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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Angel’s Maternity Portrait

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Here are some favorites from the Angel’s portrait session.  I think the one with everyone’s hands is absolutely adorable; but then again, I’m a sucker for getting soon-to-be big siblings involved in these types of portrait sessions.

It’s always exciting when I get to photograph families through the various stages of life… it is fun to see new little ones being added to the family.

Ben :: Dexter High School Senior Portraits

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Ben was all for the simple session, so we kept it to a casual portrait outdoors, and a formal portrait in the studio.

One outfit indoors, one outfit outdoors. No additional driving, and pretty hassle free, so far as the whole senior portrait experience is concerned! This type of session is great for seniors who want to keep things simple — and for parents who still want quality senior portraits for their graduates.

Baby Portraits :: Toby

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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 🙂

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Too cute!  I may be just a little biased, of course ;).  But it is amazing how quickly they grow 🙂

E :: Outdoor Portrait Session

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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!

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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!!

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Studio Senior Portrait

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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!!

Dexter High School Senior Pictures :: Kathleen, 2012

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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.

Outdoors Portrait :: SB Family

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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!

C+I :: Newlywed Portraits

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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!

A’s Infant Portraits

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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!

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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!).

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