Lisa and Kai jump simultaneously during their engagement session in Williamsburg, NY with Ben Lau Photography.

It’s Friday Funday, so I thought I’d share one of my most recent favorites! After all the requisite kissy-romantic poses are done, this is what we usually end up doing at the end of our engagement sessions. I kid you not. I mean, look at the skill and coordination between these two! This bodes very well for the married life they have ahead of them :).

Hope you guys have a fantastic Friday. As for me and Karis, we’ll be off to a lake house wedding this weekend. We can’t wait!

~ Ben & Karis

 

It’s not easy to plan a wedding. If planning a wedding is like trying to thread 100 needles, then planning a wedding in time for cherry blossoms is like trying to thread 1000 of them…with someone else’s hands…while blindfolded :). Nicole and Dave exchanged their vows along the Tidal Basin in front of the Jefferson Memorial, a spectacular backdrop even without the blooms. A violinist played under a nearby tree, with the sound of the Tidal Basin lapping quietly in the background. Quite truthfully, everything was just…perfect :).

Nicole gets ready in her suite on her wedding day in Washington DC, captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Wedding flowers on Dave and Nicole Wedding dress in the doorway. Nicole and Dave

Wedding Bouquet for a Washington DC wedding. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Nicole has her make-up applied on her wedding day in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography. Friend peeks in as bride gets ready for her Washington DC wedding. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Bride is helped into her dress on her wedding day in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Dave getting ready for his wedding day in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography. Mom and Aunt of the bride gets ready for Dave and Nicole

Bride and her father walk towards the wedding ceremony in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Washington DC Wedding Ceremony in front of the Jefferson Memorial. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Gift table at Washington DC wedding. Captured by Ben Lau Photography. Table cards for wedding reception in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Curious Grape in Shirlington, Virginia. Captured by Ben Lau Photography. Bride and groom listen on during speeches during their wedding reception in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Fish entree at the Curious Grape in Shirlington, VA. Captured during wedding reception by Ben Lau Photography.

First dance at Washington DC Wedding reception. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Groom makes binoculars during portraits at their wedding reception in Washington DC. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Nicole and Dave, THANK YOU SO MUCH for inviting us along on this adventure with you! We know first-hand how crazy it got when you were throwing this shindig together, and honestly…everything was fantastic! Congratulations on EVERYTHING and we wish you two the very best as you embark on your journey towards happily ever after. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we did capturing them. To everyone else, Happy Thursday ya’ll! The wedding season is upon us and we can’t wait to share all the awesome stuff we have in store for you!

Love, peace and hair grease :)

~ Ben & Karis

Lauren and Tony hail from my (other) hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Lucky for us, they love the Big Apple! So they packed their bags one early morning and headed to our neck of the woods if only for one awesome distinction: being the first couple I’ve ever photographed in Times Square (which I’ve avoided, up to this point, like the plague). Nice :).

Lauren and Tony share a kiss in Central Park during their engagement session with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Lauren and Tony pose in High Line Park during their engagement session with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Lauren and Tony share a kiss at sunset at High Line Park during their engagement session with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Sneak peeks for now, more to come soon!

~ Ben

 

In our line of work, you must always have a contingency plan. You must be able to see brick walls coming from a mile away and decide if you’re going to bust through (Oh Yeaaah!) or figure out a way to work around them. I generally opt for the latter approach and find the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, sometimes these “walls” are mobile. And sometimes, they’re (almost) butt-naked and strumming a guitar in the middle of Times Square.

We certainly heard the guy playing while I was snapping away, but figured he was busy entertaining all the tourists that were swarming into the city that early evening. But in an intersection with no less than a few thousand pedestrians and a few dozen shutterbugs, he found us fair and square. After I was done chimping with my camera, I looked up to find this half-nekkid dude standing behind my couple.

Naked Cowboy photo bombs our engagement session.

Oh…what the hell.

Sneak peeks of Lauren and Tony’s NYC engagement session’s coming right up :).

  • Julia Crotty - Hi, Ben, Lauren is my great niece. I think the photos are great! I can’t wait to see more! She asked me to do a reading at the church on her wedding day. I’m honored. Will you be photographing her wedding, also? Julia a/k/a “Aunt Jul”ReplyCancel

    • Ben Lau - Hi Aunt Jul! Thank you for enjoying our work. YES we will be photographing Lauren’s wedding, so we’ll be meeting each other in the not-so-distant future! We are also very honored to be capturing this momentous occasion!

Here’s some random Jersey City trivia: there are only 6 streets in Jersey City that have the original cobblestones on them – and I’ve shot at 3 of them :). Anyhoo, part deux of Patrice and Josh’s engagement session wrapped up in Jersey City, NJ. Because I’ve shot here so many times these past few months, we decided to take the back way. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I saw what lay before me :).

Patrice and Josh embrace inside a concrete tube in Jersey City, NJ during their engagement session with awesome Northern NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

It’s not everyday you find perfectly round concrete cylinders :).

Patrice and Josh share a kiss in the open skies during their engagement session in Jersey City, NJ with awesome northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Those cloud formations nearly brought a tear to my eye :).

Patrice and Josh share a moment during their engagement session in Jersey City, NJ with awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Patrice and Josh laugh during their engagement session in Jersey City, NJ with awesome northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Patrice and Josh sit on a back of a train during their engagement session in Jersey City with northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

 

Patrice and Josh pose against a wall during their engagement in Jersey City, NJ with awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Patrice kisses Josh from behind with NYC in the background during their engagement session in Jersey City, NJ with awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Patrice and Josh, thanks so much for coming up all the way up here to be with us! But even more importantly, thanks so much for agreeing to jump, dance (and crawl!) for some of the most awesomest images we’ve ever captured :). Hope you guys enjoy these, and we can’t wait to see Patrice and Josh again in a few more weeks!

~ Ben