Downtown Fine Art Photography Exhibit

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I am excited to share with you that some of my fine art photography is on display (and available for sale) at the downtown Ann Arbor Sweetwaters Cafe. While I had been over there to help install the exhibit, tonight was my first return trip since then. We ventured to Ann Arbor’s downtown for a nice weekday dinner with family — and while we were there, a quick stop at Sweetwaters was in order.

Right in the entryway, we stopped to take a picture of my artist statement and one of my photographs. Since there were some willing hands, I happily stepped in front of the camera to prove I was there.

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Betsy earns Master of Photography Degree

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Betsy Finn, Master of PhotographyBetsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, Michigan has earned her Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Finn by PPA President Don Dickson, M.Photog.Cr,. CPP, at the association’s degree and awards ceremony, held on January 17th, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Finn meets the standards of excellence set by PPA, and was awarded the Master of Photography degree for her superior photographic competence demonstrated through success in photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. Finn’s series of award-winning competition prints that qualified her to receive her Master of Photography degree include a variety of subjects, from animals and landscapes to portraits of children, seniors and families.

When paired with Finn’s accomplishment from 2010 (earning her Photographic Craftsman degree), the expertise required to attain this pair of degrees illustrates Finn’s accomplishments and talent as one of a select few. In fact, very few photographers achieve both these degrees and very rarely before the age of 30. Finn is the only photographer in the Dexter Ann Arbor area to have received both her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees; she is the youngest photographer in the state of Michigan to have earned both degrees while running her own studio.

Finn began providing photographic services to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area seven years ago (and has been a Certified Professional Photographer since 2006). She is a former member of PPA’s council (2009-2012). In 2010, Professional Photographer magazine named Finn one of professional photography’s top ten photographers under the age of 30.

PPA, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science, and a visual recorder of history.

Michigan Portraits Receive International Recognition

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Atlanta, GA — Portrait Photographs created by Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter have been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2011 International Photographic Competition. Finn’s work will be on display at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, from January 15-17, 2012. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging
USA, an annual convention of professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of over 50 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top images from more than 4,000 total submitted entries. Three of Finn’s portraits will be displayed in New Orleans alongside other photographic works from PPA’s photographic competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

The portrait below was created for a Detroit area model — the artistic nude portrait was titled: “Flesh Tones.” It received a merit award and will be on display in New Orleans:
Dexter Michigan Artistic Studio Portrait

This portrait of a high school senior was also awarded a merit and will be displayed. Titled “Tuned Out,” it features the senior’s unique and individualized sense of style:
Ann Arbor Michigan High School Senior Portrait

Finally, a family portrait of a father with his child was Finn’s final image to receive a merit award this year. The image captures the loving relationship between the daughter and her father:
Dexter Michigan Family Portrait

This was Finn’s fifth year participating in the International Print Competition — her portraits and photographs have received awards each and every year she has entered (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). While the awards Finn has received are a testament to her creativity and dedication to excellence, the awards her portraits have received aren’t just for show. Finn frequently enters images created during client portrait sessions to prove that the quality of her “everyday” work is just as noteworthy as any self-assignment.

Betsy Receives DPPA Service Medallion

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Detroit, Mich. — At the Detroit Professional Photographers Association (DPPA) banquet on June 14th, 2011, Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography was awarded the DPPA Service Degree medallion. While Betsy was not able to accept the award in person, she was honored to receive this recognition.

The DPPA Service Degree Program was established to recognize those individuals who have given outstanding service and their personal time for the betterment of the organization. To be eligible to receive the DPPA Service Degree, a member must have obtained a minimum of 25 service merits, which are earned by volunteering, for example, or participating in competitions. Past President Paul D’Aigle noted in the most recent DPPA newsletter:

“Those who appreciate our Association, and help in various ways to make it a better Association for all of its members, should be acknowledged for their service. Receiving an award for such service is an excellent way for the DPPA to say ‘Thank you’ to our hard working members.”

Betsy has been more than willing to give of her time and share her knowledge with others — and that is one of the reasons she was eligible for the DPPA Service Degree medallion.

The Detroit Professional Photographers Association (DPPA) is Michigan’s largest affiliate for the national organization, Professional Photographers of America (PPA). DPPA was established in 1915 to serve the professional photographic community by offering educational opportunities to help photographers grow their business and improve their artistic abilities. Betsy has been a member of DPPA since 2006.

Betsy Finn, owner of Betsy’s Photography, is a Certified Professional Photographer and award-winning photographic artist whose work has received local and national recognition. Betsy’s Photography studio is located in Dexter, Mich., and provides portrait services to clients in Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit the studio website: bphotoart.com.

Betsy Speaks to 700+ Photographers

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This January, Betsy was invited to speak in San Antonio at Imaging USA, a national convention for professional photographers. The convention drew over 10,000 photographers, who attended both continuing education courses and the trade show. In addition to speaking at the trade show twice, Betsy was also honored to be a a platform speaker for IUSA — as part of PPA’s GenNEXT program. The segment featured ten of PPA’s “up and coming” photographers under the age of 30, including Betsy Finn! Here’s a program flyer:

On the day of the GenNEXT program, hundreds of photographers filed into the room to learn from Betsy and the other featured photographers. After the program was over, one of the program sponsors informed us that Betsy spoke to an audience of around 700 photographers. Betsy had a great time sharing her ideas with so many photographers (see image of her speaking below):

As we mentioned earlier, Betsy also gave programs during the trade show, by the request of one of the software vendors whose program we rely on at the studio for day-to-day operations. While the crowd was a bit smaller than the 700 in attendance for her main program, Betsy did speak to a full crowd both days of the trade show:

We’re really excited to share this news with you, even though it is after the fact. It’s great to see local talent like Betsy being recognized on the national level! Congratulations Betsy, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll do next.

Award-Winning Portraits :: Detroit Competition

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Yesterday evening, I was in Detroit for a local print competition, held by the Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association (DPPA). As usual, I helped behind the scenes (tallying and recording scores this time around), and got to have a unique perspective as events unfolded. I entered five portraits and one landscape. The landscape received a red ribbon (award of merit), and all five portraits received blue ribbons (awards of excellence)!

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Featured in Professional Photographer Magazine

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Exciting news! Betsy was recently named one of professional photography’s top ten photographers under the age of 30. An article in Professional Photographer featured the ten up-and-coming photography studios who received this honor. The GenNEXT studios, including Betsy’s Photography, were hand-picked from Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) membership of more than 22,000 photographers around the world.

In addition to being featured in Professional Photographer magazine, the GenNext studios have been invited to speak at Imaging USA, the largest imaging convention for professional photographers, held in early 2011. What an exciting honor; we here at the studio are very pleased Betsy was included as one of the up-and-coming photographers to watch!

Within this elite group of up-and-coming photographers, Betsy is the only one to hold the Photographic Craftsman degree. In addition to having attained the Photographic Craftsman degree, Betsy is also a Certified Professional Photographer, and recipient of back-to-back Photographer of the Year awards (2008 + 2009) from PPA. For more information about Betsy’s Photography, please contact the studio at 734-424-0472.

Featured in Local Paper

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A few weeks ago, I was interviewed about my studio by a writer for Abec’s Small Business Review (Ann Arbor Edition). One of my friends got their hands on the latest September edition, and after discovering I was featured on the back page, dropped off a copy for me!

Since the paper doesn’t automatically convert everything to their web edition, I thought I’d share a preview of the article for you to enjoy:

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 brief tour of the studio! If you follow Betsy’s Photography on Facebook, you might have already seen these images, but I wanted to share them here regardless.

Outdoors — our residential studio is located next to a pond, woods, and open fields; minutes from both Ann Arbor and Dexter, location sessions are always easy to plan.

Entryway — upon entering our studio, you be able to view a number of portraits as you come down the stairway. (Note: we are more than willing to make accommodations for those with disabilities. Location sessions at our clients’ homes are always popular)

Consultation room — where you’ll meet with Betsy to talk about your session, and also where you’ll view and order your images via projection.

An alternate view of the consultation room, showing the projection area. The camera room, where your indoor session will take place, is off to the left.

Camera Room — our camera room is open yet comfortable. Clients with infants will appreciate being able to use a nearby changing table if the need arises during the session.

And finally, here is a screenshot of the article (read the PDF):

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 was designed to recognize outstanding service to the Professional Photographers of Michigan. The motivation for service should not be the award, but the new friends and benefits photographers provide to their fellow members.

As we service side by side we are providing the foundation for our association to better serve each of us. The involvement of all members in the operation and advancement of the association will bring about strength and unity far beyond that which could be achieved by any of us individually. – PPM

Betsy Finn is an award-winning photographic artist. Named 2008 + 2009 Photographer of the Year by PPA, Betsy also received her Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA in January 2010. Her studio, Betsy’s Photography, is located in Southeast Michigan and provides creative photographic services for portrait and wedding clients.

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Betsy earns Photographic Craftsman Degree

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Betsy and Steven after Betsy receives Photographic Craftsman degree.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 highlight of the trip. After putting in many hours and months of hard work, I can now officially say that I have my Photographic Craftsman degree. During the ceremony, I was presented with my degree by Ron Nichols, the president of PPA; Steven conferred the degree medallion to me at that time too. The snapshot to the right is of Steven, my husband, and I after the awards ceremony — the blue ribbon around my neck holds the medallion at represents my degree. Take a peek at the end of this post to see a more close-up view of the medallion.

While I’m by no means the youngest photographer to receive this degree, achieving this degree so early definitely puts me ahead of the curve! It’s really flattering to be recognized for all the time and effort I’ve put into the art and craft of photography.

Here’s the official press release:

Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, MI has earned the Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America. The degree was presented to Finn by PPA President Ron Nichols, M.Photog.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., API at the awards ceremony on January 12, 2010 during the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA in Nashville, TN.

Finn has met the standards of excellence set by the Professional Photographers of America. She has been awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.

Professional Photographers of America, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science, and a visual recorder of history.

Betsy Finn, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer

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 Print Exhibition, including all four of Finn’s images. “I was excited to learn two of my portraits would be published in the showcase collection book,” Finn said, “and I was very happy that all my entries were accepted into the exhibition.”

The PPA Showcase Book Volume XII will be available through Marathon Press next winter. It is published in eight countries across the world. Fewer than five percent of the 4,300 total submissions were selected to be published in the book – including two of Finn’s portraits: “Forever Faithful” and “Little Einstein.” “Forever Faithful” features a client’s pet border collie, and “Little Einstein” features an infant with mussed hair and an expression reminiscent of the genius, Albert Einstein. Both images were created during Finn’s standard client sessions.

Little Einstein by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Forever Faithful by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Finn’s other entries included an engagement portrait (“Joyride”), and a senior portrait (“Soul Shoes”). “Joyride” depicts an engaged couple in their convertible on the road in the Dexter-Ann Arbor area. “Soul Shoes” depicts a high school senior’s feet among empty pairs of shoes; it received Detroit’s 2009 Best of Show award earlier this year.

Joyride by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Soul Shoes by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

In addition to being published, Finn’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, January 10-12, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. The exhibition will feature almost 1700 images representing the diverse elements of professional photography and digital imaging, including images by some of the world’s most prominent image makers. Images were chosen by a panel of more than 40 eminent photographers from across the United States. The International Exhibition of Professional Photography is the world’s largest and longest-running annual photography exhibition. The International Print Exhibition is displayed in conjunction with the Imaging USA convention, hosted by the Professional Photographers of America.

At the convention, Finn will receive a 2009 Photographer of the Year, Bronze award (because all four of her entries were accepted into the exhibition). In 2008, only fifty photographers received this award — including Finn. When asked about the back-to-back recognition, Finn said “I was completely taken by surprise. Receiving a Photographer of the Year award is no small feat, let alone getting it for a second year in a row. It’s really exciting!” When entering the PPA competition, Finn decided all her entries would feature client portraits. Finn’s competition results exemplify the work her clients receive: Showcase quality.

Betsy Finn was born and raised in Ann Arbor and now lives in Dexter. She is a Certified Professional Photographer, and her work has been featured in International Exhibitions. Her portrait studio, Betsy’s Photography, offers a creative portrait experience tailored to each client’s vision. She was named 2008 Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of America, as well as Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer of 2009 by the Professional Photographers of Michigan. Finn is available for interviews, and can be reached at 734-424-0472. For more information about Betsy’s Photography Studio, visit BetsysPhotography.com.

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Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer (Again!)

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Betsy Finn named one of Michigan's Top 7 Photographer of 2009 at the annual Convention (Professional Photographers of Michigan).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 7 ranking.

This year, Betsy entered six photographs into the 2009 print competition, and as you can tell in the image to the left, did very well!  Three of her images received blue ribbons, and three received red ribbons.

The more exciting awards were given out at the Professional Photographers of Michigan Awards Banquet on Monday night.  Betsy was honored to receive the Top 7 Photographer award for a second year running!  And, a print judge loved one of Betsy’s images enough that it received received a Court of Honor (Judge’s Choice) award for the Illustrative category (Purple Ribbon in photograph at left).

Of course, the print competition wasn’t Betsy’s only reason for attending the convention.  Betsy spent time networking with other creative professionals in the industry, and attended several seminars on the art and business of photography.  It’s always great to see a professional who is truly dedicated to providing “the best” for her clients.

So, when you see Betsy, make sure to congratulate her for being named Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer… again!  (Hmm, can we say deja vu… Best of Show at Detroit Print Competition two years running too?)

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.

Betsy Finn Photographer of the Year

2004 was the inaugural year for PPA’s Photographer of the Year Awards. They were developed as a way to encourage photographers to improve their artistic and technical skills and demonstrate their talent through competition, as well as a way for the public to discern the best of the best.

“These awards are among the most prestigious in the industry,” confirms PPA Print Exhibition Committee Chairman Helen Yancy. “The recipients of these awards have proven the quality of their work on a consistent basis in one of the highest quality image competitions in the world, PPA’s International Print Competition.”

A PPA member earns a Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award by placing all four images included in their print case in PPA’s renowned General Collection – and incredible accomplishment. In 2008 Finn was one of only 54 Bronze Level Photographers of the Year.

PPA, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 20,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals, promote public awareness of the profession and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.

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 believe.

Once I find out more details, I’ll be sure to spill the beans, don’t worry. In the meantime, if you can’t wait, go Look in your newspaper and check it out yourself:

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!

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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 other category winners 🙂 — with all the hullabaloo the day of the print competition, I think I forgot to say that to you!

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 announcement was made just before Thanksgiving, giving Finn and Brown additional cause for thanks.

Finn submitted six images in all, receiving also one award for Best of Category, two Awards of Excellence, and four Awards of Merit. All six photos featured clients from Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Grand Rapids.

“When I created ‘Soul Shoes,’” Finn recalled, “I had an artistic epiphany. I lined up four pairs of shoes brought for outfit changes. The result, a pair of feet standing among the shoes, speaks volumes about Leslie’s personality, allowing viewers to imagine what it must be like to have a world of choices at their feet.”

“Playing the Angles,” featuring another Pioneer student, Senior Hannah Carl, received recognition from the judges for its modern and non-traditional composition. Finn’s other entries included an engagement portrait (“Joyride”), an infant portrait (“In His Hands”), an editorial-style portrait (“Coffee Break”), and a senior portrait (“Checkmate”).

“I was extremely surprised when I realized ‘Soul Shoes’ won Best of Show,” Finn said, “especially considering the odds of winning Best of Show two years in a row.” Last year, Finn’s winning photograph was of a white egret.

In preparing for the DPPA competition, Finn, whose specialty is wedding and portrait photography, made the decision that all six of her entries would be portraits of real clients. Finn’s competition results exemplify the quality of work her clients receive: Best of Show.

Betsy Finn was born and raised in Ann Arbor. She graduated from Greenhills High School and now lives in Dexter. She is a Certified Professional Photographer whose work has been featured in international exhibitions. Her portrait studio, Betsy’s Photography, offers a creative portrait experience that is tailored to each client’s vision. She was named 2008 Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of America and Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer of 2008 by the Professional Photographers of Michigan. She was nominated for 2008 Detroit Photographer of the Year as well. Finn’s work will be featured in the highly acclaimed 118th International Exhibition of Professional Photography.

Finn is available for interviews, and can be reached at 734-424-0472. For more information about Betsy’s Photography Studio, visit BetsysPhotography.com.

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