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 19, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman hug in front of swirling waters of the pacific ocean during their laguna beach engagement shoot

A wave crashed against the rocks on the shore and a few drops of water splashed onto Lauren and Campbell’s feet. They were oblivious to the water though, as they stood hugging and staring deep into each other’s eyes. The water swirled amongst the rocks as it receded from the shore in preparation for another […]

July 1, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man in sweater and woman in jean jacket sit on rough hewn stone wall during their Holcomb Gardens engagement shoot

There was a silence in the air around the waters of the canal. It’s one of the few places in Indianapolis where you can here the insects and the birds in the woods. On a rough hewn piece of stone, eroded by time and rain, Sigal and Ben sat. Huddled close together, they hugged and […]

May 24, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

woman in yellow sweater smiles while man rest forehead against her head in theirFountain Square Engagement photos

The noise of a small choir singing in Fountain Square swam on the currents of air on a warm Friday afternoon. The music mixed with the sounds of cars and bikes passing by and people talking. Walking through the streets, Sara led Sean by the hand. Once they were a ways away from the square, […]

May 23, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

a young man in a jacket and a young woman in a white dress get New York rooftop engagement photos done in the midday sun

In the middle of the city, in a rooftop garden, Adriana slid her arms around Luke’s waist and hugged him from behind. A gentle breeze blew over the glass walls surrounded the roof and gently fluttered Adriana’s hair. Luke looked over his shoulder, smiling at her. There were so many wonderful moments like this during […]

May 17, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

in the woods at this holcomb gardens engagements photos session a blonde woman kisses a brown haired man

The sunlight fell through the boughs of the evergreen tree, spilling out onto the forest floor underneath. The glow of the sunlight gently warmed the pine needles and leaves on nestled in the ground. Next to a tall conifer, Kendall walked up behind Connor and wrapped her arms around him. Smiling, she kissed him on […]

March 12, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

Man in slacks and dress shirt holds hands with woman in sun dress at their botanical gardens engagement session at the Indianapolis zoo

Ever have one of those shoots where the dolphins just won’t seem to cooperate with what you’re trying to do? Well, thankfully, even though the dolphins at the zoo wouldn’t cooperate, Kristin and Ben were lovely! It was a freezing cold day, but Kristin and Ben wanted a shoot that felt warmer and a little […]

March 4, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

silhouette of man and woman in front of window at zyntango farm engagement session

There was an overhang shading the window, so only a small amount of sunshine made it through the glass. Corrine stood, backlight by the window light, in the barn. Dan approached her and hugged her, their silhouettes romantically bonded together. There were so many more lovely moments just like this at this shoot! I had […]

February 28, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

a man and a woman in coats sit on a bench at this Holcomb Gardens Winter Engagement

It was almost spring, but the cold winter air still hung heavy in the air. Stephanie and Jonathan brought a lot of warmth to this chilly shoot! Their happiness was contagious! I felt myself smiling the whole time we were shooting. Even if we didn’t have any snow to go with the chilly weather. We’re […]

February 28, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

blonde woman sitting in moody window light kisses a man sitting next to her in dark and moody shadow at their mavris engagement session

Sun light filtered through one lone window on the third floor of the Mavris. The rest of the windows were shuttered, casting the room in a dark and moody shadow. Carly sat on a bench on the third floor, illuminated by the window light. Jonathon sat next to her, in the dark and moody shadow. […]

February 27, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

a man and woman stand outside of a brick building for their tinker house engagement session

The barren tree branches almost seemed to shiver in the frigid winter air. The spindly fingers of the trees reached up into the air, vibrating in the winter wind. The setting sun pierced through the gaps in the branches, leaving a dappled light pattern on the brick wall of the Tinker House. Jylian and Bertram […]