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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

How to pack for a wedding weekend as a photographer

We’re on the road again, Texas actually, and since I had a little down time at the hotel I thought I would do a quick post on what we pack for an out of town wedding weekend. When we started traveling more, there were a few things which always made the trips tedious. One of those things was packing. I found myself running through a mental checklist at least hundred times in my head. I had physical effects of stress just because I always thought I was forgetting something important. In the end I always ended up forgetting to bring a black belt, and now have a whole drawer full of ones I have purchased at Target while on trips. We also always over packed and wasted a lot of time having to get to the airport early to check bags, and then waiting around at he baggage claim to pick them up (not to mention the drama of lost bags).

Since then it’s become so easy I don’t really need to think about it! I have an easy packing list. I just go through and throw everything in my bag as I check it off on the list. Walla, stress gone and nothing forgotten. The list includes everything I “might” need. So if I get to an item, such as “swimsuit”, and decide I won’t need it on this trip, I just check it off and keep moving through the list. It’s made packing easy and allowed us to fly without any checked bags.

So first the list, and then I have a few photos of how we divide things up between bags.


Here’s the bags. One backpack, and one suitcase for each of us.


The first suitcase is the Think Tank Airport Security 2.0 Case. A majority of the camera equipment is in this bag and it ends up being really heavy. Suzy can’t lift it, so this is my bag. Thinktank has some great padding for protecting all the equipment, plus a lot of cool built in security features.


The second bag is my backpack. The Kata Bumblebee 210 DL.  Kata makes some incredible lightweight camera backpacks. I also have the bigger Bumblebee 220 which I use for international trips. My laptop, and accessories, as well as our backup set of camera’s and lenses are in this case. This one also gets pretty heavy.


Bag number three is just a super cheap super light rolling suitcase. This is Suzy’s bag since she can lift it. It doesn’t matter if this one gets beat up or dropped since it’s just clothes. We pack all the clothes and toiletries for both of us in this bag.


Bag number four is also just a cheap padded computer backpack. Suzy keeps her laptop and accessories in here as well as any reading material, snacks, our travel mugs, her purse, and any other miscellaneous stuff we bring. This one is also light so Suzy can carry it.

So that’s it. Four bags, two for each of us. I carry all the heavy camera equipment, Suzy carries the lighter stuff, and we never need to check anything. Well unless we are going to a destination that Southwest doesn’t fly too and the overhead bins fill up. =). Pretty simple. I hope it’s helpful and have fun on your next trip!

- 10:07 am

Haley B - I feel like I know you guys so well now! Haha.

- 12:06 pm

Megan J. - I love this!! I’ve always wondered how you guys do it! Great post :)

- 3:03 pm

estella - very impressive/efficient!

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