Commercial Photography: Zeke the Wonder Dog + Graduate East Lansing

Commercial photography image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting on a green velvet couch at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers

I first started chatting with Abby, a Marketing Manager at Graduate Hotels, about branding photo opportunities for the hotel last March. We were originally talking about about taking photos of MSU graduating seniors at Graduate East Lansing’s rooftop bar overlooking campus around Spring graduation week, but Covid impacted the hotel launch (like it does)—so Abby changed gears and set up our first photo shoot with Zeke the Wonder Dog.

I’ve worked with a lot of dogs over the years, and a lot of them have been extremely well behaved (don’t worry—plenty of dogs have been far less than perfect, and we’ve still gotten great shots of them). But Zeke’s training is at a whole other level, and I have so much respect for the time it must have taken to get him to this level.

But even the best trained dog will keep you on your toes during a photo shoot. Patience only lasts so long when you’re a pup, so I had to act fast to create a set of photos for Graduate East Lansing to use on Instagram and in other marketing materials.

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Commercial photography image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting on a green velvet couch at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting in front of the front desk at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog jumping to catch a frisbee in front of the front desk at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog jumping to catch a frisbee in front of the front desk at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting in the lobby at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting in the lobby at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting in the lobby by the stairs and wall of art at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting on top of the painted rock in Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog walking across the outdoor rooftop Rock bar at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting  at the outdoor rooftop Rock bar at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog jumping to catch a Frisbee at the outdoor rooftop Rock bar at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog jumping to catch a Frisbee at the outdoor rooftop Rock bar at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog sitting  at the outdoor rooftop Rock bar at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers
Commercial photography with an image of Zeke the Wonder Dog making a paw print on the painted rock at The Rock Bar at Graduate Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie Siarto & Co., branding photographers

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Our New Place

We’re finally starting to settle into our colorful new place in East Lansing, Michigan. As a photographer, I’m thrilled to be living in a home with such beautiful natural light in every room.

Our move was surprisingly smooth, thanks to help from my Dad, my sister, Adriane, and my brother-in-law, Christopher. I can’t imagine how we would have made another winter move without their help.

We’ll start with the kitchen—an important part of our lives. Jeff actually put the microwave up in the crawl space in the loft to see if we could get by without it. That touch of extra effort definitely makes me appreciate the food I’m eating.

Romulus loves being king of the castle and staring out on his kingdom. His kingdom clearly still needs a lot of photos to fill the blank walls (still a work in progress).

The loft makes for cozy reading in the sunlight on weekend mornings. It has already become our little escape.

Heading back downstairs to the bedroom.

And finally, the bathroom, complete with a retro radio.

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