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    Welcome to the blog! If the banner doesn't make it obvious enough I'll just spill the beans and let you know that we are a full time husband and wife wedding photography team. We love life, God, weddings, and if you slide over our names to the left you'll note a few other things we love.

    We are based out of Los Angeles, and when I say that, I mean our studio is right in the smack dab center of downtown. However, if you start browsing through the blog history you will soon note that we shoot weddings all over the country and world. We put a lot into making our images so I hope you enjoy checking some of them out!

    If you're up for having a great time at your wedding, and our photos have the look you are going for, then feel free to shoot us a note and we would love to chat some more!

    - Lukas and Suzy VanDyke

Victor & Elisabeth: Wedding

Last weekend I posted about going up to Cambria for Victor and Elisabeth’s wedding. Well I finished the photos! I think the biggest thing I enjoyed about the whole wedding was that everything took place within one little courtyard! There were a good amount of people there, but it really felt like a little family get together where everyone was close and everyone got to hang out. I love that you guys were so chill and laid back and just had fun with your day!

I put together a little Storybook Slideshow of everything, so be sure to check it out!

The first look!

After the getaway we went down to the beach for a little 10 minute post session! Too much fun! =)

December 3, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » Post Office Eavesdropping - […] office… SO here is a snapshot from a fun-romantic-weekend-getaway with Lukas of me shooting at Victor and Elisabeth Lee’s […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has come and gone once again! I was planning on posting this last night, but we were having to much fun and all of a sudden it was bedtime. In the theme of Thanksgiving I was thinking of a few things I was thankful for. And I guess the list comes down to everything! God is so good in all the seasons of our life. Amidst both the trials and the good times He gives us reasons to be thankful!

I did come up with a list, but I think it’s just a start. I’m thankful for: God, Jesus for forgiving my sins, Repentance, My wife (Suzy), A house to live in, Electricity, In-n-Out Burger, The internet,The off button on my computer, My siblings, My parents, Suzy’s family, The Bible, The Pastors at my church, Getting to work with the High school group at my church, Pumpkin Pie (LOVE pumpkin pie), My car, Freeways (even with traffic), My computer, living in So Cal, Nice weather, Good friends, Eggnog, Sunny days, Rainy days, experiences that make me grow, being able to be a photographer, pumpkin pie, and this list goes on!

We had a kind of eclectic mix of people over yesterday, and I don’t think it could have been more fun! Thanks for coming everyone! =)

My brother and law ben had to leave early to get to work, but this is everyone else. =).

My sister Julia, brother-in-law Ben, and little nephew Caleb!

Friends: Justin and Emmanual

Suzy and her Sister Lianna

Me and my sister (1 of 3 sisters)

Me and Suzal!

Ok so we had a lot more food than this, but I was so excited to eat it I forgot to take photos. =)

I always forget to take a photo of my plate when it’s heaped high and looks all nice. =). Maybe next year.

Sleeping the turkey off while Suzy plays and sings.

November 27, 2009 - 4:56 pm

Mom - Hi!! Thank you for these wonderful pictures AND the phone call!!!!
You ALL look so GREAT!!! I am so you glad you had such an amazing time together!!!
We had a wonderful time in WI at Hobbs too! I don’t have any pix though…

November 28, 2009 - 8:15 pm

Marie - Just wanted to say one thing….I love thatyou Americans drink out of what us New Zealanders would call “glass preserving jars” and in NZ we use these strictly for preserving fruits and relishes etc…Its the weirdest thing to see!!! hahaha….Our friends (who are NZers but went to Masters Seminary) drink out of them too!!! I refuse too personally!!! Its just too odd!!! hahaha

November 28, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Marie - Sorry one other use for those jars is as a vase for flowers etc!!! definitely not a drinking vessel!!! hahaha

Weekend in Cambria

Early Thursday afternoon Suzy and I finished packing up my truck, made a quick stop at Panda Express, and started our trip up to beautiful Cambria (10 minutes from Hearst Castle) to shoot Victor and Elisabeth’s wedding. I think I need to say that it’s much nicer saying hello to a romantic weekend away, instead of goodbye for the weekend like before we were married!

It was so much fun driving up the coast into the cute little city of Cambria. The wedding was at a lodge right outside of town, so we checked into our room and then went to explore. We wandered around downtown in the light rain until we found a little restaurant which looked warm and cozy in contrast to the cold night. We had eaten a late lunch, so we decided to split the portabella mushroom lasagna. Fried spinach, seasoned tomatoes, a variety of cheese! Yum! Cozy restaurant, good food, and my amazing wife is a stark contrast to McDonalds and a Snickers in my hotel room alone. Married life does change some things. =)

I’ll have some photos from the wedding up in a couple days but I just wanted to post a few photos I snapped of Suzy off the side of 101 on the way up. =). Yes I need to admit I threw her wedding dress in the back of my truck right before we left just in case we saw a cool spot. =). Call me strange, but I like to look at photos of my wife. ;).

The wedding ended around 3:00pm, so we decided to join Suzy’s brother, and some other good friends camping in Frazier park on the way home. We got there around 8:00pm to find they had camped at a spot  up at 8,000 feet with snow on the ground. Just a little cold, but the fire was warm, and the view of the stars was gorgeous! So we spent the night, got up early and still made it to morning service at church. =)

For those of you who know what this means: The one of the stars was a 90 second exposure at 2.8 ISO 500 on the bulb setting using a remote fire cord and a pocket wizard. The shot of us was a 15 second exposure at 2.8 ISO 2000 with flash set to TTL – 2/3. I opted for a higher ISO on that one because we wanted to take multiple shots and I didn’t want to wait for 3 min between photos. =). I also often plug a remote fire cord and use a pocket wizard to fire the camera when I want to be in the photo instead of dealing with the 10 second timer. =)

November 22, 2009 - 5:59 pm

Grant - Lukas, not strange at all! So do I! (Unless we’re both strange)… I look looking at photos of my wife too… it helps that most of them were taken by you, so they’re great! ;)

November 22, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Megan Camp - Love the pictures. The ones of Suzy are lovely and the ones outside at night are amazing!!

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