Documenting a Baptism and Reception | Emilia

Documenting a Baptism

It isn’t very often that I get a phone call to photograph a baptism and reception.  I enjoy event photography but since I’m mainly known for newborn portraiture, I’m not the first person people consider when looking for event photographers. Having the privilege to document this baptism was so special to me. I do love this type of photography though, it gets me out of my comfort zone a bit and I’m able to use my talent to document a special day.  Luckily for me, I’ve been photographing this family since the birth of their first daughter and when they were in need of someone to help them capture their second daughter’s Christening, they thought of me!

When I arrived early to the church that morning, I was so excited to the sheer beauty inside. The weather wasn’t cooperating but the gorgeous rays of natural light that filled the church made everything feel magical. I was excited that I was a part of this special day.

Throughout the ceremony, I enjoyed experiencing for the first time this beautiful display of love and devotion. I’ve witnessed baptisms before but none quite like this one. I became filled with emotion many time throughout the service. This little baby is so beautiful and to see her surrounded by so much love and tradition made it so spectacular. I was not just their photographer that day but a witness. I was present. And I was in love with this tradition and what it meant to them. So much joy and love.


A Few Details

Gorgeous and sentimental. Baked in tradition and love.

black and white picture of baptism dress hanging from wooden bassinet in churchblack and white photograph of God Mother holding baby Emilia during prayer in churchphotograph of baptism of baby Emilia with Father and God Mother black and whiteblack and white photo of big sister sitting in empty pews in churchlittle guest at baptism trying to read from the prayer book black and white

The Reception

From the beautiful ceremony steeped in love, blessings and tradition, friends and family followed the family to a reception filled with toasts, traditional greek dancing, and lot of fun.

photo of white ribbon cake with pink cross and fresh peoniesphotograph of cocktail hour centerpiece fresh flowers and greenerycapture of big sister with cousin climbing near window black and whitephoto of baby's new diamond cross with grandmother's hand holding baby

snapshot of two little kids enjoying the photo booth and baptism reception

black and white photo of mom and dad dancing and enjoying their daughter's baptism receptionphoto of God Mother giving a toast to family of baptism baby girlphoto of traditional greek dance black and white

traditional greek dancing at baptism reception black and white

black and white photo of baby's father blowing out candles of his surprise birthday cake


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