Studio Portrait Session :: Darrell

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Darrell came to the studio the other day to let me create some studio portrait images for his portfolio.  He had some great hats, and while we created a variety of images, I was really drawn to those moody and dramatic images where the hat covered part of his face.  Take a peek, and decide for your self which you think is your favorite! This one … Read More

Retro Hollywood Portraits

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It’s always fun to try something new… and with that in mind, I planned a “creative” portrait session with a local model, Amy. We created some images “from another era,” so to speak. I was pleased with the results, and love how the retro clothing really takes this type of portrait to a whole new level. This portrait is gorgeous. I love it, especially with the … Read More

Photography Outdoors in Dexter

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I recently worked with Randal, a model in the Southeast Michigan area. For his session, we went “downtown” to Dexter to create some on location images. Here are are a selection of my favorite images from the session.

Lifestyle Photography

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Recently I did a commercial lifestyle session with Amy (she’s a model). The main focus of her session was creating some images with a “product” feel. First, meet Amy: Here are some of the results from the session. (a few of these were published in the online version of Professional Photographer magazine… May 2010) After creating the needed product shots, we also took some time to … Read More

Studio Featured in Professional Photographer Magazine!

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As you know, our studio renovation project last year was quite exciting. Well, I have more exciting news to share! Professional Photographer magazine, a publication for professional photographers, decided to run a story about our studio renovation experience! The article, Home Studio Makeover, ran in the April 2010 issue… and provides an alternate viewpoint on the whole TV show experience. While I’m at it, here’s a … Read More

Visiting Israel!

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Greetings from Israel! I am in the middle of traveling right now, and figured I could give you an update or two while I am on my trip! Unfortunately, I can’t make this a visual experience for you right now — traveling without. A laptop necessitates saving photo-sharing for later. Yesterday was the first full day of sightseeing for the trip. We went to Masada, and … Read More

10 Makeup Tips To Help You Look Your Best in Photos

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The collection of tips below was compiled by Professional Photographer magazine for the March 2010 issue (a trade industry publication that I write for).  In the article, Steve Moore, Deanna Rene, and Holly Schumacher weighed in on makeup tips for brides as their wedding day approached — but this information is really invaluable for anyone who is planning to be photographed. Blend, Blend, Blend You can use your … Read More

Michigan Service Award Medallion

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Troy, Mich — At the annual awards ceremony held by the Professional Photographers of Michigan on February 22nd, Betsy Finn was one of several photographers to receive the Michigan Service Award medallion. Initially called the Michigan Fellowship Award, its name was changed to the Michigan Service Award to signify the exemplary service and contribution to the Professional Photographers of Michigan (PPM). Since the Michigan Service Award … Read More

Youth with a Purpose

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I believe it’s important to give back to those in our community; to share the talents I have been given. I really do believe that everyone deserves to have their memories captured, and that senior portraits are a big part of creating a legacy. Senior portraits aren’t just a sign that you’re done with high school; they have become a personality statement. For many families, these … Read More

Betsy earns Photographic Craftsman Degree

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Last week, we were in Nashville, TN for a very special occasion! At the photographer convention I attend every year, I was honored with an award and a degree during the awards ceremony. I shared about the Photographer of the Year award this past summer, when I found out that four portraits of my clients were accepted into the exhibition. Getting my degree, though, was the … Read More

Extended Family Portrait

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I love doing family portraits on location like this!  Creating a family portrait in my clients’ homes is not only a more relaxing environment, but the family portrait ends up being more meaningful because of the setting! While going outdoors wasn’t really an option in the middle of winter (way too cold!) — there are plenty of places that make great settings for portraits.  This great … Read More

Ann Arbor Senior Portrait :: Corey

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Corey is a Senior at Pioneer High School.  If he looks familiar, it’s because, a while back, we did his brother’s senior portraits.  For Corey’s session, we wanted to create portraits in an outdoor setting, since Corey loves being outdoors.  We spent some time at Corey’s home in Ann Arbor, followed by the schoolyard at a nearby public school. On the school grounds, I found a … Read More

Plymouth Senior Portrait :: Alex

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Alex is a senior at Plymouth Salem High School, and he came to the studio this fall for his senior portrait session.  Alex plays varsity football, so naturally we had to incorporate his jersey and letter jacket into the session!  Here’s one of my favorite portraits of Alex.  I love the serious but thoughtful expression on this image, it’s very intriguing! A different take on the … Read More


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We created this portrait for Debbie to use professionally — she’s a flutist and needs to submit nice but simple professional portraits to various venues for publication and promotion. Debbie also ended up using it on a custom designed business card that we created for her.

Business Portrait – Realtor Kathy Hay

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Kathy Hay came by the studio the other day to have me create a business portrait for her. Kathy is a realtor with Reinhart, and so for her session she brought as a prop… a yard sign from one of her properties that had just closed (i.e., sold!). I love how this image turned out, it really captures Kathy’s vivacious personality! Anyone who knows Kathy will … Read More

Senior Portrait at the Arb

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For Sarah’s senior portrait session (on location), we decided to go to the Arb, as well as create some portraits in and around the studio. This first one is going to be a wall portrait, and will look gorgeous from across the room. I absolutely love how pretty Sarah is, surrounded by flowers. Sarah’s mom came out to the Arb during her lunch break to bring an … Read More

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