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Angela+Jason: MSU Campus Engagement Photos Dec 4

Fall is always such a beautiful time for photos—and I was so busy taking photos of other people this fall that I completely forgot to plan photos of my own family. Now that we have Zelda, I feel like I need to make a point to schedule family photos at least once a year so that all three of us are in them.

We’re renovating our entire first floor right now (we’re going on two months living with my parents while our house is filled with construction dust), and I’m so excited to have blank walls all over the place to fill with framed family photos and canvases. Maybe we’ll take some while we’re in Hawaii over the new year so that I can look at a nice tropical photo every time I go up and down the stairs (have I mentioned that we’ll be flying with a 13 month old all the way to Hawaii on December 30? Yes, this is happening).

Anyway, on to the featured engagement shoot of the day! Angela and Jason are both super sweet, and it was fun to explore a few different parts of campus that I don’t usually get to. Michigan State’s campus really never gets old for me.

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Happy Birthday, Zelda Dec 1

One year ago, I gave birth to a tiny human named Zelda. One year later, I can honestly say that all of the clichés of parenthood are entirely true. I’ve spent the year in awe of this little being, watching her grow and learn. It’s been the biggest roller coaster of my life—from sleepless nights in tears to hearty laughs and moments of absolute astonishment. I’ve made new friends along the way. I’ve laughed out loud daily. I’ve reinvigorated my interest in photographing families and newborns.

When I was seven months pregnant, I downloaded an iPhone app called “One Second Everyday.” I had seen the app creator speak at the World Domination Summit out in Portland, Oregon in 2013 (yes, I went to a conference called the World Domination Summit), and after watching a similar video project, I was determined to make this a family project for Zelda’s first year of life. It took a ton of dedication, but now that we can look back on her first year through this project, I’m so happy that we did it. Every second brings back the memories associated with it.

Before Zelda’s birthday party yesterday, I set up my camera for my dad so that we could get a few family photos. I spend way too much time behind the camera, and I wanted to make a point to get a few photos with all three of us to display in the house once our first floor renovation is done.

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An Ode to Summer Nov 26

Since we’ve officially bid adieu to warm weather for a good many months (besides a trip to Hawaii that’s been in the works to celebrate the new year—yippee!), I thought that I’d share some photos of how the Siartos spent our last moments of warm weather over Labor Day.

Growing up in Michigan, I’ve come across a few boaters here and there who were willing to share the fun of a day on the boat, but this year, our good friend, Jess, asked if we’d like to rent a place with her family on Torch Lake and rent a boat for the weekend. A bit about Jess—she’s a travel agent (she specializes in destination weddings if you’re considering a wedding abroad), and if she asks you to go on a trip that she’s planning, the answer is always yes (hence Hawaii this December/January).

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We ended up renting a “rustic” cabin by the lake so that we could budget more money toward the boat where we’d be spending most of out time. The cabin itself made for a few adventures (the plumping didn’t really work when it was raining outside, and the paper thin walls created a chorus of babies one night when the two nine month olds would cry back and forth), but we had such a great weekend playing board games, cruising our boat around like real live boaters, dressing the girls in the same bathing suits (how could we resist?), driving the boat up Clam River to Shorts Brewery, floating in the water on rafts and enjoying good company all around. This is the stuff that perfect Michigan long weekends up north are made of.
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Zelda generally despised her lifejacket, but when she had these little toy people in her hand, she could tolerate it.
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Notice my windblown boater hair?
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Baby Ivy Nov 26

It’s time to share another sweet family from this fall! Ivy is three months old and completely adorable.
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Our photo session wiped her out.
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