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).
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.
Zelda generally despised her lifejacket, but when she had these little toy people in her hand, she could tolerate it.
Notice my windblown boater hair?
When Zelda was born last year, I realized just how different newborn photography is from wedding and lifestyle photography. It’s basically a whole different league. I gained a new respect for what goes into newborn photography, and I became immensely more intrigued by the challenge of it.
Over the summer, between weddings, I started to study the ins and outs of photographing newborns, and I was able to practice with a few friend’s brand new babies. Still, I knew there were a few things that weren’t quite falling into place the way I wanted them to—the backdrop would look too wrinkled or the posing wasn’t quite there.
This November, I finally convinced myself to invest in my skills and drive down to Indiana to train with two incredibly talented newborn photographers—Leah Hoskins and Traci Shupert. These two started running the Sweet & Simple Newborn workshops earlier this year, and it was so inspiring to visit Leah’s studio and see them both in action.
Now I’m putting a call out for newborn “models” to help me refine my newborn posing skills and build out my portfolio this winter. If you or someone you know is having a baby this coming January or February, I would love to photograph the baby between 5-14 days old. Email me at allie (at) alliesiarto.com, use the subject “Newborn Model” and tell me the baby’s gender (if known) and due date. In exchange for a model release for my own portfolio, I’ll give you five high res digital images. All sessions will be at my home in East Lansing.
The photos below were styled and posed by Leah and Traci—I take no credit for the magic they worked there. I did take and edit the images.
Traci (left) and Leah (right) show us how to pose little Nash in the “froggy” pose.
Leah and Traci were sweet enough to send me home with this adorable little brown baby bonnet.