Rep. VanderWall welcomes local photographers to Tourism Committee meeting

From left, State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes father and son photography team Todd and Brad Reed to the House floor along with Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee chair Rep. Holly Hughes. (Courtesy photo)

From left, State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes father and son photography team Todd and Brad Reed to the House floor along with Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee chair Rep. Holly Hughes. (Courtesy photo)

LANSING — State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, welcomed local photographers, Todd and Brad Reed, to testify Wednesday before the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee regarding their work highlighting the beauty of Michigan.

The father and son team, based in Ludington, have been featured in Outside Magazine, Travelers Magazine, AAA Magazine, Country Living and Outdoor Photographer and have published six books, with a seventh in production. They work closely with Pure Michigan and hope to continue working more with the state’s tourism campaign in the future.

“It’s an honor to have who I consider to be our state’s premier photographers presenting to our committee today,” VanderWall said.

The presentation included a digital slideshow of some of their favorite photos they’ve taken throughout Michigan, including photos of lighthouses, wildlife, the Great Lakes, bridges, freighters, icicles, downtown skylines, natural landscapes and more.

“Outdoor photography is an action sport, and we’ll do whatever it takes to get the shot,” said Brad Reed, who has been photographing with his father since 2004.

When asked about their favorite photo, Todd said a photo he took in 1998 of a lightning bolt hitting near the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse which he titled “God’s Light.”

“It’s a matter of being present at those rare moments and letting the heart guide the composition,” said Todd Reed, who has been capturing the beauty of Michigan for more than 35 years. “We all win when we draw attention to Michigan.”

The Reed’s extensive work can be seen in their gallery located in downtown Ludington or at www.ToddandBradReed.com.

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