5:30 AM you say? For the cover? No Problem.

Alex doing Morning like a Champ.

We (Kevin, Mary, Alex, and I) arrived in Pentwater, up on the shores of lake Michigan well after 10 pm on a Friday night. The drive wasn’t that long, but all there’s a point when the concrete highway barrier disappears and the area between the two roads becomes separated by trees that you truly feel as though you’re heading North. When the trees parted and the city lights faded off of the horizon, the stars were brighter than you ever see back home. We were the only car on the road, no headlights in the rear-view mirror and no looking back. We had a job to do. Anna, Lexie, our Marketing Director Shannon, the model and a friend of Anna’s had already arrived. After an evening of strategic planning, bonding, dancing, and sharing secrets, the nine of us who traveled up to Anna’s cottage at Pentwatter collapsed into a heap of sleeping bags on the living room floor, knowing that our wake up call was only a few hours away. We woke up to the smell of cinnamon rolls and made it to the dunes just before the sun started to rise.

Find out how we got the shot, next.

Images in cooperation with SHEI Magazine

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