2017-11-19_0007Grand Marais has a special place in my heart. It is such a magical place; a Midwest oasis filled with art, nature, and welcoming locals. My mom took me camping there when I was little, and every summer we try to make it back. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend taking a trip! I’m just now getting around to editing personal images from my summer travels, and these shots put such a smile on my face.

Check out my comprehensive post below on things to do, sights to see, food to eat, and drinks to drink!



My weekend in Grand Marais with Jim, my tuts, and Fleetwood Mac, our dog son, was one of my favorite of the summer. We woke up each morning to freshly brewed coffee and huge, to-die-for breakfast spreads (complete with Bloody Marys, of course). We hiked until our calves ached, and spent plenty of time exploring, wandering in-and-out of local shops, restaurants, and sites.




Grand Food and Drink

Definitely two of the most important details of any trip.

The Dunes Saloon Lake Superior Brewing CompanyAmazing food and atmosphere – you have to try their parmesan and garlic popcorn!  I recommend the beer battered whitefish or homemade pizza. Jim loves their scotch eggs, which are a hard find in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A glass of homemade Root Beer or their Sandstone Ale is the best refreshment. The juke box in this joint is also A+!

West Bay Diner: This is a must stop for breakfast on your way out of town! It’s like eating a meal in your grandma’s kitchen. The diner is attached to an old house, complete with a stone fireplace. A chalkboard displays the menu, which changes daily. They have one cook manning the kitchen and one waitress on the floor, so be patient. I promise it’s worth the wait – best breakfast ever.


or you can always cook your own!




Grand Shops & Sights

The Pickle Barrel House: This spot is one of the most unique structures in the country. “It was built in 1926 as a summer cottage for author/illustrator William Donahey and his wife, Mary. The cottage, which contains a living area, pantry, kitchen, and bedroom, stood on the shore of Sable Lake until 1937, when the house was moved into Grand Marais and placed on the corner of Lake Avenue and Randolph Street. For years it was a visitors information center, ice cream stand, and gift shop, and in 2003 the Historical Society purchased the building. It has been restored to its original condition as a summer cottage of the 1920s. Don’t miss this very special place.”

The Fishnet House: Grand Marais is filled with little galleries and shops featuring art by local artisans; stained glass, jewelry, pottery, and other handmade goods. My absolute favorite must-stop-shop is The Fishnet House. It used to be a place where a local fisherman would mend his nets while his wife worked at the loom. Now, it’s an art gallery and boutique with a humble Victorian meets beauty aesthetic.




Grand Lodging, Beaching, & Hiking

Woodland Park Campground: I’ve stayed at various bed and breakfasts here, but I’d have to say my favorite place is Woodland Park Campground. It’s located right on the beach and Lake Superior.

Grand Marais Beaches are all in walking distance from town. Our favorites include Agate Beach, Grand Marais Harbor, Woodland Park Beach, and the mouth of the Grand Sable River.

This quaint corner of the Wolverine state is a hiker’s dream. Trail opportunities are diverse, from scenic wilderness hikes along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to adventuring along the Sucker River, there’s something for everyone. There are incredible overlooks, historic buildings and sites, diverse ecosystems, waterfalls, rock cliffs and bluffs, wilderness lakes and streams, wildlife, and remote coves. 


Fire starters!

GM-9312GM-92282017-11-19_0010For those star gazers out there, Grand Marais has some of the darkest skies in the country…which means a globe-like surrounding of twinkly balls of fire. As for the daytime, I’ve witnessed some of the best sunsets of my life from these beaches. 

GM-9248GM-9230I know it may seem like a world away, especially with Christmas just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer. Highly suggest a getaway to Grand Marais, Michigan! As you can see, I’m quite the fan.



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 “Too often we underestimate the power

of a touch, a smile, a listening ear,

an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

I wanted to start this, a post where you get to meet me on a more personal level, with the mantra I live by. Kindness is a virtue, one that I choose to practice every day. Nothing makes me smile more than seeing others happy, which is why I enjoy capturing the most momentous occasions of people’s lives.

If you’re here, chances are you’ve been following Juniper James Photography, whether through this blog or my social media accounts. I feel like it’s about time we got to know one another a little better. I’m Alekz Jorgensen, owner and operator of Juniper James Photography.


There are a few things you should know about me…

  • I love the water! That includes swimming, boating, bubble baths, anything! This is probably because I’m a midwest gal who grew up in Marquette, Michigan, a small city located right on Lake Superior.
  • For as long as I can remember I’ve loved everything Art, from fashion to interiors, architecture to creative writing. Anything creative is something I want to be involved in. The feeling I get working on an artistic endeavor is indescribable – really getting lost is the best experience.
  • I have a little brother named Finn, I’m sixteen years older…but we’re very close and always have a hilarious time together. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
  • I have a wild imagination. Seriously…you wouldn’t believe some of the ideas I dream up!
  • I grew up exploring art museums, traveling, drawing, and painting. My parents were always surrounded by interesting people from all different walks of life. My mom would throw the most fabulous dinner parties with not one person alike in the bunch. There was always live music with rooms full of laughter and diverse conversation.
  • Jim and I cook dinner every night. We’re self-proclaimed foodies and love to create different dishes.
  • I love getting older. If you’re not changing you’re not growing. Every year, every day even, I get the chance to reflect, learn from mistakes, and get closer to the best self I can be. “The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” ― Jon Karkauer
  • My bags are always packed – literally. Over the past five years, my husband and I have traveled all over the world, 21 countries and over 50 cities. We enjoy being submersed in different cultures more than anything else.


Must haves:

red lipstick, cozy Sundays, good energy, books


my French Bulldog Fleetwood Mac, my best friend & other half James, live music, reading, indie/foreign films


Guilty pleasures:

parties, Vogue, wine & cheese, Curb your enthusiasm

Lastly, at the end of every day, no matter how hard the day has been, I find a reason to be grateful. I surround myself with constant daily affirmations so I never forget how thankful I am for this life. You being here and reading this is on the top of my list!

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2017-08-15_0006The day that “Molly and Josh” became “Mr and Mrs Neudorfer” could not have been more perfect. The two celebrated their commitment in Molly’s hometown of Marquette, Michigan. From the Mother of the Bride’s handmade bouquets from her garden, to the family and friends who celebrated with the couple – at the end of the night, my cheeks hurt from smiling!

The ceremony was held at the historically gorgeous Landmark Inn. Molly was vibrant in a Vera Wang wedding gown, and carrying a fairy tale bouquet from Lutey’s Flower Shop. As previously stated, Molly’s mom made all of the bridesmaid bouquets with flowers from her beautiful garden. Throughout all of the excitement and wedding day buzz, you could literally feel the love of Molly and Josh. Soulmates, with the perfect little family, that’s just what they are!
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2017-08-01_0005Recently, my husband and I celebrated three years of marriage! To commemorate this special occasion, we planned a trip to one of the most magical places in the United States – Mackinac Island. 

Somewhere in Time

If you didn’t know, and there are many who don’t, Michigan is separated into two peninsulas. Those land masses are connected by the mighty Mackinac Bridge. Trips over the Mighty Mac lead you to Mackinac Island. Immediately after crossing into the Lower Peninsula, you ditch the car and hop on a ferry to the island. Once you hit land, you are quite literally catapulted Somewhere in Time.

Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark. In the 17th century it served as the center of the Great Lakes fur trade, and during the American Revolutionary War, the British established Fort Mackinac. In 1980, Richard Matheson directed the movie Somewhere in Time on the island, starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. The movie is a big point of pride for the island, with an abundance of dedicated stores and museums. View full post »

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