M. CHRISTINE BYRON and TOM WILSON are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture. Their pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards and a State History Award.

JERRY DENNIS is a renowned Michigan author and BLUE’s Reflections columnist. He lives near Traverse City where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beach walking “research.” Author of 11 books, Jerry’s articles and essays have run in more than 100 publications.


LYNNE MEREDITH GOLODNER is a nationally-known journalist and author of eight books who blogs daily at lynnegolodner.com. She writes about how people find meaning in the mundane. Lynne lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, with her husband and four children.

MARK GRAF is a nature photographer, artist, diver, and explorer from Detroit, Michigan with more than 20 years of experience creating professional fine art nature photographs. With an interest in a wide range of nature subjects, his lens draws him to explore the many wonders around us. Find him at grafphoto.com.

BOB GWIZDZ is a Michigan native, an avid sportsman and career outdoor writer. Bob is a regular contributor to BLUE and other publications around the state. Recently retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Bob has more time to enjoy the pursuits he loves. Bob lives with his wife Judy in East Lansing.


TOM HAXBY is an award-winning nature and landscape photographer who was inspired by 25 years working outdoors as a natural resource professional. Tom is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association board of directors.  His works appear in magazines, books and calendars. To see more of his work, visit tomhaxbyphotos.com.

HEATHER HIGHAM is a landscape photographer based in Traverse City. Heather spends as much time as she can outdoors. When not editing photos, you can find her on the trail, in the water, or on the slopes - often with camera in hand. Her work has been featured in several Michigan publications. Find her at snaphappygal.com.


COREENE KREISER is a commercial photographer, art photographer and yoga instructor. She is drawn to beauty and emotions behind a scene. She graduated from Western Michigan University’s fine art photography program in 2002 and shoots family and wedding portraits, too. She lives on a Traverse City farm with her husband and son.

JEANINE MATLOW is a Detroit-based freelance writer and regular contributor to national and regional publications, Matlow’s weekly Homestyle column appears in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Jeanine regularly writes about homes and home décor for BLUE.

JOHN MCCORMICK is a landscape photographer, a specialty for more than 30 years. He lives in Edmore where he provides  beautiful images to the State of Michigan, Getty Images and dozens of national and state publications. Find him at michigannutphotography.com.

MARLA R. MILLER is a professional writer and award-winning journalist who lives in Norton Shores where she enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle - camping, hiking, boating, beaching and Lake Michigan sunsets. She enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and regularly contributes to a variety of publications and is grateful to write for a living. See marlarmiller.com.

GARY W. ODMARK is renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes and beautiful color illustrations, Gary creates the visual poetry that accompanies BLUE’s State of Mine and other columns. The Holland-based artist’s fine limited-edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at gwodmark.com.


AARON PETERSON is an outdoor adventure photographer and filmmaker based on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Aaron’s work has helped define the region as an active-travel destination.  In 2016 he helped launch the Fresh Coast Film Festival, a celebration of the landscape and outdoor culture of the Great Lakes region. Find him at aaronpeterson.net.

TODD REED is one of the two principals, along with his father, of Todd & Brad Reed, both known for the award-winning images. They travel the state capturing landscapes, sunsets, wildlife and the splendor of Michigan’s four seasons and soon will come out with their seventh photo book called “Wonderous West Shore.” Find them at toddandbradreed.com.


Grand Haven base, prolific photographer JOHNNY QUIRIN is a frequent contributor to West Michigan publications, the Pure Michigan campaign, Midwest Living and Spectrum Health, among others. He keeps equally busy as owner of a full-service school and youth sports portrait company. You can find him online at flicker.com/photos/jqphoto

KIM SCHNEIDERis an award-winning freelance travel writer and photographer who has explored every corner of Michigan. She writes from her home base in Michigan's Leelanau County and is an active member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association.


TYLEE SHAY is a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys traveling the globe. Tylee lives in East Grand Rapids where she writes for BLUE and Grand Rapids Magazine, among others. Find her photo work at tyleeshay.com/photography-blog.

JOHN SOBCZAK is an award-winning photographer and book author whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and USA Today along with local and regional publications. He lives in Bloomfield with his wife Jackie and daughter, Alex and teaches at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.


DIANNA STAMPFLER is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Michigan Blue. Dianna lives in Walloon Lake these days, fulfilling her dram of living “Up North.” Dianna travels all over the state writing about her finds. She is the president of promotemichigan.com.

PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI is an award-winning former Detroit Free Press reporter whose work included Michigan’s lakes and boating. She’s an experienced sailor and veteran of multiple Mackinac races. A lover of all things related to the water, she divides her time between a home in the Detroit area, a lakefront cottage in mid-Michigan and an ocean front condo in South Carolina. 

NEIL WEAVER is well known for his magnificent nature images. A self-taught photographer born in the Upper Peninsula now living in mid-Michigan, Neil learned about art from his mother, a watercolorist, and then followed up with art courses. Neil’s work takes him all over the state, often with his wife and three children. Find him at neilweaverphotography.com.

MEGAN WESTERS is a freelance writer and editor living in Jackson. Megan has written for a variety of publications about lifestyle, politics, food, wine and travel. She is the digital marketing manager for a winery and enjoys camping, being outdoors, tea and her dachshund, Oakley.


GLENN WOLFF is a Northern Michigan artist and regular BLUE Reflections contributor Wolff illustrated for the New York Times for 30 years and has collaborated on several books with Michigan author Jerry Dennis.