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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

My Love Hate Relationship

When I was in Jr. High I knew I needed a computer. So I found a man who built them. I offered to work for him doing yard work for each piece of the computer as he assembled it. First the case, then the mother board, then the harddrive etc. I worked for one piece at a time till I had a basic machine. I brought it home and started manipulating images with windows 3.11 and MS paint.

My computer didn’t have any way to connect to the internet, but the next piece I was working to buy was a 2400bps modem. (For you non computer people out there that’s about 1/40th the speed of your iPhone’s connection). I started telling my friends that soon I would be able to send them an email. Half of them weren’t really sure what email was and the other half didn’t really care. But I was excited.

Eventually I got my first modem, and signed up for a free dial up email service (Juno), and started sending email. I think it had to be one of the most exciting things about my first year in High School. I loved it. I rushed home everyday to hear that wonderful dial up sound and wait for something to download. And then there it was. The email noise, and a  real message. Sometimes I even got 2 or 3 messages and I couldn’t wait to reply to them! I LOVED it!

Now here I am 15 years later. My heart still skips a little beat with anticipation every time I hear the email noise. I still pull my iPhone out of my pocket every 10 min to check my mail. In fact I get so many wonderful messages from so many people it’s still often one of the highlights of each day.

But with all that love comes the the downside. The downside is the volume of email, and the time it takes to reply to so many. Ten hours a week typing emails isn’t really all that bad, but I guess it’s just the commitment. The fact that if one day I decided I wanted to stop writing emails I couldn’t. So many lovely people out there waiting for replies just can’t be ignored, and I guess that’s where the hate comes in. I love each and every email, and all the happy faces behind them. But I hate the commitment and the volume of the process.

So let’s do a toast to the wonderful invention of email, and try to forget that it won’t go away even if we want it to.

I was digging through my trunk of random keep sakes looking for an old AOL disk to post. But I think I threw them all away and all I could find was my favorite floppy disk from HS. I remember the days when I could fit my entire photo collection on one of these disks. Now it won’t even hold one photo. =)

Our wedding album is here!

I must have checked the album company website, and the order tracking number everyday for two weeks waiting for our wedding album to come in the mail! But it’s finally here! After making so many of these for a lot of other people, it’s super exciting to finally have our own to sit on our coffee table! Isn’t my Suzal just the cutest thing you ever saw! Happy 5 monthaversary!

For our album we decided to use the first few pages for some photos from when I actually proposed. Then we used the next few pages for some of our engagement photos, followed by the rest of the wedding. Below are a few photos of the physical album. If you want to see all the pages, the original graphics are here.

If you got married and haven’t gotten a wedding album yet you’re missing out!

March 10, 2010 - 11:05 am

Marina Hayes - Lukas,
Your album looks beautiful!! which website did you use to create it?

March 11, 2010 - 1:03 am

Audrey Jung - Hey Lucas, if you’re the wedding photographer, who took your photos? haha Looks wonderful as usual!

March 11, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Erica Olbinski - Yay! So exciting! It looks amazing!! I can’t wait to see ours :)

March 22, 2010 - 8:14 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Lukas & Suzy: Our Wedding Reception - […] was super fun that we could have our wedding album all ready and done for everyone to see as well as the book with the story of how we got […]

September 9, 2010 - 10:56 am

John - Wow, this album is great! I’m also really interested in what site/company you used. Can you please share?

Mark & Jenna: Preview

After shooting non stop for five days straight I was pretty exhausted, and spent most of today just replying to emails. But I was looking through some of the photos from Mark and Jenna’s wedding on Saturday and couldn’t help but post this one. It’s not a typical wedding photo, and it wasn’t my idea. But boy can Mark jump lol! I love it! More photos from their wedding coming soon!

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