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My story

Laurence was born in Orleans, France. She now lives in New York City where she is a photographer and a tour guide covering the entire North East of the United States.

Since she was 10, she was asking her parents for a “real” camera. She finally got one for her 15th birthday, a 100% manual film camera. She taught herself the art of photography by taking photos of her sister’s rhythmic gymnastics competitions, a good way to learn speed and light, of her family and friends, and later her travels.

For many years, friends, other artists and teachers at the International Center of Photography pushed her to “do something” with her photos, to share them with the world. But working full time as a tour guide, there was not much time.

Laurence B. Photography autoportrait

 

Laurence’s philosophy is “we have only one life so we need to do everything we can to realize our dreams”. So… she did!

Her childhood dreams were to live in the USA and be a photographer. Unfortunately when she was a teenager in France, her counselors discouraged her to be a professional photographer, so she opted for her second choice: tourism, which ultimately not only helped her travel but was her “door” to come live in the United States.

In 2000, she applied for a job in New York, packed her bags and her camera, and moved to the Big Apple. She loves the energy, the positivity and “can do attitude” of the city as well as its mix of old and new architecture, the light and colors of the NYC sky.

In 2020, when the pandemic struck, she lost her tour guide jobs, so looking at the silver lining in this terrible period, she turned to her 2nd dream, now that she had time: selling her photography.

She is quite eclectic, she takes photos of different subjects: from her beloved New York City, to every region she travels to, but also of flowers, nature and wildlife… Laurence doesn’t edit her photos much if not at all as she prefers her prints to reflect what she sees.

Laurence feels very lucky as her two jobs, tour guide and photographer, are her passions. She loves telling stories through her guiding job and her photographs.

When not working or traveling, she loves spending time with “her kids” (nephews, nieces, godchildren…), her friends and family, going to a museum, show or ballet, a stroll in New York… and her guilty pleasure is fine dark chocolate!

When you bring her art into your home, Laurence’s wish is that it gives you joy, serenity and makes you travel, in your souvenirs or in the future!

You can also find her decor and home goods on Society6 and Red Bubble.

 

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud”
  Maya Angelou