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.

October 14, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

The sun was low in the sky, far from its zenith but not quite low enough to be considered setting yet as I walked up a hill in the Henry County Memorial Park with Leah and Cody. The sun’s radiance shining through the verdant leaves of the deciduous trees at the peak of the hill […]

September 27, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

Every year we try to give away a few engagement sessions. This year Traci and Dan were our winners of an engagement session! We chose to do the engagement session at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres, part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Every time I write about doing a […]

August 10, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

On top of the Wood Street Parking Garage, across from the Ernest C. Young Hall, West Lafayette seems deserted. A crane towers over the campus, a sign of the ongoing construction next to the Purdue Bell Tower. It is here that Steve and I are photographing Ben and Courtenay. We walked around campus before this, […]

May 13, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

Rachel & Stu drove down from Michigan to join me in the morning for an engagement shoot at Cool Creek Park in Carmel, IN. It takes a lot to get me up earlier than 7:30 am, but I was so excited about this shoot. Morning engagement shoots are my favorite. When you look at Rachel […]

May 12, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

Arturo is from Peru. Abby is from Indiana. The two had a very long distance relationship, but the distance didn’t keep this couple from thriving. During the shoot, their alarms went off on their phones, at the same time. “It’s our hour,” Abby said. Since they lived so far away from each other and finding time to communicate was […]

April 16, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

Erica and Andy traveled all the way from DC to celebrate Easter with Erica’s family. Easter is one of their favorite holidays. They also had a chance to finalize some of their wedding planning in Indianapolis while they were in town. Luckily for us, they had a couple of hours to spare for a shoot. […]

April 15, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

LA natives, Laura & Juan, are getting married at The Barn at Kennedy Farms this summer! We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it! Laura is originally from Greenwood, and Juan’s family is from Spain and Philadelphia. These two fell in love at Taylor University. Juan moved to LA after college to start […]

April 14, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

I really think our couples bring us great luck with the weather. In the middle of all the terrible weather we had in Indiana, we had an engagement shoot scheduled. The forecast was dismal. We were bummed, but then it ended up being one of the nicest days of the year. Not only were we […]

April 9, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

Chelsea and Josh are such a fun couple. They are incredibly nice, and Josh has the coolest mustache of anyone I know. When they started to describe what they hope their wedding celebration would look like, I found myself really wanting to be a part of their wedding ! Some of the things they’re planning […]

April 7, 2015

FILED IN: Engagements

I had the privilege to capture Abbi and Josh this fall. I’m so thrilled with how the pictures turned out, and I have this amazing couple to thank. They had confidence in our work, which allowed us to create unique and fun images! I love capturing at Holcomb Garden. The park has so many hidden […]