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.

Family Portrait with Dogs in Dexter

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This Dexter family has two great puppies: Curly and Moe. We started out the session by doing something a little more active, the goal being to have the dogs use of some of their energy so they’d be calmer for the rest of the session.   The dogs were included in a number of portraits, including a great sibling shot.  Once the dogs were a little … Read More

Photographer of the Year

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So, more exciting news (kind of a continuation of the 118th International Exhibition of Professional Photography).  Based on how well my prints did at the international print competition, I’m going to be receiving a 2008 Photographer of the Year (Bronze level) Award from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  PPA just made a blog post congratulating all award recipients, and by my count, there are only … Read More

Senior Portrait :: Martin

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Martin’s senior portrait session was fun! Martin is actually into photography himself… architectural photography, actually. So while we didn’t go to anywhere with striking architecture, we did go outdoors for the location portion of his senior session… and where better to go than home? Martin’s family has a gorgeous yard, and even though it was hot out, I was able to create some awesome images for … Read More

Dexter Photographer to be Featured in International Exhibition

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Tampa, Fla. — Photographic prints created by Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography Studio in Dexter, Mich. have recently been accepted into the General Collection of the 118th International Exhibition of Professional Photography. Betsy’s work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, January 11-13, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention of over 8,600 professional photographers. … Read More

Downtown Senior Portrait

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Hannah’s location senior portrait session was fun and we captured some great images, despite the heat and the crows at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. After doing some gritty urban style images, we walked back through the Art Fair booths to find a few more “scenic” locations. We found an awesome stone wall for a series of shots.

Photographer Receives Detroit Photography Awards

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  Dexter Photographer Receives Detroit Photographer Awards — Detroit, Mich. — Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter received a number of awards at the awards banquet held by the Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association, at Roostertail Banquet Hall in Detroit, Michigan on June 17th, 2008. Betsy was named as one of three finalists for the Detroit 2008 Photographer of the Year Award. She was given an … Read More

My Engagement Story

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Working with engaged and married couples allows me to enjoy hearing about many wonderful proposal stories. And while I haven’t heard everything, I have heard quite a bit. From the more typical romantic flowers + tux proposal to a more adventurous underwater scuba diving proposal, I find it extremely interesting to see how each engagement story is different. And then there’s my own engagement story. Nothing … Read More

Photography Class at Emerson Middle School

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This afternoon I got to share my love of photography with a class of middle school students! It’s been a while now, but a long time ago 😉 I actually was a student at Emerson School here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s a cute little school that has a great musical and fine arts “program” (can I call it that?). At any rate, Emerson School has … Read More

A Trio of Blue Ribbons

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The secret is out! As Betsy mentioned earlier in the week, her images were recently entered in a regional print competition, so read on to find out what awards her prints won. Dayton, Ohio – Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, Michigan, recently competed in the Mid-East States Affiliated Print Competition hosted by the Professional Photographers of Ohio. All of Betsy’s entries received awards, and … Read More

Betsy Finn Featured in Dexter Leader

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Today we got a lovely surprise when we opened our copy of the Dexter Leader! Well, not a complete surprise, because I did talk with the fabulous people over at the Dexter Leader before the article ran, but it’s still exciting to see your face in the paper. This edition will be out all week, so make sure to pick up a copy of the Dexter … Read More

Betsy Finn Named Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer…

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Ypsilanti, Mich. – Local Dexter photographer Betsy Finn, of Betsy’s Photography, was named one of the Top 7 Photographers of 2008 by the Professional Photographers of Michigan. This award was given in recognition of Betsy’s accomplishments at the 2008 Print Competition.   The award for “Top 7 Photographer of 2008” is not based on a single image’s performance, but on the photographer’s overall score of the … Read More

Q: Are You Able to do Portraits with Pets?

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I normally just do a Christmas card (plus picture) to friends and family, but I was thinking it might be nice to do something that included our new cat. Are you even ABLE to do portraits with pets, or does your studio focus on people only? — Pet Lover Good question! While many of my clients are human ones, I do have some animal subjects as … Read More

Q: How Can I Convince My Mom to Let Me Choose My Senior Portrait Photographer?

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I’m soooo excited to have my senior portraits done; all my senior friends’ pictures turned out so amazing! I need help though. I want to choose my own photographer, but my mom wants me to use the one she used ages ago… And that totally is not what I want. His style is boring and stiff… I want casual and fun. What can I do to … Read More

Q: Help, I Hate Getting My Picture Taken!

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I absolutely hate getting my picture taken, but I have to….soon, at least. I know your style is more relaxed and casual, so I’m hoping you can help. Do you have any suggestions for me so that I won’t freak out once I get to the studio? I’m just really intimidated by the whole atmosphere and posing process. — Scared to Smile You’re right — sometimes … Read More

Local Photographer Wins “Best of Show”

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Novi, Mich. – Local photographer Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, Mich., took home the award for “Best of Show” at the Annual Print Competition, held by the Detroit Professional Photographers Association on November 20th, 2007. While Betsy has successfully entered print competitions at the Regional and National level, this was her first time participating in the competition held by DPPA. Of Betsy’s six entries, … Read More

Q: What if My Kids Can’t Sit Still?

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I’m thinking of scheduling a portrait session for my children but am a little concerned because of their age — I’m not sure I’ll be able to bribe them to sit still or even cooperate. Is this a problem, should I hold off on the portraits for a while until the kids can handle sitting still? — Mother of 3 Tots This is a valid concern, … Read More

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