I’m Monica Lau, a professional photographer living and working in the heart of Kailua, Hawaii.
Photography has been my way of celebrating the joy of life ever since I was a Communication Arts major in my hometown of Chicago. The 30 year career started when I was first published in the Chicago Tribune in 1987. I’ve been working ever since, specializing in commissioned portraiture, commercial and editorial photography.
My work has appeared many amazing places: “Good Morning America,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Macy's, Sprint, Red Book, Chicago Tribune, Industry Standard, Honolulu Magazine, and Seattle Magazine. My commercial work is represented globally by Getty Images.
After marrying and having a daughter, I realized the importance of portraits framed and on your wall. The investment is your Legacy. It was a new era of point-and-shoot low resolution digital cameras. I enjoyed making quick snapshots of my daughter but the images soon were stuck in storage devices that quickly became obsolete: from floppy disks to CDs to USB drives to the external hard drive, and outdated computers. Computers are no longer coming with CD drives or USB drives! What will happen to all those irreplaceable memories? Probably nothing. My boutique photography studio creates Legacy Portrait Artwork for your home.
I always hope to making a difference through photography. My decades of volunteering, donations and charitable work include photographing children in the Make-A-Wish Hawaii program, putting on fundraising portrait events for Make-A-Wish Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, and founding a photography program for Boys and Girls Club of Kailua. I’ve also been a volunteer photographer and donor for Women’s Fund Hawaii, Delta Society/Pet Partners, and Special Olympics - Communications team. I have mentored for five years in the Youth In Focus photography program for at-risk youth.
Over the last 3 years, Monica Lau Photography has donated $12,000 to Make-A-Wish Hawaii through Monica Lau Photography Charitable Portrait Events and has donated $4,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii through Monica Lau Photography Charitable Portrait Events, and have donated countless gift certificates to charitable organizations across Oahu.