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  • WELCOME!

    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

Scott & Carol: Trash the Dress

Carol TTD
I think it was late June sometime right after I posted my last Trash the Dress session that Carol left a comment on my website. She said that she was considering doing a session with her wedding dress for her tenth anniversary. I emailed her and told her it sounded like a ton of fun, and that I had some time in mid July for a session. Little did I know that Carol and her husband actually live in Alabama but would be in L.A. for 2 weeks in the middle of July. I also didn’t know that Carol has only been married nine years and was thinking sometime next summer. But somehow in a flurry of events we ended up meeting for coffee a day or two after they got to L.A. We spent the time brain storming a ton of really fun ideas!

In the end we decided on two locations. Carol’s husband Scott is a rocket scientist and just happened to have access to this test launch base way out in the Mojave desert where they go to fire off the rocket engines. Other than this being an incredibly stinkin cool location it also has some significance in their relationship. The second location took me a lot of hours of driving to find. But Carol had mentioned she loves fruit, and orchards and the whole feel of all the produce out on highway 126 near Filmore. I don’t think I can disagree with her. That’s one of my favorite stretches of road, and who doesn’t love fresh fruit? All said we had a complete blast at both locations and came out with a ton of awesome images!

Fine Art
On another note I think I need to say that the fine art sessions I do are some of my favorite kind of images. When I shoot weddings I capture everything as it happens. I hate when photographers miss stuff and feel like they need to re-create the scene. So fake! Just catch it as it happens and you won’t need to worry about it.

On the flip side I love creating extremely structured scenes of a representative reality. No the scene isn’t supposed to depict reality, and no it isn’t supposed to be a gag. It’s just a really fun way to create fine art that’s representative of someone’s personality. Trash the dress sessions aren’t for everyone, but for some it’s a really great way to get a double use out of your dress and show a little bit about yourself while creating some fine art!

June 5, 2011 - 4:43 am

Kevin & Karen: Wedding

It’s been a few weeks but I am finally getting through some photos! Gotta love the summer rush! The funny thing with Kevin and Karen’s wedding is that when I started shooting all of a sudden all of these visions of mud came into my head. Why mud you might ask? Well when we did the engagement photos it had just rained and we ended up getting mud everywhere!

Everything went so smooth at the wedding there aren’t really any funny stories to tell. But I will say that I really enjoyed watching Karen’s dad. He was having so much fun, and was so animated at every different point of the day that it always made me smile. I especially like when the parents have as much fun on the dance floor as the bride and groom!

Enjoy the Storybook Slideshow!

July Preview #3

Over the next week I will be up in the redwoods north of San Francisco at summer camp with my church’s High school group. You can be praying that God does great things over the week.

But before I leave I couldn’t help but post a couple photos from last night’s e-session with Raul and Nora at the Orange County fair. Nora had some awesome ideas! I can’t wait to go through the rest of the images.

Suzy also came along to help out and we decided to hang out after and make it a date night. Earlier in the evening we saw this climbing wall and I told Suzy there was no way she could beat me to the top. After we finished the session we went back for a race. I don’t know if I should admit this, but she beat me. I wanted to claim my side of the wall was harder, but we switched sides and she beat me again. lol.

July 28, 2009 - 5:42 am

Carol Claflin (Barbara Mason's daughter) - Lukas – these images are HOT! Was the fair your idea or theirs? The super bright clothes make the shots Pop!

July 29, 2009 - 9:57 pm

adam - man… lukas it’d be so cool if you gave us poor fools some tips on taking awesome night shots like these… they’re really great…

I don’t know if it’s just your shots or what but the fair looks cooler than ever. I hope you got some deep fried twinkies.

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