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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

To Register or not to Register: surprised by generosity

When we planned our wedding we decided to do a very small family ceremony and didn’t really see the need to register. I mean when it comes down to it, we’re not looking for gifts, we really just want our family and friends to be there to celebrate with us. But as people heard we were engaged many almost seemed offended that we hadn’t registered. I was surprised by so much generosity. We ended up receiving a good number of gifts and many more checks in the mail with notes of congratulations. It wasn’t asked for, and they were given by people we didn’t even invite to the family ceremony.

So when it came to time for our bigger wedding reception with friends we needed to make a decision. We really just want our friends to be there and celebrate with us, and we by no means have done a cost benefit analysis comparing the cost of the party versus the total value of gifts we hope to receive. But at the same time, I think I have come to realize people are generous and want to help us out with some of our little household needs as we get started in our married life. So in the end we decided to register. However, I hope no-one feels obligated to bring a gift or makes it a deciding factor whether they should come or not. If the whole night happened and we didn’t receive a single gift, I would be just as happy.

On that note, as others plan their wedding, I know times are tight and weddings are expensive but I would give this advice. Register to your hearts content, but make it priority to invite those you love. Love those you invite. Plan for no gifts, and be unexpectedly surprised by the ones you receive.

I know we already sent you all notes, but thank you again for all of you out there who showed so much unexpected generosity with your gifts and checks in our first few weeks of marriage!

Ok these are the first three random unrelated photos of gifts I found on my hardrive, and I thought I would add them for a little color. =)

February 17, 2010 - 8:51 am

Christine Low - Thanks for posting this. I’m in the midst of planning my wedding and the registry feels like one of the most awkward things to me. I hope to have the same attitude that you did – that every gift is an unexpected blessing (even if you did kind of ask for it via registry) :)

March 10, 2010 - 3:40 pm

dianna vo - Please let me know where your post-wedding registry will take place. Wedding gifts are to help you best prepare for marriage and the next 50+ years, so what do you not own in your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom? Love you guys!!

Valentines Day Sweetness!

Today was one of those days which will stay in our memory as a day which was worth living. It wasn’t anything over the top. But it was a day with the love of my life. After church we hopped in the car and headed out to Ventura. Someone recently gave me a $25 Starbucks giftcard. So we decided to make today special we would indulge all of our Starbucks delights. We started off with lunch at Starbucks with iced tea. Then we spent a few fun hours picking out some fun clothes at the thrifts stores in Ventura. When we tired of shopping we headed back to Starbucks for coffee this time (grande soy decaf latte, & half caf venti americano with two pumps of white mocha on ice). We arrived at the beach just in time for a quick two min photo shoot (below) followed by some quality time on our beach blanket watching the twilight come. It was nothing fantastic, but it was sweet. Sometimes the best days in the world are the ones which just happen! =).

And since it’s Valentines Day here’s 10 random reasons I love my wife:

She loves other people and cares for them so sincerely.
She puts up with my eccentricities (yes I have some, I claim it’s the artist in me)
She makes me salad.
She tells me about how the sermons from church impacted her life.
She likes to laugh
She has dimples on her cheeks, and they show up a lot when she smiles.
She likes the beach.
She holds my arm and snuggles it in public.
She asks me if I like clothes before she buys them.
She lets me call her Suzal!

February 16, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Erin Howard - Hey! Adam and I went to Ventura on Saturday(due to music commitments morning and evening at PBC on Sunday) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We hit up the thrift stores and the beach too! Ventura is one of our favorite places to be. So glad you guys had so much fun!

February 16, 2010 - 10:18 pm

adam howard - that’s so funny, lukas…

in fact, i just realized that my wife wrote the exact same thing I was just about to say.

BUT I was also gonna say: sunday we were chipotle’d at the mall with some good friends of ours and were totally noting how the weather was even nicer on sunday than saturday for the beach.

looks like you guys had a blast!

Behind the Scenes Video Documentary (Contrast Concepts)

A little over a year ago I had an idea. I wanted to put a shoot together to create some images which were just a little bit different. Images which would inspire ideas to think outside the box, and to explore new things. I named the idea and shoot “Contrast Concepts”. As things go, it took a lot of planning and a few months to put together, but all happened last July.

However, as many of you know, I got married in October and the behind the scenes footage got put on the shelf for a little bit. But a few weeks ago I finally had a chance to pull it out and put together this short 10 minute documentary. It’s part of the new LEARN: section on my site. So be sure to give me feedback if you find the information useful, or entertaining. =).

Be sure to post a link to your Twitter, or Facebook, or email this to any photographer friends or brides you know who might benefit.

Click HERE to enter the LEARN: section

February 14, 2010 - 11:51 am

Cassia - =D I love a lot =D

February 28, 2012 - 8:09 am

Chinda Brok - Hi!

I was wondering if you would be interested in doing some type of online or skype session one on one mentoring session regarding post-processing and speeding up my workflow? I am very familiar with Lightroom and photoshop (actions and batches). My first 2 years I was a child photographer and didn’t mind so much that my editing too awhile. But now that I am a wedding photographer, I have to condition myself to speed things up. Additionally, I’m looking to mature my editing style a little with adults. I loved the way you edited the colors and bw’s from the cory& megan session, the jonathon and stephanie wedding and theo/megan engagement session just to name a few.

Because I’m very familiar with both softwares, I can’t imagine taking up more than 1.5 hours of your time via skype or via whatever method you prefer. I’m a fast learner.

If you are interested (pretty please), please advise the cost and I will work it around your busy schedule :)

Look forward to chatting with you.

I only just now discovered your work last night, but LOVE IT!


Chinda Brok

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