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 2, 2020

grandparents of bride and groom sit on wooden bench in newfields during an IMA wedding

My dad has always been on more of the sentimental side. He loves photo gifts and anything that you have to put in thought. This has made it really hard to come up with something 3 times a year for 15 (adult) years. If you’re in the same boat, then here are some of my […]

February 5, 2020

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selfie of two people in san francisco for a bizarre wedding photography podcast

Let’s get personal!Some of you know that we are a wife and husband team but maybe some are unaware because of our business name. When I started “Jennifer Van Elk Photography” in 2010, Steven had no intensions to capture photography. He did shoot video with me at our first wedding though. Shortly after that, he […]

June 6, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I was busted by my wife. I made the mistake of helping to set up a new calendar app on her phone and signed into my own google account instead of hers. Awkwardly, she approached me one day to ask me about a calendar event that had popped up on her […]

July 4, 2014

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I hope your 4th is nothing but spectacular. Here’s a little sneak peek of the wedding we just shot! We love sparklers!

April 2, 2014

3 WONDERFUL YEARS! We are so excited to announce JVE turned 3 today! Since we get the gift of celebrating so many happy memories with you guys, we want to give back. All portrait sessions are 50% off.  Contact us this week-next Wednesday (because it’s obviously our birthday week), and schedule your spring, summer, or […]

February 5, 2014

While reading an article on Rock’n Roll Bride yesterday titled “What I wish I’d Known When I Started My Business,” I started to form my own list in my head. I decided to post some of it below. My Beginnings In 2009, in the midst of the economy collapsing around us, unemployment knocked me off […]

October 7, 2013

We are so excited to be getting this rolling! If you are available, sign up! All courses will be located in Muncie, IN Beginners Workshop – $50 November 6th & 7th – 6:30 pm 6th – Getting Your Camera in Manual We’ll go over the basic elements of how to create a better photo in […]

August 16, 2013

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Almost every weekend from the end of April to the End of October I shoot a wedding. I hold my camera to my face, sometimes with tear filled eyes, and I watch the most important day of a couple’s life in a 1×1″ window. Sometimes I look back to this day, 5 years ago, and […]

August 1, 2013

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356 days after our first family vacation, we had our second vacation as a family of three. With our busy schedules, it’s been hard to find free time- but we did it! This year we spent 4 days in Tennessee with my in-laws. It was way too short but it was worth the drive to […]

July 25, 2013

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Most of you know that Steve, my husband, is my second shooter.  The reason some of you don’t know he’s my second shooter is because he humbly gives me all the credit. Well, I don’t deserve all of the credit, because he is the biggest reason my business is where it’s at today. Before my […]