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, snow
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.
He has lived throughout the west: (Montana) Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Whitefish,
Great Falls, Billings, Stevensville, Sidney. (Colorado) Grand Junction.
(Utah) Provo, St.George, Logan, Providence. (California) San Jose, Gilroy,
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 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. After 18 years in Utah's Cache Valley, he sold his home and
studio and moved to Tulare, CA. 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.
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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 32 published articles and 16 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 200,000.
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, Big Sky Journal, 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.
Beyond the credits, Brent
has had unique photography experiences that have created a wealth of
knowledge for him to draw on in his photography. He has shot
air-to-air and air-to-ground in both planes and helicopters.
He has shot for numerous government agencies, including: the
National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United
States Forest Service, the State of California, and the State of Utah. He has shot
custom brochure images for snowmobiling, hunting, horseback riding,
fishing, hot-air ballooning, and other "people in nature" type
photography. Some of his commercial assignments have included
the still photography for Hollywood commercials being filmed in
He has spent nearly 1800 days photographing Yellowstone National Park,
with over 500 days shooting in Grand Teton National Park and over
300 in Zion National Park. He has shot in 18 national parks, and
dozens of national monuments, national wildlife refuges, state
parks, and wildlife management areas throughout the American West.
He has personally led over 800 photography safaris, photographed
over 700 weddings, thousands of families and other portrait clients,
and had nearly 200 commercial clients. He is one of the few
photography guides that has stuck to his area of expertise his
entire professional life - the American West - with an emphasis on
wildlife photography. As part of his move in 2008 to California, he
has taught photography in 22 California cities through adult classes
via their local Parks and Recreation departments, as well as doing
over 120 shows for local camera clubs, Audubon Society Groups,
Sierra Club groups, and some government organizations.
He is a past member of ASMP (American Society of Media
Photographers), NANPA (North American Nature Photographers
Association), PPA (Professional Photographers of America), and PSA
(Photographic Society of American - Southern California Chapter).