Well, the little tyke is growing quickly. He’s somewhere around 1.5 years now, so I thought I should schedule him for a portrait session. We did some indoors and also ventured outdoors on one of the not-so-hot days this summer. Here is my absolute favorite from the session:
I recently got to photograph the most adorable newborn baby and his three older brothers. We did this session at their home.
Babywearing mamas are the best :). It is always great to see how calm and relaxed their little ones are because they are all nice and snuggled up. This one of the whole family is to-die-for.
Last weekend we visited Gordon Hall for their Civil War Days event! In addition to capturing some photographs for the event, we had a family fun day :). We strolled through the civilian and military camps, watched the military firing demonstration, and enjoyed part of a Civil War era ball game. Our toddler enjoyed taking in most of the sights, but unlike last year (when the cannon didn’t even faze him), the rifles were a bit scary. Here’s a snapshot of the boys watching the ball game! 🙂
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 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.
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!!
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
I recently worked with Randal, a model in the Southeast Michigan area. For his session, we went “downtown” to Dexter to create some on location images. Here are are a selection of my favorite images from the session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!