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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

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: A Contrast

Almost every day I will have these ideas for photos pop into my head. Once they are there I can’t wait to try them out. Sometimes it’s a new pose I want to try with a couple. Other times it’s a lighting, camera, or Photoshop technique. But sometimes it’s an emotion, or idea, or contrast I want to convey. I guess that’s what keeps photography so exciting all the time; there are no limits.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about contrasts. Creating images which have things that look cool together but don’t really go together. I’m actually super excited about a big shoot I am putting together on the theme in mid July. But that’s for another post.

Yesterday I created the below image to contrast LEFT brain vs. RIGHT brain. I find it so interesting how God made our brains to work in such weird ways. It’s also fascinating to see the different combinations in people. It’s funny how some people are incredibly talented in one side of the brain and very inept in the other side. The list of examples is endless. For me personally I like my living room, den, and kitchen decorated and kept very clean crisp and clutter free. Just the furniture, lamps, and a little wall art. However, my office the walls are covered with hundreds of photos, I have cool little items from all over the world, interesting props left over from shoots etc. When people come in they usually just wander around looking at things for 5 minutes before talking to me. I LOVE shooting and all the creative energy involved, but I also enjoy (to a lesser degree) the business side of photography involving the finances investments, budgeting etc. All said I wanted to create a photo which showed all that. So here it is.

Let me know what you think on the subject!

For those of you who are interested, this image might look simple but it took me about 17 hours to make. From going out and purchasing props I didn’t have, to finding the ones I wanted to use, to setting up the whole scene. I also used 9 or 10 lights to get all the shadows where I wanted them. Plus it took a lot of photos to get the cat to stand in the right place and look in the right direction. (thanks Jeremy for playing animal trainer on this one). And then finally finishing it off in Photoshop. And thanks to Travis for modeling!

Some people have fun in different ways than others! =)

June 4, 2009 - 1:49 pm

Sam Neylan - love it.

June 4, 2009 - 1:57 pm

Melissa - Lukas!
So cool! It’s fun too to look at all the photos in the photo and see who you recognize. I see Jesse & Deidre & Least of These!

June 4, 2009 - 1:59 pm

Jessica - Very nice! I love how you took care of every detail, including your wrinkly shirt and sock.

June 4, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Carl - I dig it… I love that the photos aren’t level!
Is that the 1984 Olympic Coke bottle?
And while I’m analyzing your pic… is that the “The Parable” video treasure chest?

June 4, 2009 - 7:08 pm

T. A. Green - This is very good Lukas. I especially liked the where’s Waldo aspect and bingo! there he is right in the middle of the picture. Who would have thought. And your description of talent and ineptitude is so well modeled in “Waldo’s” expression. Great job guys. T. A. (Travis’ Dad)

June 5, 2009 - 7:26 am

Anneke - This is so cool! You’ve really got some talent.

June 6, 2009 - 6:34 am

Amberlynne - Amazing. :)

June 6, 2009 - 10:58 am

Kevin Carbonneau - That is very thoughtful.

August 8, 2009 - 12:02 am

Julia Dandurand - I love that you have the same lamp and side table on both sides of the couch. I’m not sure I would have been wise enough to go with that decision, were I in your shoes, at least not originally. But it was quite right. Because the person is the same person, just focused on different areas. A colourful, funky lamp shade on the one side wouldn’t get the idea across quite so strongly, I think. It’d be more like a guy standing in two different rooms, rather than a brain, cluttered vs neat. Anyways, great job.

Eric & Avie: Wedding

Last Monday I got to attend Eric and Avie’s wedding at Rancho Capistrano! The funny thing is the last time I shot a wedding there was also on Memorial day a couple of years ago for Brian and Monica’s wedding. I loved the golden hills am glad we took the time to hike up to the old skool wood fence. =). However, I think one of my favorite parts of the day was watching grandma and Eric and Avie’s parents on the dance floor. I LOVE when people get into the dancing, it’s a lot of fun to watch!

Check out the Slideshow to see the rest of the photos!

June 3, 2009 - 12:35 pm

Monica Gee - That is weird to see someone else getting married in all the same places where we were 3 years ago! :-) You did a great job (as usual!). All of our friends out here in the midwest are jealous of our pictures, there aren’t a whole lot of good outdoor places to get married around here. Not to mention, there aren’t a whole lot of photographers who can do what you do!

June 5, 2009 - 6:16 pm

Nicole DeAnne - GREAT job! Hey Lucas… My name is Nicole & I did Avie’s Hair & make-up for the wedding! You are a fantastic photographer! It was Great to work with you!

June 14, 2009 - 4:02 am

Steve - Great job Lucas, I am Eric’s uncle from Oklahoma. These pictures are awesome and captured the excitement and glamour of Eric & Avie’s wedding. Avie is such a beautiful and incredible young woman and Eric’s expressions in these pictures captured his personality.

Photography 101 Workshop: Toronto Canada

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Ok all you photographers out there on the Canadian border! I get a good amount of requests from people who want to tag along on my shoots, or give them some tips on photography. So here’s the deal. I’m shooting a wedding in Toronto in a few weeks and decided to do a photo workshop while I am in the area. It’s your chance to take that dusty camera off the shelf, turn it on, and learn how to create some beautiful eye candy! Or for those of you who treasure your camera and give it the proper wear and tear it deserves, it’s time to up the quality of your results. This class is kind of a crash course for beginners all the way to serious amateurs and will include the following:

  • The basics of all the buttons on your camera: We will talk about what all those buttons on your camera do, as well as briefly talk about their manual counterparts on an SLR camera.
  • Composition: We’ll touch on angles, framing, focus, and depth of field.
  • Lighting and Color: Go over the core aspects of lighting and color.
  • Archiving and Digital Processing: This section will be some helpful tips on the proper ways to archive and process photos using either free or professional solutions.
  • Workshop: This is where we will get into the nuts and bolts of shooting. I’m going to see if I can find a volunteer to model for us so we can head outside to create some images.

Also, if enough people are interested let me know in the comments section of the registration page and I am open to do a coffee shop session with a few people on Monday night to get more in depth with SLR questions and tips.

If you’re interested or know a family member or friend in the Toronto/Buffalo area who might be interested please send them to my site to sign up. I’m going to keep it small so the spots may not last very long. This class is a great deal since I’m only going to charge $25 per person to cover costs. Registration also includes pizza lunch.

WHEN: Sunday, June 21st 12:30pm – 4:00pm

Timothy Christian School
28 Elmhurst Dr
Toronto, ON
M9W 2J5


p.s. Below are links to the summary posts from a few other workshops I have done:
Photo 108 #2 Post
Photo 108 #1 Post
Photo 101 Post

May 29, 2009 - 9:44 pm

josydaisy - that’s awesome lukas – i wish i could go. i can def learn some tricks on lighting.

June 21, 2009 - 8:22 pm

Benipal - Hello:

I would like to get in touch with you to go over some tips. I am sorry I missed your Sunday class, I just checked your site. Would you mind giving me a call Monday (June 22nd) and we can discuss. Is Monday’s second session still on?

Please let me know.


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