Hands down, shooting proposals is one of my favorite things to do. I love the planning, the surprise, and the excitement of that special moment. I love capturing the smiles and happy tears. And I love having northern Michigan as the backdrop for it all.
In the decade I’ve been working as a professional photographer, I’ve come up with a few favorite spots to shoot proposals. These places combine romance with a beautiful outdoor setting to create perfect memories for couples. Let’s take a look!
In the Flowers
Lavender fields and winery views…yes please! From the sweeping deck overlooking the vines to the purple blooms in summer, Brys Estate is a photographer’s dream.
At the Dunes
What could be more beautiful than Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan? In any season, the Empire Bluff Trail is a jaw-dropper. (And, it’s perfect for couples who love the great outdoors!)
Under the Winter Lights
I love capturing love and falling snow. There are dozens of places to find beautiful winter lights around town…these are at the entrance of the Grand Traverse Mall.
With a Bottle of Wine
Mari Vineyards, another stunning winery, is an Old Mission Peninsula gem that lends an old world, Italian vibe that is so, so romantic. Celebrating with a bottle of wine after the proposal is a must.
Down by the Bay
Now Blue Water Bistro, when I took these, this space was called French Valley Vineyards. But no matter the name, the bay blues and cloudless skies capture the essence of a summer proposal up north.