Birthday Pictures

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I love doing birthday pictures that include cake, cupcakes, or some sort of treat for a toddler. And this session was no exception.

First, for the birthday cupcake inspection…

One Year Birthday Photographs

And after a little cajoling, we finally got a bit messy! Sadly, I think we got more icing on the floor and on the adults than on the toddler… go figure (guess Baby Led Solids/Weaning really does work).

Michigan Toddler Birthday Picture

Finally, since he was in town visiting, we talked Great Grandpa into helping with the session. Here’s one of those portraits:

Great Grandfather Portrait Session

Happy first birthday!! Such a cutie pie 🙂 🙂

Michigan Winter Family Portrait

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With all this record-setting warm weather we’ve been having, snow seems a far cry to the past (knock on wood!). Normally I schedule outdoor sessions to avoid precipitation, but for this family portrait, that’s just what was desired… a fresh coating of snow. With how wacky this winter was, I’m glad we were finally able to create these portraits.

Here’s the top pick from the outdoor family portrait:

We also created some portraits in the studio, since it was so chilly outside! Here’s the baby girl in her kimono… so adorable:And the siblings together. It’s always cute to see how proud big siblings can be when holding the new baby (even if it is with help!).

Toddler Portrait

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I’m told that the term “toddler” is somewhat relative, and that for the most part you can use it once a baby starts walking. So, it looks like we have a toddler on our hands now! Despite his desire to abstain from walking or standing during our portrait session, we ended up with some precious portraits of the little one… including a few that show off the new teeth!

Michigan Toddler Portrait (1)

Still as happy as ever… with a mouthful of teeth (4 already in, and two more about to cut through).

Michigan Toddler Portrait (2)

Sadly this ball isn’t quite as tasty as his favorite fruit (apples). While sitting at the kitchen table the other day, he debated between an apple and an orange, and then (with a big smile) picked up and proceeded to bite into a very tasty apple.

Michigan Toddler Portrait (3)

They grow so quickly; it’s hard to believe Toby is entering toddlerhood already!

Family Portrait :: Baby M.

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Here are portraits from Baby M’s newborn session.  I absolutely LOVE the one of her big brother holding her; he looks so proud to be an older sibling!

Interestingly enough, we spent most of the session trying to get Baby M to fall asleep so that we could create the tour de force — that adorable artistic portrait of her sleeping on the settee.

I hope the family enjoyed their holiday gifts 🙂 — portraits always make wonderful presents, don’t you think?

Depot Town :: Josie

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Just before ringing in the new year, I got to go to Depot Town in Ypsilanti for a fun senior portrait session with Josie! We found a lot of fun spots to create some unique senior portraits; I’m particularly partial to the train caboose ones.

And then, as it started getting dark, we took to the streets to do some edgy portraits by the clock in Depot Town. I love the urban feel of all these senior portraits; it’s so hard to pick a single favorite from creative sessions like this!

Josie ended up with a gorgeous coffeetable album featuring a nice selection of images from her session.

Family Portrait on the Farm

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We planned this family portrait session towards the end of the summer in 2011, but for gift-giving purposes, I refrained from blogging about it until after the holidays had come and gone.

The whole family had a lot of fun …particularly at the end of the session, when everyone (aside from yours truly ;)) got to jump into the pool! It’s hard to pick one favorite portrait from this session.

 

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.

Professional Musician Portrait

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This winter I created a professional portrait for my high school oboe teacher, Kristin Reynolds.  She is a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University, in addition to teaching private lessons and makes reeds for oboists not wanting to make their own.  Or, as in my case — not having the time to make my own reeds anymore!

Holiday Portrait :: Baby A and Family

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Baby A is growing so quickly!  It seems like just the other day that we were doing her newborn portraits… and now she’s already over half a year old!  Time really flies.   A isn’t crawling yet, er, at least not when we did the portrait session… but as you can see, she definitely is getting closer.  Sitting up, pushing up, and having great head control!

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