About Tom Barrat R5M_0829_Port21MR5M_0829_Port21M

Tom Barrat is a photographer specializing in travel, wildlife and architecture.  With a portfolio of digital images from all over the United States and 35 countries, he is a contributing stock photographer to multiple stock agencies, as well as his own website, and publisher of high-quality coffee table books.

With more than 80,000 images downloaded for use on websites, magazine ads, newspapers, corporate reports, travel books, and other print and digital media, over half of the images are purchased and used internationally.  He is a former executive in financial software development, Internet banking, and payment processing. 

Tom and his wife have been vacationing in Northern Michigan for the last 10 years, and are the happy owners of a home on historic Walloon Lake.  Tom is the publisher and photographer for the newly published Up North Michigan, his third coffee table book that shares the charm and beauty of Walloon Lake, and the surrounding communities.

Tom worked with Twin Lights Publishers to create two highly successful coffee table books Chicago, A Photographic Portrait, and five years later, Chicago, Illinois, A Photographic Portrait and brings that passion to Up North Michigan.

E-mail Tom at [email protected]

5DM44177Port22 Lake5DM44177Port22 Lake

About Sarah Moran Martin

Sarah Moran Martin is a writer and editor for whom Northern Michigan is woven into her life. Once a Kiplinger Washington Letter editor, she then wrote for the Daily Local News outside Philadelphia, where she now lives with husband Tom. She also free-lanced for Washingtonian Magazine and various other newspapers and magazines. Writing has always been her passion -- almost as important as her love for all things Northern Michigan.

A native of suburban Detroit, Sarah and her family traveled every summer to Petoskey, where her mother grew up. In 1973, Sarah’s parents built a cottage overlooking Walloon Lake’s pristine West Arm, a home now owned by Sarah, brother Jeff and their families. She spends as much time as she can Up North with her husband, three grown sons, their families and various family dogs, who are almost always wet from chasing tennis balls into the lake. Sarah and her family delight in lake life, the region’s natural beauty and its rich cultural heritage.

E-mail Sarah at [email protected].