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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

Jeremies & Jessica: Engagement Photos – Salton Sea

Early Saturday morning Suzy and I went to pick up our good friends Jeremies, and Jessica. Ever since I first heard about the Salton Sea I have been fascinated. It’s a little over three hours away from us, but I had been dying to go exploring. So when Jeremies and and Jessica got engaged I convinced them it would be a fun place to do some engagement photos. So on Saturday we made a day trip out of it.

Once we actually arrived I think I realized it was one of the strangest places I had ever been. It felt like we walked right out of reality and into a Frank Peretti murder mystery. A once thriving resort town now abandoned and sparsely populated by a few stragglers who enjoy representing the far edge of society.

After getting my truck stuck in the mud for awhile, we finally pulled up over a ridge to Bombay Beach. I figured we found the right spot because there were 4 other photo shoots already in progress. A mens underwear ad had a lot of lights and crew with a model set up in one spot. A big group from FIDM also had a bunch of models and a big crew. A group of college kids with a bunch of costumes were doing a shoot, and then there were a number of amateurs wandering around.

We still had mud all over us from the puddle. But we managed to get some fun shots. I think this will probably be part one of their engagement session, and part two will involve a totally different feel in a totally different location. But now that I’ve been I really want to plan a day to go back to the Salton Sea just to photograph all the remains of the ghost towns.

February 27, 2010 - 8:45 am

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » The Salton Sea, and an engagement shoot - […] been. There were strange sights, smells, and people. It is like a half-ghost town in most places. Lukas described it […]

April 10, 2010 - 7:22 am

C. E. Lott - These photographs of two very special people illustrates the special skills and visions of the Van Dyke team that few other artistic photographers possess. Lucas and Susannah rank right up there with the very best.


April 30, 2010 - 9:51 pm

Life as a Suzal» Blog Archive » Jeremy & Jessica Preview, Fillmore, CA - […] excited that their wedding is less than five weeks away! Although we already did one session (view here and here) I wanted to do a few more photos. Their wedding will be my the first one I shoot without […]

How Great Thou Art

Today went fairly well  as days go. I got up, ate breakfast, drank my tea, worked on editing, had lunch with some friends etc. But for one reason or another I was feeling glum. I hate when days feel like this. I feel down, and I know it might have a cause, but when it comes down to it God commands us to always rejoice, and in everything rejoice. So the bottom line is that it’s sin. Tonight, by God’s grace, it was church staff meeting. Every other Tuesday all the volunteer staff for the youth group at my church get together to regroup, study God’s word, pray, and sing. It was a great night and all of us sitting in one room singing was so beautiful and really brought my perspective back.  I just had to pull out my iPhone and record a quick clip. So here is a snippet for you to all enjoy as well! God is good.

And just to include one photo. Here’s a photos of my trying to get my truck out of a mud puddle near the Salton Sea. Next Xterra I get is going to have 4 wheel drive! =). I’ll have a bunch more photos from my session at the Salton Sea up tomorrow!

January 27, 2010 - 12:07 am

adam howard - thanks for being raw, lukas. it’s way encouraging to my heart.


January 27, 2010 - 7:44 am

Nomie - That’s cool, brother =)

Joe & Ashley: Engagement Session -Pasadena

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when I met Joe and Ashley in Pasadena. We hadn’t planned a long session, and we hadn’t planned any exotic locations. We also didn’t do a lot of wardrobe changes. But the one thing which Joe and Ashley brought was their fun laid back personalities and their gorgeous smiles. Some of my favorite weddings are where the bride and groom are super chill and just enjoy the day. After our session I have a good feeling Joe and Ashleys wedding will be like that! I can’t wait!

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