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March 6, 2014

Images of the beginning of life

Local photographer opens studio to document the birthing process


“We’re still doing birth stories and we’ve done a lot of them, as well as pregnancy announcements, such as a recent one about twins,” she said.

‘‘We ... took shots of mom and dad holding them up, with their daughter looking up with a big smile while mom and dad were in the background kissing,” Finn said. “I photographed it as their announcement.”

Another new area for Finn is “gender reveals.’’ Expectant parents who want to announce the sex of their baby through photographs come to her and she designs something creative.

One technique she uses is to obtain the gender of the baby from the expectant parents’ nurse, who keeps it secret from the parent. Then she fills a gift box with helium balloons in pink or blue.

“When the surprised parents open the box, I capture that moment of surprise,” Finn said. “I’ve picked up different ideas along the way and have kind of made them my own.”

Her maternity session shoots focus on the end of the pregnancy, where Finn captures images concentrating on the expectant mother.

“It could be belly shots, with hands on it,” Finn said.

She does black and white for the birth stories, and color for everything else.

During the annual Pumpkin Festival weekends last October at Chris’ Farm Stand, Marlene Stasinos invited vendors to participate, including Finn.

“I took family portraits in the pumpkin fields and told Marlene that if any space opened, I’d love to be here,” Finn said. “She called me a few months ago and offered to let me use the space in return for bringing our clients to the farm stand.’’

Stasinos said they struck up a nice relationship and, the more she got to know Finn, the more she realized how nice a person she is.

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