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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

Contrast Concepts

I finally got a chance to go through some of the photos from my Contrast shoot last month! I am so happy with the results. Sometimes you go into a shoot with a lot of muddy, ethereal, mental images of what you want, and kind of hope you will get something out of it. When I take photos, I think the only way I can describe how it works is an emotion. I see the subject, I see the people, and it’s like these somewhat indistinguishable flashing colors and ideas start floating around in my head. Then you add the light, the color, all the equipment, the talent, the posing, along with all the technical artistic choices you make for each shot,  and somehow an image results. It might not be exactly what was in your head, but it might just be better. That’s what makes shooting so much fun. I feel like I take my emotions going into the shoots, and the emotion of what I am shooting and tie it all together into an image which hopefully means something to someone. =).

Below are a few of my favorites from the shoot. They’re different than what you might normally see, but hopefully they will inspire even further creativity as my friends and clients plan out the art which will represent their wedding day.

But all said I can’t really take more then a small amount of credit for the images. Most of the work was from all these friends who helped with this shoot. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the help and how much fun I had. The day was one of the highlights of my summer! So I want to throw a HUGE thanks out to all of you!

Hair & Makeup: My good friend Josh Rivas did all the hair and make-up for the day. He was locked in that little room for like 8 hours. Amazing job! He has a salon in Santa Clarita on the corner of Lyons and Atwood. I recommend going!

Grip & Sets: John, thanks for all the help with moving things, grip, set, and just doing whatever needed to be done!

Video: My roommate, Jeremy did all the video work for the shoot which at some point we hope to edit into a little mini documentary!

Flowers: Early on I wrote out my shot list and the color schemes for everything I was doing and Lisa took the list and ran with it. She created these amazing bouquets which worked perfectly with every image, and added to it more than I could have hoped! Thanks soooo much Lisa!  If you ever need flowers for your wedding send her an email.

Dresses: Barbara, a new friend, is a dress designer. She volunteered to bring down a few of her dresses for the shoot (the pink and yellow one). She can make pretty much any dress but I LOVED the more untraditional ones too much to not use them. Send her an email if you ever have wedding dress needs!

Models: Also, special thanks to Masae, Matt & Sarah, Rachel, Joey, and  Barbie for taking time out of your busy schedule’s to come model for me! You all look fabulous!

Venue: And I think the biggest contribution was Maravilla Gardens. I can’t thank the Maravilla family enough for letting us use their lovely property. I really enjoy shooting weddings at the venue because it’s so happy, clean, gorgeous, well thought out… I could just keep on going with other beautiful words to describe this amazing location. If you’re looking for a garden wedding venue I would make sure to check their availability and scope out the location before you look too far.

My Love: And finally I need to thank my amazing Fiance Suzy for being there with my every step of the way from the hours of driving around collecting props, to the phone calls, all the way to everything on the day. I LOVE you sooo much!

September 4, 2009 - 10:55 pm

Julia C - Truly amazing. The first thing that I noticed is that they look more like actual pictures than 3 dimentional art works, I think because the backgrounds are so imaculate and gorgeous that they blend into the forground so well. Than everything looks perfectly proportional, not exagerated or fake. It all seems intentional, nothing looks odd or misplaced, it all looks apropriate even though there are some very different things put together.

September 13, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Lindsey M - I love that red fan! These concepts are very interesting. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

November 8, 2009 - 11:07 pm

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » Purple is back! - [...] of you may know about the purple couch that Lukas and I used in a Contrast Concepts photo shoot a few months back. There was quite a debate on whether or not to keep it around. But it [...]

January 30, 2010 - 5:34 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Contrast Behind the Scenes - [...] been over half a year since my Contrast Concepts shoot. But with getting married, and the flurry of winter weddings which ended up on my calendar [...]

February 2, 2010 - 10:05 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Contrast Concepts: Another Preview - [...] another little clip from the documentary I’m working on. It’s a story of the Contrast Concepts shoot last summer. It will end up being built into an expanded part of the LEARN section on my [...]

June 15, 2010 - 9:18 am

Ashley - I love this series of photos and I recognize the one from your business card. You, Suzy and your friends did some great work, I particularly love the dresses.

July 14, 2010 - 8:40 pm

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » Headshots: Studio Style - [...] Saturday, Lukas and I did a fun Photo Shoot at a friend’s Studio. It was kind of like the Contrast Concepts shoot we did last fall, (minus the bride aspect /props) but in an indoor type setting. We had a [...]

My Purple Couch and Life Lessons

This post comes with another little preview of my Contrast shoot last month. I should have the rest of the photos from the shoot up in a couple days. But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that I have all these props filling up my garage. All things which I find really cool and would love to have on display in my house. However, there are two problems. Number one I only have so much room, and number two I committed to myself a long time ago that I would NOT be a junk collector, and I would not put too much value on temporal things. You might say that seems a little strange. But if you think about it, what if a great opportunity comes up to move to Europe or somewhere for a year. I don’t want to be sentimentally attached to everything in my house. I want to be able to get rid of it all in a moments notice if need be. I don’t want to feel bad if the house burns down. (one good reason to have offsite backups of all your photos). In addition to all the practical things I want to keep my focus on heaven and eternity without being constantly worrying about a bunch of stuff here. lol.

All to say I have decided that as much as I have become attached to my purple couch, and as magnificent of a couch as it is. I think it will have to go. If nothing more than a life lesson to me to make sure I am remember my convictions.

On the other end of that spectrum, that means the purple couch is available to you! I have someone coming by at 3:30 tomorrow who has offered my $250 for it, but if anyone can make me a better offer it’s yours!

Purple Couch

Seattle & Some August Previews

On Thursday I flew up to Seattle to photograph Matt & Stacey’s wedding and two other sessions! The first was with Grant and Carley. I did their wedding a year or so ago, and since they live in Washington now, we thought it would be fun to drive up north and do a little post wedding session on the Puget Sound. We had a blast! It’s always fun doing photos when you don’t need to worry about keeping the dress clean! They also let me stay at their house on Thursday night! It was good seeing you guys!

Right after that session I met Amanda and Stephen in Seattle at the University of Washington for an engagement session. I did photos for Amanda’s brother’s wedding in Portland a year or two ago so since I was in the area we decided to do a session. I was actually really looking forward to being able to do their wedding, but due to some unavoidable schedule conflicts I don’t think it’s going to work out. Maybe we’ll do a post wedding session sometime!

Anyway, I had an interesting morning at the Seattle airport, but still made it back to L.A. in time for the morning service at Church! Great message on Psalm 23 by Austin T. Duncan.

Here’s a few previews from Seattle and a few other August shoots I am working hard to get online!


Grant & Carley (Puget Sound , WA)

Keith & Chelsea (Santa Rosa, CA)

Christian & LaShantae (Sun Valley, CA)

Matt & Stacey (Seattle, WA)

Ara & Margaret (Glendale, CA)

Stephen & Amanda (Seattle, WA)

August 24, 2009 - 7:54 am

Grant - YES!!!! Lukas, it was so fun to see you again as well!! We’re stoked to see these. The Lord’s given you some exceptional talent, and we’re glad to be blessed by it.

August 28, 2009 - 10:48 am

Cheryl - Awesome! I love it! :)

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