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.

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Planning Your Photos with the Uncertainty of Covid-19 (Updated June 26)

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

Weddings

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.

I’ve been working with my wedding couples to reschedule their weddings (my friends at All Grand Events + Floral have a great blog post to guide couples on the tough decision about whether or not to reschedule). Many are choosing to move to 2021, and I’m moving all 2020 contracts with no penalties. If I’m not available on the date you need to move to, I’ll work with you to have one of my associate photographers cover the date.

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

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

Michigan State Fall Senior Photos on North Campus

Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers.

Taylor graduates in the spring, but she loves the fall and wanted to capture her MSU senior portraits on north campus during peak fall colors (she’s from Texas and totally appreciates Michigan’s changing seasons). Taylor scheduled an extended 90 minute session so we could reach as many landmarks as possible during her session, and her mom came along to help with the puppy and other accessories.

Most students plan their senior photos at the end of April or early May when Spring flowers are at their peak (see a few examples and ideas here and here, or browse all senior sessions for ideas on my gallery page), but fall is a great time to highlight all of those energetic colors that spread across campus.

Pros and Cons for Fall Versus Spring Senior Photos

  • Fall can be a bit more windy and chilly, so it’s a good idea to bring along extra hairspray and a jacket (Taylor wore a plush green jacket over her white dress).
  • My fall calendar fills up quickly, so if you’re thinking about a fall session, be sure to book in early summer.
  • Spring tends to be very rainy, so be prepared for your session to be rescheduled in case of rain.
  • Key campus locations get very crowded in the weeks leading up to Spring graduation. You’ll likely need to bring a helper to jump in line for you at Beaumont and Sparty. I’ve seen the wait get as long as 20 or more minutes for a few quick photos. The crowds die down after graduation, and I’ve never had an issue with crowds at these locations during the week in the fall.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing clean stone architecture.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing a senior sitting on a stone wall with fall colors in the background
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing a senior sitting on a stone bench with her puppy.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing a senior holding her puppy with fall colors.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on a stone wall with colorful flowers behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A black and white photo of an MSU senior.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on a stone wall with colorful flowers behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing on bricks with her cap and gown and fall colors in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on steps by a stone wall by Beaumont Tower with fall colors behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing in front of the doors of Beaumont Tower with white flowers around her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior walking down a sidewalk with Beaumont Tower in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior holding her puppy with Beaumont Tower in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior walking down the sidewalk with fall colors behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior with bright orange fall colors behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing by the Red Cedar river in the fall.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting by the Red Cedar river in the fall.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing on the bridge by Spartan Stadium with the Sparty Head in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior wearing her cap and gown in front of Sparty.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior wearing her cap and gown and popping champagne over the grass in front of Sparty.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior holding her puppy in front of Sparty at sunset.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior holding her dog in front of the Sparty Statue.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on stone steps showing classic architecture on MSU's campus.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing in front of the classic architecture of MSU's campus.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A close up photo of an MSU senior sitting near classic architecture of MSU.

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