Mark Laurie (photographer)

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Mark Laurie
Mark Keith Laurie

(1955-02-07)7 February 1955
Didsbury, Alberta,
EducationMaster of Photography Degree, Master of Photographic Arts (8th Bar)
OccupationPhotographer, instructor, author
Spouse(s)Jan Howells-Laurie

Mark Keith Laurie (born 7 February 1955) is a Canadian photographer, specializing in female fine art photography and digital photography. He is also a teacher, speaker, author, and studio mentor.

Laurie's images have been displayed at Disney World's Epcot Center, Hungary's National Culture Center, the Calgary Stampede, London's International Hall of Fame,[1] and the Czechoslovakia International Celebration of Women. Three of his female nude portraits are aboard the Voyager III time capsule.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Laurie was born in Didsbury, Alberta, Canada, receiving his education at Henry Wise Wood Senior High School and Mount Royal College in Calgary. Laurie worked as a recreation director, and as a realtor before settling into what would become his career and passion: photography.[3]

Laurie holds a Master of Photography Degree, Master of Photographic Arts (10th bar), Service of Photographic Arts,[4] and the highest British award: a Fellow in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers [5] as well as a PPOC Fellowship.[6]

In addition to his boudoir, nude, and glamour portfolios, Laurie does pre-natal and family photography, high profile celebrity and charity events, and has also done commercial and wildlife shoots. He is the author and photographer of two fine art photography books,[7][8] as well as a book of poetry, one of his lesser-known indulgences.[9]

Early career and innovation[edit]

In 1978 Laurie opened his first studio, Wizer Wizard Photography. His business partner and wife, Jan Howells-Laurie, trained and became the retouch artist.

In 1980 the partners created Inner Spirit Photography, incorporating it four years later. The studio specialized from the beginning in photographing women.[10] Their mission statement was "to create images that express a woman’s inner and outer beauty and provide an experiential environment that enlarges the boldness of a woman’s soul." By 1984 the home-based Calgary studio was receiving a growing and significant amount of media coverage, including a 14-minute national news story on CBC on 12 June 1984.

In 1987 Laurie and his photography techniques were the subjects of a year-long clinical study which observed how Laurie's work was notably different from mainstream portrait photography, and statistically how those differences resulted in more positive psychological and lifestyle benefits for his subjects. Among other things the study discovered was that his photography sessions were catalysts of change in his clients’ lives.[11]

Through the 1980s Laurie was a photographer of celebrities in southern Alberta. He was the official photographer for the 2010 Calgary Choice Awards.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Laurie continues to reside in Calgary, Alberta with his wife Jan Howells-Laurie.

Digital art photography[edit]

Laurie began crossover photographic art in 1984 with the blending of an airbrush environment painted onto photographic prints. By 1989 he was a pioneer in digital art photography.[citation needed] One image, The Defender, which was a mix of body paint, pre-Photoshop digital work and airbrush (a collaboration with an airbrush artist), is included in a collection of his work aboard the NASA Voyager III Time Capsule that launched in December 1990.[13]

In July 2001 Laurie became a regular columnist for Focus, the national fine art photography magazine, writing instructional articles and reviews about digital photography techniques, products, and technology.[citation needed]

Photography mentor and instructor[edit]

In 1984, Laurie joined the Professional Photographer Association of Canada and the local Alberta branch, and began teaching the same year out of province, and internationally by 1985. He became an instructor, teaching courses and speaking at professional photography seminars and workshops.

In 1987 Laurie was the Host and Producer of the educational photographic how-to TV series Inner Spirit Photography. It ran on Calgary Cable 10 for a season of seven episodes.

Laurie was the headline speaker at the Canadian National Photographers convention in August 1992, was past president to several photography organizations including Professional Photographers of Canada and Calgary Photographic Society, and the founding editor of two photography magazines, Portfolio Magazine and InFocus, and the PPOC Loan Collection Book Series.

In 2003 Laurie released an instructional CD entitled The Art of Marketing of Female Portraiture,[14] and in 2008 an instructional DVD entitled The Foundation Series: LIGHTING.[15] His work and techniques have also been featured in several Norman Phillips photography books.[16][17][18]

Laurie still teaches in Canada, England, and Italy, maintains a professional photographer mentorship program, and holds photography seminars and workshops.

He has served as a National and International Accredited Print Show Judge for over 30 years. He writes on professional topics for a variety of industry and online publications.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Faded Rose won the Portrait Photographers of Canada Best Figure Study award in 2009.

Laurie's awards include the PPOC 2009 Best Figure Study Faded Rose,[19] SWPP 2010 Landscape Society Photographer of the Year Award for "Lone Tree",[20] In 2011 Laurie received an Artist of the Month recognition at,[21]


  1. ^ "Inner Spirit Photography – Calgary Alberta Photography Studio – Nude, Prenatal, Boudoir, Glamour | About Us".
  2. ^ "Inner Spirit Photography – Calgary Alberta Photography Studio – Nude, Prenatal, Boudoir, Glamour".
  3. ^ The Historical Society of Alberta (1994). Who's Who in Alberta : a Biographical Record of the Men and Women of our Time, 1994–1998. B & C List Ltd. ISBN 0-9697049-3-3.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Mark Laurie Photographer Alberta".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Laurie, Mark (2009). Nude in Paradise (fine art photography). Xlibris. ISBN 1-4363-5646-6.
  8. ^ Laurie, Mark (2010). Images from Paradise (fine art photography). Xlibris. ISBN 1-4415-4469-0.
  9. ^ Laurie, Mark (2008). Pages of Man (poetry). Xlibris. ISBN 1-4363-2997-3.[self-published source?]
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Dr. Brown, Robert J. (1987), "The psychological effects of being photographed", Department of Psychology, Calgary General Hospital
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Laurie, Mark (2008). The Foundation Series: LIGHTING. Wizard Academy Press. ASIN B001LIUM4E.
  16. ^ Phillips, Norman (2007). Lighting And Posing Techniques For Photographing Women. Amherst Media. ISBN 1-58428-221-5.
  17. ^ Phillips, Norman (2008). Lighting Techniques for Middle Key Portrait Photography. Amherst Media. ISBN 1-58428-231-2.
  18. ^ Phillips, Norman (2010). Mother and Child Portraits: Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers. Amherst Media. ISBN 1-58428-262-2.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^
  21. ^ "August 2011 Artist of the Month - photogmark on". Renderosity.

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