One of the nice things about creating a painting is that I can meld several photographs into one piece — and it looks totally natural. This painting was based on several photographs that we took during Yara’s newborn portrait session (see the blog post with some of our favorite newborn photos of Yara!). It took me several versions of the painting to get things exactly the way I was envisioning, but that’s why I do this. Because when all the pieces finally fall into place, it looks amazing. Here’s the final painted portrait of Yara with her dad.
If you’d like to learn more about commissioning a painting from an existing photograph, or from a portrait we create during your next portrait session with me, get in touch! I’d love to talk with you about how the process works and help create a family heirloom that matches your lifestyle and vision. Contact the studio via our web form or call 734-424-0472 today!
Rachel’s mom contacted me this summer about doing her senior portraits in a field of sunflowers. Cool idea, right? And we were in luck, because the weather was great on the day of Rachel’s session. A bit hot for anyone’s liking,…but, hey, it’s Michigan. We have to work with what we’re given. You’d never know it from these photos, because Rachel looks absolutely gorgeous, but it was drippingly hot. Seriously.
Enjoy this slideshow of our favorite images from Rachel’s senior portraits in the sunflower field.
And in case you’re a sucker for web photos instead of video slideshows, here they are! Rachel was a great sport. She put up with the hot sun, some windy gusts, and of course, my goofy requests that she pretend to laugh at her mom. All in all, Rachel’s senior portrait session went very smoothly though. We got some great portraits that I am sure her family will enjoy for years to come. And once I’ve designed the memories panel that her mom ordered for their home, I will share that with you too!
If you’re looking at doing senior pictures while the weather’s warm, get in touch with me ASAP to plan your session! Or, we can plan something for the fall… your call. Call the studio at 734-424-0472 to learn more about having your senior portraits done by award-winning master photographer Betsy Finn today!
While I love photographing seniors, or any of my clients, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for animals. So, when Madison’s mom asked me if I ever do senior photos with pets, I enthusiastically said, “yes!!”
A lot of my clients are concerned that their dog might be too rambunctious or energetic to sit still for photos. But, as I reassured this client of mine, I am happy to include dogs for a portion of any session! My secret? Well, besides just liking dogs and being patient with them, it’s a simple matter of getting your dog mostly tired out before the photos happen. Whether that means a trip to the dog park, or a long walk, or numerous games of tug… it’s usually a pretty good bet that when your pup is pooped, he will be amenable to having his photo taken.
I have to admit, I think this is my favorite photo of the whole senior session. We had Madison stand in the water to coax the pup towards her. Even thought he generally doesn’t like water….it worked! Yes, he was back out of the water within a minute… But, I was able to capture this priceless moment. I initially wasn’t even sure we had captured him looking at the camera! Now, you might notice this photo looks more like a painting. I used my traditional artistic training and recent training in painting digitally to create this digitally masterpiece. Don’t you love how it turned out???
Now, let’s get on to the photos of Madison. It was such an honor to photograph Madison, she is a great person and I love her cheerfulness! While I love all of my clients, it’s always fantastic when a session goes smooth as silk. And Madison’s senior portraits just flowed so nicely. Despite the heat, we managed to stay out of the direct sun. …and we created some gorgeous senior portraits in the shady spots of downtown Dexter. Side note — when doing senior photos with pets, make sure to also bring a water bowl and enough water. On a hot day, it’s really essential. (I’m so glad Madison and her mom planned ahead!).
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of Madison’s senior portraits. As I mentioned earlier, these were taken in downtown Dexter. What I didn’t mention is that her entire session took about an hour. Yes, including a quick stop at my studio for the obligatory studio senior portrait. Easy peasy!
As the senior portrait season ramps up, we’ll be sharing more sneak peeks. I hope you will find these senior photos inspirational as you plan your next portrait session. If you’re interested in learning more about how the portrait planning process works, just contact Betsy via internet or call 734-424-0472.
As I mentioned in an earlier post (Finding Time For Yourself), this year I’ve been trying to incorporate art into my daily routine. For the most part, this has been in my sketchbook, with pen and paper. But today, I took some time to experiment with digital painting. This painting is based on a photograph taken by Bhakti Iyata (source: Pixabay.com). I had a lot of fun painting digitally. It always takes time to find a groove when working with new media, and digital is no exception. But my goal was to capture the essence of the image, the feeling, and keep things kind of spontaneous. Oh, and experiment with the painting process and “media” available digitally (i.e. all the fancy schmancy brushes).
I’m liking the results, especially considering the amount of time I spent on it (maybe an hour or so of experimentation). I’m not completely in love with the airbrush streaks on the woman’s hair and the horse’s mane, but that’s okay. Art is a process. The more time you spend practicing, the more you can refine your skills.
As an aside, if you have a photograph that you’d like turned into a painted art piece, please get in touch (contact Betsy). I’d love to help talk with you about how I could create a custom art piece from one of your treasured snapshots.
Now, back to the daily art thing. I have been pretty consistent! Yes, I’ve taken a few days off, but other days I’ve had time to finish more than one sketch. It’s interesting how creative inspiration strikes.
My takeaway so far from this endeavor?
it’s good to let your goals have fluidity. I don’t want to be stuck doing something daily “just because” or out of obligation. The whole purpose of this was to spend some time every day doing something for myself.
Don’t feel pressured. Yes, I wanted to say “I’ve completed a drawing every day” — but realistically, I know this isn’t feasible. Some days I’ve just done quick sketches. Other days I’ve had time to spend an hour or two drawing. Just do what you can, when you can.
It’s good to take a break. Time off gives balance, refreshes, energizes you. Our work week has a weekend (even though many of us don’t stop working), the creation story has a day of rest, exercise schedules incorporate “off days.” It’s no good to be in a state of constant activity. Rest, reflection… they’re good for the soul.
Include others. Some of the days I’ve had most fun drawing were when I did collaborative sketches with my son, Toby. It was fun to work on something together, to chat as we drew, and to have more than one creative opinion expressed in the final piece. A note to Type A individuals — if you let a child collaboratively draw with you, set aside any expectations or need for things to go a certain way. It just won’t happen.
Am I going to continue?
Yes, probably. Though I am not officially committing to a drawing (or painting) every day, I’d like to continue engaging the creative portion of my brain daily. It’s really interesting how much that overflows to the rest of my daily routine.
In a nutshell… find time to do what you love on a regular basis, even if you have to make major changes to your definition of that activity. Five minutes drawing. Reading one chapter of a book. Taking a five minute walk. Playing games as a family once a month.
Whatever it is that energizes and inspires you, make it something you can realistically do.