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finn // birth stories // seattle, washington

This is the story of the day that Finn entered this world…

I know that it’s kind of a long story, so I am beyond grateful if you made it to this point…

Christine & Shawn asked me to document the birth of their son… and even though I have the honor to photograph the beginning of people’s lives together all the time with weddings, this was the very first time I had photographed the beginning of a family’s life together. Finn’s birth was long-anticipated and didn’t come without struggle & lots of patience… and from my perspective it was highly climactic, completely energizing, and the most beautiful & fascinating event I have ever documented. At the end of the day I was completely wiped clean, and it wasn’t until I received the film back a week later and looked through the images, was I able to even emotionally connect with how intense it was to go through that with them.

I still look through these and am awash with emotion, so forgive me if I was a little too emotionally attached to scale these down to perfectly relay the story.

I have so much love & gratitude for Christine & Shawn for trusting me with the most important day of their new life as a family… I hope this is the first of many moments that I get to share with them, as well as the first of many birth stories that I have the privilege of telling. If you are expecting and are interested in having me there with you as you welcome your child into the world, please email me at

Happy Birthday, Finn!

(featured on offbeat mama & highlighted on milk & magnolias)

Jennifer Tai - Just tears looking at these pics. Beautifully done, my friend. Christine and Shawn, what a healthy beautiful baby boy. I cannot imagine Christine being so tiny carrying around this chubby little thing!! Congrats guys!

KayLee Vogt - WOW! Catherine, thank you for just the right detail. This is the ultimate capture of a story that is truly momentous. I am literally in tears of joy, to peep into these first moments, and to know that this touching record will forever be a part of the Finn Story.

To Shawn and Christine, I can’t put to words how happy I am for you, and thankful that you chose to share these moments.


mike - Oh, this was powerful. Congratulations to you two!

shipra - I held my breath practically through the entire set. An amazing story told through your eyes, Catherine. What an honor for you to have been able to experience this incredible milestone in the life of this family!

alisa greig - absolutely beautiful catherine!!

Brian - This is awesome. What a gift to have you there documenting!

Elaine - Oh, Catherine. What a beautiful, intense, goosebump-inducing set of pictures. This wasn’t your typical “day at the office” and these images show that. You treated and photographed these precious moments when they became a family with a reverance that only a person with such an open and kind heart can. Anyone who has you there to document such a monumental occasion will undoubtedly have pictures that will bring them to tears and fill their hearts at the same time. Beautiful work!

Heather Perera - So beautiful Catherine!!! I wish we had a photographer at Lucca’s birth, it’s a gift to have something so cherished documented. Well done!

Ingrid Damiani - Can we go back 22 years so I can meet you and you can photograph the births of all three of my children? These are perfect…what a treasured collection you created for this family, Catherine. So perfect.

Karen H - These are so beautiful!!! What a treasure for this family:)

Anonymous - […] Calima Portraits, who came with us on that day and took pictures from start to finish. She recently blogged about Finn’s birthday and you should definitely check out her post for all of the amazing […]

Brianna Storch - Beautiful job on the photos! Captured the perfect moments between mom, dad, and new baby.

(visiting from Stephanie Haller’s link of your post on Facebook)

Toni Raper - what an incredible gift you have given this family. I am in awe, your story in images is breathtaking.

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happy 1st birthday finn // seattle family photographer » CALIMA Portraits - […] old is probably one of the major highlights of my career; you see, Finn is the first baby whose birth I was so blessed to photograph, who I get to now watch grow into a big […]

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