Michigan State Senior Photo Ideas with Roommates

Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates and cap and gown, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan

These six roommates got in touch with me recently to celebrate their time at Michigan State with MSU senior photos. Their senior year was so far from what they’d all hoped for, but they had each other through it all, and I was so happy to get to take photos for them to look back on – I wish college senior photos were more of a thing when I went to MSU.

If you’re planning MSU senior photos this year, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Rain and wildly changing temperature are inevitable in the spring, so be ready to get flexible.
  • Bring a mask along (MSU campus policy).
  • The last week of April and the first week of May are typically the most popular times for photos in front of Michigan State landmarks like Sparty, Beaumont, and the bridge by Spartan Stadium. I highly recommend brining along an extra friend to wait in line for you while you’re taking photos so you’re not spending half your session waiting in line.

In such a bummer year, college senior photos have been an amazing way to find a touch of normalcy and joy.

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Safety first: I’m fully vaccinated, but I still wear a filtered mask during all of my sessions.

Michigan State University senior photo ideas with white dress and head shots, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with white dress and head shots, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with white dress and head shots, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with white dress and head shots, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with white dress and head shots, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with white dress and head shots, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates and cap and gown, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates and cap and gown, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown over the shoulder with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown over the shoulder with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown over the shoulder with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown over the shoulder with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photo ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown over the shoulder with a magnolia tree in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with a couple on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with a couple on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of the door at Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown near Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown at the MSU Beal Gardens, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown on the bridge behind the library with the Spartan Stadium Sparty head in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of Sparty, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown in front of Sparty, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University senior photography ideas with roommates on campus in white dresses and cap and gown throwing caps in the air in front of Sparty, by Allie Siarto & Co, senior photographers in East Lansing, Michigan

Personal Branding Photography: Lansing, Michigan Audiobook Narrator Headshots

Professional Brand Head shots - ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white and live plants.

I’m fully vaccinated and back in the studio for personal branding photography!

For her fiancé’s birthday a few years back, Rachel got friends together to record the first Harry Potter book for him – she was the main narrator. They ended up sending the recording to Audible, and she’s recorded 125 books since then (!). I’m such a big fan of audio books (I listen to them on daily walks for sanity or clean the house), so I told Rachel I was big time fan girling over her career.

She wanted branding photos with earthy tones with a relaxed but edgy aesthetic – confident but laid back, with a look that shows her sarcastic nature. Here’s a small sampling of what we got.

Interested in setting up your own personal branding portraits? You can learn more here.

I still wear my filtered mask and maintain a distance with my long lens during all sessions.

Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, brick wall, and leather couch
Professional Branding Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, brick wall, and leather couch
Personal Branding Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, brick wall, and leather couch
Personal Brand portraits ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white and live plants.
Personal Branding portraits ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, and a wood desk.
Personal Brand Head shot portrait ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white and live plants.
Personal Branding Head shot photo ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, concrete floor, leather couch, and stack of books.
Personal Brand Head shot photography ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - reading with natural elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, concrete floor, leather couch, and stack of books.
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, concrete floor, gray fabric chair, and stack of books.
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, leather couch, and a light fabric chair
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, leather couch, and a light fabric chair
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants, white wall, and a light fabric chair
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants and flowers, white wall, and a wood table
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants and flowers, white wall, and a wood table
Professional Brand Head shot ideas from East Lansing, Michigan Branding Photographer, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography. Headshots for an audio book narrator - natural with elements of green, white, live plants and flowers, white wall, and a wood table

Michigan State Senior Pictures: Couple Campus Graduation Photos + FAQ

Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple on MSU's campus

We’re only a few months away from graduation season, so now is the time to book Michigan State senior pictures on MSU’s campus.

Let’s take a look at some common questions that I’ve had about Michigan State senior pictures.

Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in caps and gowns on MSU's campus on the bridge by the library and Spartan Stadium overlooking the Red Cedar River, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers

Is there an additional costs to add more people to my MSU senior pictures?

There’s no extra cost to add additional people to your session. My sessions are based on session length, not head count. That said, I do have recommendations for session length based on the number of people you plan to have and the key locations that you want to make it to, which brings me to question #2.

I’ve photographed seniors solo, with pet dogs, siblings, couples, parents, family, and best friends/roommates, so think through who you want to be there with you to remember this time. If you’re mostly focused on solo photographs, you might still consider having your photo helper jump in for a few photos at the end, so have them come ready.

Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in a suit and white dress on MSU's campus in front of the Clara Bell Smith Center, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers

Which session length do most people choose for MSU college graduation photos?

The most popular session for MSU senior photos is the full session (one hour). This gives us time to take one to three seniors around to the major landmarks on campus. We typically start by the MSU Union or the Eli Broad Museum (depending on your tastes – classic architecture versus modern), then head to Beaumont Tower, walk the bridge behind the library with a view of the Red Cedar River and Spartan Stadium, and end at Sparty (be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes to change into between photo sets).

That said, I’ve photographed seniors in mini sessions (30 minutes) and extended sessions (90 minutes). Extended sessions are great for a group of roommates to leave time to get solo and group photos of everyone across campus. It’s also a good option if you have sentimental locations around campus that are a bit further away or just want to capture more locations in general.

The mini session will usually give you enough time to start at Beaumont, walk around the library to get Beaumont in the background, catch a few quick photos on the bridge in front of Spartan Stadium (depending on how crowded it is – we sometimes have to skip this spot) and end at Sparty.

In any case, it’s a great idea to bring a friend along to wait in line for you if you’re taking photos in late April or early May. These landmark spots are very popular during that time, and we can make the most of our time by having someone else take on the lines.

Michigan State Senior Pictures with a girl in a white dress on MSU's campus on the steps by Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers

When is the best time to book my Michigan State Senior Pictures?

The most popular time for MSU senior photos is the last week of April through the first week of May. This has some pros and cons. The pro is that it’s a fun way to celebrate graduation, and the spring blooms are amazing.

The con is that the most popular photo locations tend to be crowded during this time, so bringing a helper to wait in line is an absolute must. If you’re willing to wait until campus clears out a bit in May, you’ll have a lot less competition for these landmarks.

I’ve also photographed seniors in the fall. This is a great time to avoid the crowds and capture the gorgeous fall colors on campus.

Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple on MSU's campus in front of sunset and trees, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers

Ready to book your session?

Check out my booking calendar to book your MSU senior session here.
Michigan State Senior Pictures in front of the doors of Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures in a white dress in front of trees on MSU's campus, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple on MSU's campus in front of trees, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple on MSU's campus in front of trees, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy on MSU's campus in front of sunset and trees, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple on MSU's campus on the steps by Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a male (guy) on MSU's campus on the steps by Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a girl in a white dress looking away on MSU's campus on the steps by Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a girl in a white dress and cap and gown on MSU's campus by Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in cap and gown on MSU's campus by Beaumont Tower, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in cap and gown on MSU's campus with Beaumont Tower in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in a suit and white dress on MSU's campus, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple laughing in a suit and white dress on MSU's campus, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in cap and gown on MSU's campus on the bridge behind the library by Spartan Stadium, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy in a cap and gown on MSU's campus on the bridge by the library and Spartan Stadium overlooking the Red Cedar River, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with cap and gown on MSU's campus on the bridge by the library and Spartan Stadium overlooking the Red Cedar River, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy in a suit showing off his football ring on MSU's campus on the bridge by the library with Spartan Stadium in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy in a cap and gown on MSU's campus in front of the Sparty Statue, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy in a cap and gown on MSU's campus in front of the Sparty statue, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in a cap and gown on MSU's campus in front of the Sparty statue, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in cap and gown on MSU's campus in front of the Sparty statue, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in a cap and gown walking on MSU's campus near the Sparty statue with the sunset in the background, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy in a suit on MSU's campus in front of the Clara Bell Smith Center, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a guy in a suit on MSU's campus in front of the Clara Bell Smith Center with his football ring, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers
Michigan State Senior Pictures with a couple in a suit and white dress on MSU's campus in front of the Clara Bell Smith Center, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, MSU graduation photographers

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

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