Lauren and Tony met when they were in college, working together at the same bar. Oh, the stories they could (most probably) tell :). While I divulged some of my trade secrets in the world of wedding photography, I learned so much about heavy-handed bartenders (and how to get/find them!), the proper way to pour a beer (yes, there is a way!), and what the incredibly wealthy do with their pocket money (Tony’s their guy!). Surprisingly, these are the moments that I cherish most when I do these engagement sessions with our clients. The more comfortable they are with me, the more comfortable they’ll be with my gimungo camera in their faces – both throughout their engagement sessions AND their wedding day.

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

Central Park should give me my own parking space soon :).

Lauren and Tony walk along 5th Avenue during their engagement session with awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

The second leg of our adventure took us Midtown: these photos to be revealed on the wedding day :).

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

I’ve actually seen this overlook in other photos, but never actually knew where it was on the High Line…till now :).

Tony picks Lauren up into the air during their engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Lauren and Tony were probably one of the most skilled at employing the 95% rule: that is, bringing their faces together just 95% of the way to an “almost kiss”. I allowed a few actual smooches to completion between takes, because I can’t imagine anyone to practice that kind of restraint for a few hours with their loved ones within kissing distance :). But for their own good, smooching for a few hours (with your photographer in tow!) can also be very tiring. After all, they had a 3 hour drive back home after the session was finished!

Lauren and Tony share a kiss in front of Times Square during their engagement session with New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It is with great pleasure to announce that Lauren and Tony are the VERY FIRST couple to have been captured by yours truly in front of Times Square; this could quite possibly be one of the most difficult places to shoot because there are ALWAYS people around, not to mention the impossibility of parking. We waited for a good 15-20 minutes on that intersection (which might explain how we were spotted by the Naked Cowboy) for it to clear out. Patience wins again, my friends :). Lauren and Tony, I hope you guys enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them. We can’t wait to see you guys again in the Fall!

~ Ben

Just like many of our brides, I’m very much a DIY kinda guy. When you go to a bridal show, there are no shortages of photo booth companies (many of whom, I might add, do phenomenal work!). Then I thought to myself: You know what? I have an old camera, lighting equipment and moustaches lying around. Let’s put these babies to work!

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Impressed? I thought so :).

Karis with Bunny Ears in Ben Lau Photography

Ben in Ben Lau Photography

Photo Booth picture from Yulan and Herbie

So it is with great pleasure to announce to all of you, that Ben Lau Photography now offers an open-air photo booth for YOUR wedding! Please contact us for more details! Hope ya’ll enjoy, and Happy Monday!

~ Ben & Karis

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