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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

I’m a character in a published book!

Ok I admit that in addition to shooting a wedding and two engagement sessions I also read two 350 page books this weekend. My Aunt Peggy is actually a Christian author and is in the middle of writing a new series for youth. The first two of her 5 book series recently got published, and I couldn’t wait to read them. The books are about a Christian family and their daughter “Lilia” who live on a ranch in Hawaii. The fun part about the books is that although most of the names and some of the locations are changed, many of the characters represent people or personalities from my aunt’s life. That includes a number of my relatives. As I read through I recognized many of the stories from my dad’s childhood, as well as other incidents which were retold at family gatherings and holidays throughout the years. Believe me there are some pretty interesting and funny stories. The books are all fiction, but there is just enough truth that it made it really enjoyable to read.

But here’s the really fun part. By the middle of the second book, Lilia has become an internationally known singer. The whole family travels to Hong Kong for a publicity tour, live performance, and photo shoot. Note that I have been enthralled in the books for almost 650 pages now, and am very familiar with all the characters and their antics. The day of the photo shoot comes, and as I turn the page there I am. Right there on the page in black and white text. I’m the famous photographer flown in from Los Angeles to do the photos. I literally laughed out loud. I also found it funny that I was one of the only characters in the book who’s real name was used. I don’t know how often I will appear again, but I got my 7 pages of fame. I’ve done photos in a lot of random countries over the years, but not in Hong Kong yet. Well at least not in real life. Maybe someday.

Other than that I just need to say that the writing is some of the better modern fiction I have seen. I have read some pretty poorly written books by Christian authors in my time. But, this series was so well written I don’t even remember it being a book. The text flowed so smoothly, I felt more like I was there than reading. The first book was excellent for young girls, it was fun, inspiring, and tied a lot of actual verses in the Bible to real life application. The second book was written just as well. But depending on your parenting preferences I don’t know if I would recommend it to anyone not married. It clearly showed the importance of biblical morality and that sex is intended for marriage and a good thing within marriage. Others might differ, but I don’t think young people need to know how good a thing it is in marriage until they’re married. Both books also clearly explained the gospel at one point with an emphasis on sin and the need for repentance. That’s something you usually don’t see in Christian fiction.

You can check out the books on Amazon and read a sample chapter there:

Innocence: Simplicity of Spirit

Confidence: Reliance on the Spirit Lila Faith Christian’s Family Legacy

February 24, 2010 - 12:50 am

Nomie - Awww…you’re cute and have a pleasant smile, brother! That is so accurate. You convinced me. I need to read those books, too.

February 24, 2010 - 5:07 am

Mom K - Very Nice!! I have bought both books and read the first. The other one is sitting at Dan and Nomi’s place waiting for me. I loved them also. It is like Peggy took her childhood, which was without the Lord and “Christianized” all of her experiences. Very inspiring to see the difference Christ can make in believer’s lives, I thought very well done and fun to read. I am praying God will get this book into many young people’s homes and use it for His Glory.

February 24, 2010 - 10:53 am

Emma - That’s awesome!! So cool, Lukas!

February 24, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Adrienne - I was tempted to buy the books, but they are $30 each on amazon. I think I’ll have to wait until they get to my library! Bummer. I was looking forward to reading them!

February 25, 2010 - 11:05 am

janea - That’s AWESOME Lukas! I love it. How fun.

Summer is coming soon!

Well this summer is almost here and I am reminded that life is about to get really busy. I just looked at my calendar and realized I have 11 trips already scheduled between now and August. I’m sure there will be more than that as summer gets closer. It will all be a lot of fun. But I’m already starting to feel tired just thinking about it.

Sometimes when things get crazy for me it’s easy to let some of the important things go. Well not things like eating or showering. But the really important things. So I want to make a little list here to remind myself of the things I want to make sure don’t get pushed off my schedule in the midst of so many other calendar items.

1. Spending time with the Lord. In prayer and in the word.
2. Spending quality time with my lovely wife. (That’s not hard, but it does take time)
3. Making sure to remember the people I have committed to minister to, and doing just that.

So there it is. If you see me at a wedding, or on the street, or at LAX feel free to ask me about any of the three.

In other news I’m working on about 14 blogs posts with some fun, useful, and cool information. But they aren’t quite ready yet. In fact most of them only have a title so far. But hopefully soon! =).

February 23, 2010 - 4:28 pm

bethany - I’m guessing that one of those 11 trips is going to be at Resolved… will see you there!

A Few Previews

I’ve been suffering from one of those annoying head colds most of the weekend. But with a little Dayquil I still managed to shoot a wedding and two engagement sessions. =). But you know what? Headcold and all I still had a lot of fun! =).

Anyway, I’m going to head to bed in order to finish my recovery and get a good start on the week. But I thought I would post a few quick previews. I haven’t even looked at all the photos yet. But these caught my eye as I scanned the thumbnails! =).

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L u k a s
S u z y
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