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June 1, 2013

Haverhill woman captures photos of 'birth stories'

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”These couples have hired me to capture their maternity pictures, be at their baby showers, then take the journey of being there on the most important day of their lives,” Finn said. “I never had any photographs of the birth of my children, other than one photo a nurse took and another photo my husband took.”

Currently enrolled as an online student at the New York Institute of Photography, Finn graduates in June with a certificate in Professional Photography. She said she’s been in love with photography since she was a child. Finn attended Greenleaf Elementary School, Hunking Middle School, and Haverhill High School (Class of 1999) where she took several classes in photography. She enrolled at Northern Essex Community College for general studies, but before graduating she got a job at Anna Jaques working as a unit coordinator in a psychiatric unit. Finn left the job two years ago when pregnant with her third child.

“I was a stay-at-home mom spending my days with my children and taking their photographs,” she said. “My husband would tell me the photos are really good and that I might want to take it to a different level, and maybe turn it into a career.”

Finn had no idea at the time that she would eventually return to a hospital setting, only this time for an entirely different reason.

“I thought to myself, how can I follow my dream without being in a classroom,” she said. “I found an online course which gave me the opportunity to better learn the craft.”

Studying online led to many late nights watching videos of how to set up studio lighting, adjusting camera film speed settings and aperture settings and other aspects of photography. She set up a studio-classroom at her home complete with specialized lighting, back drops, props, cameras, tripods and other equipment. Finn needed test subjects to practice what she was learning, so she invited family members and friends to her home and used them as her models.

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