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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

Hey, Sweet Pea exciting GIVEAWAY

You may remember my sweet friend Elise of Hey Sweet Pea who shared some fabulously helpful tips about twitter on our blog awhile back. Elise is a Brand/Design extraordinaire, and I am so excited to partner up with her and offer a fabulous giveaway! The one thing that pops out to me about Elise in the past year that I have gotten to know her, is her ENTHUSIASM! It’s literally catching, and very inspiring. So I asked her to share her story with us.

“When dreams come true”
A brand designer’s story

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a graphic designer. But not just any graphic designer. I had high hopes and dreams that someday I would work in Hollywood and someday I would own my own small business.

With these high hopes and dreams, I started designing on the computer when I was 12. I was the thankful owner of the Adode Creative Suite, I was buying Photoshop tutorials left and right. I was literally up all night sketching and writing down ideas.

I landed my first internship when I was 16. It was a summer full of internships. I interned at branding houses, website companies, and film production companies. It was during this season that I started to hone in on my niche and my favorite type of design.

At 18 I decided to pursue a job in Hollywood. Two weeks and 20 interviews after I decided to take the job offer from SONY PICTURES. I was young, naive, self-taught, and so hungry to learn. For three years I literally sat/designed under the best of teachers and worked on the marketing for some of the biggest blockbuster hits.

On the eve of my 23rd birthday, I decided to launch out on my own. I packed my bags, said farewell, and moved to Dallas, Texas with my ever-supportive fianc√©, Scott. And I was scared. I didn’t know if anyone would hire me as a freelancer. I didn’t know if I was going to make it. But I sure as heck was going to try! Two months later, I wasn’t just a freelancer, I was a small business owner. I had three contractors working for me and a booming business.

We are now six months in to being small business owners. Scott and I are busy planning the future of our business and so excited/humbled by our company’s success. We’ve met some of the most fantastic people and have been given some of the most amazing opportunities.

Looking back, it’s crazy to realize BOTH my design dreams came true. It’s truly a scary/humbling/crazy/exhilarating feeling. I also feel incredibly thankful. At the end of the day, none of this would be possible if it weren’t for the people who believed in me. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the heros in my life who said that I should pursue my dreams. So thank you, everyday heros. You made one little girl’s dreams come true.

Giveaway: As a way to say thanks, I’m giving away one BRAND COACHING SESSION to one of you dreamers out there! You can read all about the sessions here.

To enter:
1) LIKE “Hey, Sweet Pea’s” FB page here: www.facebook.com/heysweetpea
2) Leave a comment on Hey, Sweet Pea’s wall saying that Lukas & Suzy sent you!
3) Also comment on this blog post saying that you did!

¬†…easy as that! So go enter now! One winner will be picked at random from among the participants one week from today, Feb. 8th!
February 1, 2012 - 10:37 am

Lizzie Metcalf - Love Elise and love you guys! Consider me entered :)

February 1, 2012 - 11:01 am

Ferne Emery - Totally did it! Thanks

February 1, 2012 - 11:05 am

Lindsay Kaye - Would LOVE LOVE LOVE this opportunity!! I commented on fb! Thank you!!!

February 1, 2012 - 11:08 am

sue wheelock - Entered :)

February 1, 2012 - 11:09 am

Margot - This is my entry! Looking forward to connecting.

February 1, 2012 - 11:11 am

rachel - Would love this opportunity! Thanks for the GREAT giveaway! I commented on fb! Thank you Thank you!

February 1, 2012 - 11:19 am

Megan W. - I already like sweet pea…i’m heading over now to tell them you send me ;)

February 1, 2012 - 11:29 am

Yasmeen R. - Done, done and done.

February 1, 2012 - 11:30 am

kadi spurlock - been a fan for quite a while now! <3 found this blog post through her! I will tell her I entered :) what a fun giveaway, thanks for featuring her! Elise rocks my socks :)

February 1, 2012 - 11:37 am

Deela Roe - FUN!

LOVE your site!

February 1, 2012 - 11:40 am

Colleen- A Little Love and Lace - Loved reading her story! Congrats on the sucess! I just entered and now I will cross my fingures …

February 1, 2012 - 11:46 am

Krystal M - I really hope I win!!!!! (=

February 1, 2012 - 11:52 am

Season Schwind - Congrats on your success!

February 1, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Noreen Raudabaugh - Thanks for the opportunity! I’ve been admiring Elise’s work, too… and left a comment on her wall also.

February 1, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Beth Daane - First of all- YOU have a fabulous blog indeed! Second of all, Hey, Sweet Pea rocks! All kinds of awesomeness! Thanks for having such big hearts and huge talent.

February 1, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Susie Aranda - I entered!!!

February 1, 2012 - 1:59 pm

dana - I left a note! yippee!

February 1, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Summer Lynne - Considered me entered!! :) XoXo

February 1, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Stacey - I entered! You guys have the best giveaways! Woohoo!

February 1, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Regina Doeppel - I left a note. Hope it’s me!!

February 1, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Kim - I entered! :) Great giveaway!

February 1, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Faith - Just left a comment on the Hey, Sweet Pea page! :) What a fun/awesome opportunity!

February 1, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Kitchen with Kate - Thanks for this giveaway! I hope I’m the lucky winner!

February 1, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Kristin Cooley - I liked, posted, and now I’m leaving a comment. I hope I win!!! :)

February 1, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Linz - Even though I’m a designer myself, it’d be so nice to talk to another designer about my branding! Sometimes the most difficult client is yourself, I’m learning…

February 1, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Staci Hendershot - I’m in! Yay for contests!

February 1, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Diana Orellana - OK I did what you asked
liked, posted that you sent me and know this.

also I can’t wait to spend time with you guys on Feb 11

February 1, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Laura pedrino - Done & done!

February 2, 2012 - 9:13 am

abby - I have been a fan for a while! Thanks for sharing their story.

February 2, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Jasmine - Totally entering this amazing giveaway! Thanks HSP and Lukas & Suzy!

February 2, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Tiana - I am entering to be branded. Beautiful site!

February 3, 2012 - 11:29 am

Ash P - Liked on facebook! I’m excited about this giveaway :)

February 6, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Ashley - Liked and commented. Hope I win!

February 8, 2012 - 7:08 am

Amalie Orrange - Did it:)

February 8, 2012 - 7:50 am

Jen - You have no idea how bad I need this… so excited t the idea of winning!!!

February 8, 2012 - 8:17 am

Dorothy - Pick me, pick me!!!! I left a comment on hsp’s wall and I hope I win! My business needs this!

February 8, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Fernando - It is done! Did it.

February 8, 2012 - 4:33 pm

BRAND CONSULTATION from Hey, Sweet Pea {winner}! | Lukas VanDyke - International Wedding Photographer - [...] DUN DUN!!! Announcing the winner of our BRAND CONSULTATION giveaway with Elise from Hey, Sweet Pea! Thanks everyone for entering! And the winner [...]

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