I am Laurent BASTIDE, native of the Toulouse region. After studies in the drawing and a future blocked of blocked, I reorientate myself in data processing in 1999...
A wise choice that allowed me to find work quickly and to work on projects of storage and backup of sensitive data, to protect the data of a small aircraft manufacturer near the city Rôse. No, lost is not Boeing! 😆
In January 2015, I discover that you can reflect a photo! I bought on Leboncoin a used Canon 650D with a kit lens, like 55-250, for 350 €... That's how it all started!
At the end of 2016, some people on social networks, inform me that they found my pictures in 1 magazine... I didn't know about it, imagine my face! 😁😅
To negotiate and not lose time in court (well, I couldn't afford it either), I had to make an invoice and register...
Then, it went really fast (too fast probably), in January 2017, I shared for free what I had been able to learn in a few months.
I tested weddings, portraiture, real estate, restaurants, luxury hotels... Yes, I was living photo what... 🤣
In February 2017, after multiple scouting trips, I took time off work to accompany my first group of 2 people to the Bardenas desert, sharing the expenses.
With a very high demand, I went on location after location, in France, Scotland, Iceland, Spain, Turkey...
In January 2018, I decided to dedicate myself full time to photography and make it my one and only job. It had become unmanageable, spotting, creating, organizing and coaching were no longer compatible with my full time job.
As my order book was full, I started to receive threats, then I was summoned by the fraud control, to justify my status. Unfortunately in France, even today, when you expose your project to so-called experts, most of them are unable to tell you what you need to do to practice legally...
Yeah, I had no idea you had to be registered as a travel agency to provide this type of service. OK, with hindsight, it's obvious, but with my head in the sand 😉
In July 2018, I created the travel agency, Voyages Photos.
Faced with the administrative work and the monstrous charges, I quickly understood that I had to find partners to develop the business and ensure a lower profitability. Olivier Rocq, Harry Collis and Michael Arzur were the first to join me.
I really enjoy working with people who share the same values, first of all the human side, transparency and an unfailing professional commitment. 👍
Since then, I manage in collaboration with each photographer of the agency, all the logistics of all the trips, minibus rental, hotels, restaurants...
As you already know, I am passionate about landscapes and nature. Next to that I'm rollerblading and canyoning, well between 2 confinements. 😆
I'm also a dad to an 11 year old daughter, her name is Maëlys and if I mention her last here, it's a ruse, she's my number one priority. 🥰
There you go, I hope you know more about me, looking forward to reading you. 🤓