Lansing food photography

East Lansing’s Graduate Hotel School Spirits Drinks + Food Photography

East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of all drinks lined up on a stack of books, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of all drinks lined up on a table, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer

I’ve been doing ongoing lifestyle campaign work for Graduate Hotel in East Lansing since last year (you may remember my rooftop bar photos or my photoshoot with Zeke the Wonder Dog). This time, the team contacted me with a last minute opportunity to take photos of their first School Spirits Dinner—a four course meal with drink pairings.

This photoshoot gave me the freedom to jump in and do what I wanted—the event was happening, and the team simply saw an opportunity to get some shots of the food and drinks to market future events. I challenged myself to give them a mix of photos that showed the vibe of the hotel, showed off the food + drinks and left space to add text in social media.

All of this had to happen in the span of about 45 minutes using what was already there without getting in the way of the team that was actively serving up food to guests.

East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of all mixed drinks stacked on books, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo the hallway with leather chairs at Graduate Hotel, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, close up photo a man pouring blue drinks into martini glasses, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo a man pouring blue drinks into martini glasses, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of a mix of drinks and food, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo an appetizer with figs and a mixed red drink, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of mixed drinks lined up on a marble surface, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo a split pea soup and blue martini drink with a lime, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo pork chops on a white plate with a yellow mixed drink, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo a dessert pie with a red champagne drink behind it, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of mixed drinks lined up on a marble surface, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of mixed drinks lined up on a marble surface, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer

I literally used a black napkin tucked behind the mirror to take the shot below.

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East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo of a champagne glass with a red drink and raspberries on a black background, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer
East Lansing's Graduate Hotel School Spirits Dinner, photo a drink at a table during an event, by Allie Siarto & Co. Photography, Lansing commercial photographer

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