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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

My Purple Couch and Life Lessons

This post comes with another little preview of my Contrast shoot last month. I should have the rest of the photos from the shoot up in a couple days. But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that I have all these props filling up my garage. All things which I find really cool and would love to have on display in my house. However, there are two problems. Number one I only have so much room, and number two I committed to myself a long time ago that I would NOT be a junk collector, and I would not put too much value on temporal things. You might say that seems a little strange. But if you think about it, what if a great opportunity comes up to move to Europe or somewhere for a year. I don’t want to be sentimentally attached to everything in my house. I want to be able to get rid of it all in a moments notice if need be. I don’t want to feel bad if the house burns down. (one good reason to have offsite backups of all your photos). In addition to all the practical things I want to keep my focus on heaven and eternity without being constantly worrying about a bunch of stuff here. lol.

All to say I have decided that as much as I have become attached to my purple couch, and as magnificent of a couch as it is. I think it will have to go. If nothing more than a life lesson to me to make sure I am remember my convictions.

On the other end of that spectrum, that means the purple couch is available to you! I have someone coming by at 3:30 tomorrow who has offered my $250 for it, but if anyone can make me a better offer it’s yours!

Purple Couch

Seattle & Some August Previews

On Thursday I flew up to Seattle to photograph Matt & Stacey’s wedding and two other sessions! The first was with Grant and Carley. I did their wedding a year or so ago, and since they live in Washington now, we thought it would be fun to drive up north and do a little post wedding session on the Puget Sound. We had a blast! It’s always fun doing photos when you don’t need to worry about keeping the dress clean! They also let me stay at their house on Thursday night! It was good seeing you guys!

Right after that session I met Amanda and Stephen in Seattle at the University of Washington for an engagement session. I did photos for Amanda’s brother’s wedding in Portland a year or two ago so since I was in the area we decided to do a session. I was actually really looking forward to being able to do their wedding, but due to some unavoidable schedule conflicts I don’t think it’s going to work out. Maybe we’ll do a post wedding session sometime!

Anyway, I had an interesting morning at the Seattle airport, but still made it back to L.A. in time for the morning service at Church! Great message on Psalm 23 by Austin T. Duncan.

Here’s a few previews from Seattle and a few other August shoots I am working hard to get online!

Grant & Carley (Puget Sound , WA)

Keith & Chelsea (Santa Rosa, CA)

Christian & LaShantae (Sun Valley, CA)

Matt & Stacey (Seattle, WA)

Ara & Margaret (Glendale, CA)

Stephen & Amanda (Seattle, WA)

August 24, 2009 - 7:54 am

Grant - YES!!!! Lukas, it was so fun to see you again as well!! We’re stoked to see these. The Lord’s given you some exceptional talent, and we’re glad to be blessed by it.

August 28, 2009 - 10:48 am

Cheryl - Awesome! I love it! :)

What makes or breaks a wedding? (and some photos of us)

I’ve lost count of the number of weddings I have photographed in the past few years, but it is certainly over 100. I’ve done a lot of huge weddings with hundreds of people. They have extravagant parties, incredible decorations, and every tradition known to wedding history on the schedule. Some of them have been amazing and others somewhat less amazing. I’ve also done lots of intimate backyard weddings with much lower budgets and far fewer people. Again, some of those have been amazing and others, less so. As I was thinking through what really made the difference in all the diverse weddings I have done, I realized that it comes down to love.

Are the bride and groom in love? I know it sounds like that would be assumed on the wedding day, but I don’t always feel like it’s true. I believe as husband and wife, or future husband and wife, we should ALWAYS pursue the love and affection of our spouse from dating … through engagement … all the way into the later years of our lives. So regardless of the size, the budget, or the location of the wedding, I’ve noted that the couple’s interaction is often what makes or breaks the day.

Secondly, How much do the guests love each other? Regardless of size, my favorite weddings are the ones where everyone is comfortable with each other and loves one another. Weddings made up of guests pulled together from a wide variety of places, resulting in first meetings occurring when they sit down at the reception, never have the same excitement. I understand that when you join two families that’s sometimes unavoidable. But as I thought through all the weddings I’ve done, I’ve realized it does weigh heavy on the feel of the day.

All to say I think the biggest thing I am looking for in our wedding is a dynamic of love and intimacy–between us, and among   our guests. That said, we might end up breaking a lot of traditions as Suzy and I plan the celebration of our up and coming union!

On our way up to shoot Keith and Chelsea’s wedding in Santa Rosa last weekend we made a few stops and Cassia took some photos of us. She is in Yosemite all week and I couldn’t wait to see the photos so I talked her into just giving me the cards and I did all the post processing. =). Isn’t Suzy just the most adorable thing you ever saw!

August 20, 2009 - 10:33 pm

Caroline - Beautiful pictures!!!! You guys look more in love than ever before:) Praise God for your lovely union!!!! Enjoy your wedding preparations together…

August 21, 2009 - 12:30 pm

mom - very very very sweet!! =) so so happy!!

August 27, 2009 - 8:42 am

Chelsea Koehler - WOW!!! You guys are SOOOOOO adorable! great pics! I had so much fun meeting Suzy at the wedding! you guys make a great team and are precious together!

August 29, 2009 - 10:22 pm

Emily Anderson - I love these photos! Especially the one where you’re swinging Suzy around. So sweet! I hope all the wedding planning is going well. Patrick and I are so happy for you both! =D

September 9, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Bette-Lou O'Brien - So Happy for you!!! Have a Happy Wedding Day:)

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