Today I photographed Erin and Joey’s Sleeping Bear Dunes proposal. For Erin and Joey’s session, we had a beautiful sunrise and the wind certainly added plenty of drama. You can expect the weather to vary quite a lot at Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you’re planning to propose here, I recommend staying flexible and possibly having a backup date just in case. Usually the rain in Northern Michigan does come and go rather quickly. Clouds often make for some pretty dramatic photos, as was the case for Erin and Joey’s proposal adventure shoot.

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I’m so happy I took the time to explore this area of Sleeping Bear Dunes Proposal just outside of Glen Arbor, Michigan. I did a little scouting around the Glen Haven Cannery before our session and I found the perfect spot for our Sleeping Bear Dunes proposal. I always share a google map pin of the proposal spot beforehand and come to the spot at least 15 minutes early.

The morning of the proposal I took Erin and Joey down a dirt road to one of my favorite trails. For the proposal, Joey came prepared with a few words and then he dropped to one knee right there on the beach. It was simple as that. Erin could not have been more thrilled. And she said yes. So far in my photography career I have never witnessed a no. If you are going so far as to plan a surprise proposal with a photographer, you probably have nothing to worry about. 🙂

My proposal adventure sessions include time for exploring after you pop the question. After Joey proposed to Erin, we took our time strolling down the streets of Glen Haven and then we hiked to my favorite views overlooking the lake. It was a challenging climb up the dunes in our bare feet, but we were rewarded with the most superb lighting. Joey and Erin danced around at the top of the dune while the sand blew beneath their feet. Perfection!

I’m so excited for Erin and Joey. I had so much fun photographing you two. Thank you for choosing me to photograph your Sleeping Bear Dunes proposal.

Josh Hartman

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