Educated at North Halifax High School and then Queens' College, Cambridge, Laurence is an award-winning journalist, photographer and, more recently, a television reporter and producer. Beyond his primary role with BBC News, Laurence takes on a limited number of photographic commissions each year, usually within the charity sector. Photographic projects in recent years include the role of carers in both rural and urban settings, the unexpected diversity to be found in a quintessentially English town, the work of countryside volunteers and the impact of the 2013/2014 flooding on the uninsured. His interest in photography began early at the age of six. He would watch his father at work in the darkroom (the spare bedroom of their semi-detached home on the Isle of Wight) and revel at the magic of film development and printing. At the age of six, his father declined to buy Laurence a Canon A-1. So, he made one for himself out of Lego. And won a prize. Laurence likes to believe this was in some way a photography award. Those around him know that was not the case.