Making skateboarding videos of his cousins and friends is where it all started for Neil Laroya. Neil says his dad helped, although he doesn’t know it. “He had a Sony Camcorder that I kept stealing to use for those skate videos,” confesses Neil. It’s the process of the visual language that fuels Neil’s passion for videography and he’s fascinated with the use of light and how it compliments what happens on camera. Videography, says Neil, is a form of art that can create a deep connection with viewers.
The Honolulu native earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Advertising Photography/Video from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He enjoys training in Olympic weightlifting and Crossfit but lately, most of his spare time is spent taking photos of his two-year-old son as he’s discovering the world around him.
An interesting fact about Neil? “When I was 21, I went on a month long trip to help film a human trafficking documentary in East Africa, India, and London,” he shares. ”My mother thought I was gonna die and she told me I couldn't go, but I went anyway. One of the craziest experiences of my life.”