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.

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 […]

August 21, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman kiss passionately in steam during white river park engagement session

Steam was venting out of a grate in the sidewalk. As we walked past the steam, Jon and Nicole stopped for a second to kiss. It was a magical moment and I’m so glad I was able to capture it during their White River Park engagement session. This engagement session was so much fun. It […]

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, […]

July 29, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

In between the rows of books it was silent except for the hum of air conditioner. Sitting at the end of one row, smiles on their faces, sat Kevin and Kelsey. They cuddled together, filled with joy, as they flipped through the pages of a large book together. This Central Library engagement session was filled […]

July 26, 2020

Having a Winter Wedding or Just Expecting a Rainy Day? Then you probably just came here for a list of locations. So here’s the TLDR of what we think are the best locations for indoor photos in Indianapolis (we’ll post more information about each place later): Indiana Statehouse Indianapolis Central Library Indianapolis Zoo 1899 The […]

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 […]

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 […]