Ray Yau, was born and raised in New York City. He is a Chinese American Portrait, Lifestyle, and Advertising Photographer & Video Director. Ray obtained an Associates Degree in Graphic Design From the International Fine Arts College (2000) and graduated With a Bachelors Degree in Film From the University of Miami (2004). He is known for working with both manual and digital equipment simultaneously on his sets offering his clients the perspective of both old and new.
Ray has always been passionate about music and many don’t know that he is a talented DJ. Hip-Hop has been a great influence to him as a creative, listening while growing up and studying the imagery of the pioneer’s packaging. This amongst other reasons led him to the peruse the craft behind the lens and naturally become a part of a short list of visual artist who can deliver impactful imagery while making the artists comfortable. For this reason he is trusted consistently producing content as a very close creative and friend of the Marley Family.
His Background Includes Camera / Lighting on Commercials, Music Videos, TV Shows (Keeping up W the Kardashians, Celebrity Apprentice, Making the Band4) and Feature Films. Over the Last 15 Years, Ray Has Photographed Some of the Most Notable Artists in the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry. One of his latest ventures led him to photograph the cover for one of the most controversial rising stars in Hip-Hop Kodak Black. Shot in Pembroke Pines, Florida and released two months after Black was released from jail the album cover for Project Baby 2: All Grown Up was successful immediately.
His Charity Work Includes Teaching / Mentoring High School Students at the Harlem Children’s Zone as Well as Donating to Various Non-Profit Charities Which Includes: Edeyo Foundation and Hollywood Unites for Haiti. Published Online / Print: Billboard, Complex, Current TV, Essence, Fader, Hamptons, MTV, Myspace, Respect, Rolling Stone, the Onion, Source, and Vibe. Ray has been also been able to travel the world creating content on the indigenous people of many regions.