This weekend I got our little family together to sit for a fun family portrait session! Of course, I had to include some of the little man all by his cute self… but I also love the ones of him with his daddy too. What a cutie pie (and yes, I know, you saw him yesterday too; but I couldn’t help myself!).
Toby is crawling like a madman these days… and getting pretty good at standing too! He’s not quite standing on his own, but is very close! Here are a few portraits to share. Don’t you love the little camouflage soaker cover? I had fun making that for him a couple days ago 🙂
Too cute! I may be just a little biased, of course ;). But it is amazing how quickly they grow 🙂
Here are a couple portraits of E! She came to the studio at the end of the summer to have a portrait created in the great outdoors. We planned for the portrait to be done at the studio, since we have a lovely plot of land with green grass and tall trees. Of course, this was before all the leaves started falling ;). Even so, I love how easy it has been to create such vibrant, natural, portraits — right at the studio!
And we also did a more artistic portrait of E. playing her guitar. I love incorporating personal touches into portraits… and as E. will attest, it certainly makes the portraits more meaningful!!
Baby M. came to the studio for her newborn portrait session… and here are two of my favorites! We also did some portraits of the whole family, but you’ll have to wait to see those. 🙂
Sooooo adorable, I just love it when we can create artsy portraits of sleeping newborns!!!
And of course being held in Daddy’s hands….
This summer we did a fun family portrait session in Chelsea! It included three generations of family members, and at the end, all the kids got to jump on the trampoline for the camera.
I love how all these portraits turned out — the images will look lovely once they are hung on the wall 🙂
Here are some highlights from one of our Pioneer Class of 2012 Senior sessions. This senior did a simple session at the studio. Now that our outdoor deck space is finished, we are pleased to provide easy green portraits like these outdoor senior portraits. I always love the deep blue sky portraits; they are a nice complement to the typical studio fare for senior sessions… and for those wanting a no-fuss session with two different looks, this is the perfect compromise.
Enjoy your senior year at Pioneer!!
I can’t believe that Kathleen is a senior at Dexter High School already… time flies so quickly! Anyways, for Kathleen’s senior portrait session we started at the studio, and did some basic yearbook portraits. Then, once we got that out of the way, it was time for some fun!
Kathleen really wanted to have her portraits in a green, outdoorsy, natural setting. Since I love new and unique places (particularly my clients’ homes) — we decided to use her grandmother’s home as a setting. We also had to find an awesome place to use the GTO Judge, of course!!! I really love how everything turned out, from the waterfall portraits to the spectacular dance poses that Kathleen managed to pull off in mid-air.
And here’s a sneak peek at Kathleen’s senior portraits. From this gorgeous selection of pictures, I designed a set of coffeetable albums …and created a pair of wall portraits with the Judge (one canvas featuring Kathleen, and the other featuring her older brother, Doug’s senior portrait from several years ago).
I know Kathleen has been just dying to share these lovely senior portraits with all her friends and family… so, without further delay, here are her senior portraits — click on an image to view it in more detail.
The SB family commissioned me to do an extended family portrait late this summer. Their flower gardens were in full bloom, and everyone, including Chili the dog, did a great job of sitting for this series of family pictures. It’s always lovely to do portraits like this, particularly when you can include three generations in the family picture.
While the weather was warm… it was also beautiful… and we ended up with some beautiful family portraits for the SB family to display in the stairway of their home, among other places!
This summer I photographed a pair of happy newlyweds — and rather than document their wedding, we planned a fun outdoors wedding portrait session. While the sun made for a hot day, I’m glad that we didn’t see any rain clouds!
Congratulations C + I… I love the storybook album we designed using all the wonderful portraits from your session at Gallup Park, and I can’t wait to help you select your favorite one to be made into a wall portrait!
Baby A. and her parents came in this summer for her newborn portraits! She was such a good baby; aside from not wanting to fall asleep, we had no trouble creating these lovely portraits of the happy new family. This one (below) will look especially nice as a wall portrait on display in their home… believe it or not, the portrait looks even better in black and white!
It will be fun to see how much she grows in the coming months 🙂 …they grow all too quickly, don’t they? Here are some other images from A’s newborn session (I designed a custom album with many of these portraits, which I’m sure the whole family will enjoy!).
The F. family had their family portrait created during the summer. Thankfully, we didn’t schedule their session for one of the really hot/humid days we’ve had during July… and there was a nice breeze the day of the session too!
Here’s their favorite portrait from the session. I absolutely love this family portrait; the location is gorgeous and has significance for the family too! I am sure this will look lovely hanging on display, and the F. family will have a wonderful portrait to remind them of this summer for many years to come.
Margarete recently came to the studio for an updated professional portrait. She’s a music teacher in the Canton area — I actually took piano lessons from her during high school. She was (and is!) a great teacher, and really challenged me to improve my skills as a pianist. Here is the portrait that we created for Margarete; I think it does a great job of portraying her personality.
In addition to piano, Margarete also plays organ, and teaches advanced placement music theory. My mom (a professional flutist) took theory lessons from Margarete a number of years ago when she was working on her doctorate. If you’d like to get in touch with Margarete regarding lessons, her phone number is 734-451-9678; her website is arsmusicaonline.com. Margarete is certified by the Michigan Music Teachers Association.
Ms. M came to the studio dto have me create a new business portrait for her. We went with something simple and classy; I love the sepia toning in this image.
Well, the little one is growing quickly. It seems like only yesterday that we were doing his newborn portraits… These portraits I created needed to be shared before he “outgrows” them too! Read More
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:
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:
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:
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.
Sometimes it can be tough to figure out where exactly in your home you’d like to display your family portrait. Common places that my clients typically want to adorn with portrait art include over their fireplace, in their front entryway, or a bedroom or hallway. It really depends on where you will be able to get the most enjoyment out of your investment though. If you really love the portrait we’ve created for you — will you be happier if it is on display in your family room, or hidden away in a back room so it can be enjoyed on a more personal level?
I love where we decided to display our own family portrait — it hangs over the fireplace in our family room, which is really the nucleus of our first floor (due to the open floor plan). Every time we walk in the front door, we can enjoy the portrait, and every time I come down the stairs or pass through the family room I am able to enjoy the memory of our family vacation to New Hampshire, where we had a wonderful portrait experience with an award-winning photographer.
I want you to enjoy your portraits every bit as much as I enjoy mine. And that’s why I recommend thinking about where you’d like to display your family portrait ahead of time. You don’t have to have a spot set in stone, but knowing your options will make life easier when it comes time to order your family portrait.
Here’s a picture of the entryway into our residential studio, which, as you can see, prominently features the family portrait of yours truly.
You deserve to have portraits you can enjoy not just because of who’s in them — but also because of the fine craftmanship and artistic nature of the portrait itself. Treat yourself to something more. You deserve to enjoy a piece of personalized artwork in your home!
Baby Finn is getting closer than ever to arriving! Before his arrival though, we decided to ask our good friend, Liz Vance (she’s a great baby photographer in the DC area), to document the pregnancy and create some lovely maternity portraits for us. Needless to say, Liz did a wonderful job! Here is a video slideshow of the highlights from our maternity portrait session with Liz.
Thank you Liz for creating these wonderful memories to enjoy and look back on once we’re past the whole “being pregnant” phase! And no, I can’t pick out just one favorite portrait… I love them all.
The H. family had everyone in town over the holidays, and of course they contacted us to plan a portrait session at their home! We kept things simple, since the entire family group was so large. It takes some time to create a family portrait like this, so we did have to tease a few smiles out of the kids for some of the portraits. Overall I was really pleased with how well everyone did, particularly the puppy and the children. The important thing is that everyone had a relaxed experience, and that the portraits turned out well. I’m sure the H. family will enjoy these family portraits for many years to come.