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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

Five Tips for Wedding Hairstylists: by Anna Quinn

I got to know Anna Quinn as she worked magic on my hair last week at a stylized shoot Lukas & I got to model for. Anna has been getting pretty famous pretty quickly since working on the Twilight Wedding Inspiration Shoot posted on Green Wedding Shoes a few weeks ago.

While I sat getting glammed up, a cool looking turquoise jar of bobby pins caught my eye. Then I noticed that her whole hair station looked clean & cute. When I commented on it, Anna said “Well you know, when I do hair for weddings I want my space to look neat for the photographers. It gets much nicer photos for the Bride.” I was stunned. Lukas and I have done tons of weddings, and seldomly do we meet a hair artist who makes sure her station looks cute! I immediately jumped on the idea of having her share some helpful tips on our blog.

“I guess itʼs fair to say that I “do” weddings. My nuptial roles have included event coordinator, florist, decor director, make up artist, hairdresser {my main game}, musician, singer, scripture reader, guestbook attendant, bridesmaid, and my personal favorite…the girl in the white dress. I have certainly learned a lot, but one thing I know for sure is that great photography is essential. Working well with photographers is just as important to me as the task I am performing at the wedding. After all, they make the day last forever.

Here are a few tips for wedding vendors that I have learned over the years, specifically hair and makeup artists.

1. Be on time. Brides and photographers only have a limited time for photos, so even if you’re a little late getting there or finishing, it can throw the whole day off. In some cases the Bride & Groom might even miss their only daylight photo opportunity. As professionals, we want to do everything within our power to make sure the Bride & Groom have a stress free day.

2. Dress to impress. Take it from a cosmetologist, perception is often reality and it can affect whether someone recommends you or hires you in the future. Also, you will most likely be in pre-wedding photos since photographers show up hours before the event to capture the “getting ready” process. If you are wearing sweats and sloppy hair…that image of you could be engraved into someoneʼs wedding album forever.

3. Put yourself in a good position. Body language and how you hold your tools can make or break a photo. Even though the bride is the subject of the photo, a frowning or slouchy person in the background can make a big difference. Smile, have good posture, and be aware of where the camera is.

4. Manage your mess. I know that we often work out of hotel rooms or in small church bathrooms, but we can still affect the overall setting of photos. Be neat, invest in some cute or coordinating cases or bags, and even position your tools or products in a thoughtful way (it could make for a great photo).

5. Communicate. If you would like some photos of your work, speak up. Ask the photographer for their card and let them know that you will be contacting them with some photo requests. Remember that they take hundreds (even thousands) of pictures and they choose specific ones to edit. Be patient, be kind, and be professional.

Wishing you all happy weddings and happy photos!”

Isn’t she great? I have to emphasize #5 – Lukas & I LOVE giving vendors any photos that they need to help showcase their work, so please let us know if we can get them to you! Also if you’re interested in writing some tips for our blog or have an idea for a guest blog post, please shoot me an email:

Anna Quinn: Anna Quinn Designs


July 21, 2011 - 6:18 pm

melissa - Anna Quinn… one of the most beautiful women inside and out! OF COURSE she thinks to make her space look good for wedding photos- she’s amazing :)

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