Fall Mini Sessions: September 27

Update: All September 27 Mini Sessions Are Booked

View my booking page to explore regular session options.

My oldest daughter started first grade virtually this week, and it has me thinking A LOT about work-life balance this fall.

Virtual school desk setup ideas
Arden playing with Barbies

I’ve decided to limit my photo sessions for the fall. I still have 30 and 60 minute sessions available for now, but I’ll likely close out times as dates book to stick to one session per week.

Mini Sessions

I’m also offering one day of mini sessions on Sunday, September 27 (rain backup: October 4). 

Why so early in the season, you ask? First, my location in Okemos looks amazing with the sun streaking through the full green leaves. Second, I’ve found over the years that young kids do SO much better in warmer weather than when they’re cold (we got lucky last year, but given our luck so far in 2020 so far, I’m not risking it – ha).

Mini Session Location

I’m keeping the exact location a secret until booking – I’ve managed to avoid crowds in this area for years, so it’ll just be between us. But know that the location is in Okemos less than ten minutes west of the Meridian Mall. You can check out sample photos below.

Book Your Session

You can book your mini session online here. This is the only mini session date I’ll offer this year, so get on it!

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Safety Precautions

I’ll be wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing for all sessions this year. Don’t worry – I have a long portrait lens, so I can still get close up photos from a distance.

See the Photo Location

Okemos mini session photo locations
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pretty nature photo locations in Okemos, Michigan (Lansing family photographers, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography)
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One Day Charity Sessions: June 16

Allie Siarto family photo, East Lansing family photographer

A lot of people are hurting right now, and I want to help bring the community together to support the many organizations that are helping. I’ve had a lot of requests to continue the front porch project for charity, so I’ve decided to set up a one day charity shoot so I can get more people involved without driving all over town.

Use this link to sign up for a five minute session on June 16, then send me a receipt to show that you’ve donated at least $50 to any charitable organization of your choice to qualify for your session. See more details below.

Charitable Giving Ideas

You may already have an organization that you love to support, but here are a few ideas:

My Gift to You

As a thank you for your donation, you’ll get:

  • One pose with your family (or anyone you want, as long as you’re in the same household) at the Lewis Landscape Arboretum in East Lansing (see sample photos from this location below)
  • A single high resolution digital download of the photos of your choice with a print release
East Lansing fall engagement photos
East Lansing senior photos, photographer Allie Siarto
East Lansing nature locations

My Motivation

Full honesty – this project scares me. I have four and six year old girls, and childcare is a struggle right now. Weddings and events make up about 65% of my business, and most are rescheduling. A small part of me says don’t give photos away for free when your business is struggling.

But at the same time, I recognize that I have so many privileges. We paid our house off at the end of last year and don’t have to worry about a mortgage payment or any other debt. Our fridge is filled with food. I was once allowed to get on an airplane even though I had forgotten my id. These organizations need the support more than I do right now.

Book Your Charity Session Now

Planning Your Photos with the Uncertainty of Covid-19 (Updated July 16)

East Lansing senior photo ideas

Outdoor photography is currently permitted as long as we maintain social distancing measures. I am not booking indoor sessions at this time.

MSU is now requiring masks on campus, both inside and outside, so I won’t be hosting photo sessions on campus until further notice.

East Lansing Spring maternity photos

I use a relatively long portrait lens, so I’ll still be able to keep a safe distance while capturing portraits, and I will be wearing a mask to sessions in the near term.

You can view my outdoor availability here.

All sessions are subject to postponement if laws change.

Newborn Sessions

Lifestyle newborn photos in East Lansing, Michigan

Newborn sessions are typically very hands on, so these sessions will have to be adapted to be extra cautious for the health of babies.

Newborn lifestyle sessions will become outdoor sessions for the near term. I can drop off wraps, headbands, and hats a few days in advance to give you a chance to wash them if you wish. I also recommend a white onesie. I will send over directions for wrapping your baby.

During the session, I will focus on photos of you holding your little one.

You can view my outdoor availability here.

Lifestyle newborn photos in East Lansing, Michigan


MSU Horticulture Gardens wedding photos

If you’re in this position, I’m so, so sorry. Jeff and I had to reschedule our entire wedding when our Chicago wedding venue went out of business. It was stressful, but the wait was worth it, and we had an amazing wedding day four months after the wedding we were initially planning for.

You can read the officially Michigan guidelines here. Photographers face potential fines for photographing events that break these rules.

Based on these guidelines, most couples are now opting to change their weddings to small ceremony only events with postponed receptions or to postpone completely. I do not recommend hosting a large event involving alcohol – there seems to be a direct correlation between alcohol and difficulties maintaining social distancing.

Outdoor events are now allowed for groups of 100 or less, but please know that government guidelines limit close group photos of people who do not live together, since these groups need to maintain a distance of six feet to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Read the CDC’s considerations for events and gatherings.

Here are the 2021 dates that are no longer available:

  • May 1, 2021
  • May 29, 2021
  • June 12, 2021
  • July 3, 2021
  • July 24, 2021
  • July 31, 2021
  • September 5, 2021
  • September 11, 2021
  • September 18, 2021
  • September 26, 2021
  • October 8, 2021
  • October 16, 2021

Sending love. Stay safe!

Featured In The Knot Michigan

Allie Siarto Photography featured in The Knot Michigan print magazine

It’s always fun to see the hard work of my couples featured in print. The Knot Michigan recently featured Lauren and Tom’s Ford Piquette Plant wedding in their Spring/Summer 2020 print edition.

Special thanks to the other wedding vendors who made it possible:

The Knot Michigan print magazine Spring/Summer edition

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