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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

Post processing and some helpful hints!

When I first started shooting, the first wedding photographer I worked for told me I needed to learn how to shoot in manual mode. I responded “Great I’ll work towards that!” Although I pretended I knew what he was talking about, I really had no clue. I knew it had something to do with adjusting the shutter speed and aperture, and I figured it also meant using the ring on the camera to manually focus everything as well.

A few years down the road adjusting the shutter speed and aperture now comes as second nature without really thinking to much about it. I now know that shooting manual involves using the auto focus. But I use a back focus button and adjust my focus points in almost every image. I also now manually adjust the Kalvin temperature and ISO every few shots as well. All to say, there are a lot of foggy things from shooting to lighting to Photoshop that took me a long time to figure out. But, once they became clear, photography became a lot more fun!

But I digress from the point of this post. The point is that I am working on a new section of my website. I don’t have a launch date yet, but it will have everything from how a camera should be setup, to the the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m going to add one section at a time as I get things put together. So feel free to let me know if you have any questions or ideas for the new site.

The first section I am working on is a little behind the scenes view of some Trash the Dress sessions. It will be the story of three sessions with everything from concept to post processing.

Below is a sample from the Photoshop processing section.

Original Image: (off Camera)

Processed Image:

Steps from before to after: (TRA = Totally Rad Actions
– Open JPG or RAW image in PS RAW Adjuster (minor exposure & temperature adjustments)
– Healing Brush for spots on sky
– TRA Ying Yang (lighter on skin and jacket)
– TRA Ying Yang (darker on ground)
– TRA Oh! Snap 100%
– TRA Can oh Woop* 50% (on ground)
– TRA Big Blue 50% (on sky)
– Burn tool 30% on bottom corners.

December 16, 2009 - 7:37 pm

Thomas Brooks - Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. In addition to the items you mentioned above (camera use, editing software) I would love to hear tips regarding the actual shooting process, how you prepare people for the shoot, how you prepare, posing people (or not posing), lighting, dealing with the unexpected (poor lighting, bad weather). Anything like this would be great. Thanks again.

December 16, 2009 - 10:08 pm

Caroline - thank u soo much for doin this.. m still in the baby stage of tryin to use my camera in the manual mode.. hopin to learn more from these posts :)

Jim & Linda: Preview

I can’t remember that last time it rained as hard as it did on Saturday. Originally Jim and Linda had planned their Sherman Oaks wedding in Linda’s backyard. But with the constant downpour plan “B” went into effect. However, the whole thing was so lovely I don’t think anyone really even noticed there was a change! I really enjoyed myself the whole day, but I will leave it at that till I have a chance to get the whole wedding online! Here’s a few quick previews of Jim and Linda. =).

December 15, 2009 - 7:41 pm

Emma - Beatiful! :-) I can’t wait to see all of them! Btw, I will totally take you up on your offer if you ever need a third shooter :-)

December 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Linda & Jim - Lukas…wonderful photos to come home to from our St. Lucia honeymoon! Thanks for sharing and documenting our wedding day. You worked magic with the rain and we are very much looking forward to the rest of the great work you did for us!

Family Christmas!

During the years I grew up in Southern California my Aunt Peggy and Uncle Don were the only relatives we had in close proximity. All of my siblings and I have many fond memories of the times they would treat us to all kinds of things that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford. Things like going to Disneyland, Easter at her country club, Thanksgiving and Christmas with sparkling cider, Broadway plays, the Russian Ballet, or snowboarding up at Mammoth etc… They both have always been so generous to us kids! I think we can all attribute most of our cultural experiences to their kindness! Looking back I am blessed and thankful for all the ways that has impacted my life today.

We’ll this year we all couldn’t do Christmas together, but our Aunt planned a special Christmas party last night. A time we could all celebrate a week or so early when everyone’s schedule was open! I’m thankful for their foresight, giving us a chance to all hang out when it probably wouldn’t have happened. So thank you Aunt Peggy & Uncle Don for so many things over the years and for the great time last night!

I had three weddings last week and was sick for 2 days but I should have some more wedding photos up soon!

Little nephew looks a lot happier with his daddy than with Suzy. =)

I think good and moldy blue cheese is near the top of my list for favorite foods!

And being the dork I am I think I was overly enthralled with the blue cheese and desserts and forgot to take a photo of my Aunt and Uncle. =/ But here’s a recent one from Facebook of them in the Riviera Maya.

December 16, 2009 - 11:32 am

Natalie - Wow! Your aunt goes all out!!! What a beautiful spread and what a blessing to have an aunt and uncle who took such good care of all of you.

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