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June 1, 2013

Haverhill woman captures photos of 'birth stories'


“I needed to practice posing them and adjusting the lighting and camera settings,” she said. “I had one friend who was here for nearly an hour sitting still just so I could get one perfect head shot.”

About eight months ago, Finn came upon a website of a birth photographer in Utah and her attention was drawn to images of the entire birth process.

“I knew this was what I wanted to do,” Finn said. “My husband told me I needed to actually photograph a birth to really know if I loved doing this kind of photography.”

“I told him this was it for me and this was what I wanted to do,” she said. “I never heard of a birth photographer, even after having three children.”

While still studying online, Finn posted an offer on Facebook asking for someone who would allow her to photograph the birth of their child, at no cost, as it would be a way for her to gain experience.

“Almost immediately I was contacted by a woman in Haverhill who was due to deliver in three days,” Finn said.

Joan Bertone, 27, of Haverhill said she and her husband Kyle Bertone were not planning to have anyone else in the hospital room until she met Finn and decided at the last minute to have Finn photograph the birth of their first child. Their daughter Olivia was born on Jan. 10 and Finn was there to photograph those moments.

“Until I saw her ad I wasn’t really looking to have it done,” Bertone said. “When we met I was impressed with her editorial approach and how she was respectful of our wishes. I’d seen a few things like it online, but nothing local.”

Bertone said her doctor complimented Finn on her professionalism and the fact that she stayed out of the action and didn’t photograph anything outside of what she said she would.

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