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.

August 2, 2022

FILED IN: Weddings

a woman hugs another woman from behind in front of bokeh during their lockerbie engagement session

A set of fairy lights twinkled softly on a small tree as the sun slowly descended toward the horizon. On the sidewalk in front of the tree, Danielle and Erin hugged and laughed. Because of the pandemic, these two moved their wedding ceremony with friends and family from the bay area to Indiana. I think […]

June 7, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

The Indiana State Government building is next to the Indiana Statehouse and the canal in downtown Indianapolis. It has a large, gorgeous overhang that looks stunning in photos. I took Barb and Keith there seeking a little shade on this hot day last summer while shooting their engagement photos. I asked them to hold hands […]

April 19, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman prepare to kiss during their carmel at-home engagement session

The sun hung low in the sky. The leaves on the trees caught its light, keeping it from gracing the ground below. Sara and Joe stood in the dappled shade, under the trees, reveling in each other’s company. The two of them looked to be perfectly in love and at home with one another. We […]

March 11, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman hug in front of blue restaurant during their West Clay Engagement Session

Flowers and shrubs in clay planters sprouted in front of a wonderful little restaurant. The warmth of spring had coaxed them above ground. They stood in front of a building with large buildings framed with white trim and blue walls. Kate and Jordan hugged in front of the doorway, touching their foreheads as they embraced. […]

December 7, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

young engaged couple in field with tall grass captured by their Noblesville Photographer

The tall grass swayed as a gentle breeze slipped over the field. In the middle of the field, Molly and Jordan hugged. Smiles lit up their faces at the warmth of the embrace on a chilly winter day. This Noblesville photographer had so much fun capturing these early winter photos with Molly and Jordan! I […]

December 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man holds woman in passionate embrace on the shore of Lake Michigan during their Indiana Dunes engagement photos

The water on Lake Michigan was still. No waves were washing ashore, not even a ripple. Standing on the shore, shoes touching the water, Elena and Ross stood hugging as the sunset behind them. The golden hue of the setting sun reflected off the lake, backlighting them as they kissed. This was just one magical […]

March 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman drinking beer in biergarten during their Rathskeller engagement

Condensation dripped off the outside of two glass beer mugs on a hot summer day. The beer mugs were in the hands of Meg and Kevin as they sat on a stage in the biergarten at the Rathskeller. The sound of their laughter as they talked echoed off the hard wood of the stage floor […]

November 30, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

young man and young woman kiss in front of Eagle Creek Reservoir

A small strip of land runs through the water at Eagle Creek reservoir. Just some dirt packed around rocks with plants growing up between them and wide enough for four people to walk across. A few small trees reach up toward the sky on either side of the land and in a gap in the […]

November 7, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman stand under wine club sign for their Louies Wine Dive engagement portraits

Big tungsten bulbs lit up a sign that read, “Wine Club” on the wall of Louie’s Wine Dive. Standing under the sign, and under a chandelier made of empty wine bottle, Ali and Eric stood with glasses in hand. They were sharing a drink at one of their favorite places in Indianapolis. I had so […]

July 24, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman hold hands and smile in front of graffiti during their fountain square engagement shoot

A few plants grew up through the cracks in the cement, partially covering the beautiful mural on the wall of a building in Fountain Square. Fountain Square has a knack for allowing artists to paint stunning graffiti art murals on their walls and that makes it one of my favorite places to shoot. It’s one […]