Images of Michigan

Photographer’s book features 50 years of beautiful outdoor scenes.
Todd Reed taking a photo in winter through the St. Joseph Pier. Photo by Brad Reed

For more than 50 years, Todd Reed has photographed the beautiful scenery in Michigan.

Reed has snapped more than 1 million photographs of the Mitten State’s natural beauty, and now he’s released a book: “Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through A Lens.” Reed owns a gallery in Ludington with his son, Brad.

The 384-page book features photos from his 23 years as a Ludington Daily News photographer and 33 years with the U.S. Coast Guard on the Great Lakes.

The coffee table book features many of his best-selling pictures and the stories behind them, but Reed also included 67 never-before-seen images from his 50th year: 2020.

Based in West Michigan, many of Reed’s photos show the awesome landscapes and life the region has to offer, but he also has photographed most of the counties across the state.

Favorite shots include the northern lights from Isle Royale and a storm hitting the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse. Still others are simply West Michigan, like stunning images of the beautiful tulips of Holland.

One of Reed’s 10 favorite images in his new book shows a big storm rolling in on the lakeshore. Photo by Todd Reed

Ludington-based LakeFX Media also produced a 21-minute documentary to go with the book.

This story can be found in the January/February 2022 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here

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