SLP is Stephen Laurence Photography.
My photography story began with the desire to travel to Mt Everest. I carried my film SLR and soon realised I had a love affair with taking photos. I didn't want to stop travelling purely so that I could keep photographing as much of the world as possible... this took me away from home for four years. On returning to Australia I studied a Diploma of Photography at the Photography Institute and a Certificate IV of Photography at Melbourne Polytechnic.
Photography gives me the chance to explore different locations and be creative and spontaneous. I get to collaborate with other minds and strive to create a vision.
Aside from landscapes, I experience a lot of joy in capturing people's special moments – from weddings to birthdays; it’s truly an honour.
The opportunity to work in the context of commercial businesses is again a different experience that I revel in.
The creative outlet and the pursuit of perfection are such an adrenaline rush. It is a collaboration of minds and creativity.
More information on events or commercial projects can be found on the Projects page or at
Aspire Studio www.aspirestudio.com.au
I have exhibited at several photography events, had my work published in magazines and regularly contributed to commercial/stock image houses.
In astrology I am an Earth sign; always drawn to the outdoors, hence my addiction to landscape photography. I am usually found in the garden, growing my own vegetables and chatting with the chickens, otherwise, I’m exploring places to photograph. I’m lucky enough to live on the Mornington Peninsula which has a spectacular coastline of calm bays to rugged cliffs. When I’m not soaking up the views from my backyard, I have the privilege of freedom to explore the greatest backdrop and scenery within the rest of my home: Australia.
I am a member and a strong supporter of the LGBTI community.
If you have a photography request including; landscape and travel, portraiture and weddings, commercial and small business, send me an email via the contact page.
You can read more about my background in the June 2023 edition of Peninsula Essence.
Personal Exhibitions & Awards:
Better Photography Magazine 'Photo of the Year 2021': 6 Silver Awards & 4 Bronze Awards
Australian Photography 'Photographer of the Year 2020': Highly Commended & Commended Awards
International Photography Awards 2021: 5 Honorable Mentions.
Chromatic Awards 2020: 2 Honourable Mentions
Australian Photography 'Photographer of the Year 2019": Commended Award
Australian Pride Network 'Queer Art Prize Australia'
Melbourne Polytechnic Exhibition 'Yield'
Men on Men Art Exhibition
National Campus Art Prize
Australian Photography Magazine
Northern Leader Newspaper
Trail Groove Magazine