Picture this: a gorgeous August sunset, the Empire Bluff Trails, and a surprise proposal. Anthony had a vision for a perfect proposal adventure session for his girlfriend Ashley, and I was honored to capture every moment.


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Imagine the breathtaking Empire Bluff Trail at sunset – the warm hues of the sun painting the sky, the tranquil beauty of Lake Michigan stretching to the horizon. Here Anthony orchestrated a surprise proposal to his girlfriend, Ashley, creating an unforgettable memory against the backdrop of Northern Michigan’s natural splendor.


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As the sun slowly dipped below the horizon, I found myself nestled behind a tree, watching with bated breath as the magic unfolded. They were a little turned around, but that didn’t deter Anthony. With determination in his stride, he confidently led Ashley to our chosen spot. Anthony seized the moment with his disposable camera in hand. “Turn around, let’s snap a picture with the sunset,” he whispered, and as she turned back, there he was, down on one knee.


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For those considering Empire Bluff Trail for their own proposal adventure, here are a few tips to ensure a seamless and magical experience:

1. Offline Navigation: This remote location can challenge cell signal. Ensure you download offline maps (I prefer Google Maps).

2. Choosing the Spot: Take a peek at my most photogenic proposal locations to choose the right spot for your proposal.

3. Timing is Key: The allure of a sunset proposal is undeniable. Plan your visit around the golden hour – that magical time shortly before sunset – for dreamy lighting and a romantic ambiance.


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4. Personal Touches: Anthony’s disposable camera trick was unique and heartfelt. Think of personal touches that resonate with your story to make the proposal even more special.

5. Celebrate Afterwards: After the big “yes,” relish the moment. Explore the area during the golden hour for stunning post-proposal photos that capture your joy and love.


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Empire Bluff Trail offers not just breathtaking vistas, but the perfect canvas for a heartfelt proposal. The surprise and joy on Ashley’s face was priceless, and I was there to capture that fleeting moment forever. We continued to capture the magic of their love against the backdrop of the dunes during the golden hour. 📷✨ 🌅💍 #EmpireBluffProposal #NorthernMichiganLove #CherishedMoments


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If you’re envisioning a surprise proposal or an engagement adventure in Empire, I’m here to make your dream a reality. Reach out here, and together, we’ll craft your unforgettable proposal adventure.

Josh Hartman – Empire Proposal Photographer