How to Prep for Michigan State Senior Photos

Michigan State senior photos on campus

Most people think about senior photos as a rite of passage during high school, but Michigan State senior photos have become more and more popular over the years as a way to celebrate and commemorate four (or more) years transitioning into adulthood on campus.

Michigan State senior photos on campus in spring

When to Schedule Michigan State Senior Photos

If you’ve been thinking about planning your own college senior photos, the best time to schedule your photos will be the last two weeks of April and into early May. The colors on campus are incredible during that time, and it’s a time of celebration on campus.

We’ll schedule the photos in the evening based on the best light of the day.

I recommend scheduling your session in late winter or early Spring to guarantee a spot.

Michigan State senior photos on north campus

When to Wear to Your College Senior Photos

I have a styling quiz that will help you figure out exactly what to wear, but most women choose to wear a white dress to wear under the traditional cap and gown. We usually take a mix of photos – some with the cap and gown, and some with the dress only.

Michigan State senior photos on campus

Who to Bring to Your MSU Senior Photos

I always have seniors bring at least one friend along to help with the cap and gown and to stand off camera and take part in a few little verbal prompts to help you relax and laugh naturally. And have your friend come photo ready to jump into a few photos during the session.

Michigan State senior photos on campus with cap and gown

How Many People can Participate in One College Senior Photo Session?
  • Mini sessions (30 minutes) can be shared with two seniors (or one senior with a few friend photos).
  • Full sessions (60 minutes) can include up to five seniors
  • Extended sessions (90 minutes) can include a group of up to ten friends. Keep in mind that the more people you add to the session, the less time we’ll have for different locations, but this is a great way to share costs and get a few great individual photos of each person, plus a mix of professional group photos.

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower with boyfriend

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower with friends

Michigan State senior photos by Sparty

Michigan State senior photos by Sparty

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower

Michigan State senior photos on north campus

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Lansing Maternity Photos in Winter

Lansing maternity photos in winter

Winter always brings a welcome quiet to my world after my busiest time of the year from October through December. Last year, we even left town for six weeks to get out of the cold (I’m missing that Florida sunshine a bit right now—Zel asked me today why the sky is always so gray). Despite the cold, I always love getting out for a few winter sessions and winter weddings. I have a few favorite winter photo locations that tend to gravitate toward, and these Lansing maternity photos were no different.

Lansing maternity photos in black and white during winter

Lansing winter maternity photos with snow

Lansing winter maternity photos with snowy location

Lansing winter maternity photos by a winter pond

Lansing winter maternity photo locations

Lansing winter maternity photo locations with a pond

Lansing winter maternity photos locations with brick

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Experimenting with Photographs + Motion

Late last year, I discovered a way to add motion to my photographs. It’s a fun way to add a new angle of creativity to my work—I think it would be especially fun as a way for companies to stand out with their brand stories on their websites and in social media.

It would also be really fun to put together a quick edit during dinner at a wedding and display a moving image during the reception&mdash.

Want to talk through creative concepts for your brand or put together a moving image to display at your event or wedding? Get in touch.

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7 Ideas for a Zero Waste Wedding Day

If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you know that our family took a leap into the world of “zero waste” at the beginning of 2019. That means we’re doing everything we can to reduce what we send to the landfill, and we’re trying to be careful about limiting our single use plastic usage after reading reports that a lot of plastic that used to get recycled is now being burned or ending up sitting in piles with nowhere to go.

In our personal lives, we’ve changed the way we shop for groceries, and we’re checking ourselves when it comes to Amazon purchases (my mom used to joke that there was a new Amazon box in our entryway every time she came over).

We buy our groceries with tare bags (bags with their weights printed on them), we shop the bulk section, and we’ve started making more at home (bread, cookies, even carbonated water—I was crazy enough to set up a refillable Co2 tank under the sink to put bubbles into my water).

zero waste groceries with tare bags

As I’ve been spending more time diving into the world of zero waste, I started to see more and more discussions online around how couples can take conscious steps to cut their waste on their wedding days. Here are seven simple ideas that I’ve come up with.

7 Simple Ideas to Cut Waste on Your Wedding Day

1. Buy Plantable Wedding Invitations

Botanical Paper Works offers invitations printed on seed paper, so they can be planted. The seeds add a great texture to the paper, to boot.

2. Hire a Caterer Who Uses Washable Tableware

zero waste wedding day ideas - hire a caterer who uses reusable plates

Many caterers will provide you with reusable glasses, plates, silverware, and even napkins. Ask the bartender if you can skip the straws, or use paper straws instead.

Linens can also be rented, which is an easy win.

3. Compost Your Flowers After the Wedding Day

zero waste wedding ideas - compost your flowers

See if you can get table arrangements that don’t involve foam for structural support, and talk to your florist about what happens to the flowers after the wedding day is over. Hammond Farms in Lansing has a yard waste drop off composting program. If you really want to go all out, you could use living potted plants on your tables and send them home with guests.

4. Buy Some of Your Pieces Secondhand

zero waste wedding ideas - buy secondhand or rent

There’s an active Facebook group in Lansing called Bride to Bride Mid-Michigan where married couples sell their wedding pieces to couples who are planning their weddings. Between this and Facebook Marketplace, you’re sure to come across some great finds to save money and reuse items that have only been used once.

There are also some great vintage rental companies in the area.

5. Have Your Wedding Party Rent Their Outfits

zero waste wedding ideas - have your wedding party rent their outfits

I’m a huge fan of Rent the Runway for bridesmaid dresses. Your bridesmaids can wear incredible gowns without having to worry about what they’ll do with them after the wedding.

6. Choose Eco-friendly Gifts
zero waste wedding ideas - create edible gifts or experiences
Loft310 lets its couples use their donut board to share donuts with guests

Rather than giving each guest something packaged in plastic, consider donating to a cause, letting them take home the potted plants that you’ve used as centerpieces, or giving them something tasty (I’m always a fan of donuts in paper bags as a wedding favor—let them choose their favorite donut from a special dessert table).

zero waste wedding day ideas - zero waste gifts

For the wedding party, can you think of an experiential gift instead of a physical gift? Maybe you treat all of the bridesmaids to a little something at the spa (make it a girl’s day). Maybe you treat your groomsmen to a sporting event, or give them gift certificates to their favorite restaurants.

If you really want to give the members of your wedding party a physical gift, consider giving them something low waste or something that they can use regularly, like a stasher bag filled with their favorite sweet treat (Horrocks has a crazy assortment of package-free goodies, or you could order cookies from a local bakery), a package-free lush bath bomb, or anything from the website Need a bag to put it all in? These cute tare bags can be used to buy produce or bulk items at the grocery store instead of using plastic.

Now that Marie Kondo is all the rage, they’ll appreciate that they don’t have to add any more physical items to their lives. And thoughtful experiences always bring joy.

7. Use Leaves to Create Confetti for Your Big Exit

zero waste wedding ideas - use leaves for confetti

Use a heart or circle punch to punch out confetti from leaves for your guests to throw during your exit (thanks to Kait for this amazing idea). They’re biodegradable, and they won’t produce plastic waste like tiny bubble containers. You can find cute baskets at secondhand shops to put them in, and then donate or sell the baskets when you’re done, or create little paper pouches that can be recycled.

zero waste wedding ideas - use leaves for confetti

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