Location Recommendations: Island and Nelson Park, Mt Pleasant, Michigan


This is the second of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions around Michigan.

One of my most popular locations to photograph in is Island and Nelson Park in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This is an amazing location for seniors, engagements, and families. The two parks are connected by a winding trail. I usually prefer to meet at Nelson park and then walk to Island and back taking images along the way. Nelson usually has far less people than Island and is pretty easy to get around even during the busier time of the year. There are gazebos, a waterfall, rocks, weeping willow trees, railroad tracks, and trails which all make for great portrait backgrounds. Near by is downtown Mt Pleasant which is a great location for night portraits. Also across from Nelson Park are even more trails which I love to photograph at as well.

Nelson Park is located next to Mountain Town Brewing Company on 614 W Pickard Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858. There is no charge to enter Nelson Park and it is open twenty four seven. Island does close after a certain time but is still accessible via Nelson Park. 

I recommend starting sessions at 6pm and shooting for about an hour if the session is during the summer or fall. This gives us time to shoot in both Nelson and Island Park as well as the surrounding area. The session can even go into sunset and end with night shots in downtown if that is desired. 

Below are some of my favorite images taken in and around Island and Nelson Park over the years.


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