Silver Lake Sand Dunes Connection Session

“Sometimes when I hold her it feels like we’ve already lived together, many different lives as different people in other times and places, but somehow our souls always end up back in each other’s arms.” -Jose Chaves

Michigan Sand Dune Portrait Session

Michigan is an amazing state with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes! When Mitul and Nisha contacted me about doing a Connection Session with me, I suggested the Silver Lake Sand Dunes because, well, it’s absolutely incredible there. Picture miles of rolling sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline that could easily pass for a desert landscape.

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are a Michigan State Park located just about halfway up the west coast of the Lower Peninsula. There are nearly 2,000 miles of pristine dunes, drawing visitors from all over the globe.

Adventurous Couples Portraits in Michigan

We met in the general parking area, about an hour and a half before sunset. The sky was blue, and the breeze was welcome because this was a hot summer day. The couple quickly changed out of their clothes into the ones they chose for their session, and we headed out. To get up to the dunes from the parking area you have to climb a very steep, sandy hill. I think there used to be stairs, but the sand has covered them up.

Once we got to the top, we could see dunes all the way to the horizon. It’s a breathtaking sight! We spent the remainder of the session walking the dunes and walked along the shore of Silver Lake. The way Mitul cared for Nisha was very evident. Their love is the kind that lasts.

When the sun started to set, we were treated to an epic array of clouds and colors. It was the perfect backdrop for some gorgeous silhouette photos!

Traditional Indian Clothing

After the sunset, we had about 30 minutes of “blue hour”, the twilight time between sunset and when it gets dark. The couple wanted to change into their traditional Indian outfits (each representing their family’s respective region and caste) to do some photos. I loved how the beautiful colors of their clothing looked against the dunes and the blue sky!

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Lume Photography is a documentary elopement and wedding photographer based in Michigan, traveling worldwide. Behind the camera you’ll find me (Andrea)- a girl who loves animals, the wilderness, and love stories. I believe in magic, soulmates, and the hidden forces of energy that connect everything and everyone in the universe. My favorite places are the woods, the mountains, and the ocean. My passion is documenting the moments, emotions, and connection between two souls in love, in wild places. I’ve traveled to Arizona, Colorado, Costa Rica, Scotland, and beyond to photograph wild elopements and small destination weddings.

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Wow! I have never seen a session in the sand dunes before. These are gorgeous! And that wind in her hair! Ahhh!

I love these photos, and I love both of their outfits! Nice work!

These photos and the light are stunning. I love their outfit change too – what a lovely idea. Both their outfits complement the backdrop beautifully. :)

What a spectacular session. You have such a range with the emotion and the feeling of these images. Very well done!

These are awesome! I am always ready for some “Pure Michigan.” Michigan is truly a wonderful state and too underappreciated as a natural beauty.

Oh my gosh this looks like another planet! So gorgeous!! 😍

These are breathtaking! What a beautiful couple!