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 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

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 […]

February 11, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

Couple wraps arms around each other in a city park while they laugh.

Megan and Jeremy had gorgeous weather for their Indianapolis canal engagement shoot. The Indy Canal Walk is great for those couples who want a mix of city and nature in their photos. Even though the location is popular, there are so many hidden gems that can make each session unique. After the first time chatting […]

February 9, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

Man and Woman couple sits in front of large window and brick wall at Garment Factory in Franklin Indiana.

We decided to take Hannah & Quinton’s engagement shoot indoors at their wedding venue, The Garment Factory. It’s winter in the midwest and we’re not only battling 30 degrees or below but wet grounds as well. Not really ideal for portraits. Our couples aren’t even messing with the soggy months we’ve had. I’m a big […]

February 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

Can anyone believe we are already into month 2 of 2020! How is this possible? I’ve been going through galleries of 2019 the past few days and I can’t tell you how hard it was to narrow it down to a reasonable amount. We just adore our couples and everything they do is just photo […]

November 7, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman stand under wine club sign for their Louies Wine Dive engagement portraits

Big tungsten bulbs lit up a sign that read, “Wine Club” on the wall of Louie’s Wine Dive. Standing under the sign, and under a chandelier made of empty wine bottle, Ali and Eric stood with glasses in hand. They were sharing a drink at one of their favorite places in Indianapolis. I had so […]

November 4, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman sit on rock at sunset during their IMA engagement session

A large rock sat on the ground under a canopy of tree leaves. The underbrush had been cleared out and grass had been planted, causing a quasi clearing in the grounds at Newfields. Emily and David sat on the rock with the sun setting behind. The sun’s rays cut through the trees and leaves, illuminating […]

October 29, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

dark and moody photo of a man and a woman kissing in the woods during their Eagle Creek Engagement Photos

The light of the setting sun streamed through the trees, backlighting Emily and Ryan. The green leaves were tinged with golden hues as the light illuminated them. In front of this backdrop, Emily and Ryan stood with their foreheads pressed together. They were laughing at something they whispered to each other. This was something that […]

October 3, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman sit under tree with two dogs for white river state park engagement picture

Amanda and Patrick’s engagement shoot at White River State Park had everything I love! They brought their dogs. There was an outfit change where they put on their formal wear. They also popped champagne and drank it in the park! But seriously, how cool is it to have clients that want to get some puppy […]

August 14, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

a man in a suit and a woman in a dress in their robey engagement photos with the chicago skyline behind them

The wind blew a little harder at the top of the Robey. It lifted Kathleen’s hair and tossed it about. Rashad hugged her and they both smiled and looked out at the Chicago skyline in the distance. A few dark clouds hung low over the city and as it began to rain, it looked like […]