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  • WELCOME!

    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

Ryan & Lori: Wedding – Santa Clarita

I knew a few people at Ryan and Lori’s wedding, but not a lot . However, there was something about their friends, their bridal part, and their whole day which made me feel incredibly comfortable and at home. Their wedding was elegant, yet casual, fun, yet serious. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but I felt like it was all good friends and family getting together to love each other and celebrate! It’s so great when weddings come off with that feel. Thank you for letting me be a part of yours!

Also make sure to check out the Storybook Slideshow with a lot more photos, as well as the full set of proofs (as soon as they finish uploading)

You guys were so cute during your private moment. Suzy and I were enjoying it to much we were just snapping away till we realized it was time to leave the room so it could actually be private. =)

I’m so glad that was so nice out and that hill was so green. The ones in the trees and grass are some of my very favorites!

Will did his little leap for me at a photo shoot he was in a couple years ago, and I loved it so much I asked him to do it again. Thanks for being so obliging Will! =)

Not sure what’s happening here, this shot wasn’t my idea. But it was fun! =)

Love this one. =)

The shot on the left is so incredibly traditional. But you guys are so cute it actually works, and it works well! I love it! =)

First Dance.

January 21, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Ben - Why is it that the ladies always get ready in the church nursery?

January 22, 2010 - 7:40 am

Lynda - you two are probably the most beautiful couple ever! These picts are great, you chose wisely with the photographer; wow he is good. Thanks for letting us be there with you. God bless your marriage!

January 22, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Ryan Knight - Hey Lukas, just wanted to say how much we LOVE these pictures and we are so excited to share them with everyone! Thanks for making this part of our wedding sooo special, memorable, and so easy! You and Suzy really have been everything we had hoped for from the beginning! Thanks for everything, I really hope to see you guys around. Plus I need some photo lessons at some point here in the future! Talk to you guys soon!

February 19, 2010 - 9:59 am

Janet Catmull - Such beautiful photos and what a beautiful couple! Laurie and Ryan, you two looked seriously gorgeous, and the site was lovely. Thank you to the photographer who lets us look at these online. I’m so glad I got to see them.

March 1, 2010 - 9:33 am

great aunt jill - you are beautiful. thank you for including us in your precious day.

with love

March 1, 2010 - 1:15 pm

Jana Anello - Hi…you don’t really know me…but who cares….i can still comment can’t I? Lovely…I am an old friend of Vaughn and Cheryl’s and Scott and Melody’s…enjoyed looking at the wedding…Beautiful…Best Wishes in your union.

The Library & Reading

I’ve always loved to read. If you ask my mom she’ll tell you I read over 100 books by the age of five. Since then I have read many 100’s more. There’s so much out there it’s hard to describe all the books. I like historical fiction, fantasy, westerns, a lot of the classics, Jules Verne, C.S. Lewis, Harriet Beecher Stowe, science fiction, historical accounts, biographies, autobiographies, history, spiritual growth books, adventure books, allegories, mystery books, encyclopedias, bible commentaries, text books as well as a good amount on doctrine, and theology. On the far end of the spectrum I also like reading tutorials like MS Word for Dummies, or The ASP.net Bible, or basic business practice books.

I have so many good memories from throughout my life of curling up by the fire, or sitting at Starbucks, or relaxing on an airplane with a good book. This includes the countless nights I have been reading and just wanted to read one more chapter and realized the sun was coming up and I should get some sleep.

During college I worked a full time job, shot weddings on the weekends and tried to pass all my classes with acceptable grades. Needless to say my fetish with books was somewhat limited to textbooks and my Bible. But that’s now all in the past. As I settle into married life, and being a full time photographer the books are back. I attribute so much of my past, my sense of adventure, and my creative energy to so many great writers. It’s sometimes hard for me to understand how some people don’t enjoy reading.

Yesterday I went to the library and as I walked through the shelfs it was like seeing a lot of old friends. Almost every aisle I went down I saw books I’ve read and the stories all came back into my head. For those of you who have never tried reading, I would encourage you to check out the library, find a style you like, and go with it! I picked up four new books yesterday. I lost a few hours of sleep last night, but am already 1/3 through the first one. =). I love it!

p.s. All 46 Saturday spots for Portraits for Missions filled up really fast. But there is still some spots on Friday the 12th if you would still like to come! However, you should probably sign up soon because they won’t last long.

I’ve read through Chronicles of Narnia 3 or 4 times. I recommend it.

These books might look boring. But a few hours with one of them can save you 100’s of hours of frustration with your computer. I remember when I was 13 I rode my bike to the library and borrowed Windows 3.11 for Dummies. It changed my world and gave me the base for the job skills which carried me through college.

This is one book I would NOT recommend lol. But I thought it was too funny to not take a photo.

I loved The Hobbit also. I read this one 3 or 4 times as well.

My mom used to read us this book when we were very little. It brings back good memories.

Wall Prints are my Favorite! + 30% off

Today I kept anxiously looking out the window and checking the front porch in eager anticipation of our friendly neighborhood UPS man. I get packages in the mail pretty often, but today was special. Today my UPS tracking number had promised that our first three wedding prints would be arriving! Around 3:00pm I finally heard the knock on the door! It felt so much like Christmas that I decided to take a few photos of Suzy unwrapping them!

Photos on the computer screen are nice, but there is just something about a big print on the wall which makes me happy. It’s not cluttered with icons all around on your desktop or surrounded by a browser window. It stands alone, a piece of a art in all it’s glory. It’s a splash of color which invokes a feeling in you and everyone else who sees it. I love it. That said, It didn’t take long after we had them out of the packaging to decide they needed to go on the wall. However, even with a 20″X30″, a 16″x30″, an 8″x10″ and two 11″x14″s the wall still looks kind of bare. So I think we will probably fill in the spaces with some more of our engagement photos and some family photos. But it’s a start.

Given that we loved our wall prints so much I decided that everyone should have some. So I’m going to give all of my past clients a special 30% off discount on any Float Wraps or Canvas Gallery Wraps ordered by March 1st. So maybe you were at Portraits for Missions last year and really think that image would look a little nicer in the hall. Or maybe you decided to wait on getting a print from your wedding, or maybe you just haven’t thought about it yet. Well here’s you chance for me to do all the work, and you to get a great image in the mail. Or even if you’re not a past client but have a photo (and the rights to the photo) you want to order, I’ll still give you 30% off.

If you’re interested fill in the little form at the bottom of this page and I’ll get you some more information.

I love the new Float Wraps. Suzy obviously loved it to. =)

The gallery wraps are super elegant and a great option if you don’t want a frame.

The float wraps are fun because it’s simple and clean and almost feels like the image is floating on the wall.
 

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January 20, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Mom K - Hi Luke, I would like one of each floating 8X10 of Nomi and Dan, Jewel and Ben, Sam and Nicki, You and Suzy and Sia
Not very specific, do I need to pick out particular ones or do you know which ones I would like!?

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