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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

God is in Control

Yesterday afternoon I started feeling sick and ended up spending the rest of the day and all day today in bed. But praise God is was only a 24 bug of some sort, and I feel like I am pulling out of it. I dislike most things about being sick, but the one thing I do like is that all always reminds me that I am mortal and God is in control. I can have all my plans laid out, and everything set, but with one little germ He can put me in bed for a day, or a week, or a year.

Last night I prayed that the sickness would only last a day. And that fact that I am feeling almost all better today shows God’s working! It reminded me of a few months ago when Suzy and I had set $1800 aside to make a purchase. We got the money out of the bank and were going to go ahead and spend it on Friday. However, we decided to pray, ask God, and wait to make the purchase till early the next week. On Saturday an unexpected $1800 expense came up. A sign from God?  Or last summer I was deciding if I should go on a missions trip to Africa. The trip cost $3400 and I needed to make a decision by a specific Sunday. I prayed God would make it clear if I should go, and the Saturday evening before $3389 dollars came in towards the trip.

All little reminders how God works in so many areas of out life, but we need to ask Him in order to see these blessings. Praise God!

And just so this post doesn’t go without a photo, I took a picture of my floor the night before a wedding! Cleaning lenses, formatting cards, charging batteries, checking equipment! All kinds of wedding prep going on here! =)

December 12, 2009 - 9:15 am

Justine Blackman - amen.


Post Wedding Depression: An Emotion

It was cold last Sunday, but we were on a mission. A few months ago I got an email from a friend asking if I would be interested in submitting a few images for an art show down in L.A. The show is called Mirrors of the Soul – reaching into the spectrum of emotions & liveliness of humanity. After I got the email I thought it might be fun to put some images together. Lately I have been seeing a new term circulating on the web with the acronym “PWD”. If you haven’t seen it before it’s called Post Wedding Depression. As much as I can gather it’s supposed to be the same feeling as the letdown you get the day after Christmas.

In all reality I would hope that the person you’re marrying and the relationship with them is far more important than your wedding day. In fact I think I suffer from Post Wedding Happiness! But whether or not this feeling is an actual reality for anyone, I thought it would be fun to create a few images depicting the state of mind!

So on a cold Sunday afternoon, Athena, Suzy and I headed out of L.A. to a little known dirt road a friend had shown me on Google earth. The road wound around for a few miles of normal hills and shrubbery until all of a sudden we came over a rise and down into this valley. It almost felt like we had left earth and landed on the moon. My truck was all nice and toasty warm inside, but we stepped out to a biting cold wind and lots of ash blowing in our faces! Our hands quickly became numb, and all our clothes covered in soot and ash. But it was fun in a cold sort of way, and some warm Starbucks on the way home made everything better!

Tech Note:
I shot most of the images with the sun as a back light, and a 580EXII on manual with Pocket Wizards. In Photoshop I do some basic dodging and burning with various degrees of “Lux Hard”, “Lux Soft, “Pool Party”, “Oh Snap!”, and “Can-O-kick” from the Totally Rad Action collections. I also used some textures from a personal collection I have.

December 11, 2009 - 12:53 pm

Jessica - What a location! The first picture is my favorite.

December 15, 2009 - 11:52 am

Greg - Clicked the link to see what Athena was up to but instead found these wonderful photos. Love the contrast between the wedding dress and the stark landscape.

December 16, 2009 - 12:05 pm

Dawn - I love the third one — how her veil is all swirly. Maybe a little more grayed background to get more “depression” in it. :-P That sounds so dumb!

February 6, 2013 - 7:49 am

Lukas VanDyke - More of Athena Stamos on the blog tomorrow! Loved this shoot!

February 6, 2013 - 10:51 am

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January 29, 2014 - 2:03 pm

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Joseph & Bonnie: Preview

Yesterday I photographed my second wedding at the Burbank Castaway in a four day period! Even though it’s not an adjective , I think the one word I would use to describe Joseph & Bonnie’s wedding would be “laughing”. They all had some much fun it was contagious! Thanks for letting me join in on the fun! I should have the rest of the photos up soon!

December 16, 2009 - 2:22 pm

Suzy - You guys were SO fun!!!

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