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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 Behind the Scenes

It’s been over half a year since my Contrast Concepts shoot. But with getting married, and the flurry of winter weddings other things have been higher priority. However, I finally pulled out the behind the scenes footage last night and started looking through it. There’s a lot of fun stuff on there. So over the next few weeks I am going to be working on putting it all together and making it into some useful online content for my LEARN section.

I’m about to head out the door for a shoot. But here’s a quick random clip I just exported!

January 30, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Ben - Hmmm, seems to be a private video…

Some of my favorite emotional images

I shoot a lot of images every year. I would say that in a majority of them people are laughing, smiling, or looking like they are enjoying themselves. I love all those images. But there is a little corner inside me which really LOVES the more contemplative images. The one where the subject looks like they are deep in thought or showing a strong emotion like a kiss. Those images bring me into a world inside my head that I can’t explain, but I love being there.

I was browsing through some of my photos from 2009 and picked out a few of my favorites in that genre.

February 3, 2010 - 5:12 pm

Grant - Hey, we were just talking about how that was one of our favorite memories of 2009 too! We’re so glad that we got spend some time with you, Lukas, and that some great images came out of it too! So fun!

Jeremies & Jessica: Engagement Photos – Salton Sea

Early Saturday morning Suzy and I went to pick up our good friends Jeremies, and Jessica. Ever since I first heard about the Salton Sea I have been fascinated. It’s a little over three hours away from us, but I had been dying to go exploring. So when Jeremies and and Jessica got engaged I convinced them it would be a fun place to do some engagement photos. So on Saturday we made a day trip out of it.

Once we actually arrived I think I realized it was one of the strangest places I had ever been. It felt like we walked right out of reality and into a Frank Peretti murder mystery. A once thriving resort town now abandoned and sparsely populated by a few stragglers who enjoy representing the far edge of society.

After getting my truck stuck in the mud for awhile, we finally pulled up over a ridge to Bombay Beach. I figured we found the right spot because there were 4 other photo shoots already in progress. A mens underwear ad had a lot of lights and crew with a model set up in one spot. A big group from FIDM also had a bunch of models and a big crew. A group of college kids with a bunch of costumes were doing a shoot, and then there were a number of amateurs wandering around.

We still had mud all over us from the puddle. But we managed to get some fun shots. I think this will probably be part one of their engagement session, and part two will involve a totally different feel in a totally different location. But now that I’ve been I really want to plan a day to go back to the Salton Sea just to photograph all the remains of the ghost towns.

February 27, 2010 - 8:45 am

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » The Salton Sea, and an engagement shoot - […] been. There were strange sights, smells, and people. It is like a half-ghost town in most places. Lukas described it […]

April 10, 2010 - 7:22 am

C. E. Lott - These photographs of two very special people illustrates the special skills and visions of the Van Dyke team that few other artistic photographers possess. Lucas and Susannah rank right up there with the very best.


April 30, 2010 - 9:51 pm

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » Jeremy & Jessica Preview, Fillmore, CA - […] excited that their wedding is less than five weeks away! Although we already did one session (view here and here) I wanted to do a few more photos. Their wedding will be my the first one I shoot without […]

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