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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

Weekend in Cambria

Early Thursday afternoon Suzy and I finished packing up my truck, made a quick stop at Panda Express, and started our trip up to beautiful Cambria (10 minutes from Hearst Castle) to shoot Victor and Elisabeth’s wedding. I think I need to say that it’s much nicer saying hello to a romantic weekend away, instead of goodbye for the weekend like before we were married!

It was so much fun driving up the coast into the cute little city of Cambria. The wedding was at a lodge right outside of town, so we checked into our room and then went to explore. We wandered around downtown in the light rain until we found a little restaurant which looked warm and cozy in contrast to the cold night. We had eaten a late lunch, so we decided to split the portabella mushroom lasagna. Fried spinach, seasoned tomatoes, a variety of cheese! Yum! Cozy restaurant, good food, and my amazing wife is a stark contrast to McDonalds and a Snickers in my hotel room alone. Married life does change some things. =)

I’ll have some photos from the wedding up in a couple days but I just wanted to post a few photos I snapped of Suzy off the side of 101 on the way up. =). Yes I need to admit I threw her wedding dress in the back of my truck right before we left just in case we saw a cool spot. =). Call me strange, but I like to look at photos of my wife. ;).

The wedding ended around 3:00pm, so we decided to join Suzy’s brother, and some other good friends camping in Frazier park on the way home. We got there around 8:00pm to find they had camped at a spot  up at 8,000 feet with snow on the ground. Just a little cold, but the fire was warm, and the view of the stars was gorgeous! So we spent the night, got up early and still made it to morning service at church. =)

For those of you who know what this means: The one of the stars was a 90 second exposure at 2.8 ISO 500 on the bulb setting using a remote fire cord and a pocket wizard. The shot of us was a 15 second exposure at 2.8 ISO 2000 with flash set to TTL – 2/3. I opted for a higher ISO on that one because we wanted to take multiple shots and I didn’t want to wait for 3 min between photos. =). I also often plug a remote fire cord and use a pocket wizard to fire the camera when I want to be in the photo instead of dealing with the 10 second timer. =)

November 22, 2009 - 5:59 pm

Grant - Lukas, not strange at all! So do I! (Unless we’re both strange)… I look looking at photos of my wife too… it helps that most of them were taken by you, so they’re great! ;)

November 22, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Megan Camp - Love the pictures. The ones of Suzy are lovely and the ones outside at night are amazing!!

Andrew & Kristen: e-session

On Saturday I was scheduled to meet Andrew and Kristen at the end of a certain road up in Griffith Park. I got there a few minutes ahead of them, and when I saw a bright blue VW beetle coming slowly up the street I new it would be a fun session! We ended up spending most of our time and getting some of my favorite images right there in the park. But then we decided to head down to the fabric district in downtown LA and wander around to see what else we could find. We found some awesome alleys. I also found some curtain tassel things my wife and I had seen at JoAnne fabric for $17 that were $5 in the fabric district!

It’s so much fun all the different people I get photograph! Every couple is so different and fun in their own way! Andrew and Kristen’s wedding is in downtown L.A. this summer, so I’m already waiting in eager anticipation!

Andrew also told me a little about some of his tatoos! I don’t know if I could ever commit to one, but I love the design and creativity I see in other peoples. It’s just something about cool designs and bright colors that make me happy!

I love Kristen’s look in the left one below. To me it’s that smug “he loves me and I’m happy” look. Awesome!

One of my favorites.

This one just makes me smile. All he action around and the happy oblivious couple. =)

Right before I took this I said “hey lets do one of you guys IN the puddle” there was a little bit of confusion till I realized it sounded like I wanted them to jump in the puddle and not just their reflection!

November 19, 2009 - 10:29 pm

Joshua - Dude, wicked eyes in the one you labeled “one of [your] favorites [sic].” I also like what you did with the shot just above your wide angle one. Her eyes really pop. Additionally, the one of them beside the crosswalk with the heavy dude looking your way is hilarious. Really like this session!

November 20, 2009 - 6:08 am

Mary Marantz - nice! that car is awesome!

November 21, 2009 - 12:43 pm

Rick & Corrinne - I love all the shots! What a great place to take the pictures at! I love the Bug! I’m glad you still have it! Love to you both! Love, Rick & Corrinne

November 23, 2009 - 6:32 pm

Grandma - Wow, Jennifer’s correct — these pictures are incredible, so hard to pick a favorite! Which one(s) do you like — and why??

July 2, 2010 - 7:44 pm

Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography» Blog Archive » Andrew & Kristen: Wedding – Los Angeles, CA - […] p.s. If you haven’t seen their engagement photos, check them out here! […]

Illustration Challenge

Earlier today I was reading my friend Tim Challies blog. As I went through his five most recent posts, photos to illustrate each one started to pop into my head. Now Tim is one of the better writers I know and has one of the more popular blogs on the internet, so by no means do his posts need photos. But, I will use any excuse I can get to pull out my camera. So although I had a rather busy afternoon I decided to snap a few illustrations here and there as I had time. I figured it would be good creative practice to see what I could come up with in a short amount of time.

Below are the images I created with a link to the post. Some are better than others, but they were all created this afternoon. =) If you don’t already read Challies.com this is your chance to start!

The Late Merger

Who Made God?

Well-Rested

A Prayer About Impossibilities

No Day Without Its Line

November 19, 2009 - 8:23 am

Sharon Ackroyd - Loved the images – especially the old book with the well-worn toothpick illustrating “no day without its line.” I read Tim’s blog daily as well as yours and enjoy the beautiful photography. Thanks!

November 19, 2009 - 9:08 am

marko - wow – pretty nice work for only a short space of time. esp like the Bible with the toothpick. makes me think of “Thy Words were found and I did eat them and they were to me a joy and rejoicing of my heart.”

November 19, 2009 - 11:51 am

Larry Geiger - Nice pix.

Somehow, I pictured the toothpick sticking out the side, not the top or bottom of the pages.

November 19, 2009 - 11:55 am

Emma - First of all, now i’m also convicted to comment on people blogs as well! ;-) I always look at yours but never comment! Thats changing now! :-)

Ok…this is sweet, Lukas- On that 4th picture, it took me a minute to realize that those are all people from Westside! What a great idea, it looks so cool!!

November 19, 2009 - 12:51 pm

bethany - what a clever idea. did you let tim know?? haha

November 19, 2009 - 2:33 pm

Anneke - Is that my brother leaning so casually on your car hood? Bad Travis! It’s not ok to hit people!

November 19, 2009 - 3:47 pm

Pastor Michael - Now, for the ultimate challenge: cover art for Tim’s Amish Vampire End Times thriller.

November 19, 2009 - 4:19 pm

humanitas remedium - Amazing stuff.

November 19, 2009 - 8:07 pm

Deborah - I thought these were wonderful after having read the posts in question, great creativity!

November 20, 2009 - 4:25 am

Linda - Really enjoyed the pix!

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