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, […]

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 […]

September 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman dance at coxhall gardens engagement session

Last fall when the air was cooler and it was okay to wear pants and jackets, Katelyn and Nick had the most adorable engagement photos! They met with Hannah in front of the Coxhall Mansion and started shooting. We just love the way Hannah captured them laughing and dancing in front of the gates at […]

September 2, 2020

FILED IN: Portraits

small family of four at sunset in Indy family photos

The leaves of the trees had started to change color. They were transitioning from a verdant green to brown, but were caught in few shades of yellow and orange on the way. Standing in front of a brown field of grain, the Carrera family stood together. They came for the shoot prepared with footballs and […]

August 28, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

bride and groom dance in front of wooden circle and guests at a Bash wedding

Earlier this summer Jenn and I had the privilege of capturing our first wedding after the pandemic started. It was such a relief to get back to some sort of normalcy. Nicole and Jon were married at Bash in Carmel. This wedding meant a lot to us, because Jon is a close friend of mine […]

August 25, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

man in red turban and woman in jewels at their Coxhall Gardens wedding

The tan bricks of the Caxhall Mansion provided some shade as evening drew near. Behnam stood in the shade, his back to the mansion. Hira hugged Behnam from behind, looking lovingly at him. Behnam turned his head slightly toward her and they both smiled. Last week I had the pure joy of capturing this amazing […]