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Hello and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Craig Sterken. I spend a lot of my free time traveling the state of Michigan with my wife. We are both native to Michigan and love the outdoors and everything this great state has to offer. With four seasons and ever changing conditions, Michigan has a lot to offer a photographer.


Although all forms of photography interest me, landscape and nature photography are my real passion. You’ll find lots of landscape photos here featuring waterfalls, lighthouses, beaches, and more. My favorite areas to photograph are anywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan or Lake Superior. Ice covered lighthouses in winter are natures sculptures and ever changing. Autumn strewn leaves on river rocks add vivid colors to waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. Our iconic Mackinac Bridge changes scenery depending on the season or time of day.


Traveling from places as diverse as the beaches of Ludington to the wilderness of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Porcupine Mountains, or to the expanse of Sleeping Bear Dunes, the wonders of nature never fail to amaze. I distinctly remember a 6 am trek across a frozen Lake Superior through darkness to capture the spectacular sunrise lighting up the ice curtains on Grand Island.


Please take a moment to browse the galleries and experience your own journey as seen through my lens. If something catches your eye, we offer prints, matted prints, metal prints, gallery wrap canvases and more. All top quality with archival materials.


In addition to my photo work, I also do freelance writing, offer royalty-free licensing, guest blog for other websites, including the Pure Michigan campaign. My work appears in magazines, travel brochures, commercial calendars, as well as gracing the walls of homes, offices, and hospitals.


If you have questions, please feel free to send me your questions at [email protected].


I'm honored to have worked with, or been published by the following clients



National Geographic

Condé Nast

Pure Michigan

Cornerstone Strategic Branding / Nestle



Getty Images

Younkers Department Stores

Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lansing Community College - Gannon Building

United States Postal Service

Advantage Marketing & Publications, Inc.

Maude’s Gallery - Ludington

Landing Gull Gifts - Mackinac Island

Betty’s Gifts - Mackinac Island

McClaren Bay Region

Generations Family Dentistry


MSU-COM Internal Medicine 

Michigan Blue Magazine

Wolverine Fireworks

Lake Superior Magazine

Bay Life North Magazine

Arlington Endodontics


Point Betsie Lighthouse Giftshop

MDC Wallcoverings


VAST Insurance

HSP/Trusted Media Brands

Farley Calendars

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

McCann Erickson of Detroit

The Nature Conservancy

Thomas Company | Net Lease Capital Markets

Business View Publishing

Lighthouse Realty

Paraclete Press

Coopers Frame and Art

Pinnacle Design

Independant Bank

John Canning Studio

Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Bay County Friend of the Court - Adoptions