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"Above all, I capture life's Joy," - Monica Lau

Monica Lau Photography is a Hawaii based, boutique portrait studio, specializing in custom designed heirloom quality artwork for the home. Through a creative partnership with each client, we focus not only on designing unique and timeless treasures, but also in making the photographic session a memorable and fun life experience.

Monica Lau was published for the first time in the Chicago Tribune during her first college photography class in 1989! She has been working ever since, specializing in commissioned Portraiture, Commercial, and Publication clients.

Getty Images started representing her work Globally for commercial purposes since 1995. These images have appeared in many amazing places: Good Morning America - including their NYC Time Square marquee!, The Oprah Show, Macy's, Sprint PCS, and Yahoo.com - home page. Monica has been published in Red Book, Parent Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Industry Standard, Honolulu Magazine, and Seattle Magazine.

Decades of Volunteer work include: Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Boys and Girls Club of Kailua, Women’s Fund Hawaii, Delta Society/Pet Partners, Special Olympics, and In Focus: at risk youth photography mentorship program.

When not creating Portraits, Monica enjoys her Kailua life with her family. Her daughter is the light of her life and her inspiration behind the love for Children Portait Photography. Monica's black lab is the real super model of the family. She poses for puppy treats. 



For quickest response, please call: 808-349-5148.

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

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"The 1st year of my daughter's life is a bunch of low res digital files on an out dated external hard drive somewhere. I don't know if the drive even plugs into my new computer. My new computer doesn't have a CD drive. Technology changes too fast. This is when I knew that I wasn't servicing my clients with digital files. All my work is created with the final piece of artwork in mind that will be cherished now and by future generations." -Monica Lau

Monica Lau Photography is a full service Boutique Portrait Studio. We love to spend time getting to know you and creating personal LEGACY artwork for your home.


In-Person Creative Consultaion • Hair/Make-up • Studio Lighting • In-Person Viewing/Ordering Appointment

CONSULTATION: Creating your Legacy Artwork starts with an in-person Creative Consultation with Monica Lau. We will determine what is needed to design your images. Does your child dream of becoming a Ballerina, Astronaut, Skateboarder, Cowboy or do you dream of having that beautiful moment of a Mother & Child embrase? We take the portrait a little further and embellish it with touches that make images personal and meaningful. We will discuss props/newborn props, backgrounds, clothing tips, and location ideas.

During your consultation you will have an oportunity to preview samples of artwork to determine what will best go with your home decor, from Framed Photographic Images, Canvas Gallery Wraps, Metal Prints, to distiguished Albums.  Products are Heirloom quality, archival, UV protected, using high pigmented inks, and meant to last a life time. You have made the investment in hiring a Professional Photographer. We will help you design your heirlooms.

SESSION: Sessions are not based on time. We focus on creating a memorable and fun life experience. We take the time that is needed to create the image concepts discussed in the consulation. Keeping the energy and happiness of little ones in mind, mornings are most desirable. Special instructions will be provided for the various types of Portraiture: Maturnity, New Born, Small Children, Pre-Teen, Senior Portraits, Couples, Pre-Engagement Experience, 50th Wedding Anniversary, and so on. 

ORDER/VIEWING: During our time together you will view your images and place your order at that time. Meetings will be scheduled at the time of booking. Most appointments will be a week after the Session unless there is an extensive amount of creative design or retouching. If you are visiting Hawaii we plan your appointment as soon after the Session as possible to fit your travel schedule.

MATERNITY PORTRAITS: Session needs to be booked for your 6-7th month.

NEW BORN PORTRAITS: Best time for your Session is when your baby is 6-10 days old.

VISITORS TO HAWAII: If you will be visiting Hawaii, we schedule Skype or FaceTime 15 minute Consultation sessions. Plan your session date at the beginning of your visit to account for rain days and your in-person Viewing•Ordering appointment. Mornings are the best time for lighting.

Call 808-349-5148 to Book your Session.

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm