Brent was born in 1959 in Redwood City, near San Francisco
- and raised in Gilroy, California, the second of three children. Brent played all the sports
available: tennis, baseball, football, golf, soap box derby racing, etc.
His family camped each summer in Yosemite National Park or at Lake Tahoe, and
owned a cabin in the redwood forest in Felton, near Santa Cruz.
He graduated from Gilroy High in 1978 and
went on the next year to play tennis at Gavilan College. After serving a
2-year LDS church mission to Montana, he transferred to and graduated from Brigham
Young University with a degree in Business Management-Finance.
During his senior year at BYU he and a friend made a trip to Yellowstone
National Park in September 1985. That trip led to his first published
article and published photos. After more than a decade of shooting freelance for magazines he ventured into
portrait photography. His strengths as a portrait photographer come from
understanding light, composition, and balance - skills he learned as a nature
photographer. Today, he spends most of his time leading photo safaris around the
American West and teaching photography.
His wife, Jacqueline, and his sons (with their wives and children) have
all spent time exploring the vast reaches of the American West.
His images have been published throughout the United States and in a
number of foreign countries including Canada, Germany, and
Switzerland. He has had in excess of 1400 publication credits and over 700 commercial image sales as
well as 30 published articles and 12 Magazine Covers. Besides magazines
and newspapers, his images have appeared in books, online magazines, business
brochures, product packaging, professional reports, roadside billboards, nature
guides, government reports and brochures, magazine advertising, and in
calendars, on credit cards, etc. Currently his stock library of images exceeds 250,000.
Publication credits include National
Geographic, Outdoor California
Magazine, Utah Adventures Magazine, Wild Outdoor World, Peterson's Photographic,
Bugle Magazine, Arizona Wildlife, Utah Business, Utah Highways, Audubon's
American Birds, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birder's World, Hunting Magazine, Utah
Wildlife News, Montana Magazine, Fur-Fish-Game Magazine, St. George Magazine,
the Dallas Morning News, the Deseret News, the Herald Journal, Cache Valley
Parenting Magazine, the Daily Spectrum, and the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National
Park Newspaper, Yosemite Visitor's Guide, among others.
w\Leonard Lee Rue III 2003