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Madison’s Senior Session on Mackinac Island: A Day of Florals and Family

Photographing Madison’s senior session on Mackinac Island was an experience filled with vibrant florals, breathtaking views, and the warm company of her family. I had the pleasure of staying on the island after enjoying a Sip ‘N Sail the previous night. I told Madison I had plans to photograph Peter Mayor, Jimmy Buffet’s lead guitarist. The look when she didn’t know who that was, to which I responded, “Your mom and grandma will know.” Sure enough when I shared why I was already up here, the family was excited. I shared about how the sunset sail was as we made our way up to the gardens.

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Starting Our Mackinac Island Senior Session on a Quiet Island

As the first light of day woke me up, I made my way to Lucky Bean for my morning Flat White. Then over to the Shepler’s ferry dock, excited to meet Madison, her mom, and her grandma. They had arrived on the 7:30am ferry, their smiles and laughter set a joyful tone for the day ahead. We began our adventure by  walking up to the Secret Garden, a hidden gem on the island that bursts with colorful blooms and serene pathways.

Madison’s radiant personality shone through as we captured her in various spots within the garden. The lush greenery and vibrant flowers provided a picturesque backdrop, enhancing her natural beauty in each shot. Her mom and grandma watched with pride, their presence adding a touch of warmth and love to the session. Up to this point, we had the garden to ourselves.

Mackinac Island Senior SessionAs tourists started to file in, we left for the iconic Grand Hotel. As the sun continued to rise, we made our way to the rocky beach overlooking Lake Huron. The sound of the waves gently lapping against the shore provided a peaceful soundtrack to our final moments of the session. Madison’s laughter echoed across the water as we captured her playful spirit against the serene backdrop of the lake.

Madison’s senior session on Mackinac Island was a day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. Her mom and grandma’s presence added a special layer of meaning to the experience. They made it a true celebration of family. From the Secret Garden to the Grand Hotel and down to the rocky beach, every location we visited highlighted Madison’s beauty and the unique charm of Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island Senior session

I am grateful to have been a part of this wonderful day, capturing memories that Madison and her family will cherish forever.