Betsy's Photography
Dexter-Ann Arbor Area Portrait Photography
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Betsy's Photography

Dexter - Ann Arbor Portrait Photographer

Betsy's Photography provides portrait services for clients in the Dexter Ann Arbor Area. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, photographer Betsy Finn now runs her portrait photography studio in Dexter, located just ten minutes from downtown Ann Arbor with easy access off I-94.

Here at Betsy's Photography, our specialty is portraiture. That includes senior portraits, family portraits, baby portraits, kids portraits, and executive headshots. If you're interested in fine art photography or commissioning a painted portrait, that is another passion of Betsy's too.

Betsy Finn, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman (Artist and owner of Betsy's Photography)

Senior Portrait Photography

One of my passions is photographing senior portraits. While I have a portrait studio, I'm happy to work on location, so just ask! I make it a point to ask about each senior's interests, because a successful senior portrait session is all about making sure your senior's personality shines through in the final portraits. I've photographed senior portraits on the shore of Lake Michigan, on a family's pontoon boat in one of Michigan's many private lakes, as well as numerous other rivers and bodies of water in this Great Lakes state. Some places my clients love for senior portrait photography include downtown Ann Arbor (think Grafitti Alley, Nickels Arcade, or Nichols Arboreteum), downtown Dexter (Main Street has so many gorgeous storefronts, as well as the iconic Dexter Clock), downtown Ypsilanti (Depot Town is always a hit), and more. For clients looking for a nature-vibe in their senior portraits, the Dexter Ann Arbor area has many parks to offer. I've photographed sessions at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, Mill Creek Park in Dexter, Hudson Mills Metropark (north of Dexter), Island Park in Ann Arbor, and so many more. I'm willing to travel to your home for a completely unique and one-of-a-kind senior portrait photography experience too.

What makes our senior portrait sessions special?

Senior Portrait at Ypsilanti's Depot TownSenior portrait session on location in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Kid Portrait Photography

I love photographing kids. Yes, whether they are bouncing off the walls or more reserved, my clients know I will make the portrait session fun for their kids and capture wonderful portraits too. While I enjoy welcoming families to my studio for kid portrait sessions, it's always fun to venture outdoors on location too. I've photographed kids on location in Downtown Dexter, at numerous parks around Ann Arbor (including Nichols Arboreteum in Downtown Ann Arbor), Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, Parker Mill in Ypsilanti, and more! If you're up for lifestyle candid portraits, I have plenty ideas for that too. I usually recommend you select a spot your child already knows and loves, because it makes the experience that much more fun for them (and you). Of course, I'm happy to travel to your home and create portraits of your kids there too. Whether it's in your backyard or inside your house, these spots make for a completely memorable portrait session; you'll definitely treasure both the expressions and the setting in years to come.

Why do parents love having us photograph their kids?

Kid Portraits in Downtown Dexter , MichiganKid portrait session on location in Dexter, Michigan.

Baby Portrait Photography

Who doesn't love babies? I have always enjoyed meeting new babies and congratulating my clients when it's time for their newborn's first portrait session. I offer baby portrait photography services both in a studio setting and on location, as some of my clients prefer the intimacy and personality of their home as the setting for their baby's portraits. I also recommend my baby's first year plan, as it's a wonderful way to make sure you remember to document these precious and fleeting moments of your child's first year. I have lots of experience working with little ones, and as you'll seen in the testimonial section, my clients have called me a baby whisperer. That's not a title I take lightly. My job, as your baby photographer, is to make this experience relaxing for everyone -- parents and baby included. So, whether you'd like to plan a baby portrait photography session at your home or in the studio, let me know what you're thinking. And yes, I love to include parents, siblings, and even pets in the session if that sort of thing sounds up your alley.

Wondering how we make your baby's portrait experience stress-free?

Newborn portrait session on location in Dexter, Michigan

Family Portrait Photography

Family portraits hold a special place in my heart. Maybe because I'm a parent myself, or maybe it's because I loved looking at family pictures as a kid. Whatever the reason, my goal is to make your family portrait session fun, to keep you relaxed, while we create some amazing portraits you will be proud to hang on the wall (or display in other ways) for years to come. Not a wall portrait person? Ask me about planning a session that will look great for display in a custom coffeetable album. We've got options! Am I flexible? Sure! I am happy to tailor your session to what you're looking for, even if that might be a more candid photoshoot with pictures of your kiddos giggling and laughing. Some of my favorite portraits of my own kids are what other photographers might consider outtakes. I typically make sure to create a mix of lifestyle and posed "smiling" pictures, because most families end up choosing something a little more traditional to share with the grandparents. It's all about making the family's experience fun. If you have a favorite spot in mind, I'd love to plan your session on location there, or maybe at your home. I have experience turning plain hillsides into magical portraits -- so leave the details to me! If you need location ideas, I've photographed families all over Southeast Michigan -- including Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester, Brighton, Saline, to name a few.

Wondering how family portraits can capture your family's unique dynamic?

Family portrait session on location in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Headshot Portrait Photography

One of the reasons I hear most frequently, when working with headshot clients, is some variant of "I don't like getting my photo taken" or "I'm not good in front of the camera." I hear you. And, I have ways for helping you through that so we can create some professional and authentic portraits of you. Many of those same clients, when the session is done, express to me how easy the whole thing was, or their pleasure at how great the headshot portrait looks. It's all about communication. I'm used to working with real people, so I know how to deal with all these concerns. I've photographed businesspeople for a board they're sitting on, creative professionals who need a friendly and welcoming web presence, medical students who need a professional portrait for their next residency or application, and everywhere in between. Have a specific need, or a tight deadline? It doesn't hurt to ask! Frequently, I can work in a headshot here at the studio into my schedule within the week, and while my typical turnaround is a week to deliver your final retouched image, rush turnaround on images is available if needed. It's all about you, and what you need.

Curious how we create headshot portraits that are welcoming and authentic?

Studio headshot portrait in Dexter, Michigan.

Branding Photoshoot


Want to learn how we help people convey their personal brand?

Location branding photoshoot in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Fine Art + Photography


Interested in seeing some of Betsy's fine art exhibits and pieces?

Geese in the Morning MistFine art photograph taken in Dexter, Michigan.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

My clients are always happy with the results, and I frequently get compliments on how the process is so stress-free and fun. (check these client testimonials to see what I mean). In case that's not assurance enough, know that I have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Wondering if we live up to the hype? Don't take our word for it. Listen to our clients!
"...our portrait session with [Betsy] was a tremendously joyful time..."

How do you want to display your portraits?

I'd love to learn where you love to display your photos in your home, what kinds of images are your favorites, and where you'd like to have your portrait session. Let's work together to create portraits that capture your real smile and who you are as an individual.

It's always easier to enjoy a portrait when you have something tangible to touch, hold, and experience. Some popular display options are albums, memory boxes, and wall art .

Want ideas on how to display your portraits?

Our portrait albums come in a variety of sizes and styles. One of our more popular covers is a custom-designed photo wrap using images from your session.

Location Portrait + Studio Portrait Photography

You might think I'm just a Dexter + Ann Arbor Michigan Photographer, but I'm happy to work with you here at my studio in Dexter, Michigan, or on location around Ann Arbor, Bridgewater, Canton, Chelsea, Dexter, Hell, Lakeland, Pinckney, Manchester, Saline, Whitmore Lake, many more locations in Michigan.

Want ideas for your location portrait session? We've got plenty!

Betsy behind the scenes at one of Betsy's outdoor studio sessions during Covid-19 2020.

Top Ten Portrait Photographer and Awards

Since opening my studio in 2005, my portrait photography has received numerous awards, and my work has been featured in Professional Photographer magazine as well as in local and international art exhibitions. Early in my career, I was thrilled to be named one of the top ten photographers under the age of 30 by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). More recently, I have been honored to have my work displayed in local juried shows, and to have received recognition for my continued dedication to photography with PPA's 25+ Merit Bar award. Feel free to read more about the awards and recognition I've received.

Did you know Betsy's art has won numerous awards over the years?

Alaskan River of Ice (shown on display at Sweetwaters in April 2020), was featured as an honorable mention in the 2020 Ann Arbor Women Artists juried exhibition.

Pricing + Consultations

I'm happy to provide further information pricing and explain your investment options -- just let me know you're interested. If you'd like to learn more about how things work here at Betsy's Photography, I would be happy to schedule a time for us to chat or meet (virtually) -- contact me as soon as possible so we can get this process started!

Want to chat? We'll discuss your vision, investment, and answer any questions you have.

Betsy at her computer workstation during Covid, ready for a virtual meeting.