Monson Photography | Location Suggestions


Location Suggestions


  • Lake Michigan Beach
    • On the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.  Dunes, beach grass, sand, water, and whatever else we might come across!  Stearns, Buttersville, “First Curves”, State Park Lake MI access, 1st Street or 5th Avenue in Manistee, Mears State Park in Pentwater, etc.  Beach sessions are held at dusk or dawn.  Buttersville beach welcomes pets!

  • Ludington State Park
    • Many locations to choose from, including the river, bridge, wooded areas, Hamlin Lake, dunes and beach area.  Woods and beach are two separate locations.


  • “Urban/Industrial” setting/Downtown Ludington, Scottville, Manistee, or Pentwater
    • Brick walls, wooden door frames, interesting textures, etc.  We meet in downtown Ludington or Scottville and walk around, finding interesting backdrops to use.  I love this location/method and the possibilities are absolutely endless! If you are not comfortable in a public setting, alternate locations are available in areas with very minimal traffic. 
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  • West Shore Ice Arena
    • For hockey or ice skating photos.  Pending availability; client is responsible for contacting arena for permission.




  • LHS or MCC Football Field, Baseball Diamond, or Track at  
    • Great location for athletes

  • Conrad Rd. observation tower & Sutton’s Landing
    • Included as one location.  Wooden lookout tower overlooks Pere Marquette river and a beautiful green field.  Sutton’s Landing has a small dock and beautiful landscape along the wooden walkway.

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  • Downtown Ludington Murals
    • Bright, colorful, and SUCH an amazing backdrop for photos!  May not be available much longer, as condos will soon be built there.


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    • Traditional portraiture; various poses/backgrounds.  Mostly headshots and ¾ length shots.  

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  • Ludington School Forest/Disc Golf Course
    • BEAUTIFUL in the fall!  Wooded area with lots of potential.

  • Carnival/Fair
    • Pending availability, of course.  Ludington or Hart. 

  • "Photographer's Choice"! 
    • My favorite location of them all, ha ha!  Really, though - as I go about my daily business in Ludington and otherwise, I am constantly passing unique locations that I'd love to recommend.  Put your trust in me and let me find a spot perfect for you!


  • Cartier Park
    • Beautiful wooded paths, docks that lead into the Lincoln River, gazebo.  Dogs are welcome here.


  • Mason County Campground Picnic/Disc Golf Area
    • Beautiful wooded paths; rolling hills.  Gorgeous in the Fall!


  • Consumer’s Energy – Pump Storage Public Viewing Area
    • Catwalk that crosses Lakeshore Drive and ends up at a scenic overlook, with Lake Michigan in the background.  There is chain link fencing and greenery surrounding the area.  An absolutely unique and very cool location that I rarely get the opportunity to use!


  • The Plaza Skate Park     
    • Skateboarding park


  • Scottville Riverside Park     
    • River, various trees, gazebo, etc.


  • Ludington's Waterfront Park
    • Playground, lake, gazebo, Badger if available


  • Other Parks or playgrounds
    • Copeyan Park (on the water), school playgrounds (Foster, Lakeview, Franklin, Ludington Area Catholic)



  • Old Barn/Field    
    • Pending availability.  If you don’t know someone with a farm, I will see what I can do!



  • “Custom” Location    
    • The locations above are merely suggestions and I highly encourage my clients to introduce me to new locations that represent who they are best.  I have captured beautiful portraits on a personal property in Branch, on a dairy farm, in a bass fishing boat, in a snow-covered field, cherry orchard, and more.  Don’t dismiss a potential location because it might not be ‘pretty enough’ – you would be surprised at how I can work my photographic magic!  Call me – let’s talk about your custom location!  Tell me what you’ve got in mind, and I’ll try to find it… I love a challenge!



Applicable Travel Fees:


$0 – Ludington/Scottville

$15 – Free Soil, Pentwater, Custer

$25 – Manistee, Hart, Montague, Mears, Silver Lake, Shelby, Whitehall, Branch, Walhalla, Baldwin    

$35 – Onekama, Bear Lake

$50 – Benzie, Frankfort, Muskegon

$75 – Traverse City, Grand Rapids

Inquire for locations not listed.