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.

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.

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.

Michigan Portraits Receive International Recognition

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Atlanta, GA — Portrait Photographs created by Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter have been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2011 International Photographic Competition. Finn’s work will be on display at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, from January 15-17, 2012. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging
USA, an annual convention of professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of over 50 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top images from more than 4,000 total submitted entries. Three of Finn’s portraits will be displayed in New Orleans alongside other photographic works from PPA’s photographic competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

The portrait below was created for a Detroit area model — the artistic nude portrait was titled: “Flesh Tones.” It received a merit award and will be on display in New Orleans:
Dexter Michigan Artistic Studio Portrait

This portrait of a high school senior was also awarded a merit and will be displayed. Titled “Tuned Out,” it features the senior’s unique and individualized sense of style:
Ann Arbor Michigan High School Senior Portrait

Finally, a family portrait of a father with his child was Finn’s final image to receive a merit award this year. The image captures the loving relationship between the daughter and her father:
Dexter Michigan Family Portrait

This was Finn’s fifth year participating in the International Print Competition — her portraits and photographs have received awards each and every year she has entered (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). While the awards Finn has received are a testament to her creativity and dedication to excellence, the awards her portraits have received aren’t just for show. Finn frequently enters images created during client portrait sessions to prove that the quality of her “everyday” work is just as noteworthy as any self-assignment.

Amber :: 2011 Pioneer Senior

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Amber was one of our senior spokesmodels for 2011. She did a great job, and while I loved the images we created during her studio senior portrait session, I have to say that her location session portraits are in hot contention — both turned out amazingly.

Here are a few highlights from the second half of Amber’s session. We went to downtown Ann Arbor to create some really cool urban gritty portraits.

Ann Arbor Pioneer Senior Portrait

Senior Portrait Photographer Michigan

High School Senior Portraits

And, of course, we ended up with so many amazing portraits of Amber that an album was a necessity. Here’s the video of images in Amber’s senior portrait album:

Andrew :: Pioneer Senior Pictures

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Are you planning your senior pictures and want information? You’re almost there… follow this link to learn about our senior portrait services.

Andrew is a 2011 senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. For his senior portrait session, we decided to go on location. Since Andrew is a musician, we talked about what instruments he might like to incorporate. We settled on the marimba! Accordingly, the location was set to be at their home (since a marimba is *not* a small, portable, instrument). We had to reschedule once due to inclement weather, but on the day we created Andrew’s senior portraits, the sun was shining and the weather was gorgeous.

Here are a few favorites from Andrew’s session:

Ann Arbor Senior Portrait Photographer

Michigan Senior Portraits

Ann Arbor MI Senior Portraits

And here is the video! We actually put these images into a lovely album for Andrew’s family to enjoy. It’s a great way to showcase images if you are short on wall space!

Award-Winning Portraits :: Detroit Competition

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Yesterday evening, I was in Detroit for a local print competition, held by the Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association (DPPA). As usual, I helped behind the scenes (tallying and recording scores this time around), and got to have a unique perspective as events unfolded. I entered five portraits and one landscape. The landscape received a red ribbon (award of merit), and all five portraits received blue ribbons (awards of excellence)!

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Alexa :: Chelsea Senior Portrait

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Alexa goes to Chelsea High School, and is a senior this year! She is a really creative senior, interested in photography, painting, and the arts! So, for Alexa’s senior portrait session, we decided to incorporate some of her artwork into the portraits (see the last outdoor portrait, which showcases a lot of her favorite photographs!). Of course, I told Alexa to bring her cameras with her… so we incorporated those into her senior portraits since she is into photography.

I even had a wave of creative inspiration myself — and Alexa liked my idea too. The resulting portrait is my absolute favorite image from Alexa’s session — it’s the black and white studio portrait with all the photography gear.

Have a wonderful final year, Alexa, and I can’t wait to hear which art school you decide to go to! 🙂

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!

Youth with a Purpose

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I believe it’s important to give back to those in our community; to share the talents I have been given. I really do believe that everyone deserves to have their memories captured, and that senior portraits are a big part of creating a legacy. Senior portraits aren’t just a sign that you’re done with high school; they have become a personality statement. For many families, these senior portraits remain on display until replaced by wedding portraits.

When Brandon and Charlae (co-directors of the Youth with a Purpose mentorship program) contacted me, I felt that it would just be right to give these youths (and their families) a gift of portraiture. Betsy’s Photography will be donating senior portrait packages to the initial group of YWP seniors (in graduating classes 2010 through 2014).

YWP news article: Mentors help youths find purpose

AnnArbor.com took interest in this affair, and in late January, published an article about Youth With a Purpose. Brandon told the reporter:

One parent was so overcome with joy that she began to cry […] She said that Betsy’s donation was truly a gift from God.

I’m truly honored to be able to make a difference for these youths and their families. In my life, I have been blessed in countless ways; it only makes sense to give back.

One of the highlights, so far, has been meeting the wonderful individuals involved in the mentorship program. Last night Steven and I met some of the youth! Brandon and Charlae introduced us to three of the YWP students (Left to Right: Brandon, Michael, Bailey, Steven, Betsy, Charlae, O'Dell)

Youth with a Purpose (Left to Right: Brandon, Michael, Bailey, Steven, Betsy, Charlae, O'Dell)

A little more about Youth with a Purpose, as quoted on AnnArbor.com:

Baugh and Charlae Davis founded Youth With a Purpose, a nonprofit organization of the Labor of Love Church in Ypsilanti, almost four years ago while they were working at the Comprehensive Studies Program at the University of Michigan. After gathering approximately 20 middle-school students for the program, Baugh and Davis began mentoring the students and providing help with school work. Baugh said the program has grown to include approximately 30 members.

“When our program began three years ago, many were in difficult situations at home, their academic performance was very low and many were in trouble with the law,” said Baugh. “I’m happy to say all of these issues have been resolved; it’s like they are completely different people now.”

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