Top Michigan Beach Engagement Session Locations

Portraits

inquire
for brands
portfolio
follow @beyondjadephoto
Welcome to our blog! You can find many resources, inspirations and tips for your upcoming celebrations! Grab some coffee (or bubble tea, in my case) and browse my work. Say hello and tell me how I can help!
Weddings
Bridal Resources
Portraits
For Brands
Featured
categories
Hi! I’m Chinling!


 

Beach Engagement Session in Michigan

In this blog post, we are sharing the top Michigan beach engagement session locations. Whether you’re drawn to the serenity of Lake Michigan’s shores or the intimate seclusion of hidden gems, these spots offer the perfect setting for a day to remember.

romantic Michigan beach engagement session

Grand Haven State Park

First of aIl, Grand Haven provided the backdrop for what became my favorite engagement shoot. Imagine this-the woody scent, the glory of the sunset, and the celebration with champagne on the sandy beach. As Megan and Nazir’s wedding photographer, their session was not just about the pictures, but about capturing their connection and devotion to each other in every frame.

Top Beaches in Michigan for Your Engagement Session

When it comes to selecting the top ultimate beach location, you’re spoilt for choice. From tranquil afternoons to vibrant sunsets, these spots are sure to inspire romance and awe.

Dog Friendly Beach Engagement Session Locations

Having your puppies along on an engagement session is an excellent way to personalize the photos. And it makes a fun experience for everyone! It does take a little extra planning though.

First, it helps to have someone else there to manage the dogs when they aren’t in the photos or just to make silly noises to get them to look at the camera. Second, it is important to bring treats and water to help keep the dogs focused.

But, the first thing that you need is a good location. That’s not always an easy thing since some of the most popular locations to shoot engagement photos don’t allow dogs.

Kirk Park (West Olive): A Lakeside Idyll

For a session that blends natural beauty with the golden hour glow, Kirk Park is unmatched. Its accessible trails lead to breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. The key is to make sure that you arrive just before 7:00 PM because that’s when they open the beach for dogs.  Be mindful of the entrance fee, which is a small price to pay for such splendor.

As a dog mom myself, I understand the desire to have your engagement photos with your puppies. So when Megan told me that her dogs (Toby & Ellie) won’t be able to join them as dogs are not allowed in Rosy Mound Natural Area, I did some research and I found this perfect spot-Kirk Park Dog Beach

Michigan Dog friendly beach engagement location at Kirk Park Ottawa by Chinling Photography

Rosy Mound Natural Area (Grand Haven): An Unspoiled Retreat

While not pet-friendly, Rosy Mound Natural Area’s allure lies in its untouched landscapes. With 360 steps to the shore, it’s a journey meant for couples who find beauty in the climb. The reward? A panoramic sunset over the lake, framed by towering pines – an emblem of nature’s grandeur.

Rosy Mound Pine Forest: A Rustic Elegance

If you’re seeking variety, the pine forest near Rosy Mound offers a stunning alternative to the beach setting. A short detour from the main trail leads you to this secluded grove, where the light filters through the trees in ethereal beams. It is ideal for a tranquil and romantic photoshoot.

Not only is the beach beautiful, the groves of trees along the way are photo worth in themselves. To get to the pine grove in the background, take a short walk off the main beach trail. Between Kirk Park and Rosy Mound Natural Area, you are guaranteed to get spectacular photos! There are few views as spectacular as the sun setting over Lake Michigan.

Swimming Beach: The Epic Stairway to Heaven

The trek to this beach may test your endurance, but the spectacle that awaits is unparalleled. Plan your session meticulously to ensure the descent coincides with the sunset.

Beach engagement session champagne toast in blush dress

Discover More Majestic Michigan Locations

Michigan is replete with enchanting locales for engagement sessions. For those curious to explore beyond the beach, my blog features a curated list of locations in southeast Michigan.

Schedule a Discovery Call to find out how we can help you plan the perfect beach engagement session!

 

KEEP READING:

Omni Amelia Island Resort Wedding

bride and groom portrait with paper parasol at Omni Amelia Island Resort beach wedding0

Cranbrook Gardens Engagement Session in Bloomfield Hills

Cranbrook Garden Engagement Session

Nichols Arboretum Engagement Peony Garden

Nichols Arboretum Engagement Photo Peony Garden Ann Arbor
  1. Tips for Authentic Engagement Photos | Chinling Photography says:

    […] I hope you these tips for authentic engagement photos are helpful for your upcoming engagement sessions with your photographer! For more authentic engagement photos, check out Megan and Nazir’s beach engagement session at Kirk Park & Rosy Mound Natural Area. […]

  2. Lauren says:

    Oh I love these it makes me want to visit Michigan just for a session!!

  3. Winter says:

    These are so beautiful!! Love the locations

  4. Erin says:

    These are such gorgeous spots for a beach session! I have never been to Michigan but this blog makes me want to visit soon! Lovely photos!

  5. […] Lakes Bay Region is convenient access to natural beauty. This is definitely my favorite spot for engagement beach photos! Why? Because within a short drive of the Tri-City area, you can be on a beautiful sandy beach with […]

  6. […] Lakes Bay Region is convenient access to natural beauty. This is definitely my favorite spot for engagement beach photos! Why? Because within a short drive of the Tri-City area, you can be on a beautiful sandy beach with […]

  7. Compare The Best Michigan Outdoor Wedding Venues in 3 Minutes says:

    […] venues vary in capacity, cost, location and style. In general, the most popular outdoor venues are beaches, gardens, golf courses, backyards, forests, farms and historic property or B&B. Of course, each […]

  8. Compare The Best Michigan Outdoor Wedding Venues in 3 Minutes says:

    […] venues vary in capacity, cost, location and style. In general, the most popular outdoor venues are beaches, gardens, golf courses, backyards, forests, farms and historic property or B&B. Of course, each […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Chinling 

An academic director turned creative director

 With her roots in Taiwan and her home in Michigan, Chinling passionately serves multicultural couples and creative entrepreneurs. Each frame she crafts stands as a testament to her attention to detail and penchant for luxury.

She has mastered the art of balancing aesthetics with authentic storytelling, making every photograph she captures a timeless work of art. A firm believer in the power of creativity, her love for design, culture and human connection fuels her illustrious career. 

沁玲

CEO / FOUNDER

Inquire

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you! To provide a personalized experience for you, I only do custom proposals. Tell me more about your vision for your celebration!
Email: hello@beyondjade.com
Instagram: @beyondjadephoto