24499, Lightning, Sandstone Bluffs, El Malpais National Monument, NM



Laurence Parent was born in New Mexico and raised in several southwestern states, primarily New Mexico. After receiving a petroleum engineering degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, he practiced engineering for six years before becoming a full-time freelance photographer and writer specializing in landscape, travel, and nature subjects.  His love of the outdoors was inspired by his parents, Hiram and Annette Parent, who took him on numerous hiking and camping trips when he was young.  Because his father was a National Park Service ranger, he grew up in some of America's most beautiful places.  Among other tasks, Laurence's father did photo work for the National Park Service and occasional freelance jobs on the side.  His mother periodically wrote magazine articles, often on travel subjects.  Although Laurence had no conscious desire to photograph and write until he was already a practicing engineer, as he grew older he was drawn to the photographic profession by his love of the outdoors and a desire to work for himself.



Laurence travels all over the United States and to other countries in pursuit of exceptional images and video. He has gathered stock from 52 states and provinces and many other countries.  He typically spends up to four months of the year on the road.  Through patience and planning, he tries to capture his photographic subjects at the perfect moment of light and weather.  He hopes that the photographs produced by his efforts will inspire people to protect our world's beautiful natural and historical heritage.

To get the best possible image quality, Laurence uses high resolution digital cameras by Sony and drones by DJI. In the past he used large-format 4x5 film cameras.  He sometimes collaborates with his wife, Patricia Caperton Parent, on book and magazine projects.  Laurence and Patricia currently make their home in Prescott, Arizona after living in the Texas Hill Country for many years.

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