Nestled amidst rolling hills, enchanting forest trails, and panoramic bay views, Old Mission Peninsula has claimed a special place in my heart for photography. This picturesque slice of Northern Michigan is renowned for its cherry orchards and vineyards, offering a tapestry of scenes perfect for families and couples to explore.Old Mission Beach LighthouseFamily Holding Hands Beach Sunset


Cherished Family Moments

Recently, I had the privilege of photographing a multi-generational family at Mission Point Lighthouse a little over a half hour from Traverse City. This vibrant session was so fun to capture, and I’m thrilled to share these heartwarming moments including silly glasses and a family plank exercise that grandma led herself.


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Family Adventure Awaits on Old Mission Peninsula

Discover the magic of Old Mission Peninsula with your family and create timeless memories in nature’s embrace. Now’s the time to book your family session and capture the bonds that matter most.

Scroll down as I reveal some of my favorite photogenic spots that truly embody the essence of this enchanting peninsula.


My List of Photogenic Gems of Old Mission Peninsula

Mission Point Lighthouse: Venture to the end of the peninsula and discover Mission Point Lighthouse. Surrounded by forest trails and serene lake views, this spot offers private tranquility and even a beachside swing set for the kids.




Views along M37: The spring and fall charm of Old Mission Peninsula is unparalleled. Drive along M37 to experience the blossoming cherry orchards and relish in breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Don’t miss the must-stop “What a View” pull-off for an awe-inspiring panorama.


Dock on Old Mission Peninsula


Chateau Chantal, 2 Lads Winery, and Jolly Pumpkin: If you’re a wine or beer enthusiast, the peninsula won’t disappoint. Chateau Chantal and 2 Lads Winery offer exceptional views and ambience. For beer lovers, Jolly Pumpkin serves up delicious brews and delectable dishes. Nearby, Bowers Harbor Boat Launch provides a peaceful lakeside retreat.

Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve: Embrace nature’s embrace with a family-friendly hike at Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve. A half-mile loop trail through the woods offers serenity, bird songs, and a touch of adventure.


Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve Old Mission Peninsula


Cherry Orchards in Early May: Witness Old Mission Peninsula’s magic in early May when cherry orchards bloom fleetingly. Beat the crowds with early morning explorations or embrace the vivid fall colors along M37 in early October.

Off the Beaten Path: Escape the crowd and meander along scenic country roads. Don’t miss Walt and Susan’s Old Barn Antiques—an eclectic antique store. Spring brings the beauty of Old Mission Flowers, where you can pick your own bouquet.


Springtime Cherry Blossoms Old Mission Peninsula


Your Old Mission Adventure Awaits

The captivating allure of Old Mission Peninsula is a canvas waiting to capture your unique story. Whether a cherished family reunion or a couple’s escapade, this gem holds the backdrop to your precious moments. Let’s embark on this adventure together—contact me today.

-Josh Hartman, Old Mission Peninsula Photographer