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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

Packing List

After returning from Resolved I spent last night unpacking all my equipment, cleaning everything, replacing broken items, and charging all my batteries. Tonight I am packing it all up again to head to Toronto for a wedding, a workshop I am teaching and a few other shoots. Here’s my list of things I had packed. Let me know what’s missing:

Cameras, camera batteries, batter chargers, flashes, flash batteries, battery chargers, remotes, sync cables, remote batteries w/chargers, lots of lenses (caps and cases), backup lenses, flash cards, backup flash cards, shoot bag, shoot reflector, color target, monopod, tripod, macro lens, laptop, backup drive, backup DVD’s, power cable, USB cables, flash reader, usb splitter, iphone w/charger, ipod w/charger, earphones, passport, soft cases for everything, hard case to put the softcases in.

Yup I think that’s it. Done packing now I can relax. Then there came this nagging feeling I as forgetting something. If you guessed it you win. Yup clothes. lol. I think I was thinking too much about the photos and forgot I need something to wear. =). Anyway I just thought I would share. =).

June 21, 2009 - 7:57 am

Matt Floreen - That’s awesome. I was reading The Invisible Man and thinking how handy that would be to be an invisible photographer… plus you wouldn’t need to pack clothes either! :)

The Enfield Photo Shoot

A few months ago I got a call from John Martin. He wanted to do a photo shoot for the cover of the new Enfield CD. Step one we talked through some concepts, and decided on some ideas. Step two we found this really cool location which was actually next door to the graphic designer who would be doing the cover art. Step three was to find a time when everyone could get together, the only problem was the band was buried neck deep in rehearsals and recording and with everyone’s schedules there weren’t a lot of times. We finally decided on 5:30am on a Tuesday morning.

As I think back on it the whole situation was super funny. I ended up being the first to the location at about 5:20 in the morning. It was pretty cold out and my Xterra was packed full of all the suitcases and photo equipment we needed. Suzy and I sat their watching old Ducktails episodes on my iPhone until 5:40 when everyone else sleepily pulled up next to this very dark field. John Martin was the last to arrive with Starbucks for everyone and I think that’s what got us jump started. lol. We set everything up in the dark and were all ready to shoot when the first rays of sun came peaking out over the hills. Everything was done and cleaned up and we were on our way by 8:30.

Anyway, the first two images are the ones we ended up using for the CD, but I included a few of the “rejects” which I thought were kind of fun! Enfield’s the best! And Michael you did an awesome job on the rest of the graphic design work!

You guys have been awesome so far at Resolved!

EXTRAS:

June 28, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Enfield the Band {Resolved Conference Music} « Other « Lukas VanDyke Photography - [...] Group Photo of the band from Resolved 2011. Yes I pulled apart one of my pianos to create that background image. (I apologize to all you piano lovers out there, but it was already broken when I got it, and served a noble purpose!) Here’s a few shots of them at Capital Records, working on one of their albums, and a shoot we did for one of the CD covers. [...]

Amandalin: Trash the Dress

I’m a big fan of trash the dress sessions, but I don’t do them that often, so when I do I always have a blast! Sometimes it’s fun to do some really cool shots with the bride and groom at the beach, or out in the desert, or…well there are 1000′s of things to do. The sky’s the limit. Anyway, Amandalin is out in California visiting Suzy for the week so we decided to have some fun in her down time and do a session! We can call this one trash the dress at my house!

The first set we shot in the pool at night. We did them at night because we needed rose petals and the only one’s available were in my neighbors garden..ummm I mean because the light was better. The second set was a little more interesting. We wanted to use paint and do trees and vines and all kinds of fun stuff, but we also decided to do a time lapse as we painted. So check out the slideshow of the progression.

I’m always looking for new ideas so if you have any thoughts on these photos, or ideas for trash the dress sessions PLEASE leave a COMMENT and I might just try it out!

p.s. a lot of people have been asking if these are Photoshop’d. I did a little color correction and cropping but as far as the pool and paint it’s all real. She is in the pool and she is being painted. =).


Suzy helped out a ton with this shoot. Don’t I just have the best GF ever!

My friend Mandy and Nancy helped me with the paint for this one. You guys are the best!


These are before and after shots. Check out the slideshow below to see the whole progression!




Ok sorry for the random one. We did a little warm up session for fun. (pretend you don’t see those roller skates because they are supposed to be for a big shoot I am putting together in July called “Contrast”)

June 11, 2009 - 1:45 am

Sam Neylan - LOVE the pool shots… oh, and the tree shots… and the concept.
so creative!
NICE job!

June 11, 2009 - 4:58 am

Caroline - I loved the pool shots!!! vibrant colours:)

June 15, 2009 - 11:54 pm

adam - well… as far as ideas go…

I feel like someone could trash their outfit quite a bit if they were working on their car. especially an old car. or a truck. with some cross processing. I’m only saying. . .

June 26, 2009 - 7:38 pm

Carol Claflin (Barbara Mason's daughter) - These are fantastic! I’ve never seen THD before – and so I’ve spent quite a few of my spare moments googling that – and I must say – these shots are my FAVORITE, and I have not seen anything as fabulous. It’s amazing how something so anti-cliche can become cliche – like beach shots rolling in the waves or wading in the tide. Anyway – you’re SO hired to do my THD shoot! I’ve been married for almost 9 yrs. I’m thinkin’ this would be a GREAT 10 yr anniversary gift to myself.

June 26, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Carol Claflin (Barbara Mason's daughter) - oops that’s “TTD” not “THD” – I typoed it 2x’s. ick.

July 29, 2009 - 8:12 am

Thomas - My God, you are so beautiful!

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