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.

June 24, 2020

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 where people used […]

June 2, 2020

grandparents of bride and groom sit on wooden bench in newfields during an IMA wedding

My dad has always been on more of the sentimental side. He loves photo gifts and anything that you have to put in thought. This has made it really hard to come up with something 3 times a year for 15 (adult) years. If you’re in the same boat, then here are some of my […]

August 4, 2019

photo of jenn van elk for wedding day timeline podcast episode on wedding photo hangover

Steve had to rope Jenn in for another episode of his podcast, which is the best photography podcast out there. This time Steve and Jenn get a bit experimental. They record an entire episode on the way home from a wedding that they just shot. Steve was the primary shooter at the wedding and Jenn […]

April 17, 2019

podcast special guests on the secret life of weddings with lisa mark and rebecca lozer, pictured her in their podcast's artwork

So this is super cool! We were recently asked to do a guest spot on one of our favorite podcasts! The episode just came out, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you! Steve and I got to sit in and comment on wedding horror stories with Lisa Mark and […]

April 12, 2019

selfie of two people in san francisco for a bizarre wedding photography podcast

Jenn had the crazy experience of once again being a guest on the most bizarre wedding photography podcast (but also the best photography podcast), the Wedding Photo Hangover. This is a comedy podcast and basically everything said on it is intended to be a joke… Though in my case not always a good one. Jenn’s […]

February 2, 2019

behind the scenes photo of a photographer jumping on a trampoline with a bride and groom

One thing we’ve been bad at sharing the past (hmmhmm…*cough*) 9 years is behind the scenes photos (we old). So recently, I went through tons of photos this holiday season and pulled out some of my favorites. As you peruse through the photos, you’ll get to see us age. You’ll also see my hair color […]

February 22, 2018

the silhouette of a bride and groom in front of large windows at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown indianapolis with a large chandelier hanging in the foreground

Revealing Having a revealing/first look is a new tradition that is emerging for brides and grooms on their wedding day.  A revealing is the moment a bride and groom see each other for the first time on their special day… but this isn’t during the ceremony.  Does it make you nervous? Well, the majority of […]

March 18, 2015

Last year I decided to have some fun with a Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition. I took it with me while visiting my mom and shot some slow motion footage of my son swimming in my mom’s Hot Tub. I shot the whole thing in WVGA, which means I was able to shoot at 240 fps. It also means that I had to sacrifice in terms of resolution, and thus was only able to shoot at 480p (technically it was 848 x 480 but I had to downsize that to 720 x 480 while editing). It was an interesting project to say the least. When it comes to the nature of the low resolution of the video, for a video made to be viewed on an iPhone or iPad I think it looks great. On my Mac Pro, it’s really noticeable that it’s low resolution though.  Anyway, have a look at the video and see what you think for yourself.

April 2, 2014

3 WONDERFUL YEARS! We are so excited to announce JVE turned 3 today! Since we get the gift of celebrating so many happy memories with you guys, we want to give back. All portrait sessions are 50% off.  Contact us this week-next Wednesday (because it’s obviously our birthday week), and schedule your spring, summer, or […]

February 5, 2014

While reading an article on Rock’n Roll Bride yesterday titled “What I wish I’d Known When I Started My Business,” I started to form my own list in my head. I decided to post some of it below. My Beginnings In 2009, in the midst of the economy collapsing around us, unemployment knocked me off […]