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.
I wasn’t born with a wonderful gift of the eye, and photography came to me relatively late in life. I spent high school in boarding school. My first camera was an APS film point and shoot I got at uni.
It was just before going on a trip to Japan, my first ever trip alone! I was going to visit friends, see places I’d only seen in magazines and on TV. I learned all 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 lab in Japan knew me by name.
People called my photos postcards, but I always felt something was missing. It was picture perfect, but there was no soul in the shots, nothing that connected. In today’s world it would be a photo you looked at for a few seconds then scrolled past. What was missing was the human element, though I wouldn’t understand that for a while to come.
Later the woman who would later become my wife introduced me to the DSLR. I fell in love with photography all over again, and finally I fell into portrait photography.
As I captured the connections between people and saw how they reacted, it dawned on me. There was something more to a photograph than its elements. It was the emotions and connection that pulled the viewer in and gave the photograph value. It wasn’t yet another photo in your feed that you scrolled past. These were photographs that you would enjoy every day for generations to come!
That was for people and their families, but wasn’t business the same? Business owners loved their businesses as part of their own identity. Their business brand was intertwined with their personal brand. And by capturing that part of their person that made their business unique, we could connect with viewers in a way that all the bragging in the world would not.
I found that the more I learned about a business person’s industry and market, the more I could create photographs that connected with viewers in a meaningful way. We could create a photograph that conveyed the right levels of trust and confidence, according to the medium. It made clients feel more comfortable with you, and this meant they called you first rather than a competitor. And wasn’t this exactly what your profile photograph should do?
Now Valent Lau Photography exists to help small businesses convey their message authentically and effectively to their market.
Camera gear plays only a small part in professional photography, but there is a lot of interest so here it is. I use a range of Nikon full frame cameras and a range of Nikon 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!