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 9, 2020

best masks for photographers collage of steven van elk in different masks in park

If you’re a photographer who has to work or is choosing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’ve probably been looking for a good mask. I was too. I wanted mask that looked professional and felt comfortable. After doing some Amazon searches, I thought I found one that was perfect. Well, I’ve shot a […]

July 6, 2020

man and woman stand for wedding photos at indianapolis art center before their indiana landmarks wedding

We interviewed one of our amazing couples, Sigal & Ben, for their anniversary to share some great advice on what you should focus on planning and the day of your wedding. This has been a difficult year for planning events but I love what the advice they had given to 2020 couples.
Many thanks to Sigal & Ben for sharing their experience with us.

July 1, 2020

first look at union station wedding

After the first meeting I had with Amanda and Pat, I knew shooting their wedding was going to feel like capturing an old friend’s wedding. They just have a way of making you feel included. That feeling made this wedding one of my favorites of the year. Having a Union Station wedding means always means […]

June 24, 2020

Last year when the iPhone 11 Pro came out with three lenses, we heard a lot of chatter from photographers about how the iPhone photos looked so good that no one would want to hire a pro photographer anymore. Most of this was just people joking around. We saw a few shoots where people used […]

June 8, 2020

Today we are looking back at one our favorite couples! Alli & Jamie married 1 year ago today! I cannot believe how the time has flown. This was one of the easiest weddings to capture. Firstly, Alli and Jamie were just so excited to get married. Also, they surrounded themselves with people who were also […]

April 16, 2020

FILED IN: Wedding Tip

So what is trendy in Indy? We’ve seen some classic wedding dress trends in 2019. Here are a few dresses from the past year that have caught our eye. Straps & Sleeves Isn’t it time for us to be comfortable on our wedding day? Are the days of us pulling up the top of our […]

April 13, 2020

groom in burgundy suit kisses bride in white dress at sunset during their East Central Indiana wedding

Hiring a wedding coordinator is a priority for any and every budget! I hope you loved the last time we included some advice from the married on our blog. Here’s some more advice from another one of our lovely couples! “The three most important things for our wedding day were having you guys [awww, thank you!!!] […]

February 13, 2020

FILED IN: Wedding Tip

On the 9th episode of Wedded, we talk about cheese (maybe a bit too much about cheese), how I wish I would have splurged a bit on a pair of designer shoes for the wedding, and the wedding guest list. Listen to the episode on your commute to work, or while you multitask. I’ve broken […]

February 6, 2020

FILED IN: Wedding Tip

Recently Wedding Venture contacted us about being featured in their “Ask the Expert” series of interviews.  They asked some great questions to gain insight into the process of choosing the right wedding photographer, the costs involved and the questions each engaged couple must ask when looking for wedding photographers.  Read the full interview:  Jennifer Van […]

February 2, 2020

FILED IN: Wedding Tip

Deck of cards wedding favor

I want to take a moment on the blog today to talk about gifts for your guests. Not every wedding has gifts for their guests, but if you are thinking about it I thought I could help with some cool ideas. Steve and I have been going through Forever Wedding Favors and looking at some […]