TRAVERSE CITY — Move over, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” “Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed” may just take over Michigan book sales.
The father-and-son photographers spent 52 Tuesdays in 2012 criss-crossing the state to make images for their Michigan tribute. The result: an 8-pound book with 400 pages and 1,000 images, about 200 of them shot in northern lower Michigan, from Benzie County to the Mackinac Bridge.
The Reeds are owners of Todd and Brad Reed Photography in Ludington, where they sell their landscape images. Many are seen in publications like Michigan Blue and Traverse Magazine and on Pure Michigan billboards.
But between running the gallery, photography workshops and their respective households, the pair found they had little time to actually shoot. So they set aside Tuesdays, their least busy day — and a slow tourism day, making for fewer crowds and less traffic — just to create new images.
“It got to the point where we had to start shooting more to be full-time landscape photographers,” said Brad Reed, 35. “Tuesday was an entire day, from sunrise to sunset, to travel and shoot photos."
During the year of Tuesdays, which started Jan. 3 and ended Dec. 25, 2012, the pair racked up 35,000 miles between them. Along the way, they encountered spectacular scenery, uncovered hidden spots and happened on a few once-in-a-lifetime shots, like rare blue ice on the Straits of Mackinac.
"We came up on that and it was like winning the jackpot," Reed said. "We'd never seen that except on TV, up in the Arctic."
He said another project highlight came while shooting at Pierce Stocking Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Arriving at an overlook on a midday in May, they were surprised to find they were above the clouds, making for remarkable shots. Then they watched, photographed and videotaped as a severe thunderstorm rolled to shore.