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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

Confessions of a Silent Reader

Ok I have a confession to make. I read a good number of blogs throughout the week. Many of them leave me inspired, convicted, happy, or just laughing. However, I also need to admit that I rarely if ever leave comments on these blogs. I don’t know what it is, but I guess I just see other comments, or I might see no comments, or I can’t think of anything to say off the top of my head so I just close the browser and move on with my life. I was affected by the blog and grateful to the writer for taking the time to post it, but often decide it isn’t worth my 30 seconds to express that appreciation to them.

Then I started to think about it in reverse. Hundred’s of people read my blog everyday, but the sad story is that I don’t know who most of you are. Sometimes people put links to my blog on their blog and I can follow it back to read yours. And some people leave comments which always puts a big smile on my face.  But when I look at my stats I see hundreds of entries like “69.104.173.82” which is a number assigned to someone who has visited 54 times in the past few months. However, I have no idea who you are.  I love knowing who is reading, and if you have a blog I want to see it! Let’s be friends!

All said I am making a resolution to leave comments on blogs I appreciate. It doesn’t need to be eloquent, it doesn’t need to be long. Even something as a simple as “nice” and my name I’m sure will let someone know the time they took to articulate their thoughts and post them on the internet was appreciated by me.

Thanks for posing for my illustration Greg! Every post needs at least a little color. =).

November 16, 2009 - 2:21 am

Heather Surls - Lukas: I check in on your blog a lot, especially now that Matt Floreen (who photographed our wedding) is in Malawi. I like seeing the great work you do (and sometimes I know the people you take pictures of). Congrats on your and Suzy’s marriage too! Many blessings to you both as you begin your life together.

November 16, 2009 - 9:49 am

Greg - HA! you picked mine! Nicely done…

November 16, 2009 - 10:07 am

Apryl Kuhn - I’ve have you on my RSS feed since you photographed Rachel & Jason Wick’s wedding. I enjoy admiring your work.

November 16, 2009 - 11:21 am

Nick Ng - I, too, am a silent reader. I think I’ve been keeping track of your works since Challies wrote about you. Nice works (and I always look forward to see how you handle conferences and keeping your shots fresh).

November 16, 2009 - 4:58 pm

Sarah - I am a silent reader as well. However, like Apryl Kuhn, I have been visiting this website since I heard about you from Jason and Rachel Wick and their engagement photos. And although we’ve never actually met I think I saw you guys at church yesterday (at least it looked like you two from the wedding pictures you posted)…

November 16, 2009 - 10:42 pm

Andrew & Amberlynne Claussen - I’m a mostly silent reader. :)
Photography is a hobby of mine so I enjoy checking your blogs. Your sister, Julia, told me about your website last year when Andrew, my hubby, and I stayed with her and Ben. (Andrew and I know Ben from college) Anyways, thanks for letting us all enjoy your great photography! I told Andrew that whenever we come home from furlough, I want you to photograph our family!

November 17, 2009 - 9:01 pm

Justine Blackman - hey lukas,
my name is justine and i sat at your table at Mark & Taras wedding. You showed me a bit of your work on your iphone and since then i’ve just fallen in love with it, i think i check your site more then i check my facebook. and thats alot. you’d laugh if you knew how often, sometimes i’ll be at a friends house and i’ll pull it up on their computer and me and five people will watch storybook slideshows the entire night. i have my sisters hooked as well. im only 18, so if your not tired of weddings by the time im getting married, expect a call.

– thanks again.

justine.

November 18, 2009 - 1:06 pm

Katrina - Hey Lukas,

I’ve been following this blog and your previous blogs/sites since you stayed with us in Berlin . . . that was about 6 years ago. At the time your photos kept me updated on friends here in the States getting engaged and married, which was always fun. But I love the way you capture moments, unique characteristics, and personality in your images! It’s also been great whenever my family and friends and I have the privilege to hang out and even do a few photo sessions! Thanks so much for your work and thoughtful insight you share in your posts! Had a blast hanging out with you and Susy this past Sunday ;)

November 18, 2009 - 2:07 pm

Terah - He he he, I must admit I do the same thing. I used to try to leave comments all the time, and then I discovered the ease of google reader…there’s just one problem. You can’t leave a comment from there…or at least I haven’t figured out how. So…now I rarely even visit the actual blog, let alone leave a comment. But, you’re right…I love when others leave comments on my blog…it’s worth that extra 30 seconds :o)

November 19, 2009 - 4:11 am

amanda - i, also must admit to being a silent reader. i know your wife from ky way back, and confessed to her i follow your blog, and truly enjoy it. thanks for posting! ps your pictures are fantastic, i wish you all were closer to ky. :)

November 19, 2009 - 11:21 am

Joy - Hi Lukas, I always like looking at your website seeing the latest of your work; the great work that you do. After seeing your work you have done that I’ve seen you do for some of my friends weddings/engagements (for instance, doug and tracie & ryan and Lori) in the past, I really like your work and like seeing it. I guess I’m a silent reader too.

January 16, 2010 - 10:02 am

cynthia - hi, lukas! i read/drool over your blog from time to time. sometimes i know people you have photographed and sometimes i don’t, but i always appreciate your artistry. congratulations and praise the Lord for your marriage! God is very good.

August 10, 2010 - 6:44 pm

Emily - Hi Lukas!

I am definitely a silent reader, but I love your work. You have such a gift and it’s fun to see what you come up with! Say hi to Suzy for me! (:

Kat & Wyatt: Wedding

It was about 10 months ago that Kat called me to talk about their wedding! I remember sitting in Starbucks somewhere in the valley with the warm winter sun coming through the window talking about their day still a long ways off. A few weeks later we met in Pasadena and had a blast doing the engagement photos. They were probably my favorites for awhile. Since then I feel like I have become better friends with Kat just because we bump into each other on Facebook all the time (i.e. comment on each other status). Well the anticipation is finally over! You guys are married!

Make sure to check out the Storybook Slideshow for the pictorial story of the whole day.

I need to admit this “ring pose” wasn’t my idea. But I saw it on one of Jessica Strickland’s recent posts and thought I would try it out. Who knows it may have not been her idea either. But it looks cool. =)

We found this perfect brick wall which was very similar to the ones we did the engagement photos near in Pasadena. It has a little bit of a funny story below. I LOVE this photo. I think it’s my favorite one of the day. Something about old bricks which I fine to be too cool!

Great modeling Kat!

Does the word “sophisticated” come to mind when you see this?

So here’s the story. We had done some photos at a park near China town in LA. Afterward I told the limo driver to follow me because I was going to drive till I found another cool urban wall to do some photos. So he followed me for a half a mile or so and right after we passed the below wall I turned on a little side street and parked. Everyone climbed out of the lima and I told them the wall I found was back up on the main street. They all had some worried looks on their faces until we got to the above brick wall where I wanted to do the photos. Everyone has been thinking I was planning on having them stand in front of the green monster lol. However, I think I will be going back there sometime for a trash the dress session or something. That wall is too cool not to use at some point. =) Thanks Cassia for catching me across the street in front of it directing people. =).

Ryan & Lori: e-session

When Ryan called me up to talk about his wedding we decided to meet at Starbucks. I was wearing a white shirt, a vest and I think my favorite Lucky Brand ripped jeans. Ryan was also wearing a white shirt a vest, and ripped jeans. My first thought was “I like this couple!”. We did a super simple setting for the engagement photos out near Lori’s house and I don’t think they could have picked better! You guys look and dress great, but aside from that are just a ton of fun! We have only met a few times, but I felt like I was hanging out with old friends. =). I can’t wait for your wedding!

November 11, 2009 - 12:32 am

emily osborne - They are so beautiful!

November 11, 2009 - 9:05 am

Lyn Black - My vote for cutest couple of the century, and I’m not saying that just because he is my nephew!

November 11, 2009 - 10:37 am

James & Tinna - WE LOVE THEM!! So exciting!

November 11, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Alli and Eli - Great engagement pics. Ryan and Lori, stop being so good looking. Loved all the wardrobe changes…it was like looking through a clothing catalog. Good style, good looking, good hearts, good people. The end. We love you guys.

And great job Lukas! (your sis did our wedding pics. you’re a great teacher.)

November 11, 2009 - 7:05 pm

Ashley Ruffner - Hey you two… really miss you guys… (I miss you both leading worship… no joke… i just don’t hear music like that down here) but anyways… your pictures are amazing… Blessings to you both as you walk down this road of adventure in engagement and then marriage! How excited you both must be! Again.. I miss you both! Hope your doing great!

November 11, 2009 - 9:35 pm

Sheryl Chapin - Such great pics! It has been such a blessing watching your romance unfold! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

November 11, 2009 - 11:04 pm

Jackie Thomson - Oh my gosh you two, these are amazing! I’m so exited for you guys and I can’t wait for the wedding!

November 13, 2009 - 10:01 am

Paula Levand - These were amazing pictures! I loved the romance, the scenery in the background, the change of outfits, and special moments that were captured. I am very happy for you.

November 13, 2009 - 10:02 am

Paula Levand - Your ring is exquisite!!! What a beautiful couple….

November 14, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Andrea Rodriguez - Wow it was just yesterday you were here homeschooling with my two girls do science project, what a joy to see where the Lord has lead you

November 14, 2009 - 6:01 pm

Emilie Villaflor - I love you two! You are so precious! I can’t believe your marriage journey is about to begin.
We need to hang out so you can get input from married people. We should have a game night!

November 15, 2009 - 10:55 pm

Linda Kussoy - Dear Ryan and Lori,
Your photographer is wonderful, but I must admit, he has awesome subject matter.
Lori’s ring is gorgeous! Is it a family heirloom?
You both eminate love, peace and happiness.
I know that your marriange will be filled with all of these!
Linda & Mitch

November 15, 2009 - 10:56 pm

Linda Kussoy - Lori’s ring is gorgeous! Is it a family heirloom?
You both eminate love, peace and happiness.
I know that your marriange will be filled with all of these!
Hugs, Linda & Mitch

November 26, 2009 - 2:21 am

Amy Gallardo - WOW, you two are as amazing as the first time I saw you together. God is Good ALL the time…. What a blessing it is to see two amazing hearts be brought together as one. Enjoy this time of your life!

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