There is something so truly special about living and working in Northern Michigan, and I’m not the only one who feels this way. So many of the families and couples I work with feel this as well. Almost all of them mention how unique this area is and how it in one way or another holds special meaning for them and their families. This was just the case with the McMillan family. 

True Michiganders 

The in-laws, Lauren and Mike, grew up in Michigan. However, they raised their children all over, from the east coast to the midwest, finally settling in Memphis. When they became empty nesters though they decided to head back up to Michigan and retire and build a home on Lake Michigan. Carrying on the tradition of summers in Northern Michigan for the grandkids. 


Their family tradition is that everyone heads up north for the Fourth of July. This is right around the time of the annual cherry festival in Traverse City. This is such a great time to visit as the city comes to life and there are loads of family friendly activities and friendly faces as well. It becomes the idyllic American small town. Where everyone waves at each other and lemonade stands are aplenty. 

Water Lovers

As with many of my clients, the McMillan family love all things water related. Swimming, kayaking or going on the boat. This and exploring new hiking trails are a few of their favorite things to do together. So it’s no surprise that we hiked the dunes to the water for their family photos. Surrounded by nature, enjoying the scenery and sharing love and laughter. 

We had such a fun time hanging out together, everyone was laughing, having a few beers and even the fur babies got to play. I love when it doesn’t even feel like I’m working cause we’re having such a great time together. I think they felt the same way as well here’s a quick review from them –

Josh made us so comfortable and reassured us that he was getting some amazing photos (which he did!!!). He allowed us to relax and enjoy the process, and it really shows in the final product. He got so many great photos of Beau and the entire family, dogs included, that we will treasure forever and will remind us of our first visit to the new McMillan family home! “

Thanks for the kind words McMillian family! 

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