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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

Daniel & Julie: Wedding

Last Saturday was Daniel and Julie’s wedding. I’ve known Julie since sometime in high school, so it was fun to get to be there for her big day. It’s funny how when you’re in HS the whole wedding deal seems so big, and so distant. Now I can’t even count how many of my HS friends who’s weddings I’ve either attended, photographed, or at least looked at photos from. Life is fun with all the different stages that you go through.

For Daniel and Julie’s portraits we decided to head down to UCLA and wander around to see what we could find. The campus is gorgeous so it wasn’t hard to find some great shots. I think I got almost everything I wanted, there was just this one spot under this one archway which would have been super cool, but there were 300 people standing there taking a group photo. Lol, I suppose it could have been “Bride, Groom and our 300 new friends”.

I included a few of my favorites below. Check out the slideshow for more, and the proofs page for the complete set!

April 9, 2009 - 12:40 pm

Katherine - I really liked these shots. My favorite would be the one you portray pastor John MacArthur. He looks so cool. lol
God bless!

April 9, 2009 - 5:59 pm

Timothy - MacArthur has me think secret service! :D

April 10, 2009 - 12:32 am

Tim & Patti Peters - Thanks for capturing the day so well! We enjoyed reliving the memories!

April 11, 2009 - 1:38 am

Aunt Penny - What a wonderful day!

April 11, 2009 - 7:18 am

Uncle Mark and Aunt Katie - It was a pleasure to be there. What wonderful pictures and see Tim I agree John does look like a Secret Service Man

April 11, 2009 - 2:45 pm

Patti Peters - Mark, the “Timothy” who left the comment about the John looking like Secret Service was not your brother Timothy. We don’t know who that Timothy is! Just for the record!

April 20, 2009 - 7:41 am

Peggy Cox - Beautiful pictures, wish we could have been there. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Paul & Kristin: e-session

After the Ligonier conference last week in Orlando I also had a chance to do some engagement photos with Paul and Kristin. After we got to talking I realized I had met Paul almost exactly 10 years ago while I was in Tampa. There are so many random connections! Anyway, I did some scouting during the week on my way to and from the conference and found some spots right outside of downtown Orlando which turned out to be super cool! Theses are actually some of my favorite engagement photos in recent history. I love the contrast of the dressy look in the more gritty areas. It has to be my favorite look as well as my favorite thing to shoot. Paul and Kristin were also super fun together. You guys really look great! Thanks for taking the time to come hang out!

April 2, 2009 - 11:25 am

Kristin - They are fantastic! You did a great job- I’m glad it ended up being so windy that day. :) Thanks for letting me know that they were up- we love them!

Photography Tip #1: Location Lighting

Every so often I will get emails asking questions about lighting or other things related to how I create images. During our photo workshop last weekend I got to thinking about all the little tricks I have picked up over the past few years and thought it might be helpful to post some of them. This one is pretty simple, but is super helpful for anyone from the pro to the point and shoot user.  So here it is, tip #1.

As you decide how to light your subject there are a lot of different options. One thing which is usually important is to have smooth consistent light on your subjects face. We all hate those images with spotty mixed light all over our subject. One way to get really smooth  light without your subject squinting is to find a building which is facing a clear blue open sky. The trick is to make sure there is enough sky to light up your subjects face and create a really nice catch light in their eyes. The below diagram shows a basic scenario which I will often look for when I shoot in city locations. The shade of the building creates a consistent exposure for your image, and the sky acts as a huge soft box. Note the first images below you can see the horizon line lighting up my subjects eyes. In the second image you can see the smooth soft light source making for a really crisp evenly lit portrait. Next remove the building and try the scenario next to a fence, or under a bridge, or behind a tree. It’s a simple concept, but makes a huge difference in your image creation. Let me know if this was helpful. =)

April 4, 2009 - 5:51 pm

Tom Brooks - Thanks for the helpful insight and thank you for taking the time to do this. I am really looking forward to more in the future.

April 20, 2009 - 9:26 am

Louise Corcoran - This was very helpful, thank you for posting this

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