3 Best Portrait Backdrops at Devil’s Lake State Park

So I admit that I have yet to explore the entirety of Devil’s Lake State Park, but given that it is the largest state park in the State of Wisconsin, I feel like I’m still qualified to offer some insight about its more notable aspects. My most recent visit was in early January of 2019, so whether my top three still hold up in summer is up for debate. My friends and I captured great content at the following locations, but I encourage you to share other great photo-ops below! All photos are credited to their respective photographers (noted in captions). Be sure to check them out on social media!

North Shore Beach

This is actually a selfie taken with my selfie stick!

Beach, please! I can assure you that this backdrop is stunning any day of the year. While we braved windy conditions and ice for these shots, all you need to amp up the heat in your photos is full sun in the forecast and a little editing!

Train Tracks

Photo by Julian V.

Tread lightly here, as these tracks are still very much active! While you can get awesome content on the tracks, you might catch some cool shots next to the tracks too if you are fortunate enough to see a train pass by like we did. I do not condone breaking the law, but I do condone good content creation. Be safe out there!

East Bluff Trail

Photo by Sergio Flores

This trail is most notable for leading to Balanced Rock and Devil’s Doorway, but you are going to stop for portraits an obscene amount of times along the way! With so many outlooks, we were able to capture a bunch of different images. Make sure you set aside plenty of daylight to hike the entire length of the trail, though – we missed out on getting pictures at Devil’s Doorway before it got dark.

Which of Wisconsin’s state parks and natural landmarks have you utilized successfully as a backdrop for portraits? Milwaukee’s creative community is always looking for new places to shoot and explore!

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