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.

 

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.

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!

Outdoor Location Portrait (1)

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!!

Outdoor Location Portrait (2)

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.

Dexter Train Depot – Family Portrait

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Earlier this fall, the M. family and I planned an outdoors portrait session in the Dexter area. The family liked the idea of incorporating the old Dexter Train Depot — so off we went! Here are two images from their session, I think these look great in black and white… it kind of captures the old vintage feel that naturally accompanies the historic building.

Dexter Family Portrait

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The W. family planned a family portrait this fall — and the timing was just perfect when their session came. Downtown Dexter was full of golds and oranges, and the gazebo was even decorated with festive fall decorations. All in all, I love how these relaxed family portraits turned out. These will look great above the W. family’s fireplace!

Baby G :: Newborn Portrait

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Baby G finally arrived… and we finally got her into the studio for her newborn portraits. Since she was a couple weeks old already, Baby G was pretty active! We did manage to lure her halfway to sleeping… and ended up with some wonderful portraits of her awake and asleep. I absolutely *love* this portrait of her in the basket… what a cute smile on baby!

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Mike :: Senior Portraits Michigan

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Mike had his senior portraits done at our studio recently. While we kept things simple, Mike did decide to have me create senior portraits for him both in studio and outdoors. I love the dramatic edgy feel in a few of the studio portraits. And in the outdoors portraits, I love the bold color combination (yellow, blue, green). Plus, an added bonus is that this is right outside the studio. So we didn’t have to drive anywhere, or park and walk in the sweltering heat!

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Lauren :: Dexter Senior Portraits

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Lauren is a Class of 2011 senior at Dexter High School! We’ve been planning on doing something fun for Lauren’s senior portraits for quite some time (I photographed her sister, Ashleigh, a few years ago). So, Lauren came into the studio for her mini session (she’s a senior spokesmodel for Betsy’s Photography)… and we had some fun!

I am really thrilled with how the images from Lauren’s session turned out — I particularly like the ones of her in her prom dress. I wanted to do some retro Hollywood portraits with it. While it takes some time and patience to mimic the “Old Hollywood” feel, in the end, I am really happy with how things turned out.

Lauren will be making another appearance on our blog later this summer, since we still have her outdoors senior portrait session to plan still!

An Engagement Love Story (in Dexter)

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Mark + Kara wanted to do something a little different for their engagement portraits, so we ended up planning an extended Love Story session to capture not only a few memories, but to tell a story as well. 

We started off in downtown Dexter, so I had to include the clock.  The  VW bug in the crosswalk adds a great splash of color to this image. Next we went to a little bistro where Mark + Kara sat at a sidewalk table.  

Finally, we headed to a park in Saline for another series of images, which ended up being more nature oriented.  And to tie the whole thing into their actual engagement story, we included some wine glasses and a bottle of red wine for the final set of images. In case you’re curious about that one, Mark + Kara actually got engaged in Traverse City, at one of the many Michigan wineries around the area.  So we incorporated some wine tasting into the portrait session.

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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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 calmer, we were able to get a great portrait of the entire family — Curly and Moe were behaving like perfect angels!

Betsy Finn Featured in Dexter Leader

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Today we got a lovely surprise when we opened our copy of the Dexter Leader! Well, not a complete surprise, because I did talk with the fabulous people over at the Dexter Leader before the article ran, but it’s still exciting to see your face in the paper.

This edition will be out all week, so make sure to pick up a copy of the Dexter Leader if you want to see the “real thing” — or you can read the article here: “Magnificent Seven.”

I’ll probably be posting my some of responses on the blog somewhere also — keep your eye posted; I’ll add a few “details” that weren’t mentioned in the article!

Betsy Finn Featured in the Dexter Leader Newspaper

Dexter Leader Features Photographer Betsy Finn

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Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography was featured in today’s issue of the Dexter Leader! Read on below for the whole article, which features Betsy Finn, her photographs, and discusses her photographic inspiration. Special thanks goes to the Dexter Leader for allowing Betsy’s Photography to post the article on our blog.

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Dexter Village photographer’s work honored in Florida

By Sean Dalton, staff writer, Dexter Leader

A Dexter photographer’s work is going to Tampa, Fla. in January along with thousands of other high quality works from around the world.
Betsy Finn’s two entries, “Fearless,” and “Uphill Battle,” were chosen by the Professional Photographers of America to be part of the display of 4,000 top photographs – the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography displayed under one roof.

The 117th International Exhibition of Professional Photography’s panel of 30 well-known professionals trims the winners from over 5,000 entries.

Finn, a wedding [&] portrait photographer for her company, Betsy’s Photography, has had photography in her life from a very early age.

“As is normal with most photographers, I have a previous interest in photography,” Finn said. “It goes back to my father, my uncle and my grandfather.”

To these men in Finn’s life, photography was just a hobby, but something sparked in Finn when she was given her first camera.

Her life wasn’t quite the same after the first time the shutter opened and closed.

Her father, Jeffrey L. Ash, gave Finn her first camera, a Nikon brand Nikkormat camera while she was in high school, during her freshman year in 1998 at Greenhills High School, in Ann Arbor. Prior to this she had toyed with cameras as a child, but her father’s gift started something, although it took some time to take hold of Finn’s life.

“It’s the first professional camera I remember using,” she said. “I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I had my heart set on doing photography professional at that point.”

For a third generation, photography took hold of a member of the Ash family’s heart, and for the first [time] it became a family business.
Major McKinley Ash, Finn’s grandfather and renowned University of Michigan dentist instigated the family tradition.

“(He was) pretty much as close to professional as an amateur photographer could be while still being able to maintain the hobby aspect of it, Finn said.

Her grandfather started getting into photography while traveling, to preserve the sights. He passed away on March 21 at the age of 85.

Finn’s professional journey began at Hope College, where she earned a degree in studio art with an emphasis on photography in 2005.

The emphasis on photography came after doing some portraits for friends, some of which turned into clients.

“I decided I enjoy doing this for my clients,” Finn said. “They enjoy my work, so it just makes sense for me to do this.”

Up until that point she took some courses at Michigan State University in continuing education and worked professional for almost five years, before moving out to Dexter to be near her new husband’s family and several mutual friends.

“I started my business after I got engaged, because after I changed my name I needed people to know my name and where my business is,” Finn said.

Finn mostly does weddings and portraits, although she dabbles in other things. Her most photographed subject in the village so far has been Gordon Hall. She has taken many family and senior portraits at the historical site since coming to the area.

A photo trip through the village is on her agenda.

“I really like the character of the town,” she said. “It’s got a lot of variety to photograph. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll have some time to take some personal project pictures.”

Finn was awarded the PPA Professional Photographers Certification last October, which is what let up to her submitting [4 images] for this year’s association exhibit.

She is looking forward to getting feedback on her two selected photos, which will be her first works displayed via the PPA. It was her first year entering.

“It’s really a big thing for photographers, I entered what I thought were my best entries,” Finn said.

The works will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from Jan 6 through 8.

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About the Dexter Leader:

The Dexter Leader newspaper covers the village of Dexter, and is published on Thursdays. The Dexter Leader was established in 1869. The publication includes news about local government, the schools, high school sports and crime, as well as feature stories about local people of interest, community events, births, engagements, weddings, obituaries and commentary. The Dexter Leader was named Newspaper of the Year by the Michigan Press Association in 2005. In addition, The Dexter Leader won three national awards for reporting from the Suburban Newspapers of America in 2004 and three in 2005, including Best Sports Section. For more information about the Dexter Leader, please visit their website, www.dexterleader.com.

About Sean Dalton:

Staff writer Sean Dalton has been with Heritage Newspapers since March 15, 2006. His articles are featured in the Dexter Leader, and he contributes regularly to community discussion on his blog, “Dexter on a Daily Basis.”

Article is copyrighted by the Dexter Leader, and reproduced with their permission
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