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Featured Photographers

Featured across our network of websites is beautiful photography showcasing Ludington and all of West Michigan. We feel privileged to work with several talented photographers that provide their work to make our digital presence shine!

Below, read about each one of these unique photographers, their style, experience, and more! 

The S.S. Badger heads out into Lake Michigan at sunset. | Steve Begnoche/American Coot Photography

Steve Begnoche: American Coot Photography

Through his American Coot Photography Steve Begnoche showcases the natural beauty of Michigan landscapes, nature and communities. With more than 40 years of making images as a news photographer, Begnoche has focused on the natural beauty around him since retiring from full-time news reporting and editing. Splitting his time between his home near Ludington and a cottage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Begnoche concentrates on west central lower Michigan and the eastern UP. You can follow his work on Facebook at American Coot Photography.

A Bald Eagle is perched high in a tree. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Todd & Brad Reed: Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Todd Reed has been recording Michigan scenes for 50 years. In 1967, Todd graduated from Ludington High School and then attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City for two years, earning an Associate’s Degree. In the fall of 1969, Todd attended Michigan State University for two years and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Todd spent the next 23 years as a journalist and photojournalist for the Ludington Daily News, where he earned dozens of industry awards for his news writing and his news and feature photographs portraying the beauty and telling the stories of everyday life in small towns and rural areas.

Brad Reed never planned on being a photographer, but growing up he always jumped at every chance to go on adventures with his dad throughout Mason County and West Michigan while Todd was working for the Ludington Daily News. Without a camera in his hand, Brad didn’t realize until he was an adult that he was learning to see the world in photographs. Brad also learned from watching his dad that extraordinary photography requires chasing the light, capturing the defining moment, and good people skills.

See all that the Reeds have to offer at their website.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse is shadowed under a pastel sky. | Craig Sterken Photography

Craig Sterken: Craig Sterken Photography

Craig Sterken spends a lot of his free time traveling the state of Michigan with his wife. Both natives to Michigan, they share a love of the outdoors and everything the great state of Michigan has to offer. Although all forms of photography are of interest to Sterken, landscape and nature photography are his real passion. You’ll find lots of landscape photos on his website that feature waterfalls, lighthouses, beaches, and more. Sterken’s favorite areas to photograph are anywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan or Lake Superior.