Chuck Finn opened Finn’s Photo Studio at 1516 Commercial in 1991. Before that, he had owned a photoshop in Oak Harbor and had worked with Wallie Funk for the Whidbey News-Times. Finn did old-school photo processing – he made black-and-white Beatles reprints for Funk – but he also had new machinery for developing and printing rolls of color film. That machinery was never fully automated – he corrected for color and exposure on every frame. He did portrait, event and wedding photography, and occasionally covered high school games for the American.
By 2000 he had begun investing in digital technology, printing digital images and providing CD copies of processed film to customers – the first studio north of Portland to do so. In 2003, he moved the business into a newly renovated old building at 2114 Commercial. Unfortunately, digital photography crowded film processing out of the market, and Finn’s closed in 2007.