Dexter + Ann Arbor Photographer Betsy's Photography

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find a list of FAQ -- but it's by no means all-encompassing. Please contact the studio with any questions not answered here!

Why should I trust you to create my portraits?

I'm good at what I do. I've been called a baby whisperer by my clients. I have a knack for making people look natural and confident. I can recall the clients who swore they never looked good in photographs -- but then they saw their portraits -- and loved how I captured the essence of their being (read what my past clients have to say about me in these client testimonials).

Where are you located?

My studio, Betsy's Photography, is located in Dexter, Michigan, just ten minutes from downtown Ann Arbor! Learn more about Betsy's Photography.

What are your hours?

All sessions and meetings are by appointment only. I do offer evening and weekend appointments.

Can I have my portraits taken offsite?

Yes! While my studio is a convenient choice for indoor or outdoor portraits, I love going on location -- to your home, a park, or elsewhere. I've photographed sessions in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester, Saline, on the shore of Lake Michigan, and many other fun spots! Tell me what you have in mind, and we can make it happen.

Also, read my Portrait Session Planning Tips.

Planning your senior portrait session? Read Tips on Choosing a Location for Your Senior Portrait Session.

How should I schedule my session?

I recommend reserving your portrait session as soon as possible, as I accept a limited number of sessions weekly.

How do I reserve my session?

To reserve your session, you pay a non-refundable retainer fee of $100. This will be applied towards your session fee, the remainder of which is due the day of your session.

Do you charge for retouching?

The portraits you order are all retouched by hand to eliminate acne, blemishes, etc.... at no additional charge. On average, I spend between two and five minutes enhancing a portrait before it is printed. My retouching style is authentic and natural, though I am happy to discuss wrinkle elimination etc. if a client desires. More extensive retouch requests are evaluated on a case by case basis.

What are your prices?

I do not publish investment information on my website, but am happy to send you information via email if you contact the studio. Some basic details can be found below:

Your investment at Betsy’s Photography is worth every penny. Master Photographer Betsy Finn meets personally with all clients throughout their experience — not just for the photo session. If you desire a pre-session consultation, you will meet with Betsy to talk about your vision and get any questions answered. When it comes time to order your favorite photos, Betsy will help you through that process as well (we have a projection ordering system at the studio that makes comparing and selecting images easy).

The images themselves are creatively crafted — Betsy doesn’t do cookie-cutter photography, so your session will be unique and styled to fit your needs. Each image you order is enhanced and retouched to eliminate temporary flaws and bring out your natural beauty — Betsy personally inspects every image to make sure it is up to our artistic standards.

Regarding your investment: gift prints range from $45 to $200; wall portraits begin at $250, with both framed and ready-to-frame options available. Our clients are always thrilled with the results from their portrait session, and typically invest $500 to $1000 if they only order smaller size prints, or $1000 to $3000 if they order wall portraits and albums in addition to prints.

Will you submit my yearbook photo for me?

Yes. We provide this service to our clients, so you have one less thing on your plate. Note that each school has different yearbook requirements, so you'll need to confirm that information with us when selecting your yearbook photo at your view + order appointment.

Not sure what your yearbook photo requirements are? Check out our Yearbook Deadlines for High School Seniors guide. We do our best to keep this list updated and accurate, but the only information guaranteed is the information you receive from your school.

Is a newborn session different than a normal portrait session?

Yes. Newborn portraits are longer, because babies are unpredictable and need time to nurse, feed, be diapered, and tended to. Babies often will sleep through most of the session (and the portraits). It’s actually not a big deal, because sleeping baby pictures capture the reality of a baby’s days.

I usually recommend you stay indoors for your newborn portrait session. It's just more cozy for baby (and you). The studio is nice and warm for newborn portraits, there are comfortable chairs for nursing baby, and we have changing supplies at the ready. You don’t have those luxuries when you venture outdoors.

Do you have a baby's first year plan?

Yes! It's very popular, and is a great way to get the photos you know you are going to want. Please contact the studio for details.

What should I wear?

Please check out our What to Wear page for help planning your wardrobe.

Planning your senior portrait session? Read How to Stay Stylish for Senior Portraits.

Do you allow pets in the studio?

I am happy to include pets in your photo session, whether on location or in the studio. Please mention this during the planning phase of your session so I can be prepared to welcome your pet properly.

What if the weather is bad for my outdoor session?

If the weather is bad, we will reschedule. Some types of foul weather that we reschedule portrait sessions for include:

  • thunderstorms/thundersnow and lightning
  • heavy rain or downpours
  • winter weather warnings/advisories, including extreme cold
  • excessive heat warnings/advisories, including extreme heat/humidity
  • tornado watches/warnings
  • extreme fog

We typically proceed with portrait sessions on a “play it by ear” basis for not-so-foul weather, such as:

  • snow flurries
  • isolated rain showers

There has been a time or two when we’ve rescheduled a session, expecting foul weather — and it turned out to be a false alarm. But those instances are few and far between. Usually when we play it by ear, we agree to decide a few hours beforehand whether it looks wise to proceed with your portrait session or not.

In short, if you’re concerned about the weather having a negative impact on your portrait session, please contact the studio. We can discuss your concerns so you can be confident as we make the safe choice for your portrait session. Foul weather may require us to reschedule your portrait session, but it will NOT ruin your overall portrait experience.

What photo equipment do you use?

Some photographers publish their equipment list, but you won't find one of those on this website. It's not about the equipment.

Have we spent thousands of dollars on reliable, professional quality, camera and studio gear?

Most certainly.

The real reason why photographers share their equipment list is to prove that they have reliable, professional quality gear AND also backup equipment in case their gear has a mechanical failure.

I typically use one camera and one or two lenses during a portrait session. I have multiple backup cameras and lenses. I have enough studio lights to swap in a replacement if there is a failure. I have replacement bulbs, extra batteries, duct tape, safety pins, the list goes on.

Bottom line? I have reliable gear (and backups).

What's the best way to contact you?

You can contact me by phone (734-424-0472) or use the form on my contact page to send me a message.