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.

April 30, 2020

FILED IN: Newborn

sweet baby all wrapped up in pink blanket on white backgroundNoblesville Newborn Photography

Last week we published a piece about how to shoot newborn photos with an iPhone. We received some feedback from parents that are expecting that they don’t know if they have any picturesque newborn props and they don’t really want to spend money on something that would just be a photo prop. So we decided […]

April 23, 2020

FILED IN: Newborn, Portraits

Recently we’ve had to close our doors to portraits because of COVID-19, and it’s been heartbreaking. The most heartbreaking thing is having to say no to clients who want newborn portraits. Babies change so quickly, so I wanted to put together some tips on how to capture your newborn portraits with your iPhone (or Android […]

September 26, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

blonde boy in blue shark shirt kisses mom in sunflower pictures at tuttle orchard

Almost a month ago we celebrated my birthday! Jenn had a lot of plans for my birthday. By far my favorite part of the day was spending time with her and kids at Tuttle Orchards. We brought a camera and created a bunch of pictures in the sunflower field there. They kids were laughing and […]

September 10, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

two young sisters in white dresses hug and kiss in a sunflower field in this Tuttle Orchards Family Photo session

The sunflowers grew tall in the field at Tuttle Orchards. Their giant flowers, laden with seeds, drooped on top of the plants. In the middle of this Indianapolis sunflower field, two girls in white dresses held hands and played. This session is a series of amazingly fun moments with these two adorable sisters and their […]

September 7, 2019

FILED IN: Newborn, Portraits

sweet baby all wrapped up in pink blanket on white backgroundNoblesville Newborn Photography

Tilly lay on a white blanket, wrapped up like a little burrito in a pink blanket. A smile was on her face as she lay there dreaming. She looked so comfortable and so adorable. I cannot get enough of these newborn baby photos! Usually I stick to doing weddings, but babies are so cute! I […]

August 9, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

a large family stands posed under a terrace during their Newfields family photos

The Johnson parents surrounded themselves with their children and their spouses for this fun family shoot! I love it when I get to meet families this large (five kids and 4 spouses) and see everyone loving on each other! We did a lot of photos around the Lilly House at Newfields during this shoot and […]

August 8, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

a boy kisses his younger brother on the cheek while hugging on slide art during their ndianapolis family photography session

The other day I had the opportunity to walk around the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres with the Hoover family! The Hoovers are friends from college and it was great to get to reconnect with them and capture some adorable moments! My favorite moment was when their two boys were sitting […]

August 1, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

man with arms crossed wearing suit and tie for his indiana headshots

Jonathan is a friend from college. We love capturing photos for all of our clients, but it really touches our hearts when old friends reach out to us. There are a lot of photographers he could have worked with in Indianapolis. We are very happy Jonathan chose us. There are a lot of photographers he […]

August 1, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

woman in green dress looking to side for indianapolis marketing portraits

I met Katherine about a year ago while shooting her daughter’s wedding. It was one of the most fun weddings I shot that year! I loved working with her and her whole family! So I was delighted when they asked me to shoot family photos for them, on the same lake front property where her […]

June 30, 2019

FILED IN: Portraits

toddler aged girl leans over and kisses baby brother on the head in this Hamilton County Family Photography session

The Singletons picked up their two children and huddled together for some photos. As they stood, mom holding her daughter and dad holding his son, they shifted the arms in which their kids were being held. As they did this, the kids bumped together, back to back. Their daughter leaned back in her mother’s arms, […]