• Cara Hodge

A beautiful, light-filled Baptism!

Hello, hello. This is so exciting!

I absolutely loved doing this baptism over in Stonybatter, Dublin. A quaint part of Dublin I had never visited before. A fun-filled, light-filled baptism in this gorgeous Greek Orthodox church.

I had done baptism photography in churches before in Dublin, but this was a bit different. And I loved every second... There are a lot, a lot of pictures taken on this documentary family photoshoot so I will do two blogs to cover them all - more soon!

It was wonderful to catch up with this family - I had taken their baby photos the year before, too. That time it was an autumn family photography session in a park in Blackrock, Dublin.

On this occasion, however, the whole family was there to celebrate this sweet little boy. Family & friends congregated outside the church for some family portraits before the service

Soon after, plenty more portraits were taken inside the church, where baby interacted with all the family. He particularly enjoyed chewing on his grandma's pearl necklace. Some babies & young children shy away from the camera, or get bored of the shutter very quickly. However, this little one finds the camera fascinating. This makes him the perfect model for a photoshoot. He is intensely curious.

On this occasion, he wasn't just curious about the camera, oh, no. He absolutely loved all the stimulation in the church for his very special baptism. The golden glow of candles & lighting, the golden paintings and ornaments that heightened the glow of the church. All the flowers. The smell of incense. When the priests came in to conduct the ceremony, he was enthralled by the chanting & prayers.

When he was baptised in the urn, he did cry. However, very quickly mum & dad had him wrapped up cozy & warm in his white baptism clothes. You can see from his beaming smile how delighted he was

This was among my very favorite photoshoot, because it was a chance to do pure, spontaneous documentary family photography. Capturing all the best moments authentically as they arose throughout the ceremony.

At first, in the editing, I thought classic, timeless black & white would be wonderful to capture the essence of these moments. However, it soon became apparent that color - vibrant natural color - captured the happy mood so much better. It was just too golden in all sense of the word, to keep to monochrome

I loved capturing this special event, contact me for your special occasion big, small or even very tiny. Have a fab week,

Cara x

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