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June 1, 2013

Haverhill woman captures photos of 'birth stories'

HAVERHILL — Kimberly Finn gave birth three times yet she has very few photos of each special event. One time it was a busy nurse who agreed to hurriedly snap a picture of the couple with their newborn. During another birth, Finn’s husband took a quick photo, but it wasn’t the kind of image Kimberly Finn now takes for other parents.

You’ve probably heard of a wedding photographer. But what about a birth photographer?

The miracle of birth from labor to delivery is being tastefully captured as a lasting memento. Finn is a stay-at-home mom who recently launched her own photography business specializing in capturing the moments surrounding the birth of a child.

“My experience and my love for being pregnant and giving birth has molded me into the photographer I am today,” said Finn, who lives in Bradford with her husband John Finn and their children, Shane, 10, Kyle, 7 and Addison, 16 months.

Finn, 31, has practiced her art at Anna Jaques, Holy Family, Lawrence General and Beverly Hospital, photographing couples during labor, delivery and the immediate hours after birth.

She approaches her craft with sensitivity and care. She sterilizes her cameras and bag of lenses before going anywhere near an expectant mother, stays out of the way of doctors and nurses, and doesn’t use a flash. She converts her photos to black and white in her home studio before presenting them to parents as she believes they do not want to see things that might be noticeable in color.

“I am the only photographer in the state who does birth stories exclusively,” Finn said. “Since I started this business I have been booked with clients non-stop capturing over 95 families and have photographed nine births.”

Her shoots have ranged from family portraits to generation photos to maternity, newborn and even engagement photos.

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