Awards + Accolades
Art is about creating, pursuing excellence, and thinking outside the box.
Why share these accomplishments with you? Because I'm proud of how far I've come in the world of photography. These awards and accolades are not the definition of success, but they can at least give you a taste of the perfection and quality that I pursue in my photographic work.
That being said, you'll notice the awards "stop" in 2011. Let me be clear with you -- that's a deliberate prioritization to balance my work + home life. Every year I entered print competition, I excelled -- and my images received awards.
What comes first? On the home front, my family. For my business, it's my clients. Competitions, though fun, have been placed on hold while my kids are little.
Rest assured I still pursue the same excellence in my images.
International Photographic Competition
A panel of over 50 eminent jurors from across the United States selects the top images entries submitted by professional photographers worldwide. These images are on display at the Professional Photographers of America's yearly expo, Imaging USA.
- 2011, Flesh Tones (artistic nude portrait)
- 2011, Tuned Out (senior portrait)
- 2011, Single Dad (family portrait)
- 2010, Jerusalem of Gold (fine art landscape)
- 2010, Little Einstein* (child portrait)
- 2009, Forever Faithful* (pet portrait)
- 2009, Joyride (engagement portrait)
- 2009, Soul Shoes (senior portrait)
- 2008, He Gets It From His Father (child portrait)
- 2008, Three vs. One (family portrait)
- 2008, Something Old, Something New (wedding portrait)
- 2008, Spring Green (fine art nature photograph)
- 2007, Fearless (fine art landscape)
- 2007, Uphill Battle (fine art nature photograph)
*Included in PPA's Showcase Book, a yearly publication that includes some of the judges' favorite images from the entire competition.
- 2011, Detroit Service Medallion (Detroit Professional Photographers Association)
- 2011, Michigan Service Award Medallion (Professional Photographers of Michigan
- 2010, named one professional photography’s top ten photographers under the age of 30 by Professional Photographer Magazine.
- 2010, Michigan Service Award Medallion (Professional Photographers of Michigan)
- 2009, Best of Show (Detroit Professional Photographers Association)
- 2009, Best of Category (Detroit Professional Photographers Association)
- 2009, Photographer of the Year Award (Bronze pin, Professional Photographers of America)
- 2009, Michigan's Top 7 Photographer (Professional Photographers of Michigan)
- 2008, Photographer of the Year Award (Bronze pin, Professional Photographers of America)
- 2008, Michigan's Top 7 Photographer (Professional Photographers of Michigan)
- 2008, Best of Show (Detroit Professional Photographers Association)
- 2008, Best of Category (Detroit Professional Photographers Association)
- 2012, Master of Photography Degree* from Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
- 2010, Photographic Craftsman Degree* from Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
- 2005-2016, Certified Professional Photographer**
- 2001, BA in Studio Art (Photography) and Business Management from Hope College, minors in Art History and French.
* Very few photographers achieve both these degrees and very rarely before the age of 30. I am the only photographer in the Dexter + Ann Arbor area to have received both my Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees.
** I was a Certified Professional Photographer for over ten years (2005-2016), before voluntarily resigning that title. My pursuit of photographic excellence continues.
As Seen on TV
In 2009 we completed an extensive studio renovation project, and were featured on DIY Network’s show, Renovation Realities (The Finn Project). You can read about our project below. The renovation involved about 880 square feet, and includes the consultation room, the sitting room (where sessions are held), and the office (where all the behind-the-scenes magic happens!).
In case you’re not familiar with Renovation Realities… this show is the antithesis of the “weekend-flip” shows. Whatever happens, happens… and whatever goes wrong… gets aired. Renovation Realities is all about unearthing the reality of renovation. Here's a feature AnnArbor.com did on our appearance on Renovation Realities.
Let me forewarn you, if you find that episode and watch it.... they cut out all the clips where I was cheerful or smiling. We actually had to stage a number of "serious" scenes. Crazy, right? Everyone who knows me and how much I smile was amused by how the final cut of the episode distorted reality!