Family Portrait at Mill Creek

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Family portraits on location are always a lot of fun. Simply choosing the right spot will make all the difference in the world. While often we do plan family portraits at a client’s home, it is also nice to do portraits at the local park. So for this particular family portrait — that’s exactly where we went. And the results look great, don’t you think?

The river and boardwalk provided a great variety of portraits, all within walking distance. I am all for making things as simple as possible for my clients!

Newborn Portraits :: Mia

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Big brother Nate and big sister Tessa helped me to create some adorable portraits of their new little sister, Mia! We had lots of fun, and the kids were really cooperative. After creating a few portraits of all the kids together, it was time for Mia to hog the spotlight so we did some portraits of just baby girl by herself. I love how these all turned out; it is always great to include family in newborn sessions.

Michigan Winter Family Portrait

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With all this record-setting warm weather we’ve been having, snow seems a far cry to the past (knock on wood!). Normally I schedule outdoor sessions to avoid precipitation, but for this family portrait, that’s just what was desired… a fresh coating of snow. With how wacky this winter was, I’m glad we were finally able to create these portraits.

Here’s the top pick from the outdoor family portrait:

We also created some portraits in the studio, since it was so chilly outside! Here’s the baby girl in her kimono… so adorable:And the siblings together. It’s always cute to see how proud big siblings can be when holding the new baby (even if it is with help!).

Family Portrait :: Baby M.

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Here are portraits from Baby M’s newborn session.  I absolutely LOVE the one of her big brother holding her; he looks so proud to be an older sibling!

Interestingly enough, we spent most of the session trying to get Baby M to fall asleep so that we could create the tour de force — that adorable artistic portrait of her sleeping on the settee.

I hope the family enjoyed their holiday gifts 🙂 — portraits always make wonderful presents, don’t you think?

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.

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.

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!

Mill Pond Park – Family Portrait

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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.

Displaying Your Family Portrait

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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.

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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!

Family Gathering :: Holiday Portrait

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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.

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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.

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