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March 16, 2014

Images of the beginning of life

Local photographer documents the birthing process

Some expectant parents have asked their doctor or nurse not to tell them the gender of their baby, but instead to write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to Kimberly Finn.

The information is revealed during a “gender reveal” photography session, where the expectant mom and dad open a big gift box and out fly pink or blue helium balloons.

Finn, who is known for taking photo layouts of mothers giving birth and the family moments afterward, is branching out into documenting the entire pregnancy and birth process with her new endeavor, Stork Photography.

Finn recently opened a studio on a farm in Bradford. The Bradford native said she has outgrown her home studio and that having a farm as a backdrop - plus indoor and outdoor space to shoot - opens up new possibilities for her business.

“Things have been going really well and we needed to expand,” Finn said.

Earlier this month, Finn held a grand opening at the new studio at Chris’ Farm Stand. Finn shares the small farm stand building with Marlene Stasinos, who runs the stand along with her husband, Chris Stasinos.

“We’re both family-based businesses,” Marlene Stasinos said. “I feed families and she (Finn) takes their pictures.”

The road to having her own photography studio began last year when Finn, a stay-at-home mom, launched her own photography business specializing in capturing the moments surrounding the birth of a child. She photographs the miracle of birth from announcement to delivery as a lasting memento for her clients.

Finn, 32, has practiced her art at hospitals throughout the area, photographing couples during labor, delivery and the hours after birth. Finn has photographed nearly twenty births, including two twin cesarean sections that she was invited into the operating room to document.

"I had two c-sections, so to be on the other side of that curtain was amazing," Finn said.

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