Faces of Electric Forest 2022: Portraits show the personalities of the ‘Forest Family’


ROTHBURY, MI — Electric Forest is a place where attendees often feel empowered to let their personalities show.

You can often see it in their attire, body paint or tattoos and the totems they carry.

Bright colors, including lipstick, face jewels and hats, are a trademark for some. Others choose to don wigs, fake beards and even custom costumes. Among the portraits are people dressed up as fairies, elves, forest rangers, Deadmaus, Ravepool and more.

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MLive multimedia specialist Joel Bissell captured dozens of portraits and candid images of festival attendees, ranging from 4 months old to 70 years old, during the four-day festival. Festival-goers are affectionately called members of the “Forest Family.”

The popular music and camping festival drew tens of thousands of people from around the country to Double JJ Resort in a rural part of West Michigan, north of Muskegon.

Below are some of our favorite portraits, and click here to see the gallery of all 65 images.

Lavender from Detroit poses for a portrait during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Festivalgoers pack into Carousel Club to watch a secret set by Clozee during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Haven Shoemaker of Colorado and her four-month-old daughter Oella pose for a portrait during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Electric Forest 2022--Totems

Alan and Martha Scott of Columbiaville, Michigan pose for a portrait with their handmade totems during the second day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. The couple are 68 and 69 respectively and have attended five forests. Alan named his totem “Woody the Walking Stick” and has digital eyes that move. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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A Sherwood Forest creature gazes into the distance during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Griz performs during his “Chasing the Golden Hour” set at Ranch Arena during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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“Electric Forest Rangers” Michael Robinson and Gavin Fullerton pose for a portrait in Sherwood Forest during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Electric Forest 2022--Totems

Cierra Cornwall of Ludington poses for a portrait in Sherwood Forest during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Sherwood Forest creatures pose for a photo during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Maddie Spence of Phoenix poses for a portrait in Sherwood Forest during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Emily Ryan and Phillip O’Neal both of Springfield, Ill. pose for a portrait in their hammock in Sherwood Forest during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Arika Brandon of Sand Lake and Vu Ngyuen pose for a photo in Sherwood Forest during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. Brandon is six-months pregnant with a boy. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Matthew Stadfled of Grand Rapids poses for a portrait in Sherwood Forest during the third day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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‘Wacky wave inflatable gal’ poses for a portrait in Sherwood Forest during the second day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Skyler Snow of Minneapolis poses for a portrait in her blue moth outfit during the second day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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A forest creature dances on stilts in Sherwood Forest during the first day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Festivalgoers dance as Louis the Child performs during their Playground Radio curated set at Tripolee during the first day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. The electronic DJ duo consists of Robby Hauldren and Frederic J. Kennett. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Mitchell Foster of Romeo, Michigan poses for a portrait in his “last minute green gorilla suit” during the first day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Jasmine Jaeger and Connor Brinkman both of Bollingbrook, Illinois pose for a portrait after Jaeger said yes, in Reincarnation Village inside Sherwood Forest during the first day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan . (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Festivalgoers pose for a photo in their outfits during the first day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Jose Brooks of Louisville welcomes festivalgoers as the enter the festival grounds during the first day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Madi Alaspa of Duluth, Minnesota poses for a portrait in her “Moon Elf” costume during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Ashley Sakuta of Detroit poses for a portrait in her autumn fairy costume during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Brody Fraley of Columbus poses for a portrait with his noodles during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

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Chris and Logan of Dayton, Ohio pose for a portrait during the fourth day of Electric Forest Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

To view the full gallery of portraits click here.

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