Alex Lau - Filmmaker & Photographer

I’m Alex, and I work primarily as a freelance director of photography and camera operator.  I also produce, write, and edit, so I neatly call myself a filmmaker, a one-man-band of a creative wrecking crew.  On the surface, I make things look pretty.  Look deeper, and I tell stories that are poignant.
Right now, I’m in a career sweet spot, where many things are in balance: 

Young AND experienced 
I’m a millennial who has shot on five continents, filmed with President Obama in the White House, cliff-jumped with cameras in Ireland, operated livestreams with millions watching online, and filmed underwater with whale sharks in Africa.
I’ve also directed photography for a number of television shows and was a senior filmmaker on the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign.  But if you want to make something no one has ever done before, let’s figure it out and make it happen.

Creative AND technical
I thought I was going to be an engineer, but I wanted a life that was always in motion, where the challenges were always changing, and I really found that in filmmaking.  I think it requires one of the purest blends of technical and creative skills in any profession, and attaining both is not easy.  Understanding how a camera will react in low light situations and then knowing how to use it to enhance visual storytelling are not always an easy pair of thought processes to combine.   

A leader AND a team-player 
Being a freelancer means that you are someone’s boss for one project and then part of their team for the next.  After moving from project to project, team to team, I quickly learned both the value of personal accountability and the joy in leading a team.
So let’s connect and make something impactful. 

Past collaborations:  National Geographic, Travel Channel, NY Times, HGTV, Bravo, NFL Network, Instagram, BET, Royal Caribbean, NBA, Fusion Network, IBM, Clinton Presidential Campaign, ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, and the US military.