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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

Photography 101 Workshop: Toronto Canada

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Ok all you photographers out there on the Canadian border! I get a good amount of requests from people who want to tag along on my shoots, or give them some tips on photography. So here’s the deal. I’m shooting a wedding in Toronto in a few weeks and decided to do a photo workshop while I am in the area. It’s your chance to take that dusty camera off the shelf, turn it on, and learn how to create some beautiful eye candy! Or for those of you who treasure your camera and give it the proper wear and tear it deserves, it’s time to up the quality of your results. This class is kind of a crash course for beginners all the way to serious amateurs and will include the following:

  • The basics of all the buttons on your camera: We will talk about what all those buttons on your camera do, as well as briefly talk about their manual counterparts on an SLR camera.
  • Composition: We’ll touch on angles, framing, focus, and depth of field.
  • Lighting and Color: Go over the core aspects of lighting and color.
  • Archiving and Digital Processing: This section will be some helpful tips on the proper ways to archive and process photos using either free or professional solutions.
  • Workshop: This is where we will get into the nuts and bolts of shooting. I’m going to see if I can find a volunteer to model for us so we can head outside to create some images.

Also, if enough people are interested let me know in the comments section of the registration page and I am open to do a coffee shop session with a few people on Monday night to get more in depth with SLR questions and tips.

If you’re interested or know a family member or friend in the Toronto/Buffalo area who might be interested please send them to my site to sign up. I’m going to keep it small so the spots may not last very long. This class is a great deal since I’m only going to charge $25 per person to cover costs. Registration also includes pizza lunch.

WHEN: Sunday, June 21st 12:30pm – 4:00pm

Timothy Christian School
28 Elmhurst Dr
Toronto, ON
M9W 2J5


p.s. Below are links to the summary posts from a few other workshops I have done:
Photo 108 #2 Post
Photo 108 #1 Post
Photo 101 Post

May 29, 2009 - 9:44 pm

josydaisy - that’s awesome lukas – i wish i could go. i can def learn some tricks on lighting.

June 21, 2009 - 8:22 pm

Benipal - Hello:

I would like to get in touch with you to go over some tips. I am sorry I missed your Sunday class, I just checked your site. Would you mind giving me a call Monday (June 22nd) and we can discuss. Is Monday’s second session still on?

Please let me know.


Ranjit 416-821-0474 or 647-244-5887

Jon & Jeanette: Wedding

Well I need to say that I think Eucalyptus Lane is my new favorite wedding location. I’m sad the owners will be closing it in a few weeks. There are so many things I loved about the wedding I think I will just list them in no particular order.

1. I loved the old piano sitting out front by the fence!
2. The rustic feel of the barn was awesome!
3. All the happy people. (ok most weddings have happy people but this was no exception)
4. Jeanette’s dress. Gorgeous
5. As a guy I’m not supposed to like shoes but I think I liked them even more than the dress. =).
6. The ceremony with the sun setting behind the trees.
7. The bathrooms were cool.
8. The huge difficulty Jon had getting the knife into the cake (made me laugh).
9. Jeanette’s mom’s dress was awesome also.
10. The coordinator. (awesome job and friendly)
11. Albert dancing with his mom.
12. The band (the same one at Bobby and Kristin’s wedding last year)

There were other things, but over all the day just felt comfortable and fun. Love it!

I put together a slideshow, but I couldn’t decide which song to use, so I just made two slideshows each with a different song. Let me know which one you like better. Cassia was second shooting for me so I included a couple of her photos in the slideshow as well. =)

Slideshow (Mr. Blue Sky)
Slideshow (Better Together)

Also, I already have all the proofs up with 500 some additional photos. Just click the “view proofs” button on the bottom of this post!

May 28, 2009 - 9:00 pm

Rebecca H. - what, they’re closing it??? it is really a beautiful place..

Steven & Carolyn: e-session

I LOVE Union Station in L.A. I think for me it’s just the grandeur of something big and ornate from the past. Before air travel became common, and before LAX was built, Union Station used to be the central hub for everyone entering Los Angeles. It was their first impression of our city, and for many it was the gateway to adventure. I love living in L.A. but I also love going around the world and visiting other places. The world has become so globalized I guess Union Station takes me back to a time where visiting a new place was more unique. =)

However, the subject of this post isn’t the story of Union Station, it’s the story of Steven and Carolyn! I think Carolyn first contacted me over a year ago, but Saturday was the first chance we had to get together and do some photos before their wedding. It was actually Carolyn’s idea to start the session out with a little bit more of a vintage feel at the train station and then go from there! I love the idea and think it came out really well. Steven and Carolyn also just had their first dance lesson in preparation for their wedding, so they showed me a few steps on the platform! As we wandered around, I also got to hear a good deal about the wedding, and it sounds like it’s going to be a ton of fun! San Francisco here I come- again! =)

May 25, 2009 - 4:12 pm

Suzy - LOVE the pics, I love the vintage feel! You guys look like you had SO much fun!

May 30, 2009 - 10:50 am

Kristen Nizato - I loved the music choice ! What song is that and who sang it ? Perfect choice for the perfect pictures :-)

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