Wedding Advice & Photography

Two things we are confident in: Wedding Planning & photography. Van Elk & Co is made up of a team of photographers who love to create portraits of love & happiness and share advice for wedding couples.

This isn't your typical photography blog. We share useful info for couples who are getting married and those who are heading that direction. Let us show you pretty things while you fill your head with all things wedding planning.

August 7, 2020

Man and Woman sit in boat in one of the Best Indianapolis Engagement Photo Locations

Throughout Indianapolis, there are lots of hidden gems when it comes to portrait session locations. Whether it be the outdoors, with beautiful foliage, or an urban setting with colorful walls, it’s hard to go wrong in Indy. If you’re looking for a place to do your engagement session but don’t already have something in mind, […]

January 15, 2021

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom sit on wooden steps during their traders point creamery wedding

Next to small pond, a the Beach Porch bustled with activity. On the steps of the porch, Abby and James sat next to each other. They were taking a moment to themselves, cuddling up to each other, as their guests took their seats on the porch behind them. As they sat there, heads resting against […]

January 14, 2021

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man and woman in wedding attire hold hands and walk along edge of building during their regions tower wedding celebration

The warm glow of the setting sun illuminated the sky at dusk in downtown Indy. Katelyn and Nick, holding hands, walked along the edge of Regions Tower with the setting sun behind them. This was just one of the beautiful moments from this gorgeous wedding day that Hannah and Monette captured, and we loved the […]

December 29, 2020

FILED IN: Video, Weddings

bride and groom hug and kiss in open field at sunset during their Carmel Backyard Wedding

The sun was slowly dipping below the tree line. In the last few minutes before it winked out of site, its dim rays seemed to be traveling across the earth instead shining down on it. In a field of grass, Katie and Aaron danced in the light and their shadows seemed to grow and move […]

November 30, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

young man and young woman kiss in front of Eagle Creek Reservoir

A small strip of land runs through the water at Eagle Creek reservoir. Just some dirt packed around rocks with plants growing up between them and wide enough for four people to walk across. A few small trees reach up toward the sky on either side of the land and in a gap in the […]

November 22, 2020

As we approach Black Friday and the frantic Christmas shopping season here in America, we’ve been thinking a lot about what sorts of gifts we want to get one another. While Jenn and I both have Amazon wish lists that we share with each other, it’s also nice to get a personalized gift. Something that […]

September 18, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

woman in green dress and man in blue pants hug in front of rocks during their bloomington engagement session

Large slabs of rock stood tall above the grass of an open field. Their faces pointed upward at an overcast sky on a damp day just on the precipice of rain. Standing amongst the rocks, Megan and Evan hugged each other. There were so many amazingly picturesque moments just like this one during Megan and […]

September 10, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

young couple dances in front of blue wall during their downtown indianapolis engagement photos

In downtown Indianapolis there’s a beautiful building across from the Indiana War Memorial that has brilliant blue, pink, and yellow walls. In front of the blue wall, I asked Kara and Nick to dance. Usually couples get together and slow dance when I give this prompt. But Kara and Nick took it up another notch. […]

September 8, 2020

bride and groom hug and laugh at sunset in Indianpaolis for Regions Tower wedding photography

I love this time of year. It’s full of celebration. With August, September, and October being our busiest months, we see so many engaged couples becoming newlyweds and many of our past couples celebrate another year of their marriage. Today we are celebrating Matt & Molly and their Regions Tower wedding anniversary! 2020 has brought […]

September 4, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman dance at sunset during their hamilton county park engagement session

Laura and Bob were so much fun to capture at their engagement session. I had a lot of fun walking around Strawtown Koteewi park with them taking photos and getting to know them a little better. I had so much fun capturing this Hamilton County park engagement session! Laura and Bob met in college and […]

September 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman sit on roots of tree in front of river during their Strawtown Koteewi Park engagement session

The roots of an old tree stuck up out of the ground. The river’s recent flood having washed away most of the earth that would have kept them covered. Katie and Aaron sat on top of the root, cuddling in the light filtering through the leaves overhead. It was a perfect moment and there were […]