I love photographing baby milestones, and one of the highlights is always their baptism. When I was asked by Miss A’s family to capture the memories of her important rite of passage in the church, I was honored, but also I wanted to make sure I did my homework. Greek Orthodox baptisms are beautiful ceremonies filled with ritual and meaning, so I wanted to get every bit of ceremony and not miss a moment!
The morning started at home with Miss A being dressed by mom. Girls are girls no matter what the age – and doesn’t she look adorable in pink?
From home it was time to go to the church, where I found everything laid out and ready for the ceremony. In Greek Orthodox tradition, the godparents take a very active role in the preparations for the day. They supply the oils, candles and linens used for the ceremony, and they also supply the baptismal outfit and jewelry that will be placed on the child before the end of the ceremony.
I was absolutely in awe at the decor in the church — there wasn’t any lack of detail to photograph!
Like most baptisms, the Greek Orthodox ritual begins after an initial presentation of the child to the priest by parents and godparents. After a time of blessing and reflection, the parents are led to the side of the altar to undress their baby, and when that’s complete, hand their child to the priest. It’s then the job of both the priest and godparents to annoint with oil and immerse the baby in holy water Like most babies, Miss A wasn’t too happy about that!
Afterwards, she was helped into her christening gown by many loving family members, and the concluding rituals to the ceremony took place; which included a walk with the parents and godparents symbolizing her first steps within the faith. What a beautiful and meaningful event — and what an honor it was to capture those family memories.
As a side note:
If you are considering having professional photography coverage for your child’s baptism, please contact me to book your date early in your planning. Just like with any other event, we ‘ll want to talk about all of the specifics that will happen that day, and work up a timeline to ensure all of the photography that needs to take place can happen during the time you’ve allotted. I’d be happy to answer your questions on customizing coverage options, and investment packages that would suit your family needs and budget.
xx’s and oo’s