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.

May 22, 2018

wedding photo podcast

Continuing on this podcasting trend that Steve started for us, we’re back at it again! We went on the Wedding Photo Podcast with Ulices Del Toro to talk about our businesses! We talked with Ulices about running a wedding photography company while trying to stay married and deeply in love. I talked with Ulices about […]

April 29, 2018

woman shooting a wedding in golden light in sea of wedding guests used promotionally for her podcast spot filling in for her wedding hungover husband on the wedding photo hangover podcast

After the first time, I knew that eventually Steve would ask me back onto his podcast Wedding Photo Hangover again! I came back on Steve’s show this week to talk about wedding photography. It was a little bit more serious of a show than usual. Why? Because Steve was sick. I was actually stepping in […]

October 30, 2017

introducing bespoke tone logo

Steve and I have been thinking a lot recently about our business. We have been spending a lot of time talking with other wedding photographers about their businesses too. One thing we have discovered that seems to be a pretty consistent pain point with most photographers is editing. To help ease that pain, we are […]

October 22, 2017

beautiful woman backlit by flash used as episode are for wedding photo hangover podcast guest spot

I don’t know how many people who follow this blog know this, but Steve does a podcast now. He’s doing with his friend, Dustin, another Indiana wedding photographer. The podcast is called the Wedding Photo Hangover podcast. It’s a comedy podcast about wedding photography and running a wedding photography business. And I want to say, […]

January 26, 2016

We have a guest blogger! Melissa is sharing the exciting news of how you can give a photography gift or receive a photography gift through GiftStarter. We find a lot of value in photography for our own family, and Giftstarter is a great, new way to help you realize that value with help from your loved ones! […]

March 20, 2015

I shoot a lot of video on my iPhone, and I typically only ever use my iPhone for very minimal editing and color grading. Well, last year I decided it was time to change that, and so I started trying to think of fun, little projects I could shoot and edit completely on the iPhone. Some trips with my son to go apple picking and to play on the playground seemed perfect for this.

March 17, 2015

We frequently use a Zoom H4 or Zoom H4N to capture audio. We’ve used them in conjunction with wireless and wired mics, and we’ve also used the mics built in on the Zooms as well. Our main use for the Zooms though, is to capture audio directly from a sound board. This can introduce a few problems. Most of the sound boards at events are only capable of sending out a Line level audio feed. The Zoom H4 and H4N aren’t able to handle a Line level audio feed. They can only use Mic level audio feeds. With a Line level feed, the audio will just be too loud (or too hot) and the longer you record audio the worse it’ll become. To fix this you need a direct box or an attenuator (sometimes called a pad) to knock the level of the audio feed down. A direct box, and an attenuator, are both just simple devices that we run an XLR cable (or 1/4″ cable) through before connecting it to the Zoom to lower the audio level. We use an attenuator with -20 dB, -30 dB, and -40 dB pads. This ensures that we can keep the audio from clipping or coming in to hot, and the ability to change the level of the pad means we can adjust the audio level on the attenuator to ensure the Zoom receives the best quality audio. We still have to set the input levels correctly on the Zoom, but this will helps out a lot.

March 16, 2015

Interviews Are Hard Work

Conducting an interview is hard. It’s a lot easier to just sit behind the camera and capture the interview as it’s happening than it is to be the one conducting the interview. Most videographers will find themselves pulled out from behind the camera at some point, and sat in front of an interviewee. Here are some tips to help you conduct a great interview.

March 15, 2015

Is It Possible to Convert my Video to Mpeg-2 Using Mpeg Streamclip?

Nope. This query on Google brings a lot of people to our site, which is unfortunate because until now there was never a clear answer on our site. Now there is and the answer is no. Mpeg Streamclip allows you to encode your video files into a lot of different codecs, but it won’t allow the user to turn a .mov, .avi, .dv or .mp4 file into a .m2t, .mpeg, .vob, or .ts file. Mpeg Streamclip can open Mpeg-2 files and once opened it allows the user to demux, mux, save the video track, save the audio track, or convert a mpeg-2 wrapper to a different wrapper (from .vob to .ts for example), but Mpeg Streamclip does not allow the user to convert non-Mpeg-2 files to Mpeg-2 file types though.

March 14, 2015

Here’s a way to convert .m2v video stream files to .iso images. This is a pretty easy task, if you have the right app installed. The app that we use for this is called Burn (icon pictured above). It’s free and if you click this hyperlink you’ll be taken to a page to download it. Below we’ll cover how to put your .m2v files into a Data .iso image and into a Video .iso image using Burn.