Convention Photographer Muskegon Trade Show

Perhaps you’re an event planner. Planning an event in Muskegon. And you need an experienced event photographer in Muskegon. Sweet! I’m happy we found each other!

I’m Jon. These are my photos from over the years covering these trade shows. They’re fun they’re real they’re smart. I’d love for you to have some just like it for your Muskegon event. Please contact me for some awesome ideas!

February 2015 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper – Mackinac Bridge

If you like this view of the Mackinac Bridge, then I highly recommend taking advantage of it; which requires a stay at the Riviera Motel in Mackinaw City. It’s not exactly the Palmer House in Chicago, but then again, the Palmer House does not have this view!

February 2014 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper
February 2015 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper
Mackinac Bridge

Yes! This means the Desktop Wallpaper Calendars have OFFICIALLY returned to Picture Michigan! There is a small change from last month. Instead of 1080-sized images, the images are 1280×720 px. When setting the background, experiment a little. Maybe center will work better than stretch for ya. And you can save it in your mobile device and use it as wallpaper there too.

 

Wedding Tip — Get an Emcee

This one is perhaps the most important wedding tip I can pass along. It comes up during the first meeting I have with the bride and groom.

Wedding Tip - Have an MC
Wedding Tip – Have an MC

Having an Emcee is important. And, it is very very important. Also referred to as the Master and/or Mistress of Ceremony, this is your project manager for the day. Important important important!

I like to joke about this person being the bossy cousin or aunt that likes to carry around a clipboard. But seriously, this Emcee is not introducing the opening band. The role of this person or persons is to be on top of every little detail throughout the day. They know where the rings are, they know all the immediate family members for photos, they have all the vendors phone numbers, they hand out the checks if needed. They work with the vendors that are on site regarding timing for cake cutting and first dance and ceremony start-time.

The persons taking on this role must absolutely know their importance.

And for me, as the photographer, this person is my BEST FRIEND for the day!

There’s a little more to the story behind the photo here. This is Jenn and Marie. Marie is the bride. (duh, right?) Should I also mention that it was Jenn’s birthday? (again, duh, right?) Jenn was also the Mistress of Ceremony. With that in mind I hope the photo tells the story. Additionally, it’s worth expressing that the bride is the star of the day. The Emcee is the hard working grunt of the day. Both require a boatload of humility.

Two Lighthouses & Two Years & A Lot Of Ice

It’s winter in West Michigan. We had a heinous storm last week with lots of wind. And a year ago about this time we had a similar storm with lots of wind. These storms churned up enough spray from Lake Michigan to coat the lights in Grand Haven and Muskegon with a thick blanket of ice.

The following gallery does not show howling winds, trees bending over, or heavy snowfall. These are images of winter, evoking what may be the imagination’s longing for an era of serenity and solitude in conflict with the mere means of survival for lighthouse keepers from days-gone-by.

There’s a lot of story-telling within these scenes. It was surreal experiencing it, noticing the way the ice bends as the winds changed directions.

Two different days separated by a year, two different lighthouses separated by fifteen miles.

Grand Haven on 1/8/2014 and Muskegon on 1/11/2015.

 

Top Ten Michigan Waterfalls

These are the Michigan’s Top Ten Waterfalls. This is not a scientifically measured survey. It is according to me, Jon Jacobson. The list is not solid and may change tomorrow. Plus, there are not actually ten waterfalls here. Top Ten is simply impossible.

Tahquamenon Falls

The top of the list is Tahquamenon Falls. Okay, so these are not in any particular order. It’s not really my favorite Michigan waterfall to visit. It is certainly the biggest and most popular though. Even in the dead of winter, the parking lot of packed. With snowmobiles.

Tahquamenon Falls
Tahquamenon Falls

Bond Falls

Do I have to pick a favorite? If I must, it would be Bond Falls. Without any real in-depth explanation, I think it would be my favorite because it is so multidimensional. You can spend a lot of time here just sitting back and enjoying the many differing angles from many different angles.

Bond Falls
Bond Falls

Munising Falls

Definitely one of my favorites, Munising Falls rounds out the top three with something in common with the previous two. They are all wheelchair accessible. The previous two waterfalls are truly in the wilderness. Munising Falls is in the city limits across the street from the med center. It is also part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

Munising Falls
Munising Falls

Spray Falls

I suppose I don’t really have ONE favorite waterfall. Let’s call Spray Falls tied for first as a favorite of mine. Why?  I mean, really, just look at it! It’s a creek. That plunges off a cliff. Straight into Lake Superior. This magnificent landmark is accessible either by boat, or a seven mile round-trip wilderness hike within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Spray Falls
Spray Falls

Miners Falls

There is one more waterfall I would like to highlight as a Top Ten that is part of the Pictured Rocks. Miner’s Falls is a powerful and deep drop that makes a wonderful prize at the end of an easy one-mile hike. The view from the platform is nice. The ultimate experience, and you have to face some serious exertion, is to cross the line and make your way to the bottom of the canyon.

Miners Falls
Miners Falls

Agate Falls

If you insist on staying on the platform, no matter the circumstance, skip this one. The only way to really see Agate Falls is to go off the trail and make your way down the hill. It’s not easy but it’s not a rock climb either.

Agate Falls
Agate Falls

Canyon Falls

Along US-41, behind a rest area, is a trail that leads to Canyon Falls. It’s a short and easy walk. I’m reluctant to call this a hike because it is so easy, and, well because it’s behind the bathrooms. The small but well defined canyon is beautiful. And if you keep trekking beyond the waterfalls, and it’s a hot summer day, there is a popular swimming hole with the locals.

Canyon Falls
Canyon Falls

Wagner Falls

Again, in no particular order we make our way to number eight. Wagner Falls is another one of those easy, short, well-maintained trails. Of the dozen falls here, this may be the smallest. Yet it is one of the most beautiful. It is so incredibly close to the beaten path that it is difficult to pass up.

Wagner Falls
Wagner Falls

Manabezho Falls & Manido Falls

Number nine is the Presque Isle River. There is a short stretch of this river in the Porcupine Mountains with a number of waterfalls. The two that I am highlighting in the Top Ten is the Manabezho Falls and the Manido Falls.

Manabezho Falls
Manabezho Falls
Manido Falls
Manido Falls

Potawatomi Falls & Rainbow Falls

And wrapping up the Top Ten (dozen) list of Michigan waterfalls is a short stretch of the Black River, a mere few miles west of the Presque Isle River. A handful of waterfalls are easily accessed, including the Potawatomi Falls and Rainbow Falls.

Potawatomi Falls
Potawatomi Falls
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls

Sable Falls

Let’s just call this a baker’s dozen. But which one? ONLY ONE? Okay, with so many more Michigan Waterfalls to select, let’s go with Sable Falls. Yet another within Pictured Rocks, this waterfall has a nice viewing platform and lots and lots of steps. Keep going down the path a little further and enjoy Lake Superior and the view of the Grand Sable Dunes.

Sable Falls
Sable Falls

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Top Ten Michigan Waterfalls
Top Ten Michigan Waterfalls

 

 

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

Since the earliest days of the Picture Michigan website, desktop wallpaper has been a popular fixture, except for the past couple years.

So let’s try it again. Only Calendars. Only one size, to fit screens that are 16:9 ratio. If you have an old “square” monitor, well, it just won’t be the same if you try to use it.

December 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper
December 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper (yes it says 2015, I’m practicing saying it!)
Grand Haven Light
January 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper
January 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper
Grand Haven Light

 

Because of the number of operating systems and browsers and phones and tablets, there is really no way I can offer support. The resolution of the wallpaper is 1920×1080. Right click on or touch & hold on the image and there should be something like “set as wallpaper or background or save as etc…” Depending on your choices, you may have to stretch or center.

And be sure to click the share buttons below!!

Grand Haven Lights

I’ve been LOVING the storms and wind this past week. This shot here is of Grand Haven but not from this past week. One of my favorite wind storms I’ve photographed was this one, from April 2007.

It was a dramatic one. The previous day was 70. On this particular day it was a strong constant wind and below freezing temps with blowing snow and sand!

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I was even on the news that night!

 

 

i heart photoshoot

Yesterday I was honored and humbled to photograph at a location that used to be my old stomping ground. The location is home to 105.7 FM, a radio station I used to work at over 15 years ago.

The photoshoot was at the iHeartMedia studios for Bethany Services, photographing Britta of B-93/WMUS, Kelly of Star 105.7, and Shmitty of 104.5 SNX.

These awesome radio personalities were also awesome photo personalities. That old adage, “I’ve got the perfect face for radio.” Not with these three! Beautifully sunning!