MICHIGAN FALLS ADVENTURE | BEST TIPS FOR WATERFALL PHOTOS

November 7, 2019

Jordan + Tristan traveled all the way from Marquette to Munising, Michigan to have photos taken at the waterfalls. They found me on Instagram and in the 8.5 years they’ve been together, have never had professional photos taken together! We decided that was enough of that hahah so we started planning a waterfall adventure! They brought their dog Maddie along for our Michigan falls adventure, and we had so much fun exploring together.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

Here are the top things I always tell couples to keep in mind when planning either a waterfall elopement or couples session!

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

1. Be prepared for mud and mist.

Michigan falls adventures can get a little bit muddy!

This may seem obvious, but depending on the size of the area surrounding the waterfall, it can get pretty wet and mucky. If you’re heading to a waterfall for an engagement or couples session, pack an extra outfit in a backpack and make sure you have proper footwear (hiking boots are always good!).

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

If you’re planning an elopement or small wedding and dream of standing in front of a waterfall while you say your vows, make sure you have an idea of the space beforehand.

Check it out ahead of time if you can, or ask your photographer. You want to make sure that you have enough room for the two of you plus an officiant, and any witnesses or guests you may want there.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

Another note about waterfall elopements – make sure you pack your heels or nice shoes in a backpack and then change once you get there!

You can also put your bouquet in the backpack to keep your hands free for hiking.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

2. Do I bring my dog?

My immediate answer is always YES!

Buuuttttt if you have an energetic puppy or a dog who is likely to wander (like me), it may stress you out to bring them along. (Plus, if they do run off the roaring waterfall will make it hard to hear if you call them).

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

If you feel pretty confident that your dog will stick close by, then definitely bring them along! Same goes for an elopement – as long as you’re comfortable and know that they’ll stick close by, bring them!

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

Michigan falls adventures are SO. much. fun.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan

3. Find out how accessible the waterfall area is.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

If you’re fairly avid hikers and it’s going to just be the two of you and your dog, accessibility may not be an issue. But if you’re planning a small outdoor wedding and envision your best friends and parents standing alongside you, keep in mind that it may be more difficult for some to get to.

Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan

If you have older guests or people who aren’t physically capable of hiking to the location, they can still join you! Just ask your photographer to help you find a spot that is either:

a. close to a parking lot or trailhead, or

b. easy to get to via a short, fairly level walk or hike.

Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan

Also keep in mind that it may not be possible to bring much in terms of wedding decor (like an arch or table). You may have to opt to keep it simple and just wear your wedding attire and bring a small bouquet.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

4. The best time of day for waterfall photos? Sunrise or sunset.

Sunrise is by far the best time to take photos by a waterfall. Not only is the light amazing, but it’s quiet, free of crowds, and very peaceful.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

If you’re not an early bird, or you’re having a few guests for an elopement who won’t be down to hike that early, then sunset is also a great time of day!

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

Ask your photographer to give you recommendations for the area, season, and lighting depending on when your session or elopement is.

If you’re planning your own Michigan falls adventure session, then the seasons will dictate what time of day to choose!

Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan

5. Where can I go for waterfall photos or a waterfall elopement?

There are incredible waterfalls all over the world – but Michigan has some pretty f**king epic spots! The UP (aka the Upper Peninsula) has the vast majority of them, but you can find a bunch of amazing waterfall locations all over Michigan.

Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Waterfall couples adventure photos in Michigan
Munising falls adventure photos in Michigan

If you love this Michigan falls adventure session, you might also love this Upper Peninsula waterfall elopement!

Are you planning your own Michigan wedding or elopement? Or just want couples photos doing something cool?

Contact me and we can start planning!


Michigan has so many beautiful places, and a lot of them end up being very quiet because they’re not well known. I have a long list of amazing places that I love to shoot at – so if you’re looking for something that says adventure or the great outdoors, I can help with that! 


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