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.

July 22, 2020

FILED IN: Weddings

Trees grew on either side of a cement path in Franklin, Indiana, as the path followed along the winding route of Youngs Creek. It was cold outside, but the water in the creek kept running through the small town. Emily and David walked hand in hand down the cement path. The sun setting behind them […]

July 9, 2020

best masks for photographers collage of steven van elk in different masks in park

If you’re a photographer who has to work or is choosing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’ve probably been looking for a good mask. I was too. I wanted mask that looked professional and felt comfortable. After doing some Amazon searches, I thought I found one that was perfect. Well, I’ve shot a […]

July 6, 2020

man and woman stand for wedding photos at indianapolis art center before their indiana landmarks wedding

We interviewed one of our amazing couples, Sigal & Ben, for their anniversary to share some great advice on what you should focus on planning and the day of your wedding. This has been a difficult year for planning events but I love what the advice they had given to 2020 couples.
Many thanks to Sigal & Ben for sharing their experience with us.

July 5, 2020

bride and groom touch their foreheads together at sunset during their Tinker House Wedding

Happy Anniversary Jylian and Bertram! We wanted to take a moment to wish a happy first anniversary to Jylian and Bertram! They got married last year at Meridian Street United Methodist and had an amazing reception at Tinker House Events. Their wedding was On one of the hottest days of the year. Even though it […]

July 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

provider coffee shop engagement

Hushed tones and the clinking of spoons on glass and clay mugs seemed to fill up the space at Provider Coffee Shop. An array of succulents sat on a wooden table top, drinking in the sunshine from the large windows. Shayna and Aaron sat at the table with small glasses of espresso and water in […]

July 2, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman sit in field at Potter's Bridge Park, one of the Best Indianapolis Engagement Photo Locations

Sitting amongst the tall grass as the autumn sun set behind them. The grass slightly waving in a gentle breeze. Grace and Nathan looked so cozy snuggled up next to each other for their Potter’s Bridge engagement session. I had so much fun shooting with Grace and Nathan last fall. These two were just so […]

July 1, 2020

first look at union station wedding

After the first meeting I had with Amanda and Pat, I knew shooting their wedding was going to feel like capturing an old friend’s wedding. They just have a way of making you feel included. That feeling made this wedding one of my favorites of the year. Having a Union Station wedding means always means […]

June 30, 2020

FILED IN: Anniversary

bride rests head on groom's shoulder under white, wooden, lattice archway at their IMA wedding at Newfields

Happy Anniversary Danielle & Alex! Danielle & Alex had a gorgeous Newfields wedding located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Their day started off at Danielle’s beautiful home located in Lockerbie. Weirdly enough I’ve captured engagement photos right in front of their home on several occasions. It’s one of the most beautiful cobblestone roads in […]

June 24, 2020

iPhone 11 Pro Wedding with Aunjalee and Joe

iPhone Wedding Photography Last year when the iPhone 11 Pro came out with three lenses, we heard a lot of chatter from photographers about how the iPhone photos looked so good that no one would want to hire a pro photographer anymore. Most of this was just people joking around. We saw a few shoots […]

June 8, 2020

Today we are looking back at one our favorite couples! Alli & Jamie married 1 year ago today! I cannot believe how the time has flown. This was one of the easiest weddings to capture. Firstly, Alli and Jamie were just so excited to get married. Also, they surrounded themselves with people who were also […]