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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

Curb Alert!

Yesterday morning I met with Christian Ebner to talk about some ideas for the upcoming shoot we are doing for the cover of his new Christmas album. During our conversation the possibility of having some kind of chair or couch in one the the shots arose as an option. Later yesterday afternoon I was driving through Burbank and saw this beauty on the curb. I quickly snapped a photo on my iPhone and emailed it to Christian.

This was his response:

“Whoa! That is a statement… Maybe my next cd.. hahaha
Christian”

Some of the best props are the ones you just find lol. But not this time. ;).

Can you imagine the living room this might have come out of?

September 10, 2009 - 1:24 pm

Sharon Devol - Brothel?

Ara & Margaret: Wedding

Ara & Margaret’s wedding was the second Armenian wedding I have shot. However, I should say that theirs was far different than the first one. In fact I don’t think I have ever shot a wedding with so much sustained energy lasting the whole day and late into the night lol! The dancing started off at Ara’s parent’s house with a little boom box sitting on the counter, or progressed over to Margaret’s parent’s house where a live band played, all the way to the reception with the D.J. and his whole sound system. The whole thing was so much fun. I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the day. =). I also think I should mention that I didn’t realize that the food would come non-stop for 5 hours. I filled myself up with the first course and found myself looking for some more room for some more in between shots throughout the night. =). Thanks for letting me be a part of your awesome day! Enjoy the Storybook Slideshow!

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 [...]

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