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.

Portraits of Italy and Israel

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As you may know, last year Betsy traveled across the Atlantic to both Israel and Italy.  Over a period of fourteen days, Betsy explored and visited many interesting cities — and gained an interesting first person perspective regarding places she’d previously only known via textbooks.  From getting to see the Sistine Chapel in person and experiencing Jerusalem during Holy Week, to swimming in the Dead Sea and exploring the mountaintop of Masada, experiences such as these were inspiration for the photographs Betsy captured.

Portraits of Rome, Italy Portraits of Jerusalem, Israel

Early next year, you too will be able to share in these experiences — Betsy will be sharing images created during her time in Israel and Italy at the Dexter library. The two series lecture and exhibit will be held on February 26th, 2012 and April 29th, 2012.

Lecture and Exhibit: Portraits of Rome.
On February 26th, 2012 at 2pm, join Betsy Finn and travel to  Rome – the eternal city – through a photographic exhibit and lecture.  Betsy will share images, historical background, and anecdotes from her visit to various parts of Italy, including Rome, Pompeii, and Tivoli.

Lecture and Exhibit: Portraits of Israel.
On April 29th, 2012 at 2pm, join Betsy Finn and travel to Israel – the land of milk and honey – through a photographic exhibit and lecture.  Betsy will share images and history of Jerusalem during Holy week, as well as the historically significant Masada, to the Sea of Galilee, and Nazareth and Jericho.

Both lecture/exhibits will be held at the Dexter District Library.

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.

Betsy Receives DPPA Service Medallion

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Detroit, Mich. — At the Detroit Professional Photographers Association (DPPA) banquet on June 14th, 2011, Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography was awarded the DPPA Service Degree medallion. While Betsy was not able to accept the award in person, she was honored to receive this recognition.

The DPPA Service Degree Program was established to recognize those individuals who have given outstanding service and their personal time for the betterment of the organization. To be eligible to receive the DPPA Service Degree, a member must have obtained a minimum of 25 service merits, which are earned by volunteering, for example, or participating in competitions. Past President Paul D’Aigle noted in the most recent DPPA newsletter:

“Those who appreciate our Association, and help in various ways to make it a better Association for all of its members, should be acknowledged for their service. Receiving an award for such service is an excellent way for the DPPA to say ‘Thank you’ to our hard working members.”

Betsy has been more than willing to give of her time and share her knowledge with others — and that is one of the reasons she was eligible for the DPPA Service Degree medallion.

The Detroit Professional Photographers Association (DPPA) is Michigan’s largest affiliate for the national organization, Professional Photographers of America (PPA). DPPA was established in 1915 to serve the professional photographic community by offering educational opportunities to help photographers grow their business and improve their artistic abilities. Betsy has been a member of DPPA since 2006.

Betsy Finn, owner of Betsy’s Photography, is a Certified Professional Photographer and award-winning photographic artist whose work has received local and national recognition. Betsy’s Photography studio is located in Dexter, Mich., and provides portrait services to clients in Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit the studio website: bphotoart.com.

Featured in Professional Photographer Magazine

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Exciting news! Betsy was recently named one of professional photography’s top ten photographers under the age of 30. An article in Professional Photographer featured the ten up-and-coming photography studios who received this honor. The GenNEXT studios, including Betsy’s Photography, were hand-picked from Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) membership of more than 22,000 photographers around the world.

In addition to being featured in Professional Photographer magazine, the GenNext studios have been invited to speak at Imaging USA, the largest imaging convention for professional photographers, held in early 2011. What an exciting honor; we here at the studio are very pleased Betsy was included as one of the up-and-coming photographers to watch!

Within this elite group of up-and-coming photographers, Betsy is the only one to hold the Photographic Craftsman degree. In addition to having attained the Photographic Craftsman degree, Betsy is also a Certified Professional Photographer, and recipient of back-to-back Photographer of the Year awards (2008 + 2009) from PPA. For more information about Betsy’s Photography, please contact the studio at 734-424-0472.

Featured in Local Paper

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A few weeks ago, I was interviewed about my studio by a writer for Abec’s Small Business Review (Ann Arbor Edition). One of my friends got their hands on the latest September edition, and after discovering I was featured on the back page, dropped off a copy for me!

Since the paper doesn’t automatically convert everything to their web edition, I thought I’d share a preview of the article for you to enjoy:

Studio Featured in Professional Photographer Magazine!

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As you know, our studio renovation project last year was quite exciting.

Well, I have more exciting news to share! Professional Photographer magazine, a publication for professional photographers, decided to run a story about our studio renovation experience! The article, Home Studio Makeover, ran in the April 2010 issue… and provides an alternate viewpoint on the whole TV show experience.

While I’m at it, here’s a brief tour of the studio! If you follow Betsy’s Photography on Facebook, you might have already seen these images, but I wanted to share them here regardless.

Outdoors — our residential studio is located next to a pond, woods, and open fields; minutes from both Ann Arbor and Dexter, location sessions are always easy to plan.

Entryway — upon entering our studio, you be able to view a number of portraits as you come down the stairway. (Note: we are more than willing to make accommodations for those with disabilities. Location sessions at our clients’ homes are always popular)

Consultation room — where you’ll meet with Betsy to talk about your session, and also where you’ll view and order your images via projection.

An alternate view of the consultation room, showing the projection area. The camera room, where your indoor session will take place, is off to the left.

Camera Room — our camera room is open yet comfortable. Clients with infants will appreciate being able to use a nearby changing table if the need arises during the session.

And finally, here is a screenshot of the article (read the PDF):

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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Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer (Again!)

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Betsy Finn named one of Michigan's Top 7 Photographer of 2009 at the annual Convention (Professional Photographers of Michigan).This past week has been pretty busy for us here at the studio.  In addition to our normal studio appointments, Betsy was busy attending a conference held by the Professional Photographers of Michigan.

Now, you might recall that Betsy was named Top 7 Photographer of 2008 last year.   The Top 7 Photographer award  is awarded to photographers whose combined print scores place them in the top 7 ranking.

This year, Betsy entered six photographs into the 2009 print competition, and as you can tell in the image to the left, did very well!  Three of her images received blue ribbons, and three received red ribbons.

The more exciting awards were given out at the Professional Photographers of Michigan Awards Banquet on Monday night.  Betsy was honored to receive the Top 7 Photographer award for a second year running!  And, a print judge loved one of Betsy’s images enough that it received received a Court of Honor (Judge’s Choice) award for the Illustrative category (Purple Ribbon in photograph at left).

Of course, the print competition wasn’t Betsy’s only reason for attending the convention.  Betsy spent time networking with other creative professionals in the industry, and attended several seminars on the art and business of photography.  It’s always great to see a professional who is truly dedicated to providing “the best” for her clients.

So, when you see Betsy, make sure to congratulate her for being named Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer… again!  (Hmm, can we say deja vu… Best of Show at Detroit Print Competition two years running too?)

Local Photographer Earns Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award

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Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography Studio in Dexter, Michigan has earned a Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Photographer of the Year presentations were made at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, in January in Phoenix, AZ.

Betsy Finn Photographer of the Year

2004 was the inaugural year for PPA’s Photographer of the Year Awards. They were developed as a way to encourage photographers to improve their artistic and technical skills and demonstrate their talent through competition, as well as a way for the public to discern the best of the best.

“These awards are among the most prestigious in the industry,” confirms PPA Print Exhibition Committee Chairman Helen Yancy. “The recipients of these awards have proven the quality of their work on a consistent basis in one of the highest quality image competitions in the world, PPA’s International Print Competition.”

A PPA member earns a Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award by placing all four images included in their print case in PPA’s renowned General Collection – and incredible accomplishment. In 2008 Finn was one of only 54 Bronze Level Photographers of the Year.

PPA, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 20,000 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.

Article about Betsy in Ann Arbor News

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Well, we haven’t seen it ourselves yes, but On Sunday I was mentioned in the Ann Arbor News! Very exciting, don’t you think? If you recall, one of my images won Best of Show at the Detroit Professional Photographers’ annual print competition.

A blurb was mentioned in the Business Notes section, and an article, “Betsy Finn’s photos garner awards,” was published in the Entertainment section, I believe.

Once I find out more details, I’ll be sure to spill the beans, don’t worry. In the meantime, if you can’t wait, go Look in your newspaper and check it out yourself:

Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association Print Competition Winner

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Well, I got my Detroit Professional Photographers’ Association (DPPA) newsletter in the mail today. On page nine, I found a pleasant surprise!

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Yup, that’s me, in my consultation room. the editor of the newsletter came out a number of weeks ago to “interview” me for the newsletter, but by the time this arrived in the mail, that had completely slipped my mind!

Congratulations to all the other category winners 🙂 — with all the hullabaloo the day of the print competition, I think I forgot to say that to you!

Photographer of the Year

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So, more exciting news (kind of a continuation of the 118th International Exhibition of Professional Photography).  Based on how well my prints did at the international print competition, I’m going to be receiving a 2008 Photographer of the Year (Bronze level) Award from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  PPA just made a blog post congratulating all award recipients, and by my count, there are only 50 photographers who received a Bronze Level Photographer of the Year.  That’s pretty mind-blowing, especially when you consider that there are ~20,000 photographers belonging to PPA (the member count keeps growing so rapidly, my guess could be off by a bit I’m sure).

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2008 Photographer of the Year Awards.  These individuals demonstrated excellence in their craft and earned tremendous achievements in PPA’s 2008 International Print Competition.

— PPA Today
{Photographer of the Year Awards}

The awards ceremony isn’t until January, though (it’s held in conjunction with the International Exhibition and Imaging USA).  You can count on me posting something official at that point in time too.  In the meantime, congratulations to all other Photographer of the Year Award recipients!

Dexter Photographer to be Featured in International Exhibition

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Tampa, Fla. — Photographic prints created by Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography Studio in Dexter, Mich. have recently been accepted into the General Collection of the 118th International Exhibition of Professional Photography. Betsy’s work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, January 11-13, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention of over 8,600 professional photographers.

Betsy’s entries featured wedding and portrait work for local clients, as well as a fine art photograph. The titles of the four pieces are listed below:

  • “He Gets It From His Father” (child portrait)
  • “Three vs. One” (family portrait)
  • “Something Old, Something New” (wedding)
  • “Spring Green” (fine art)

All four of Betsy’s entries were accepted into the General Collection — just 13 other photographers in Michigan were honored to have all four entries accepted. Betsy will be receiving further awards for her achievements at the opening of the exhibit (she’ll also be receiving a Photographer of the Year award!!).

He Gets It From His Father by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Three vs. One by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Something Old, Something New by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Spring Green by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Approximately 4,514 entries were submitted to Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA’s) International Print Competition, from which a panel of more than 40 eminent photographers from across the United States selected the images that would comprise the 2008 General and Loan Collections…the most prestigious awards.

Betsy’s entries will be in Phoenix alongside other photographic works from not only PPA’s print competition, but also traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), an international nonprofit association, exists to assist its more than 20,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to 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.

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A Trio of Blue Ribbons

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The secret is out! As Betsy mentioned earlier in the week, her images were recently entered in a regional print competition, so read on to find out what awards her prints won.
Betsy Finn wins Regional Awards (2008)
Dayton, Ohio – Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, Michigan, recently competed in the Mid-East States Affiliated Print Competition hosted by the Professional Photographers of Ohio. All of Betsy’s entries received awards, and three of her prints were awarded Blue Ribbons. The culmination of the competition was the Mid-East States Print Exhibition, a display of all the award-winning prints.

Betsy was one of the over 200 photographers entered in the five-state regional competition. Each photographer is permitted to enter four prints. Betsy’s print Three vs. One, which portrayed a local Ann Arbor family, was awarded “Seal of Merit” and received a Blue Ribbon. Two other prints also received Blue Ribbons and each was awarded a Seal of Merit: Something Old, Something New was created for one of her bridal clients on the day of the wedding, and Spring Green was a fine art piece that Betsy created of a Michigan Dogwood Blossom. Betsy’s final print, titled Narcissism, was awarded a Red Ribbon and “Award of Merit.”

Of the more than 800 entries submitted for judging, only a fraction of prints were selected to receive Blue Ribbons. By earning three “Merit Seals” at the Mid-East States Affiliated Print Competition, Betsy will earn Merits when the print is submitted to the International Print Competition held by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). After earning 25 Merits, a photographer may earn his/her Master of Photography degree from the PPA.

Professional Photographers who hold a minimum of a Master of Photography degree judged the Mid-East States Regional Print Competition. These judges traveled from all over the United States to be a part of the regional competition. The 2008 regional competition included entries from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and is one of the largest print competitions in the country.

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

Betsy Finn Named Michigan’s Top 7 Photographer…

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Ypsilanti, Mich. – Local Dexter photographer Betsy Finn, of Betsy’s Photography, was named one of the Top 7 Photographers of 2008 by the Professional Photographers of Michigan. This award was given in recognition of Betsy’s accomplishments at the 2008 Print Competition.

 

The award for “Top 7 Photographer of 2008” is not based on a single image’s performance, but on the photographer’s overall score of the “top 4” images submitted. All of the prints Betsy entered received awards, including three “Awards of Excellence,” two “Gold Court” ribbons, and one “Award of Merit.” Her portrait of a local family was the recipient of two additional awards. The family portrait, “Three vs. One,” was the recipient of the award for the “2008 Highest Scoring First Time Entry,” and the “2008 Court of Honor Portrait” award.

The “Highest Scoring First Time Entry” award is given to the photographer with the best scoring print (of those entering the Professional Photographers of Michigan Print Competition for the first time).

The “2008 Court of Honor Portrait” award is also an honor to receive, as it is awarded to a select few of the judges’ favorite images from the competition.

When asked if she expected to receive these awards when attending the Professional Photographers of Michigan annual Banquet, Betsy replied, “I was so happy with how well my prints did, but I admit I was surprised to keep hearing my name called during awards. It is a great honor to be recognized for my photographs, especially since this competition included skilled photographers from the entire state of Michigan!”

The print competition was held in Ypsilanti, Michigan, during the state’s largest photography event, the Professional Photographers of Michigan Convention. A panel of nationally recognized judges – well known within the photographic industry, and all Masters of Photography, scored and judged over 300 images by professional photographers from all over Michigan. The Professional Photographers of Michigan is an affiliate of the national organization, Professional Photographers of America.

Betsy Finn, owner of Betsy’s Photography, is a Certified Professional Photographer and award-winning photographic artist. Earlier this year, her work received national recognition, when two of her prints hung in the 117th International Exhibition of Professional Photography. Betsy’s Photography studio is located in Dexter, Mich., and provides wedding & portrait services to clients in Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit the studio website: bphotoart.com.

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