Have Camera, Will Travel :: Maggie’s Senior Photos on Lake Michigan

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Let me confess — I absolutely love doing portraits in new places.  So, when my niece asked me if we could do her senior portraits on the other side of the state, I didn’t hesitate!

Would I do the same for a client?

Absolutely!  You see, it’s super important to me that you are happy with the results.  If you have your heart set on doing a portrait session on Lake Michigan, like Maggie — I will figure out a way to make that happen.  Let me know what you have in mind and we can talk!)

Have camera, will travel!

Anyways, after packing up my gear (camera, lights, all that good stuff), we drove across the state to Lake Michigan.  It’s not that far of a drive, honestly…  And during the summer it’s gorgeous.  I wasn’t the only one who came prepared.  Maggie had a nice selection of outfits, shoes, and the like picked out for her senior portraits.  The trick was narrowing it down!

That’s where I come in.  In fact, I tell my clients to bring extra outfits if they can’t narrow their choices down.  I’m happy to provide suggestions or make an impartial decision if that’s what my client wants. :).

After hair and makeup were finished, we headed out to the lake.  Because we were planning a sunset portrait session, I kept a close eye on the clock so we could be in the right place at the right time.

We stopped at the lighthouse first, then walked out to the pier, and ended up down by the beach.  After the sun set, we headed into town to the local ice cream place — and did a few photos there just for fun.  Maggie’s cousins wanted to be in the photos too — so they met us at Dairy Treat.  Too much fun!

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I love how elegant Maggie looks in this series of photos. The lighthouse was the perfect setting… and that evening light from the sun on her hair? Gorgeous.
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Here’s another one from the same spot. <3 <3
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I know I already said it…. but I love that evening light!
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The sun started getting a bit lower in the sky, so we knew it was time to move on. We wrapped up with this outfit 🙂
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…by doing a final portrait of Maggie in front of the lighthouse. I love the wide angle feel of this portrait!
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Maggie’s next outfit was a little more casual. As the sun kept sinking lower, we walked out towards the beach. This shot is one of my favorites… I love the wide open expanse, the sun glinting off the water, and how the railing leads your eye straight to Maggie.
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Here’s a gorgeous close-up portrait of Maggie in the same spot… so gorgeous!
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It’s hard to pick a favorite sometimes. I liked this one too.
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As we walked up to the bench, we spotted a Little Caesar’s pizza box. Maggie loves pizza, so this silly photo was definitely fitting!
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Once we got to the dunes, Maggie changed into her next outfit. Love the light from the sun on her hair. So beautiful.
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Here’s a full length portrait of Maggie by Lake Michigan. You can almost see the lake… but not quite yet.
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A candid photo of Maggie that I really liked.
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And this one is cool because of the darkness that was starting to permeate the evening. Sunset was coming!
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Lake Michigan is really so amazing. The beaches and dunes…. just can’t be put into words. I thought this senior portrait kind of captured that sentiment. Maggie isn’t really the main subject in this photo, but a part of the scene.
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Time for some fun! And, you can see Lake Michigan finally! Our end goal and destination… just in time for the sunset.
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Gorgeous evening light…. xoxoxoxo
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….fun, fun, fun…. Who says senior portraits need to be all posed and such? This one is so cute! …and, so Maggie 🙂
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The sun was really setting by this point, and I used my studio lighting to get some nice light on Maggie’s face….and that gorgeous red glow from the setting sun on her hair.
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This one is just so gorgeous. Sunset on Lake Michigan. Perfect.
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And a fun candid portrait of Maggie jumping …because everything is better when you can be yourself!
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I seriously adore this portrait. You can’t really see Maggie’s face, but ….those waves… and the whole thing…. is just beautiful.
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Love how the waves kept rolling in…. We took a few of Maggie smiling at the camera….
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I think this is the one we ended up turning into a canvas wrapped wall portrait for Maggie. It looks fantastic!
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And then we did one last outfit change. While this outfit was the most casual, it also was the most representative of Maggie. I love how relaxed she got for this set of images.
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That view is amazing. This is one of my favorites! (I feel like I keep saying that…)
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This one was a fun photo to create. We took a series of exposures to get the perfect balance of sunset, my studio lights, and then had to time things for the waves to crash on the rocks. Love the result!
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Another one from the same series. I think I like how you can see the whole pier in this one.
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And….the final frame for the beach. Some of the family had hopped into the boat for a sunset cruise — and we spotted them going through the channel. Perfect time to get them in the photo!
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As I mentioned, we met up with the family at Dairy Treat …. and the little cousins wanted to be in some pictures too! Here are the girls….how cute that they all coordinate too (that was totally unintentional).
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And here are my boys with Maggie. Lol. Totally not color coordinating, but whatever, right?
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And a rooftop photo of Maggie, just for fun. Because what’s the point in doing a senior portrait experience if it’s not fun, know what I mean?

If you’ve got a special location in mind for your senior portraits, please do share!  While we most often photograph around the greater Ann Arbor area, I am happy to travel if you have a special location in mind.  Give the studio a call at 734-424-0472 or email us via our web form today!

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