We had such a fun evening in Eagle River with Gabrielle and her mom! We spent time at old favorite locations, and Gabrielle introduced me to a new hidden gem of a spot, too!
Ten Foot Falls in Eagle River, Michigan
Gabrielle requested Ten Foot Falls for one of her locations. I love visiting waterfalls in the Keweenaw, but this was one I hadn’t heard of before! We made the drive to Eagle River following behind Gabrielle & her mom Sierra so they could show us the little parking spot off of M-26. It would have been easy to miss, so I was glad to be following someone who knew where they were going.
Ten Foot Falls is called “the swimming hole” by many of the locals. While it’s very pretty and great for pictures (in August when the water isn’t running extremely high), the drop doesn’t seem to be nearly tall enough to warrant the name. Waterfallrecord.com clarifies, “There’s a pool below the falls that’s ten feet deep.” Good to know!
We didn’t stay at Ten Foot Falls long because we had so many other spots around Eagle River that we planned to stop, but I love the images we got while we were here!
Portraits at Eagle River MI in August
Rob and I love Eagle River and often bring visiting family and friends to the area. From the scenic views, the mix of rocky and sand beaches, and the other local waterfalls – Eagle River Falls and Jacob’s Falls – it’s a busy tourist destination all year long. We scheduled Gabrielle’s senior portraits for a midweek evening to avoid the weekend traffic. Our plan worked as hoped and we only saw a few other people out walking around town.
To say Gabrielle’s summer has been full would be an understatement. She spent the first part of the season in Europe for a class trip! It was so fun to hear some of her stories from her travels including a humorous imitation of their tour guides 😉 In addition, when she isn’t working Gabrielle loves to spend time with friends, going to the beach, running, and reading. Her favorite thing to do in the summer is watching the sunset at the beach, so of course we had to incorporate that into her session!
While we waited for sunset, we explored the grounds of the historical landmark Keweenaw County Courthouse. I’ve always admired the classic white building with its two-story columned entrance, and it was so fun to incorporate the architecture into Gabrielle’s portraits!
The evening started off with pure blue skies and we weren’t sure if we would have much of a sunset, but while we were at the courthouse light clouds started to roll in, which was a good sign for sunset!
Sunset at Great Sand Bay
Great Sand Bay is my favorite beach in Keweenaw County! It’s both wide enough and deep enough to accommodate plenty of people, so it’s easy to walk a little way and feel like you have the beach to yourself. From a photography standpoint, I also love the long, curving shoreline and that the beach is below the road level, so we aren’t bothered by any road noise.
What are Gabrielle’s plans after high school? She’s just looking forward to finally being done. 😉 She hasn’t selected a college yet, but she plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.
A few last words –
Gabrielle and family – thank you for spending such a fun evening with us in Eagle River! We loved exploring the area with you and loved creating such fun images to help you remember your senior year! Wishing you a smooth and quick senior year!