Checking in with the Locals: Kristen Finn

Posted on January 14, 2014 by


Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche will celebrate that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins!

Kristen Finn

kfinn, © Sarah Cramer

Photo Credit: Sarah Cramer

With a sparkle in her eye and a beaming smile on her face, this local photographer is one to watch. Her spirited work captures the beauty of a couple’s embrace, the awe of a breath-taking landscape, or the mouth-watering qualities of the most beautiful cheese you’ve ever seen.

Describe what you do in town (whether it be your job or local interest/involvement in Cville).

I’m a photographer that focuses mostly on weddings, portraits and food culture and I love it.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less.


Top Picks

A favorite dish in town, what it’s called, where it’s at, describe what makes it special/different/one of your favorites

It’s a tie. Tavola’s pappardelle bolognese and Parallel 38’s gnocchi. Both delicious.

A favorite drink in town, what it’s called, where it’s at, describe what makes it special/different/one of your favorites

A glass of Potter’s Cider on the patio of the Whiskey Jar.

A favorite local musician, name of the musician, type of music, your favorite local show that featured them

A little gypsy jazz Tuesday with The Oliveraz Trio at the C&O. There’s something about that cozy wooden bar, a glass of red and the Trio that makes all things right.

A favorite local fitness class, name of the class, fitness center, brief description of the class and why you love it

Opal Yoga. That studio has gorgeous light and great instructors. Karen’s classes are always a treat.

A favorite local artist (any type other than musician), who is it, what type of medium do they use, where was your favorite showing of their art

We are surrounded by lovely, creative people in this little town but I’m going to stick with the photo world and say Tom Daly. His quirky images of random, daily life are my favorites.

A favorite local gallery/venue to see art, name of gallery, where’s it located, what makes it special, most recent exhibit you enjoyed there

The Garage. It’s small but the artists always turn it into a unique space. 160 Actions to Make a Jacket by Susan Meiselas (during the Look3 festival) — It had an addicting rhythm to it.