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June 1, 2013

Haverhill woman captures photos of 'birth stories'


“Soon after we got home with our baby, Kim dropped off a CD of pictures,” Bertone said. “They still bring tears to my eyes, and I look forward to sharing them with my daughter as she gets older.”

Finn says she approaches her craft in the style of photo journalism by capturing the moments as they occur. There is no pausing or posing.

Finn said she had to follow hospital rules, including where to stand. She stood behind Bertone, photographing her and her husband holding hands during labor, and being together during the birth. Finn was not allowed to photograph the baby crowning or being delivered.

“Once the doctor had her hand on the baby, that’s when I was allowed to start shooting again,” Finn said. “After the baby was born and was being checked by nurses, Joan asked if I was still there and if I’d missed the birth.”

Finn was standing behind Bertone’s hospital bed, beside her shoulder.

“She looked up at me and started to cry,” Finn said.

“My goal is to not be noticed as it’s their time, their moment and it’s not about me,” Finn said about the couples she photographs.

Finn presents couples with CD of images they can view on a computer, a television or have printed out.

“Joan called me and said she and her husband looked at the photographs and were both in tears,” Finn said. “I told my husband that this was it for me. I love hospitals. I love a good story and the best part about it was the couple saw images they didn’t even remember as they were in the moment and had no idea what I had captured with my camera.”

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