When it comes to breathtaking landscapes and enchanting backdrops for engagement sessions, few places rival the sheer beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Northern Michigan. Stretching along miles of sandy beaches and boasting bluffs that majestically rise over 400 feet above Lake Michigan, this location offers some of the most incredible views in the entire state.


Why Sleeping Bear Dunes Steals Hearts

The allure of photographing at Sleeping Bear Dunes is a tale of ever-changing, delicate natural dunes and the diverse tapestry of inland forests and unique plant life. It’s not just your typical beach setting; it’s a wonderland for creating captivating images. Having had the privilege of photographing weddings all over the country, I can confidently say that Sleeping Bear Dunes is my absolute favorite location in the United States.


Sunset Sleeping Bear Dunes Engagement


Weather Worries? I’ve Got You Covered

Now, you might be wondering, “What happens if it rains on our special day?” My advice: always have a backup date on hand in case the weather takes an unexpected turn. However, Northern Michigan has a trick up its sleeve – it often doesn’t rain all day at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Plus, those partly cloudy moments can gift you with incredibly dramatic cloudscapes that can add magic to your photos. Just be prepared for a bit of a breeze and some chill, especially during summer, and pack those layers to stay comfortable.


Old Mission Peninsula Engagement Session


Why Sunrise Steals the Show at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Recently, I had the pleasure of capturing a stunning engagement session at Sleeping Bear Dunes, and it reaffirmed why sunrise is such a magical time here. Yes, it might mean an early start, but having the dunes all to yourselves as the world wakes up is simply priceless. Traverse City is a popular spot for engagement photos, which is why embracing the early morning is a fantastic choice.


Glen Haven Beach Engagement Session


But if you’re more of a sunset enthusiast, fear not. There’s always that golden hour glow to savor. Check out this captivating sunset engagement session for inspiration.


Frankfort Engagement Session Sunset


More Sleeping Bear Dunes Adventures Await

Having explored Sleeping Bear Dunes in all seasons, I can attest that each visit unveils its unique charm. To discover some of my favorite hikes around Traverse City and more Sleeping Bear Dunes engagement adventures, click the links below.

Adventure awaits, so let’s create memories that’ll last a lifetime! Contact me today to plan your adventure.

Happy Trails!

Josh Hartman