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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

Matt & Stacey: Wedding

Matt and Stacey’s weddings was one of those days which I think I would describe as a Vanilla Latte. A Vanilla Latte, has wonderful smell when you get close to it, feels so smooth in your mouth as you take the first sip, and has just the right mixture of sweet and coffee. As everything began for their wedding I started getting this happy feeling just like when you first smell your latte. It was followed by the first delightful sip as everyone started to arrived with big smiles and friendly faces. The day progressed into a perfect mix of sweetness along with the essential espresso ingredients that make weddings so great! I’m so glad I got to spend the weekend in Seattle, meet a lot of new people, see some old friends, and photograph such a beautiful event!

Check out the Storybook Slideshow and click here to see the rest of the proofs!

September 15, 2009 - 4:21 pm

Laura Leon - I love the shot with just the sky behind them. The clouds add a smoothness to the background and make them pop out (kinda that vanilla latte feel you mentioned). They also had a wonderful idea to include the parents in that prayer time. What a blessing!

Grant & Carley: Post Wedding

As much as I love weddings, I think post wedding sessions, trash the dress sessions, and engagement sessions are by far my favorite thing to shoot. Weddings have a certain excitement and flow which puts me in a kind of artistic journalistic role. The rush of weddings is a lot of fun, but on the flip side I also really enjoy the slower paced post sessions. They don’t have time or location restraints which kind of lets you break out of the box and do pretty much anything you want.

A year or two ago I photographed Grant and Carley’s wedding here in the LA area. We got some great images of them at the wedding, but we did the photos right at dusk so our time was somewhat limited by the pending darkness. We were also limited to doing photos at the church so we could get to the reception before the guests got bored.

All said, I always thought it would be fun to do an extended post session. So when I got asked to shoot Matt & Stacey’s wedding in Seattle I sent Grant an email to see if they would be up for it. They both loved the idea, so I decided to head up to Seattle a day early. Grant volunteered to do the location scouting and we ended up deciding to head an hour so north of Seattle to the Mount Vernon area to do some photos right on the Puget Sound.

You guys look so good! I’m super glad we decided to put in some extra effort post wedding to create some really incredible images! =).


The crazy thing about this bay is that the entire thing drains every day with the tide. When we got there the whole bay was full of water, but by the time we left the whole thing was almost empty and all the boats were just sitting there in the mud. So cool.

A few behind the scenes shots. Lately a lot of my shoots have just been me and a little off camera flash. I decided to hop into the one photos on the left. =).

And a few in plain clothes just for fun! =). You guys crack me up…

Christian & Lashantae: Wedding

There were two things which really stuck out to me about Christian and Lashantae’s wedding. The first was that they had a genuine desire to honor God in everything they did. All the way from the pre-martial counseling, to the ceremony, down to the significance of the the eight stones Christian put in Lashantae’s ring.

The second thing I noticed was they really loved their guests, and it was extremely important to them that everyone they cared about was part of their day. In the end I think there were nearly 500 people who came to share Christian and Lashantae’s commitment to each other.

Thank you for letting me be a part of the first day of your new union together with Christ Jesus! =)

Make sure to check out the Storybook Slideshow as well as all the
proofs

I think I might actually sell my Mark III’s and just use my iPhone to shoot in the future. =)

This wasn’t my idea… but I like it. ;)

The first look. Always a classic! =)

This is actually their first kiss ever! Isn’t that sweet! =)

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