Adirondacks on a Beach

Behind the Shot: Northern Michigan Photoshoot

Back in September, we had the opportunity to visit Traverse City, MI for a photoshoot. We partnered with an excellent vacation rental property, Lakemore RetreatLakemore consists of three unique homes on Arbutus Lake, and it was the ideal location for a POLYWOOD® photoshoot.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed our Michigan trip was the main feature for a while:

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Our crew of six spent the better part of a week up North, and we brought home many great photos and videos of our products. Here’s a peek behind-the-scenes of one of our most successful lifestyle photoshoots to date.


The Location

Lakemore Retreat is made up of three neighboring homes: The Cabin, The Cottage, and The Lodge.

The Cottage and The Lodge are mirrored floor plans of one another.

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Image courtesy of Lakemore Retreat

The Cabin is adjacent to The Cottage and was recently remodeled.

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Image courtesy of Lakemore Retreat

The basecamp for our crew was The Cottage. After long days of shooting, it was great to come ‘home’ and relax in this kitchen!

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Image courtesy of Lakemore Retreat

The best part of Lakemore Retreat is by far the view! Here’s a shot of just one of the many great sunsets we were able to capture in our photos.

Sunset on Arbutus Lake


The Shoot

This info-packed itinerary is what kept us organized on the shoot. Most of us referred to it as the ‘Photoshoot Bible’ – it had everything from furniture and prop lists to the feeling/mood we wanted to capture (i.e. “Relaxing morning tea with friends”).

Shot Itinerary

Our La Croix team has a photoshoot problem. This stuff is the gasoline that powers our shoot.

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While I can’t give away too many of our shots just quite yet, I can share a couple sneak peeks!

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Palm Coast Ultimate Adirondack with Hideaway Ottoman in Sunset Red
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Palm Coast Folding Adriondack and 18” Round Side Table in White
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Classic Folding Adirondack in Aruba and 18” Round Side Table in Sand

The Crew

We really had an excellent crew in Michigan and we each put in a lot of long hours to make sure everything went off without a hitch. At the end of each long day, it was great to wind down and enjoy the location together as a team.

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Shane W. (pictured left) was our build crew and is also seen here moonlighting as a hand model. Jim (pictured right) is our videographer and does an excellent job of capturing magical moments like this well-executed guacamole dip.

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Don’t be fooled by the photo! Amanda is one of our photographers and typically behind the camera, so it’s hard to find a shot of her. Here she’s checking her work email and picking up some litter she found on the beach…

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This is me and our two stylists / bloggers, Dannielle and Caitlin. The beer in our hands is our way of ensuring none of our Michigan-themed props went to waste after a shot.

Stay at Lakemore!

We loved Lakemore Retreat so much that we can’t help but rave about how perfect it would be for a family getaway! If you’re interested in booking any of the three properties, check out their website or their listings on vrbo.com: CottageLodge, and Cabin.

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For the Record

Lastly, I wanted to post the best piece of footage from the shoot for all the internet to see:

8 skips! A new personal stone skippin’ record by yours truly!

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