Why I Love Family Adventures in Glen Arbor

Worried your kids won’t stay put for an adventure session? I totally get it. I used to be a second grade teacher and so I know what it takes to engage kids. Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor, Michigan is fun for the whole family. It’s really a choose your own adventure kind of hike. We can explore some beautiful dunes just 5 minutes from the trailhead. Your kids will have so much fun running around bare foot. We will capture all the family group photos first. After we can choose to go down by the lake to throw rocks or play in the water.

Scroll down for some of my favorite family photos in Glen Arbor.

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Child-centered Approach Focused on Fun First

My photography style is a bit more candid than your traditional family photographer. Before I was a full-time photographer, I was a second grade teacher and if there’s one thing I know it’s how to engage kids! My child-centered approach to family photo sessions ensures the whole family has a great time. I use kids natural curiosity to create a fun experience which I will also document for you to enjoy for years to come. 

On our family adventure, don’t be surprised if I ask your littlest one where they want to hike and what they would like to do. “Would you like to find some rocks?” “How about we climb that dune!?” 

I often encourage kids to play and run around and so it requires more time than a traditional family session. Most of my family adventures last between 60 and 75 minutes.

Check out my Family FAQ page to learn more about my family adventures at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

A Family Tradition in Northern Michigan

The Shields family traveled from Kalamazoo, Michigan for their Glen Arbor Family Session. Joanna’s kids surprised her with a trip to Northern Michigan and adventure photo shoot in Sleeping Bear Dunes for her 60th birthday celebration! Joanna and kids have been visiting Northern Michigan ever since they were little and their favorite family hangout is Glen Lake. I just love capturing families in this beautiful and accessible trail. You don’t have to hike far for some beautiful views.

“We had so much fun doing our photo shoot with you! Usually we dread these shoots and our mom has to bribe us into them, but we all kept talking about how fun this was!” ~Kate Shields

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~Josh Hartman

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