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Lake Michigan Family Photography Sessions

Taking advantage of our gorgeous “Great Lake” and the sunsets we get get every night!

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Living in West Michigan we are blessed living so close to Lake Michigan…and living on the side where we get to experience gorgeous sunsets night and night.

One of my favorite sessions to do in the Summer is Lake Michigan Family Sessions…..any excuse to drive out to South Haven or Saint Joseph and just enjoy the lake with my camera and a sweet family.
Did you know photographing at Lake Michigan is quite tricky for photographers? Its all about timing!
~Morning Sessions~  I prefer to do sessions first thing in the morning before the sun gets to high in the sky and the temps become uncomfortable. I photograph a lot of families vacationing on Lake Michigan and find they love doing their session in the morning because its easy to wake up, get ready for pictures and then be done before mid morning and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing and playing at the beach! Please click here to see an example of a family session done in the morning at Lake Michigan. 
~Evening/Sunset Sessions~ I prefer to do evening sessions about one hour before the sun is scheduled to set. If we do it before then on a sunny day then the light is to harsh over the lake. Think of the lake like a big mirror reflecting the sun!!  When we go to the beach, we usually wear sunglasses or a hat because of the combination of the sun and the lake….which is great when we are just relaxing at the beach for the day…but not for family portraits. I don’t know anyone who likes to have images of them squinting….or wearing their beach sunglasses! 😎 So we schedule our sessions for one hour before sunset and that allows the light to just get prettier and prettier through out the session as the sun sets! The downside of a sunset session is that in the Summer the sun sets late, and though we all love the longer days, its really tough on little ones. I find that if you have a little one and don’t mind not having the sunset images then go for a morning session since kids are much more compliant in the mornings than 9pm at night! 😉 Please click here to see an example of a family session done in the evening at Lake Michigan.
~What to wear~ With any session I do, I always suggest families coordinate but not match. Pick three colors and work within those colors and tones. Creams look great on the beach. Long flowy sundresses are a favorite of mine on the beach as well. You don’t have to worry about shoes….we have families barefoot!
The images below are some examples of photographs taken at Lake Michigan…..if you would like to book a session with us, please feel free to email us [email protected] or contact us through the website. We would love to talk to you about setting up a special custom session just for your family.

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These images below of my daughters were taken first thing in the morning before the sun was to high in the sky.

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I would love to hear from you and photograph your family on one of our lovely Michigan Summer Days at Lake Michigan soon. We are actually offering a special promotion for just these sessions….if you officially book the session in the month of May (your session does not have to be photographed in May)….we will gift you a free 8x10 print!!