Home Sweet Home

I’m enjoying a few days at home before the next few legs in my journey—New Orleans on Wednesday, followed by Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

San Francisco is an amazing city, and it was made even more wonderful by the hospitality of my lovely host, Carina and wine tasting with the ever-engaging Nicole. San Francisco offered up its sunny skies on landing and takeoff, and the rest of the week was rain rain rain. No matter—instead of the photo walks I had intended to take, I enjoyed the city one cafe and meal at a time. My favorite was Cafe Roma—it brought me back to my days studying in Rome.

After San Francisco, I went directly to Las Vegas for WPPI, a HUGE convention and trade show for photographers. I came home with so many amazing new friendships and ideas (special shout out to my roommates Mikkel from New York, Christina from Miami and Kristin from Fayetteville). I have a jolt of new inspiration and energy to throw into the business 🙂

San Francisco skyline, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photographer

Golden Gate Bridge in the morning, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photographer

San Francisco rainy streets, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photographer

raindrops in San Francisco, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photographer

San Francisco apartment, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photographer

The cutest living room ever—isn’t it inspiring?

San Francisco apartment, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photographer

Flying into San Francisco, by Allie Siarto, Lansing Wedding Photography

Vegas skyline, by Allie Siarto, Lansing wedding photographer

A tiny little teaser from the Mad Men styled photo shoot I took part in while in Vegas.

Vegas Mad Men photo shoot preview, by Allie Siarto, Lansing wedding photographer

The Wedding Photography Registry is Now Available

When Jeff and I were planning our wedding, we knew we didn’t want to have a “typical” wedding registry. We’re all about experiences, and we were living in an apartment in Chicago with no storage (plus we were married in Mexico), so we wanted to limit how many material gifts we received. We opted for Foodie Registry—a registry for gift certificates to Chicago restaurants, and it was the perfect option for us.

This week, I was inspired to start a similar experience-based registry around my wedding photography. I joined the [b] School, which is a wonderful community of professional photographers, and one very talented photographer mentioned hosting a registry for friends and families of couples to contribute to their wedding photography packages. I knew right away that I had to offer this to my couples (see: I’m a geek for all things technology).

So if you’re looking for a way to make wedding photography fit into your budget (I know the planning process can become a bit overwhelming), I hope you’ll consider setting up a registry to contribute to your package at no addition fee. And for my current couples, I welcome you to get in touch to set one up as well!

Registry Screenshot

Office Inspiration: Loft Office Nook

We finished up the moving process early this week with the completion of our “office nook” in the loft. The simple, clean office area is a dream come true—and a nice improvement from my previously cluttered office.

I bought these recycled magnetic strips on Etsy. They were originally meant to be a wedding detail, but I had always planned to use them in the office after the wedding was over (a lesson for all of you brides out there—buy wedding details that you can reuse in your home later, such as simple vases and frames). And yes, even the field notes were left over from the package of three that we bought to write our vows in.

And if you love the desk (I know I do), you can find it at World Market.

Coffee + Photography = The Perfect Gift

For my birthday last week, I received the most amazing gift from Leticia and Phil Gomes. From the outside, you would swear it’s a lens, but it’s actually a coffee mug. In fact, I just recently bought the exact same lens, and it looks so real that when my brother-in-law was over and saw it sitting out on the kitchen table, he questioned why I wasn’t more careful about putting my expensive lenses in a safe place.

And even better, it’s from Photojojo, whose founder, Amit Gupta, started Jelly—an organization that has connected me with some of the most incredible people I know (over coffee, no less!).

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