Where should I have my shoot?

January 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"Where should I have my shoot?"

This question is the most asked question from clients.  You usually want to pick a spot that has beautiful scenery and multiple background options. Another reason to pick a location may be for sentimental reasons. I have complied my top 10 list for shoot idea locations in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. In no particular order because really I love all of these ideas. You can check out the planning tips page for more information to prepare for your shoot.

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Upper Falls or Lower Falls
    • Located at 41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI 49768 both locations offer endless spots for photos. Perfect for family or engagement sessions. You will need a park pass to enter the park. Open year round.

Engagement Photography Sessions in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan by Angela Kipling, Boondocks PortraitEngagement Photography Sessions in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan by Angela Kipling, Boondocks Portrait

  • Sherman Park
    • Located at in Sault Ste. Marie, MI this location offers both wooded and sandy beach scenes. Open Spring,  Summer and Fall (until Oct.) Free parking.

 

  • Rotary Park
    • Located on Riverside Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 during the summer and fall there is always a chance to for a freighter in your photo. The beautiful oak trees offer shade and plenty of back drops for family, kids or engagement sessions. This location offers both semi-wooded plus the St. Mary's River scenes. Free parking. Open Spring and Summer, Fall.

Engagement session by Angela Kipling Boondocks Portriat StudioEngagement session by Angela Kipling Boondocks Portriat StudioEngagement session by Angela Kipling Boondocks Portriat Studio

  • Point Iroquois Lighthouse
    • Located at 12942 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715, this location offers both wooded and beach scenes. Sessions at sunset during the summer rarely disappoint. Free parking. Open year round.

 

  • Algonquin Cross-Country Ski Trail
    • Located at W 16th Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 this spot is gorgeous during for fall or winter shoots especially. Free parking. Open year round.
  • Soo Locks
    • Located at W. Portage Ave. the grounds at the Soo Locks has amazing spots for engagement and family photo sessions.  This spot is great during the summer and fall as the grounds have lush grass and shade. The fall especially great with all the leaves and crowds are gone. Street parking is metered and bags are inspected by the guard at the gate. (Though I have never had a problem with this process and I bring a camera gear bag in all the time.)
  • "Park by LSSU" or Sheridan Park
    • Located at Sheridan Dr. and Prospect Ave. this little park is in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and always offers green grass, shade and several backdrops plus vintage playground equipment that is always fun for kids after the shoot.
  • Your backyard, your home.
    • Located where you live. This location is often overlooked but can offer some of the best images because you are in your own environment. Children especially can benefit from this spot because they are surrounded by the familiar. Some of the best giggles can come from shoots at home or in the family backyard.
  • Hospital
    • Okay, stay with me here. This one is for parents-to-be, but shoots within the first 24 hours of when your baby is born is a very popular option. This doesn't mean I am in the delivery room with (though that is an option if you are interested in birth photography) but the next day, before you go home. Newborn sessions are also available in the studio, typically within the first few days to 10 days are the perfect time to capture your newborn.

 

  • Boondocks Portrait Studio Boondocks Portrait Studio Sault Ste. Marie MichiganBoondocks Portrait Studio Sault Ste. Marie MichiganBoondocks Portrait Studio, 409 Ashmun Street, Suite 214, Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, Photographer Angela Kipling. Natural light studio in downtown Sault Sainte Marie, MI
    • This location is perfect year round, but utilized the most in the winter. All newborn sessions are held here (unless a home or hospital location is requested.) There are several backdrops and natural light.

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