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

Flutist

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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

Engagement Story at the Arb

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Jessie and Paul asked me to help them plan an engagement portrait session at Nichols Arboreteum in Ann Arbor. The location was especially meaningful to them because it was where Paul proposed to Jessie. We went with a lifestyle casual feel to the session, and created a number of fun images that really incorporate the natural surroundings at the Arb. One of my favorite portraits from … Read More

An Engagement Love Story (in Dexter)

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Mark + Kara wanted to do something a little different for their engagement portraits, so we ended up planning an extended Love Story session to capture not only a few memories, but to tell a story as well.  We started off in downtown Dexter, so I had to include the clock.  The  VW bug in the crosswalk adds a great splash of color to this image. … Read More

Landscape Photography

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I wanted to share this series of landscape images with you.  The photographs were created in Oahu, Hawaii.  Earlier this year, the composition won 1st place at the Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association (DPPA) Folio Competition, in the Illustrative category. About DPPA: Photographers meet on a monthly basis to network with fellow photographers to learn from each other, attend seminars & workshops to further their photographic education, … Read More

Studio Renovation Project

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In 2009 we completed an extensive studio renovation project, and were featured on DIY Network’s show, Renovation Realities (The Finn Project). You can read about our project below. The renovation involves about 880 square feet, and includes the consultation room, the sitting room (where sessions are held), and the office (where all the behind-the-scenes magic happens!). I’ll be posting a series of images so you can … Read More

Backyard Visitor

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The other day, I went out into my yard after a session to relax… seeing as the weather has been great lately! Well, I didn’t quite get the break from photographing I expected… since I found a turtle who needed his portrait taken. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very cooperative! But, I guess I’ll settle for a “leave me alone!” portrait, since it still looks neat: Mr. Turtle, … Read More

Portraits of Ann Arborites to be included in International Exhibition

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Gwinnent, GA – July 9th, 2009 – Artistic photographs featuring Dexter-Ann Arbor area residents were recently accepted into the PPA Showcase Book Volume XII and the 2009 International Print Exhibition, organized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Local photographer Betsy Finn, CPP, submitted four images for consideration, all featuring clients from Southern Michigan. Almost 1,700 of the 4,300 entries were accepted into the 2009 International … Read More

Atlanta Morning

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Earlier this week I went to Atlanta for a committee meeting at the Professional Photographers of America headquarters. I got to meet and talk with some of the people who are supporting the photography industry during my two days there. I wanted to share this painting I created from some photographs from my hotel room.  It really was a gorgeous view, and the impressionistic style really … Read More

Executive Portrait: Thomas P. Schumm

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Tom visited the studio to discuss his executive portrait before the actual session took place. We ended up planning a studio executive portrait. After doing a more formal business portrait, we created this one, which is a little more intimate and contemplative.

Portraits of Steven + Betsy

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Well you may have noticed some new photographs of me floating around the website.  And I’m really excited to share some more of them with you.  In January, I was talking with a good friend of mine (Jeff Dachowski) about how Steven and I would really love to have an amazing portrait of the two of us. There is something to be said for having a … Read More

Studio Child + Family Portrait

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M. and her parents came to the studio to be photographed — we did a series of photographs of M. by herself, and then several photographs of the entire family.  This first one is one of my favorites; doesn’t she look adorable! Next, it was time for some fun!  Yes, M. is actually hanging upside down; can’t you see her braids?  Obviously not very posed, but … Read More

Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer (Again!)

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This past week has been pretty busy for us here at the studio.  In addition to our normal studio appointments, Betsy was busy attending a conference held by the Professional Photographers of Michigan. Now, you might recall that Betsy was named Top 7 Photographer of 2008 last year.   The Top 7 Photographer award  is awarded to photographers whose combined print scores place them in the top … Read More

Local Photographer Earns Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award

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Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography Studio in Dexter, Michigan has earned a Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Photographer of the Year presentations were made at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, in January in Phoenix, AZ. 2004 was the inaugural year for PPA’s Photographer of the Year Awards. They were developed as a way to encourage photographers to … Read More

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