I love Old Mission Peninsula in the spring when the cherry orchards are in bloom. They are only in bloom for a short period, but when it happens it’s a photographer’s paradise and it’s also my favorite place to take families in the summer. As an old mission family photographer, I’ve been spoiled with the drive from my house in Traverse City down M37 to the Old Mission Lighthouse is one of my favorites in Michigan. I love the view of the water on both sides when you get to the highest point of the peninsula and the sunsets at Old Mission Lighthouse are spectacular.

Old Mission Family Photographer at Old Mission Lighthouse

I had so much fun with Temple, Erik, and the one and only Bird (#wecallherbird). The three met me at a cherry orchard on Old Mission for a quick visit and then we drove on M37 towards the lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula. The park surrounding Old Mission Lighthouse has quite a few trails and coastline to explore. And the sun sets directly over the water, which makes it the perfect spot for family photos. Temple, Erik, and Bird walked up the beach together with Bird leading the way. The three of them ran along the water and played in the sand. Then Bird had lots of fun up on dad’s shoulders.

I wish I could have photographed these three for longer. Luckily, we plan to get together again later this summer for another family session in downtown Traverse City or maybe Sleeping Bear. We haven’t decided, but one thing is for sure. Bird liked the idea of eating some ice cream at our shoot.

Thanks Temple, Erik, and Bird for including me on your family adventure.

Josh Hartman – Old Mission Family Photographer

Read Temple’s Review for my Old Mission Family Photo Session

“My husband, daughter and I had the most amazing time on our family photo shoot with Josh. He’s the kind of guy who feels like a best friend the first time you meet him. We were so comfortable and relaxed I knew we’d get some great shots but I had no idea how great. When Josh sent our photos I started crying they were so beautiful. I also love how quickly Josh got our edited photos to us- very professional and prompt service. I can’t say it enough- Josh Hartman is as good as they come!” -Temple Florip, Traverse City, Michigan

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