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

Article about Betsy in Ann Arbor News

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Well, we haven’t seen it ourselves yes, but On Sunday I was mentioned in the Ann Arbor News! Very exciting, don’t you think? If you recall, one of my images won Best of Show at the Detroit Professional Photographers’ annual print competition. A blurb was mentioned in the Business Notes section, and an article, “Betsy Finn’s photos garner awards,” was published in the Entertainment section, I … Read More

Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association Print Competition Winner

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Well, I got my Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association (DPPA) newsletter in the mail today. On page nine, I found a pleasant surprise! Yup, that’s me, in my consultation room. the editor of the newsletter came out a number of weeks ago to “interview” me for the newsletter, but by the time this arrived in the mail, that had completely slipped my mind! Congratulations to all the … Read More

Article about Betsy in Dexter Leader

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Well, this morning I got an email from a friend of mine… and found out that the Dexter Leader printed an article about me and my results at the Detroit Professional Photographers’ annual print competition (Best of Show)! Look for an article called “Dexter portrait artist wins Best of Show.” I’ll try to get the full thing up here soon, so you can see it…

Local Photographer Wins Best of Show in Detroit

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Winning Photo Features Pioneer High School Student – Ann Arbor, MI – December 12, 2008 – For the second year in a row, a portrait by local photographer Betsy Finn was named Best of Show at the annual Print Competition held by the Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association (DPPA). Pioneer High School student Leslie Brown was the model for the photo, which Finn called “Soul Shoes.” The … Read More

My Photographic Inspiration

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I am often asked by new acquaintances how I first became interested in photography as a profession.  I’m sure that my story is similar to the stories of many other artists, but it is special to me.  So, I’ve decided to finally share my photographic inspiration with you (in a nutshell, of course). But before I begin, I want to add one other comment.  This may … Read More

Civil War Portrait

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Jeff participates in a Civil War reenactment band, the 5th Michigan Regiment Band. The band plays regularly for Civil War reenactments; the group provided soundtrack music for a civil war computer game (Sound Forge). All of the band members play on authentic Civil War instruments (antiques) as well as wear age-appropriate attire.

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