CAROLYN J. BECK is a food and wine writer and consultant dividing her time between California and the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan. Her most recent past life included an olive ranch and a thriving business in olive oil and specialty foods.


Grand Rapids-based, MICHAEL BUCK extends his seasoned photographic talents into myriad categories, from commercial and corporate work to weddings and editorial features,

Speaker, presenter, instructor and fine art photographer MARK S. CARLSON resides with his wife Debra on a 30-acre private nature sanctuary along the Looking Glass River in Shiawassee County. His work has appeared in multiple media including the book “Michigan Simply Beautiful” (Farcountry Press) and is regularly exhibited in galleries and in private collections throughout the Midwest,

Award-winning photojournalist and Metro-Detroit resident CYBELLE CODISH focuses her instinctive eye and penchant for artistic expression in numerous arenas, particularly the music industry; she also incorporates international advertising assignments into her dynamic portfolio, as well as editorial projects,


Internationally recognized outdoor writer and author JIM DUFRESNE has written more than a dozen wilderness and travel guide books. Last year the Clarkston-based adventurer became the main contributor to, an online resource for trail users in Michigan.

Based in Sterling Heights, photographer JEFF GARLAND has earned renown for his commercial, corporate, editorial, residential, landscape and travel imagery. Recently, Jeff has embarked on a photographic project that captures essential details of great Detroit buildings and landmarks,

Husband-and-wife team JOHN AND BARBARA GERLACH share a dual passion: He’s associate editor of Nature Photographer magazine; her photographs have appeared in National Geographic and Sierra Club calendars. While the couple now lives near Yellowstone National Park, for many years they resided in a forest cabin near Munising – and it’s to northern Michigan they return each year to lead instructional photo workshops,


Sunfield-based freelance writer TOM HUGGLER grew up hunting waterfowl in Michigan. A favorite spot is Saginaw Bay, site of his first duck hunt in 1959. The former president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America is the author of 20 books and contributes to Michigan BLUE and other magazines.

Writer CYNDI LIESKE was raised in Grand Rapids and has fond memories of her family’s cottage on Wolf, north of Baldwin. Based in Howell, her articles have appeared in many newspapers and business publications in Michigan.


Leveraging graphic design services with digital photography talents, Rockford, MI-based STACY NIEDZWIECKI has earned awards in numerous art and photography competitions, while her work has been published in multiple media including “Whisper in the Woods” nature journal, “Michigan 24/7” (Dorling Kindersley) and BLUE,


Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, Holland-based GARY W. ODMARK's fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

Residing in a log home on 200 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, veteran nature photographer ROD PLANCK and his wife, Marlene, offer workshops and tours in locations they have spent years scouting and learning throughout North America and Antarctica,

Ludington-based, father-son photography team TODD AND BRAD REED are renowned for their magically-lit, coastal Michigan photography, which is available through their gallery, in self-published books including “Lake Michigan: Point to Point,” “Ludington State Park: Queen of the North” and their 365 Project 2012 Calendar,

As the president of Promote Michigan, DIANNA STAMPFLER blends her years of print and broadcast media experience with her passion for marketing her home state. Editorial credits include Midwest Living Magazine’s 2006 Michigan Travel Ideas.


Leelanau native KATHLEEN STOCKING, author of “Lake Country” and “Letters From the Leelanau” (, has been awarded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, among others. Having taught writing in California to homeless children and prison inmates as well as to children in El Salvador and northern Michigan, Kathleen is presently serving as an official Peace Corps. volunteer in Romania.

Born and raised in Traverse City Michigan, surrounded by natural beauty, photography was an obvious choice for ANDY WAKEMAN. The highly regarded northern Michigan photographer specializes in lifestyle, editorial and travel imagery.

The prolific work of award-winning, Metro Detroit-based photographer BRIAN WALTERS has been featured in the Pure Michigan campaign and publications including Golf Magazine, GolfWeek, PGA Magazine, Michigan Links, Michigan Golf, Manitou – The Magazine of Leelanau and AAA Living among others,