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  • WELCOME!

    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

David & Nicole {Anniversary Session} McGee House Wedding Venue | Lexington, Kentucky

David & Nicole are really in love. And I mean it! They have been married a little over two and a half years, and you would think some of their love might have moved from the giddy excitement stage, to a deeper more comfortable stage. But I think in their case it’s both. Everytime I suggested they do a little kiss David’s face lit up with excitement like it was the first time he had ever gotten to kiss her. When I had Nicole look at him, her eyes had this sweet little look of total adoration. I’m sorry to sound so mushy, but it was just so amazing, and so adorable I can’t help it! It just makes me imagine them at their 50 year anniversary party, and I can just see the photographer suggesting they do a little kiss and I suspect David’s eyes will light up with the same excitement they did for this session. I also hope one of these photos will be sitting on the table at the 50 year party, and they can pick it up and take a photo of them holding it with that same glimmer still in their eyes!

You two are the best! Enjoy a few of my favorites below!

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Amandalin & Kyle {Wedding Photos} Lexington, Kentucky

Big weddings are great. But you know what? Small weddings are great too! When Suzy and I got married, we got our pastor, collected the family, brought a friend with a guitar to make it extra fancy, and all walked out on the beach and got married. Afterwards we all went out to breakfast and then it was over. I LOVED it. Amandalin and Kyle’s wedding was very similar. Everyone met at the church, but we didn’t go inside. It was just a simple little ceremony in the courtyard right out front, and then on to a rented house for a buffet, a bit of cake and it was over. Mandy has been friends with Suzy since highschool, and I (Lukas) have gotten to know her a lot more since Suzy and I came together. So it was incredibly cool to watch her find Kyle, see them come together, and then get to be there for their wedding! Enjoy some of my favorite photos below!

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Shoot & Share Photographer Meet-up | Los Angeles, California

Hello Friends,

For those of you out there reading who aren’t photographers you might not understand this. But then again maybe you will. Often as photographers you spend a lot of time going to other people’s events. You have a lot of fun, and you enjoy the whole process, but you really only know a few people. At weddings that’s generally the bride & groom, anyone else at the wedding you have photographed before, and maybe a few of the vendors. Then you go home and spend the whole rest of the week sitting in your room alone. Literally. You do post processing, accounting, answer emails, write blogs and a lot of other busy work. But for all of it you’re  by yourself.

For Suzy and I, we are really involved in our church, so we have a lot of community there, good friendships, moral support, spiritual mentors, and accountability. And that’s the best place to get those things.

But at the same time no matter how much they try, people that aren’t photographers just can’t understand the life of a photographer or the industry. When you work at home there is no water cooler to meet at and talk. So for photo related things you sometimes need something more.

That’s why last night was such an incredibly fun event! It was a group of 50 plus photographers all gathering to meet people, have fun with each other, and share their joys, trials, and excitement about the art and the photo industry! If you are a photographer and have been feeling alone, or are just unsure where to meet other photographer friends, than this is the place for you!

It’s a group called SHOOT & SHARE and it’s a great place to be! If you’re interested in future get togethers or just need a place to ask photographer related questions than join the Facebook Group HERE. Or you can check out this blog post I wrote with a little more in depth summary  about the community and how it all works!

Enjoy a few photos from the meeting last night as well!

- Lukas

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April 7, 2014 - 8:52 am

Jessica Angell - Aww wish we could’ve been there! So sad, I even saw my name tag on the table… =( I guess that’s what happens when you have a toddler who decides to get sick right before the meet-up. Next time I will pump her with Vitamin C!

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