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March 6, 2014

Images of the beginning of life

Local photographer opens studio to document the birthing process

Some expectant parents have asked their doctor or nurse not to tell them the gender of their baby, but instead to write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to Kimberly Finn.

The information is revealed during a “gender reveal” photography session, where the expectant mom and dad open a big gift box and out fly pink or blue helium balloons.

The woman known for taking photo layouts of mothers giving birth and the family moments afterward is branching out and recently opened a studio on a farm in Bradford.

The Bradford native said she has outgrown her home studio and that having a farm as a backdrop opens up new possibilities for her business.

“Things have been going really well and we needed to expand,” said Finn, owner of Stork Photography of Bradford.

Last weekend, Finn held a grand opening of her new studio at Chris’ Farm Stand, 436 Salem St. Finn shares the small farm stand building with Marlene Stasinos, who runs the stand along with her husband, Chris Stasinos.

“We’re both family-based businesses,” Marlene Stasinos said. “I feed families and she (Finn) takes their pictures.”

The road to having her own photography studio began last year when Finn, a stay-at-home mom, launched her own photography business specializing in capturing the moments surrounding the birth of a child. She photographs the miracle of birth from labor to delivery as a lasting memento for her clients. It’s all done in black and white, although since then she’s incorporated color photography into other areas of her work.

Finn, 32, has practiced her art at hospitals throughout the area, photographing couples during labor, delivery and the hours after birth.

Since last year, she’s expanded into new photographic territory, although her main focus continues to be on expectant families.

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