Michigan State Senior Portraits with Roommates Are Now Available

Michigan State senior portraits with roommates on campus in East Lansing, Michigan

I can’t believe it’s already time to start scheduling Michigan State senior portraits again.

A year ago, Jeff and I went to HopCat in downtown East Lansing to celebrate his leap year birthday. I wrote in my “One Line Every Day” Journal that week, “Watching coronavirus news.” At the time, we still hadn’t seen any cases in Michigan, and it still felt like a far off threat.

Less than two weeks later, MSU shut down, and seniors lost the rest of senior year. We all hoped that 2021 seniors would have a more normal experience, but here we are today.

Some of my Michigan State senior portraits were postponed or cancelled because of complications with traveling home, but we did still manage to make some happen – and it was so nice to be able to give seniors just a touch of normalcy in an otherwise insane year. One parent put it best in an email after the session:

“They were thrilled! … They finally felt like graduates.”

In a year that was missing a graduation ceremony and one last night out with college friends, they had something to hold onto.

Michigan State Senior Portraits Are Open to Book

If you’ve spent the year near campus, there’s a solid chance that you’ve spent more time with your roommates than anyone else. I want to offer you a way to celebrate your time together. My booking calendar is open now for Spring senior sessions. Bring your roommates, siblings, significant other, or pod along to get photos together and individually to celebrate this place that has meant so much to you all.

Is There a Per Person Cost for Sessions?

Nope! Pricing is based on session length, not the number of participants. I do, however, recommend a full or extended session if you want to get photos around campus with a bigger group. We usually get a mix of group and individual photos.

Book Your Michigan State Senior Portraits Here

Spring blooms start around the last week or two of April and last through the first week or two of May.

Michigan State University (MSU) senior photo in a white dress in East Lansing, Michigan - by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior portraits with roommates on campus in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University (MSU) senior portraits in a white dress in front of Spring flowers East Lansing, Michigan - by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State University (MSU) senior photo in a white dress in front of Spring flowers East Lansing, Michigan - by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University (MSU) senior photo in a white dress in front of Spring flowers East Lansing, Michigan - by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State University (MSU) senior photo in a white dress in front of Spring flowers East Lansing, Michigan - by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State University (MSU) senior photo in a white dress in front of Beaumont Tower in East Lansing, Michigan - by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in front of Beaumont Tower in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in from of Beaumont Tower in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in in front of Sparty in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers
Michigan State senior roommate photos on campus in in front of Sparty in East Lansing, Michigan by Allie Siarto Photography, Michigan photographers

Book Your Michigan State Senior Photo Session Here

Video: Our 2020 in Review

Jeff and I started a tradition in 2013 while we were living in Washington DC. We decided to hire a videographer to film a professional video about our lives as they were that year. Since Jeff’s birthday is on leap year, we decided we’d continue it every four years on leap year (yes, we started a year late).

You can see our past videos here:

This time around, I decided to make the video myself. It was a lot of fun, and I’d love to potentially pursue family documentaries like this once COVID-19 lets up a bit.

I love the idea of interviewing family members about a single year or looking back at a lifetime. If you have any interest in being a part of a “beta video,” send me a note at allie (at) alliesiarto.com.

Home Office Renovation: Before and After

Jeff and I have basically worked from home since we gave up our office in downtown East Lansing back in 2014, but it wasn’t always pretty. For years, Jeff worked from a basement “office” that doubled as a messy storage room. I had a desk in there too, but I refused to work among so much clutter, so I spent most days working on my laptop at the kitchen counter (not ideal).

East Lansing DIY basement home office renovation before and after photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets

A few years ago, we finally got it together and renovated the entire basement. This room became a real, organized office, and we removed a TON of wallpaper, painted, and put down new carpet in the other part to create a play area for the girls.

We had used Semihandmade cabinet fronts for our kitchen renovation, and when they reached out to see if we could collaborate on any other projects, I knew exactly what I wanted for the office. We used IKEA’s BESTA cabinets with Semihandmade’s Impression Oyster door fronts. The cabinet fronts were a great match for the IKEA dining tables that became our desks (Jeff wanted a LOT of space for his desk).

I still want to add an egress window to the space for safety and light, but it’s so nice to have a dedicated place to work, especially now that our entire family is home all. the. time.

East Lansing DIY basement home office renovation before and after photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY basement shared home office renovation before and after photos of a desk area
East Lansing DIY basement shared home office renovation before and after photos of a cleaned up desk area
East Lansing DIY basement home office renovation before and after photos of two desks
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation before and after photos with two desks and Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation photos of sitting area with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets

Fall 15 Minute Mini Sessions

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 booked up my September 27 mini sessions, but I’ve opened up a few more mini sessions around other sessions that I already have planned. You can see my booking calendar here.

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!

Book Your Fall Mini Session >

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.

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