I originally wrote this post in 2013, but I’m coming back here to give it a refresh in 2016 now that I have more updated work.
This is a long post with a lot of photos, so feel free to use the links below to jump directly to the section that interests you the most:
- Michigan State North Campus
- Michigan State Horticultural Demonstration Gardens
- Michigan State Farms
- Lincoln Brick Park
- Rural Williamston
- Fenner Nature Center
- DeWitt Farm and Country
Michigan State North Campus
MSU’s north campus is filled with amazing photo opportunities all within close walking distance. Old brick buildings add classic charm, Beaumont Tower casts perfect light from many angles, Agriculture Hall shows off its stunning architecture and the entire area is filled with trees and beautifully maintained gardens, including the nearby Botanical Gardens. This is by far my most popular place for weddings, couples, families and portraits. The colors change seasonally, but it’s always gorgeous. North campus also has a few great spots to duck into if you run into rain on your wedding day.
Lincoln Brick Park
Lincoln Brick Park shows off a pretty nature setting all year round, but it really shines with its fall colors and perfect winter snow.
This rural setting in Williamston looks perfect in the golden hour when that warm sun comes shining through the trees.
Fenner Nature Center is the most popular in the fall when all of the colors pop, and it offers a great combination of forest and fields in one place.
I’ve taken to photographing sessions out at my parents’ house where I grew up. They live on a dirt road in DeWitt with eight acres of land, so there’s plenty of variety.
Old Town Lansing is another great location for mixing up your settings within close proximity. Start downtown for a colorful urban feel, then walk south toward the river, fish ladder and public docks.
Bonus: Lifestyle Photos at Home
Don’t be afraid to do your photos in your own home. It’s a great way to remember what your day-to-day life looks like.