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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

Toronto in Review

A little later this afternoon I will be heading back to Los Angeles so I thought I would post a quick review of my week here in bullet items.

#1 Toronto has some beautiful country side.
#2 I got to spend a good amount of time with Mark and Tara’s family and decided I really like them all.
#3 Tara looks gorgeous in a wedding dress.
#4 I went to my first little league game to see Tim Challies son Nick play. As underwhelming as little league is I enjoyed getting outside, taking some more photos, eating ice cream from the ice cream truck and chit chatting.
#5 As soon as I finish this post I’m going to head out to see more of downtown Toronto. So no update on what I think yet.
#6 I forgot mosquitoes existed, but I was reminded.
#7 Tim Hortons. Popular.
#8 Tim Challies. Smart

Since I have a double header of weddings coming up this weekend I might not have a chance to post Mark & Tara’s till next week, so here’s a little preview!

This isn’t from the wedding, but I loaned one of my camera’s to my new friend Josh at the photo workshop I did Sunday and he snapped this one of me.

June 23, 2009 - 10:36 am

Matt Floreen - Really like the processing on these… very flattering skintones.

June 29, 2009 - 8:13 am

Laurie Valeriote - Hey Lukas,
Wow!! Beautiful photos! I love what you have posted above of Tara and Mark’s wedding! We so enjoyed meeting you last week and found you to be so gentle and kind – just so wonderful to have around! Your work is AMAZING and we are SO excited to see the rest of the photos from their wedding! Thank you so much for coming all the way up here to do their wedding – I know it meant alot to Tara and Mark to have you as the photographer on their very special day.
By the way, do you happen to be missing a Canon soft case? We found one while cleaning up after the wedding – I would say it is about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide and it says “Canon” on it. We don’t know who it belongs to, but we thought that you might have unknowingly left it behind.
Thanks again for everything and it was a real pleasure meeting you!
Kind Regards,
Laurie and Pete Valeriote

Packing List

After returning from Resolved I spent last night unpacking all my equipment, cleaning everything, replacing broken items, and charging all my batteries. Tonight I am packing it all up again to head to Toronto for a wedding, a workshop I am teaching and a few other shoots. Here’s my list of things I had packed. Let me know what’s missing:

Cameras, camera batteries, batter chargers, flashes, flash batteries, battery chargers, remotes, sync cables, remote batteries w/chargers, lots of lenses (caps and cases), backup lenses, flash cards, backup flash cards, shoot bag, shoot reflector, color target, monopod, tripod, macro lens, laptop, backup drive, backup DVD’s, power cable, USB cables, flash reader, usb splitter, iphone w/charger, ipod w/charger, earphones, passport, soft cases for everything, hard case to put the softcases in.

Yup I think that’s it. Done packing now I can relax. Then there came this nagging feeling I as forgetting something. If you guessed it you win. Yup clothes. lol. I think I was thinking too much about the photos and forgot I need something to wear. =). Anyway I just thought I would share. =).

June 21, 2009 - 7:57 am

Matt Floreen - That’s awesome. I was reading The Invisible Man and thinking how handy that would be to be an invisible photographer… plus you wouldn’t need to pack clothes either! :)

The Enfield Photo Shoot

A few months ago I got a call from John Martin. He wanted to do a photo shoot for the cover of the new Enfield CD. Step one we talked through some concepts, and decided on some ideas. Step two we found this really cool location which was actually next door to the graphic designer who would be doing the cover art. Step three was to find a time when everyone could get together, the only problem was the band was buried neck deep in rehearsals and recording and with everyone’s schedules there weren’t a lot of times. We finally decided on 5:30am on a Tuesday morning.

As I think back on it the whole situation was super funny. I ended up being the first to the location at about 5:20 in the morning. It was pretty cold out and my Xterra was packed full of all the suitcases and photo equipment we needed. Suzy and I sat their watching old Ducktails episodes on my iPhone until 5:40 when everyone else sleepily pulled up next to this very dark field. John Martin was the last to arrive with Starbucks for everyone and I think that’s what got us jump started. lol. We set everything up in the dark and were all ready to shoot when the first rays of sun came peaking out over the hills. Everything was done and cleaned up and we were on our way by 8:30.

Anyway, the first two images are the ones we ended up using for the CD, but I included a few of the “rejects” which I thought were kind of fun! Enfield’s the best! And Michael you did an awesome job on the rest of the graphic design work!

You guys have been awesome so far at Resolved!


June 28, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Enfield the Band {Resolved Conference Music} « Other « Lukas VanDyke Photography - [...] Group Photo of the band from Resolved 2011. Yes I pulled apart one of my pianos to create that background image. (I apologize to all you piano lovers out there, but it was already broken when I got it, and served a noble purpose!) Here’s a few shots of them at Capital Records, working on one of their albums, and a shoot we did for one of the CD covers. [...]

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