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.

June 30, 2019

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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, […]

June 29, 2019

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three generations of a family standing in the woods in their Delaware County family photography with dogs in muncie

Is there anything better than a family photography shoot with dogs and kids? I know they are a lot more difficult to capture than adults, because it’s hard to get them to look at the camera. However, it is so worth it when you can make it happen. I mean, who does not like a […]

May 17, 2019

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baby announcement on potters bridge with colleen and matt

I just love when past wedding clients contact me to update their family photos. And I love surprises. So, when Colleen and Matt, past wedding and engagement session clients, contacted me to do some photos for them that they could used to surprise their friends and family with good news, I was ecstatic! Is there […]

March 15, 2019

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A husband and wife sit laughing with their two children at Potter's Bridge Park

The sunlight was streaming through the leaves of the trees. It was early autumn and the leaves were still a verdant green, not having succumb to the harsh reality of the oncoming winter yet. In front of a small grove of trees, the Olson family sat laughing together! I had so much fun capturing this […]

March 8, 2019

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a family stands backlit by the sun in their minnetrista family photography session

Backlit by the sun, and standing in front of the woods, Joe and Jackie Gauder held their adorable children. I am so glad the Gauder’s booked a family portrait session with us! The Gauders are past wedding clients of ours and we’re so glad that they keep choosing us for their portraits! Especially since it […]

March 7, 2019

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dad and two kids sit on steps and laugh in these Indianapolis Canal family portraits

On the steps behind the Indiana State Museum, the Robertson family sat down to take a quick break from their family photos! While sitting there and listening to their parents talk, the boys both began to laugh. I raised my camera mid sentence to capture the moment. They were just so cute! I had so […]

March 5, 2019

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A man and woman squat with their dog in front of the water at their Morse Lake Family Shoot

Sunlight reflected off the placid surface of Morse Lake. The late autumn light was silvery and beautiful. On the shore of the lake, backlit by the sun, Loryn and Lucas bent down to pet their dogs. It was such a beautiful moment! I had so much fun capturing this Morse Lake family shoot with Lucas […]

March 1, 2019

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A large family sits on the steps of their home for their culver indiana family photography session

This last year around Thanksgiving I was privileged to be able to capture some family photos for the extended family of one of our couples! We traveled back to Culver, Indiana to the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee for the shoot! It was so great to see this loving family again and have the opportunity to […]

February 26, 2019

a man and a woman stand in a vineyard drinking glasses of wine in this vineyard publication shoot

I’m so lucky that I was able to reconnect with Jentry, Casey, Stephanie, Grace, and Jordan to shoot these photos last year! I did a small styled shoot for a publication. They wanted to highlight Belgian Horse Winery in Middletown, IN. I asked if any of my past clients and friends wanted to be a […]

February 22, 2019

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A mom and dad hold their kids in these forest park portraits

Dry leaves lay on the ground, some yellow, red, and orange and others brown. Autumn was half over, and the air had turned cool and crisp. Bundled up in sweaters with knit beanies on their heads, the Blythe family was enjoying a beautiful fall day at the park. The parents carried the kids around, while […]