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.

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 had a multi-part session, so I’m going to first show you her studio portraits, before we move on to the location part of her senior portrait session!  Long story short, it 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 … Read More

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

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