Home isn’t just a physical place, but rather it’s within my community. They have shaped who I am, and will continue to challenge who I will become. I’m currently based in Seattle, WA but spend a lot of time on the road between the Bay Area, Chicago, and Hawaii.
Since 2008, I’ve had the honor to photograph and witness ceremonies and cultures sharing love all across the US, as well as internationally, from Mexico to India, and Singapore to Spain. My couples have taught me a lot about the world, and more importantly, about love. It’s something I’ve grown to hold dearly throughout the years.
I studied electrical engineering before transitioning to study photography. Cortados and macchiatos are my favorite drinks. Fish tastes better raw. The outdoors refresh and inspire my soul. Arts and youth development are heavy topics of my heart. When I’m not behind a camera, you’ll find me behind the wheel of my car at a local race track.
Des, my better half, is not only my partner, but also my biggest critic. Together since 2009, shooting weddings together since 2011, and happily married since 2016.
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7 Reviews for David Lai Photographer
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Sarah · Married on 06/15/2019
David & Des are an amazing husband & wife duo. I have the privilege to call them friends. I've admired their work for a while and knowing Des from childhood and, I told my then-fiancé, when we were planning our wedding that they're non-negotiable. David & Des are wonderful people and absolutely put a lot of heart and soul in their work. They make sure that you and your guest look their very best. I love how they're able to capture intimate moments of you and your guest in ways that I haven't seen with other photographers. Honestly, you'll be left speechless when you see your photos and you'll have the goofiest smile on your face as they remind you of that special day.Sent on 08/25/2019
Jamie · Married on 05/06/2017
David and Des were truly amazing to work with. We came across their portfolio early on in the wedding planning process, and wanted to make sure they were available when we booked our venue so we could definitely work with them! They were fun, kind, thoughtful and sincere and just such a pleasure to work with. They captured moments big and small from our wedding day, and the small moments are the ones that really mean so much - the little smiles and laughs we might not have remembered without their photos. They are such talented artists and their photos are stunning. We can't wait to treasure these photos for years to come. There is not a better wedding photography duo out there you could hire than David and Des.Sent on 07/11/2017
Valerie · Married on 04/15/2017
I haven't even received my wedding photos yet (mine was two weeks ago) and I'm giving David and his wife Des five stars. Why? They're amazing, kind people who know how to capture moments in a gorgeous and unique way. Just take a look at his portfolio and you'll understand what I mean.Sent on 04/27/2017
After getting my engagement photos a few months ago, I'm 100% certain I will be just as over the moon about the wedding photos. The engagement shoot was so much fun. We got to shoot at a few different locations in San Francisco (that we picked) and he spent the entire day with us. Even though my now-husband and I are slightly awkward in front of a camera, David made us feel so comfortable and kept us laughing throughout the shoot. The results were amazing. He doesn't take staged, cliched photos. He truly captures the essence of the relationship and understands composition and lighting really well to make each one feel special, intimate, and epic.
I originally heard David through a friend who hired him for her wedding and was excited to learn that he was now based in Oakland. He was an established wedding photographer in Chicago, but now he's making waves in the Bay Area. Be sure to jump on his services before word spreads and he gets fully booked, because he and Des are fantastic to work with, excellent at communication, and above all extremely talented photographers who will make you feel so at ease on your special day. Not only that, but they're humble, easygoing, and fun to have at your wedding as guests :)