Hi, I’m Valent! I love photography. That’s me on the left.
I am an AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer and Associate of the Australian Photographic Society. I have a studio in the Eastern Suburbs Sydney.
I help professionals put make the best first impression with a confident, professional, and natural profile photograph. It is no longer acceptable to simply have a bland professional shot. Your viewers must be able to connect with you as a person from your photograph.
Apart from Australia I’ve lived overseas for several years, including in Hong Kong and Japan. I have seen many different ways people represent their business and brand, and incorporate the ideas into your shots.
We will ask you a lot more questions than other photographers. You will want to ask why we need to ask that much. How can someone represent you without firstly knowing you?
Whether you want a corporate style formal headshot or a more casual in-life action profile image, we will give you the best advice. We will show you options you haven’t thought of. We work with you to create the right type of photograph which will have the greatest impact for your purpose.
My first camera was an APS film point and shoot I got at uni. I got it just before going on a trip to Japan. I remember going to the library reading as much as I could about photography. I loved theory and the technical aspects. Then I visited Japan for 3 weeks and came back with 46 rolls of film. The photo shop in Japan knew me by name. I loved holding the prints and putting them into albums. My family would say how my shots looked like a postcard. They meant it as a compliment, but it left me feeling something was missing. It was picture perfect, but there was no soul in the shots, nothing that connected. What was missing was the human element, though I wouldn’t understand that for a while to come.
The woman who would later become my wife introduced me to the DSLR. I fell in love again with all aspects of photography. From animals to events to product and fashion photography, I did it all. Finally I started doing family portraiture, and as I captured the expressions and connections between people, I started seeing how they reacted to the finished photograph. This is what I was missing! It was the emotions and connection that pulled the viewer in and gave the photograph value greater than the sum of paper and ink. It was no longer a postcard you enjoyed for a few seconds then put away. It wasn’t yet another photo in your feed that you scroll past. These were photographs that clients would enjoy every day for generations to come! This is how Valent Lau Photography came about.
Now as I meet business people and learn about their industry and market, I use the same approach to discover and capture something that connects with their target market. It is these subtle nuances that connect to a client. It make them feel more comfortable with you and your offerings. This means they choose to call you first rather than a competitor. And isn’t this exactly what your profile photograph should do?
Camera gear plays only a small part in professional photography, but there is a lot of interest so here it is. My primary is the 36MP Nikon D800 camera and a range of professional lenses from 16-200mm, including fast primes, macros, and exotics. I have a range of lighting and equipment that can be used in studio or on location. What does this mean? It means you don’t have to worry about anything on the photography side. Just be your fabulous self and we’ll show the world you you are!
Let’s get started!
Tell us what you’re after and we’ll call you back usually within the same or next business day! If we’re not in the middle of a job we may even call you right away!