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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

Amandalin: Trash the Dress

I’m a big fan of trash the dress sessions, but I don’t do them that often, so when I do I always have a blast! Sometimes it’s fun to do some really cool shots with the bride and groom at the beach, or out in the desert, or…well there are 1000′s of things to do. The sky’s the limit. Anyway, Amandalin is out in California visiting Suzy for the week so we decided to have some fun in her down time and do a session! We can call this one trash the dress at my house!

The first set we shot in the pool at night. We did them at night because we needed rose petals and the only one’s available were in my neighbors garden..ummm I mean because the light was better. The second set was a little more interesting. We wanted to use paint and do trees and vines and all kinds of fun stuff, but we also decided to do a time lapse as we painted. So check out the slideshow of the progression.

I’m always looking for new ideas so if you have any thoughts on these photos, or ideas for trash the dress sessions PLEASE leave a COMMENT and I might just try it out!

p.s. a lot of people have been asking if these are Photoshop’d. I did a little color correction and cropping but as far as the pool and paint it’s all real. She is in the pool and she is being painted. =).


Suzy helped out a ton with this shoot. Don’t I just have the best GF ever!

My friend Mandy and Nancy helped me with the paint for this one. You guys are the best!


These are before and after shots. Check out the slideshow below to see the whole progression!




Ok sorry for the random one. We did a little warm up session for fun. (pretend you don’t see those roller skates because they are supposed to be for a big shoot I am putting together in July called “Contrast”)

June 11, 2009 - 1:45 am

Sam Neylan - LOVE the pool shots… oh, and the tree shots… and the concept.
so creative!
NICE job!

June 11, 2009 - 4:58 am

Caroline - I loved the pool shots!!! vibrant colours:)

June 15, 2009 - 11:54 pm

adam - well… as far as ideas go…

I feel like someone could trash their outfit quite a bit if they were working on their car. especially an old car. or a truck. with some cross processing. I’m only saying. . .

June 26, 2009 - 7:38 pm

Carol Claflin (Barbara Mason's daughter) - These are fantastic! I’ve never seen THD before – and so I’ve spent quite a few of my spare moments googling that – and I must say – these shots are my FAVORITE, and I have not seen anything as fabulous. It’s amazing how something so anti-cliche can become cliche – like beach shots rolling in the waves or wading in the tide. Anyway – you’re SO hired to do my THD shoot! I’ve been married for almost 9 yrs. I’m thinkin’ this would be a GREAT 10 yr anniversary gift to myself.

June 26, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Carol Claflin (Barbara Mason's daughter) - oops that’s “TTD” not “THD” – I typoed it 2x’s. ick.

July 29, 2009 - 8:12 am

Thomas - My God, you are so beautiful!

Jason & Rachel: Wedding

I think I first met Jason and Rachel when they came to my Portraits for Mission’s fundraiser 3 years ago. Little did I know that someday I would get to do their wedding! The whole day was nice, but as a photographer, my favorite part by far was the photos we got to do in this amazing golden field. I often spend a good amount of time before shoots scouting out different locations, and this was no exception. I had planned two different locations to go to in the span between the ceremony and reception. However, I hadn’t mapped directions from the church the night before, so I quickly pulled up the routes on my iPhone as we left. About halfway to the first location I saw this field and decided it was way better than both the other places I planned, so we pulled off the side of the road and did all the photos there.

Everyone must have thought you guys were movie stars with the big stretch limo on the dirt shoulder and two photographers clicking away out in the field. I LOVE it. I think some of these photos will end up as very large canvas prints somewhere on my walls!

I don’t normally use the same song for the engagement photos as the wedding slideshow, but since they played it at their reception it fit too perfectly! Enjoy the SLIDESHOW


June 9, 2009 - 4:16 pm

Apryl Kuhn - I coordinated Rachel & Jason’s reception. These pictures are fabulous! Great work.

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.

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