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Fresno, Ca
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Christian Parley is a Commercial Photographer, Editorial Photographer, an authorized Google virtual tour photographer and a Facebook 360 Photos photographer based in Fresno, California.

He is an award-winning professional photographer with over 19 years experience, 11 of which as a photojournalist with The Fresno Bee newspaper and McClatchy publications.

His editorial photography work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, NBC News, ESPN, USA Today and various Associated Press member outlets.

• As an established commercial photographer, he creates visual content for institutional and emerging companies' websites, social media, trade publications, annual reports, corporate lifestyle and events (trade shows, conventions, product launches, ground-breaking ceremonies, award presentations), and personal bio photos including headshots and environmental portraiture.

Commercial clients include: Hinds HospiceDragadosUSA/SamsungAGCO/Massey FergusonIthaca CollegeHiebingSchneiderConEdison SolutionsMac ToolsVitro Glass

• He is also an experienced Google Trusted Photographer who has been trained, certified and authorized by Google to create high-quality, 360 virtual tours for businesses. These highly-acclaimed Google virtual tours appear prominently in Google Search and Google Maps

Google Business View virtual tour clients include: Clawson MotorsportsFig Garden OptometryToyota Motors USAHobbytown USAAudio Innovations of FresnoMercedes-Benz of FresnoVino & Friends BistroJ&E Restaurant SupplyPlaza VentanaThe Grand at 1401Fresno Piano GallerySwiggsPiemonte's Italian DelicatessenBella PastaFresno Suit OutletAram's Auto Repair CenterBell Memorials & Granite WorksGroppetti AutomotiveFresno Chamber of CommerceClovis Chamber of Commerce

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I saw the legendary California photographer Ed Lawrence at the Ram Tap Horse Trials event in Highway City. There he was again, down as low in the dirt as he could position himself, shooting just one frame off as the horse made it's jump.  

His timing was incredible. He'd always catch the horse on it's way up, the back legs had just left the ground, rider in either the right or wrong position that would determine if the horse would land properly or not. Ed was a photographer. The working kind. 

I'd actually met Ed years before when I was a photo lab tech at a west Fresno Kinko's Copies. He used to bring me his film to develop because, as he put it one day, "I like how you print my stuff, kid". There was no higher honor.

For decades, he and his wife used to process the 50 or so rolls of film he'd shoot in the day into prints, on-site, right out of the back of his station wagon before one-hour photolabs made that a ridiculous way to spend all your sleeping hours.

The next day of the two-day events, his wife would have a table out with all the 5"x7" and 8"x10" prints from the previous day's trials for the riders and their family's to buy up. They did. Nobody was getting what Ed was getting and nobody was doing was Ed and his wife were doing. 

The next to last time I ever saw Ed was after I'd processed forty-eight 24-exposure rolls of Kodak professional Portra 160 into three sets of 5"x7"s. He picked them up later that night and slipped me $100.00 in a photo order envelope as he left. He hadn't done that before. The season was ending, he and his wife were heading back home, and I suppose this was another way of saying he liked the way I printed his stuff. 

I left Kinko's shortly after that, never to run into Ed again, until I had the Ram Tap horse trials photo assignment for The Fresno Bee some ten years later. As I arrived to the event, I thought to myself, "I wonder if I'll see Ed Lawrence? Wouldn't that be a thrill!"

And there he was again. Low in the dirt, still getting the shot. He was old now. He was old when I first met him. There's no retirement plan for most working photographers. He was a little slower. He remembered me, but not like I remembered him.

I hung out next to Ed for a bit. Just enough to make him lose his rhythm, so I left. I went fifty yards over, got low in the dirt and waited for the horse's back legs to just leave the ground. 

See more of the legendary Ed Lawrence's work at his site:

A story on Ed Lawrence reproduced from the Los Angeles Times:

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