Recently, I had the pleasure of capturing a beautiful maternity session with Annie and Charles at the very spot where they eloped four years ago. We began our session at sunrise on Esch Road Beach, joined by their friendly golden retriever Boomer, who quickly became the star of the shoot. We enjoyed serene morning light and the tranquility of having the beach to ourselves. Afterward, we revisited some of the memorable locations in Empire where I had photographed their elopement.


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Why Choose Morning Sessions?

Morning sessions, especially at sunrise, offer numerous advantages:

  • Tranquility: Early mornings are usually less crowded, providing a peaceful and intimate setting.
  • Perfect Light: The soft, golden light of sunrise is ideal for photography, enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings and the subjects.
  • Cooler Temperatures: Morning sessions can be more comfortable, especially during the warmer months.


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Tips for Planning Your Maternity Adventure

Planning a maternity photo session involves choosing the right locations and considering the comfort of the expectant mother. Here are some tips to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience:

  1. Choose Accessible Locations:
    • Opt for locations that are easily accessible and offer a variety of backdrops. Esch Road Beach in Empire provides stunning beach views and a peaceful environment. Other great options include the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, known for its breathtaking vistas, and the Sleeping Bear Point Trail in Glen Arbor, which offers scenic hikes.
  2. Consider a Car Adventure:
    • For those who prefer not to hike, a car adventure is a fantastic alternative. You can explore multiple beautiful spots without the physical exertion of hiking.
  3. Bring Personal Touches:
    • Incorporate elements that reflect your journey. Consider bringing props or accessories that hold special meaning, such as baby shoes or ultrasound photos.
  4. Dress Comfortably:
    • Choose outfits that are both stylish and comfortable. Flowing dresses are a popular choice and layering can also be beneficial, especially for early morning sessions when the temperature can vary.
  5. Plan for the Weather:
    • Don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits. Some of the most beautiful and unique photos can be captured in unexpected weather conditions. Bringing along a blanket or shawl can provide extra comfort and warmth if needed.


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Capturing Memories

Revisiting the locations where Annie and Charles eloped added a layer of nostalgia and depth to their maternity session. These familiar places served as a backdrop to their new chapter, making the photos even more meaningful. Whether you’re planning a maternity shoot at a place of significance or exploring new locations, the key is to create a comfortable and memorable experience.


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Consider a sunrise session and let the natural beauty of Northern Michigan enhance your special moments. Message me today to start planning your maternity adventure.

Josh Hartman – Empire Maternity Photographer