Why I Cherish Family Escapades in Glen Arbor

Concerned about keeping your kids engaged during a photo session? Rest assured, as a former second-grade teacher, I understand the art of captivating young minds. Nestled in Glen Arbor, Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes offer a boundless playground for families. This hike transforms into your very own adventure. Just minutes from the trailhead, we’ll uncover stunning dunes, inviting your kids to revel in the joy of going barefoot. Initial family group photos will be followed by the choice to explore the lakeside, skipping rocks or enjoying the water.


Family Getaway to the Dunes Sleeping Bear

Child-Centric Approach Infused with Delight

My photography style embraces candid moments, diverging from the traditional. Drawing from my teaching background, I focus on the kids, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone. I harness their innate curiosity, crafting an engaging atmosphere that I’ll capture for you to relish.

During our escapade, it’s common for me to involve the youngest adventurers in our route choices. “Fancy a rock hunt?” or “Shall we conquer that dune?” are often part of the journey.

As this approach calls for more play and exploration, our family adventures typically span 60 to 75 minutes, fostering genuine connections.



A Northern Michigan Tradition for the Whole Family

The Shields family journeyed from Kalamazoo, Michigan for their Glen Arbor Family Session, crafting a unique celebration. Gifting their mom, Joanna, with an adventure-filled photoshoot amidst the Sleeping Bear Dunes, they commemorated her 60th birthday. Having frequented Northern Michigan since childhood, this trail holds a special place in their hearts. Glen Lake, their cherished family spot, provides picturesque views with minimal hiking effort.

“Our photoshoot was an absolute blast! Usually, we’re not so thrilled about these sessions, but we kept talking about how much fun we had!” ~ Kate Shields



Chart Your Sleeping Bear Dunes Journey

If you’re seeking a cherished and unforgettable gift, explore the option of purchasing a gift card for your family to experience one of my captivating Family Adventure Sessions and check out my Family Adventure Packages. Let’s weave your family’s tale against the breathtaking backdrop of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Contact me to plan your unique adventure.

Josh Hartman -Glen Arbor Family Photographer


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