Hello, I'm Benjamin. I've been in photography ever since I was 10, and have been capturing moments since.
Hello, I'm Benjamin. I've been in photography ever since I was 10, and have been capturing moments since.
Based in the sunny island of Singapore, there is never an end to the pictures to capture - the multi-cultural diversity, the ever-changing landscapes, the way tradition is woven with advancement.
Photography is an art that has taught me to appreciate the world I live in, the beauty of the everyday things around us. Looking through a viewfinder is quite literally looking through a different set of eyes.
While one might think it is short for 'monochrome' (to which the site's colors are themed to), mono's conception/inception actually has its roots in the Japanese Kanji: 物
物の哀れ (mono no aware), a term coined by Motoori Norinaga, an 18th century scholar, can be literally translated to "an awareness of things", or "a sensitivity towards impermanence". The awareness of the transient nature of things intensifies the appreciation of their beauty, also evoking feelings of bittersweet at their passing.
As a photographer, I feel that photos are a way to freeze a moment in time, to materialise the immaterial, to turn the transient permanent. mono is therefore named after the material-ness of photos, a 'thing' of a memory.
With this mood, acceptance of impermanence and insubstantiality is elevated into an aesthetic sensibility, a state of mind that actually appreciates this ephemerality. This does not mean impermanence is welcomed or celebrated. There is still sadness present in mono no aware, a sorrow at this transiency, of the loss of people and things that are precious to us. However, this melancholy is suffused with a quiet rejoicing in the fact that we had the chance to witness the beauty of life at all, however fleetingly. We are sighing rather than weeping. Moreover, mono no aware recognises that this ephemerality is somehow integral to beauty, that beauty depends on this kind of transiency. In Zen the pre-eminent symbol of mono no aware is the cherry blossom, whose fragile efflorescence captivates our attention so briefly during the first bloom of spring. Crucially, our appreciation of its beauty is heightened by our awareness of its transiency, in a way that would be missing if its delicate blossoms were a permanent feature of our landscape. And as we reflect on this intertwining of beauty and transciency, it may perhaps elevate our appreciation of all that is dear to us.
Anchor; to find stability & security.
Anchor & Lace Photography was built around these very definitions.
As a husband & wife ourselves we have a relationship that is based on love, stability, and security. It was when we met online years ago that we had the same nervous energy and anticipation that you might have had when you first met one another. Then we fell in love, and fell in love fast.
Shortly after meeting we talked about the idea of photographing weddings together. It was when we moved in together that we decided to really go for it and be equal partners in this journey together. We were both on the same page and were committed to running a business that was equally personal as it was professional. We liked the idea of breaking down the wall and allowing our couples the opportunity to get to know us, opening the door to allow us to get to know them as well. This is one of the key elements of why our portraits come across so relaxed and organic. About nine months after we had met and continued along with our commitment to so many wonderful couples, we were on the fast track. It was evident that we got it right and our boutique photography studio was a big success. It was time for us to take the next step and get engaged, and we did. We were already living together and it felt SO right. Our photography business continued to boom and the glowing reviews were rolling in (and still are). We take so much pride in the relationships we were building and it was really showing. It was time to take it to the next level. So, we started browsing around town for a property that would be the home base for our business. Then right before our eyes, the most perfect location popped up for rent. A building that was part of the Miller Place Historical Society and was built in the 1700’s. This is what we were all about. We love history and all things rustic, so we gave it a go.
Then, about 4 years later, we continued to further our dedication and commitment not only to one another but our business as well. We were a team, the perfect team, and we needed a new name or a brand that would represent us as a couple and the work that we do. We needed something that represented strong and delicate…you know an opposites attract kind of dynamic. It was time to move away from Alexis Stein Photography (no offense) and introduce Anchor & Lace Photography.
Now, we continue to be ourselves and grow as a family. We are a couple that enjoys the simple things in life. A life that is built around strong connections and relationships. We will continue to do this together as we interweave our own very different styles of artistry and creativity to capture the most beautiful photographs possible for every couple that chooses to make a connection with us.
This is just a little part of our story and where we are today.
If you love our story, we would love to hear from you and have the pleasure and opportunity to get to know you both better, and hear yours.
Alexis says “One thing I noticed about Keith upon meeting him was his magnetic personality. I was attracted to this from the very beginning. It was throughout the years that I noticed how essential of a role it would play in different aspects of our lives together. This trait of Keith’s drives him creatively through conversations, jokes, and artwork of many kinds (especially photography). Just by spending time with him you will find his personality is the very thing that keeps his gears turning.”
Keith is a native Long Island’er that since his youth was always interested in the arts. It was shortly after his fathers passing in the early 1980’s that he really focused on his talents and creativity in every medium he could get his hands on. It was back in 1984 that he really discovered his love for photography when he did a cross-country trip with his mother and grandparents. Although he did not pursue an education in the arts, he is self-taught in a variety of creative mediums including but not limited to photography, drawing, painting, sculpting, woodworking, and videography. Roughly 20 years ago Keith dedicated his creativity to videography and started working with musicians on their live performances and music videos. It was about 15 years ago that he rediscovered his true passion, photography. Throughout the years he has worked with multiple national music acts and celebrities and has had his work featured in numerous publications and media outlets. About 6 years ago when Keith met Alexis they pondered at the idea of merging their collective talents and starting a wedding photography business together. It only took a few weddings for Keith to realize this is where his true passion for photography would really come to life.
One of the most important facts about Keith is that he is not only a husband…he is also a father. His pride and joy are his son and daughter. When he is not doing photography you will likely find him spending quality time with his kids cooking (tacos, always tacos), enjoying horror and sci-fi flicks, playing video games (Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch), board games, or walking the dog together. His relationship with his kids has made him the man he is today. It has opened his mind to the world and all it has to offer. He also loves to travel and plans on seeing the world. He is determined to see all of the National Parks in the United States and all 50 states…up to 49 at the time of writing this. Time to plan a trip to Oklahoma. When at home alone, he likes to kick back with a edge of your seat sci-fi novel, binge watch his favorite crime dramas, flip through his favorite comic books, nap with his son, cuddle his fur babies, and pick on his teenage daughter. If you do play video games, he is known to exchange gamertags with Anchor & Lace couples for some frag fests in Gears of War, Titanfall 2, PUBG, Call of Duty, and The Division. His favorite thing to do outside of being with his family is to be around people, talk, and make friends.
Keith says “When I first met Alexis I had no idea how much we would bond over photography. It was when I observed her photographing a wedding that I saw just how truly passionate she was about her craft. This made me love her more and made me want to be the best photographer I could possibly be. She is an inspiration to me every single day and I love being by her side at weddings.”
Alexis was born and raised in Connecticut and has always been artistically inclined. When it came time to pursue an education she dedicated herself to her talents and attended one of the most prestigious art schools in the world. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is where she honed in on her craft and earned a degree in photography. She is technically trained and focused on travel, lifestyle, and portrait photography in the early part of her career. Upon moving to California she met a wonderful photographer who introduced her to the world of wedding photography. She has been committed to wedding photography ever since. What she learned in California certainly shows in her work today on the east coast in New York. Embracing this different style has helped her stand out amongst the traditional stylings of New York wedding photography. It has earned her respect, loyal friendships among her peers, and accolades and recognition within the wedding photography community.
When Alexis is not behind the camera or working hard on couples photographs you can find her enjoying classic films, indie radio broadcasts, yoga, and music (she really loves Talking Heads, who are also RISD alumni). She also really loves to pack her bags and take in the world and all it has to offer. Her feet have seen the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, and all over the United States. When she travels she always tries to find the time to enjoy food & wine from the local region (Italy, Finger Lakes, Napa, and more). Fingers crossed, she will be able to continue to travel and enjoy the local food & wine for many years to come. With camera in hand she will likely document it all. Her family is everything in the world to her and with her wonderful and talented hubby, our energetic and bright son Ansel, her step-daughter Rhiannon, 3 beautiful kitties, and handsome dog she plans on enjoying all life has to offer and eventually growing that family with more family members and more fur babies.
The still image embraces a moment and offers it again, holding a memory to be cherished and shared. The fondness found in exchanged glances. The giddy excitement of a bride-to-be. The delicate peace of a newborn as it sleeps. Through photographs, I weave together a narrative of what is most treasured and true.
I am continually inspired by the people I photograph and by life's journeys. After a lovely career as a staff photojournalist and picture editor at The Baltimore Sun, I started my photography business specializing in modern portraits, candid documentary photography, and wedding photojournalism. My work is a playful blend of both the loving and the quirky, the classic and the natural. It celebrates the delicious art of being human.
Based in Baltimore, Maryland, I am available for weddings, celebrations, lifestyle portrait sessions of families and children, pregnancy, wee newborn babes, canines, high school seniors and more throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, and all areas beyond, betwixt, and between. I am also available for editorial photography, corporate photography, interior design and decor photography, and other projects or collaborations.
I am grateful to Washingtonian Bride & Groom, for listing my wedding studio as one of the top in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC regions and American PHOTO magazine, for naming me One of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World.
Photography is my passion. As a former staff photojournalist for The Washington Times, my career has taken me on a 31 year marvelous journey. At weddings I feel honored to be present as you begin your life together. For me, it’s all about connecting with people and telling their stories. A Chicago native and California transplant, I now call Alexandria, Virginia my home, where I live with my wife Ines and cat Beignet.
My work has been recognized by: The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) Eyes of History Award, multiple awards, multiple years (2016, 2007, 2006, 2002); the 2016 Northern Short Course in Photojournalism Contest, multiple awards; the 2001 Chesapeake Associated Press Mark Twain Award; and the Society of Professional Journalists 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Team Award for Public Service.
As a photojournalist, I am committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change, particularly in the area of gender based, human rights issues. For the past three years, in addition to photographing weddings, I have been focusing my journalistic attention on the continually under-reported relegation and abuse of women in the US Armed Forces. I believe journalists have a duty to shine a light into the deepest recesses of the human experience and provide a mirror for society to examine itself.
In 2014, I was the recipient of the Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for my project, “Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans” and in 2015, I was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial FundFellowship. My work has also received acknowledgment from: the 2016 World Press Photo Contest, 1st Prize in Long Projects for “Sexual Assault in America’s Military;” the 2015 National Press Photographers Association Cliff Edom New America Award for “The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military;” the 2013 Canon Female Photojournalist Award; and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, multiple years.