At the end of April, I went to Northern Michigan to Traverse City with White Sails Photography and stayed a few nights in a Hostel booked from Airbnb. I must admit, this adventure was one of my favorites. There were no worries and the town was simply beautiful and elegant.
White Sails Photography is run by a friend of mine, Gabrielle. We enjoyed some friend time and than went to start our adventure by getting up super early in the morning to try and catch the sunrise on the Sleeping Bear Dunes. This as well as some other spots would be where we would be shooting. We unfortunately got lost and missed shooting in the sun rise but figured the lighting wouldn't work too well anyways. After adventuring through some beautiful Birch trees and, what seemed like, an enchanted forest, we came out to a huge drop where you could see the crystal blue Lake Michigan. After a bit more traveling, we got to the dunes. We shot there a couple hours. I was throwing myself around like a rag doll.
I feel this was one of my hardest shoots. It was windy and the sand was either extremely hot or cold. It was hard to balance and the rough sand hurt my skin. But in the end, it was worth all the extremes because the end results were magnificent. After shooting we ran down the dune, like a bunch of goofs and headed back to hang a bit more before the travel back home.
The beauty of this place still gets to me. There was a beach, a desert, a forest and seemingly an ocean (but really a giant lake), all that could be seen almost together. I suggest a trip up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City for sure.