moons later, I am still here enjoying life in sunny and warm Arizona with my beautiful wife Kathryn and my perfect little daughter Chloé who was born in 2014.

My grandfather is the one sitting in the back of the plane behind the camera
My grandfather is the one sitting in the back of the plane behind the camera (this image dates back to the early 1920s).

Photography has always played an important role in my family. My grandfather was one of the very first aerial photographer in the early 1900s near Paris and his images definitely intrigued me from an early age. My parents are also very much art-oriented (both of them have great drawing and painting skills) while also being avid travelers who always took lots of pictures to document their trips. So I was definitely used to being around photographers and visual artists while growing up.

Thanks to my family and our many interests, I became interested in photography at a very young age. My first camera was a Polaroid when I was 7 or 8 years old and I loved taking pictures of my family or during our travels. In my teen years, I moved on to a 35mm Nikon F501 camera that my parents offered to me for Christmas and I used our family trips as well as Paris and its street life as my canvas to practice my photographic skills. While in high school, I also started taking pictures at nearby Roland-Garros during the French Open of tennis whenever I could.  This is when I began selling my first images and when I started thinking of photography as something that could eventually become more than “just” a hobby. College provided me some formal training in photojournalism and additional experience in other visual and multimedia techniques as I went on to study advertising, marketing, public relations, journalism & communication. I’ve always been a very visual person and have always enjoyed communicating through visual arts like photography, drawing, painting and graphic design. I’ve also always enjoyed traveling and discovering other cultures as well as being active in sports (mostly tennis, volley-ball and skiing), which contributed into making action sport photography one of my favorite subject to photograph.

In 2007, I finally decided to create Studio Laurent to combine my passions and skills into a creative photography and design studio. I also made the switch from Nikon 35mm cameras to Canon EOS digital cameras and although I will sometimes use artificial lighting techniques, flashes or studio lights, I prefer to shoot on location in natural light with beautiful surroundings and backgrounds whenever I can. I run a small boutique studio where customers are treated as good friends instead of clients and where my passion for beautiful photography and design is key. I absolutely love being behind the camera capturing creative, fresh, fun and timeless images. Not only will I treat you with the upmost professionalism but I will also make sure that you have fun during your experience.

In my spare time, along with playing tennis several times a week, I equally enjoy traveling the world or discover the American Southwest in my Jeep to capture new landscapes, experience other cultures, new faces and immortalizing these special moments with my cameras. Over the years, my photographic adventures and assignments have taken me to beautiful destinations throughout Europe (France, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic are my favorites), the Indian Ocean region (I can’t wait to go back to the Reunion Island and Mauritius), The Caribbean (loved Jamaica and Grand Caymans), Mexico and more than half of the United States of America and look forward to discovering more in the near future hopefully. Iceland, Morocco, Thailand, Peru and Antarctica are high on my bucket list of the next places I’d like to go to.

IMG_2084Of course I have a valid passport, am fully bilingual French/English, have working knowledge of Spanish (although these days I understand more than I can speak it) and have extensive knowledge of international travel. I am currently based in Scottsdale, Arizona and as you can tell, will travel pretty much anywhere in the world for your needs!

So if I sound like someone you would like to work with, if you’re looking for a knowledgeable professional photographer or graphic designer, please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and the services that I offer. By the way, if you’re looking for something that you don’t see on my website or blog, please do not hesitate to check with me directly as I’m always open to new projects or ideas.

In the meantime I would like to thank you for your interest and hope that you enjoyed your visit here. Your comments and suggestions are also very much welcomed so please do not hesitate to leave a few words so I know you stopped by, it will make my day!

Thank you… et à bientôt!
Laurent

 

Studio Laurent is an active member of the following professional organizations:

  • Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
  • Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA)
  • Canon Professional Services (CPS)

Member, Professional Photographers of America

National Association of Photoshop Professionals

Sports Photographers Association of America

Canon Professional Services

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2 thoughts on “Meet Laurent

  1. So nice to meet you, Laurent! You have a fantastic studio and wonderful site! I like your story and your passion for photography. You do look like a visual person. I am lucky to come across your blog. I will follow you and hope to become one of your fans! Have a wonderful day! Ann

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