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  • WELCOME!

    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

Suzy: Bridesmaid

Last weekend while I was shooting Matt and Amy’s wedding, Suzy was a bridesmaid at one of her friends wedding’s in Atlanta. I was slightly upset I missed the chance to see her in her new dress. So I convinced her to put it back on and we went to this spot I had been wanting to check out under the 118 freeway.

Yes, this is what I do for fun in my free time.  Not everyone can have a  job that is so much fun you keep doing it on vacation, on the weekend, at home as well as with all your awesome clients! Love it! =)

May 14, 2009 - 9:25 pm

josydaisy - awww…so cute! love it!

May 14, 2009 - 11:43 pm

Laura - Love the combo of the pretty dress and the crazy location! The last two are esp. cool with the desaturation and smirk!

June 4, 2009 - 7:34 pm

T. A. Green - If there is one thing you can say about Susannah it’s desaturation. TA (Susannah’s Dad)

Matt & Amy: Wedding

Saturday morning was another beautiful morning in sunny Southern California. After a few weeks in Africa I was so ready to be back to shooting wedding photos. The change was great but I really do love shooting weddings! =). I started off the day taking a few photos of the girls getting ready, but when I called the guys to find out what they were up to they were out playing golf lol. So I headed to the church to scope things out a little bit and found this great little wooded area right across the street. I’m glad I went over there because some of my favorite photos of the day are from that spot! Enjoy the slideshow!

I’m not sure who’s Bible this is, but I found it sitting open on the table in Genesis. The perfect passage for a wedding. =)

One of my favorite photos of the day!

I think this is probably the last patch of green grass in Southern California. I did some photos at this same location a month ago and the whole place was covered in this gorgeous green grass. On Saturday it was all dead and withered except this little spot under a tree by the stream! I’m glad we found it, and glad we took the time to go over there. =)

After the ceremony we went outside to take a few photos, and I snapped this one really quick before I changed my Kalvin temp, but ended up liking the purple hue and decided not to color correct. =)

Malawi, Africa!

Back from Malawi! For those of you who aren’t sure where that is, it’s a little ways below Kenya right in between Zambia and Mozambique in Africa. This year I decided to join a construction team to Africa to help finish up some work at a church one of our missionaries works with. Although I am pretty familiar with all the aspects of general contracting, I don’t have a lot of practical experience. I soon discovered that putting screws in the ceiling, trying to get paint to stick to the wall without drip marks, and sanding stuff is all a lot more difficult than it looks. Throughout the time I was there I ended up finding a good amount of productive work which I could do, so I don’t at all feel like the trip was a waste of time. However, I think in the future I might stick closer to areas I know I am good at; like moving a mouse around on a screen and wielding a camera. =) We kept so busy I really didn’t pull out my camera as much as I expected I would, but I did take a walk through the village one morning and made a few images I really like!

The other thing thing I noticed is that I really feel out of my zone without fast internet. We had WiFi where we were staying so I was online (slow online) on my iPhone for most of the time. But a there were a couple days in there where that wasn’t even working and I felt very cut off. LOL I guess when you live in an online world removing it is more difficult. But I guess that’s why trips like this are good, they take you out of your comfort zone. Speaking of online click here to follow me on Twitter ;)

On the way back I had an 8 hour layover in Nairobi,Kenya so I took a taxi downtown and wandered around for a couple hours before heading back to the airport. This is one I snapped on a foot bridge right in downtown. That building is the Kenya equivalent of the IRS. Traffic in Nairobi is as bad as the 405 in L.A. lol. =)

Awwww isn’t she just the most adorable thing you ever saw. =). My GF and I at LAX right before I left. If you look close you can tell I’m holding my camera with my right hand with a fisheye lens. That should explain why we are all distorted. =)

Landing in Malwi. When only two planes come per day it’s not worth it to build a terminal. =)

This is one of the roomes we were working on.

Team praying over a house we were helping construct for seminary students out in the village.

The foundation by Rick Wymer.

This was interesting. There are no cement trucks in Malawi so the women bring water on the top of their heads and fill these barrels and then the men mix all the cement in piles on the ground as they lay the bricks.

This is the rest of our team. 7 guys with experience and 3 of us to fill in the cracks lol. =) We had a blast! =)

May 10, 2009 - 12:29 pm

sheryl - Lukas – great fotos!! They look like National Geographic!
Sometimes I think that getting out of our area of expertise helps to see where the giftedness actually lies. I think that you are very good at what you do and are getting better.

May 10, 2009 - 10:32 pm

Janet - Lukas,
great pictures, I was so excited to see them, and to see all the work you guys did.
what a blessing, and what a memory, Praise God for your team! and for answered prayers!

May 13, 2009 - 8:23 pm

Jill - LUKAS!! These pictures are AWESOME!!! Thank you soOoooooo much for these beautiful pictures of beautiful people!!!!!!!!! INCREDIBLE!! WOW!

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