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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

A Little Update + Mentor Session Winner


Dear blog readers. Do ever have those times in life when you have so many things back to back that by the time you get to Wednesday, the event you went to on Sunday seems like it was 3 weeks ago? That’s kind of been what our life has been the past few weeks. Suzy and I took January and most of February off for a little sabbatical to do some writing and our yearly business restructuring. It was incredibly awesome having that amount of time to sit back and think.  However, towards the end of February life started back in full force. The past few weeks have been a blur of bridal shows, weddings, engagement sessions, creative get togethers, dinner parties, conferences, consultations, mentor sessions, workshops, filming, modeling, a couple flights, all our normal church events (4 per week), plus the past few days we added my sisters two toddlers to the mix while my sister and her husband were on their 5 year anniversary vacation, and we had almost 40 people over to our house last night! All said, it’s been a total blast, but also a little bit tiring! I love how life moves in stages. You need the slow periods to re-energize, collect your thoughts, structure and plan, and then all of a sudden the busy seasons hit and you just go non-stop living on autopilot relying on the structure you built until you break into another slow period.

So all said, what’s coming up. Well in the next six months alone we will be shooting at least twenty-two weddings, a dozen or so engagement sessions, a couple stylized shoots, hosting a number of workshops, a good number of flights, hopefully a few camping trips, plus Suzy will be leading the Los Angeles chapter of a super cool group (check the blog tomorrow for info on that). So we will have those up on the blog as they happen. At this point you might be asking “how do you do it all without getting behind?”. Well, I’m glad you asked, because that’s the next thing coming up. We have been working on a new site that will include a lot of written and video training material and much more that will be launching as soon as we can humanly get the initial material ready. It will really be focused on efficiency and structure as kind of a new community dedicated to getting things done quickly, and simply without sacrificing quality. It will also have a heavy focus on helping all you first year photographers jump into the loop. All the things you wished you already knew but no-one told you. I’m super excited about it, and will have more info in the next few weeks. So, if you were wondering that’s what’s been going on with us and the sparsity of blog posts, there ya go.

Mentor Session Winner:

Part two of the blog post I wanted to post the winner from the little photo assignment I gave a few weeks ago. The real objective of the assignment was to not only understand the secret to good lighting scenarios, but also to get in the habit of photographing a good variety of tight, mid-length and wide shots of your subject. It’s a bad idea to do an entire session with only close up shots, or a whole session with nothing but ultra wide shots where the subject is so small you can’t even make out their face. All said I had half a dozen entries.  Amy, Staci, Amanda, Diana, Clara, and Jessica, I hope you enjoyed it and the process helped you along as you progress your skills.

You all did a great job, but in the end I did need to decide one winner. The criteria said it would be the person who fulfilled the whole assignment with the most style. It was a tuff call, but I think I need to give it to Amy! Great job, and I will be in contact about scheduling your free mentor session!

Also, if you missed it the first time, here’s me doing the whole shoot in under a minute!

March 29, 2012 - 10:22 am

carlijean - Super glad you guys had time off, but ready to see more photos! I am also really excited about this new website!! Looking forward to it’s launching!

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