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

Judy

Greek Orthodox baptism photography

 

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So we’ve gone from record spring temperatures, which felt more like summer days these past few weeks, back to winter and the snow we never really had much of in the Toronto area.  That sort of winter has been just fine with me, but since snow (what an awful thought!) is in the forecast for later today, here’s a reminder of the one or two days we had with snow this winter; which happened to be just what Krysten wanted for her engagement session.   Instead of rescheduling the session due to rain and bad weather, we actually rescheduled several times in order to have a time with ice and snow!  Lucky Krysten got her wish, and for one day at least, we had enough snow for this session to work.

I’m personally hoping not to see any of the white stuff for their mid-May wedding!

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

I love this image below — something about it reminds me of ‘Dr. Zhivago’,  one of my favorite classic movies.

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In the mad rush of wedding edits, I completely forgot to blog these few from Jackie and Todd’s session at the Queenshead Pub here in dwontown Burlington.  It’s so funny that in all my winter e-sessions, this was one of the few where the weather was actually bad enough to want to be inside.

Jackie and Todd are getting married this Saturday, so I’m crossing my fingers their wedding day will be among some of the prettiest March days we’ve seen for a long time in TO, and not the rainy/snowy day it was when these were taken.

Can’t wait for your wedding this weekend!

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

 

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I could have spent hours photographing this lovely decor from A and J’s beautiful East Indian wedding a few weeks ago.  Naphisha Vohra of The Perfect Setting, completely transformed Otello’s Banquet Hall into a twilight woodland paradise, complete with floating candles, votive strung branches and trees, and the most beautiful twilight blue and purple lighting imaginable.

<3 Major heart <3

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

 

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I am still head over heels in love with the images from Jenna and Andrew’s beautiful destination wedding at Azul Sensatori in the Mayan Riviera.  Aside from having some down time at a fabulous resort, I had a great time getting to know the oodles friends and family who came down to join them for the week.

It was really hard to decide which images to blog; really, really, really hard.  This was a wedding where I could have blogged every single one!  Jenna and Andrew get a huge gold star for doing eveything – yes, everything – I asked them to do and then some.  Thank you both for being so wonderful, and adventurous!

So here you go, images of the wedding day at the incredibly beautiful Azul Sensatori resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding details:

Destination wedding resort:  Azul Sensatori, (a Karisma resort), Puerto Morales, Mexico

Destination wedding planner:  Paula Adams, Sky’s The Limit ~ TPI | Luxury Destination Wedding Planning & Travel

Jenna’s Make-up and Hair: Karima Sumar

Destination Wedding Photography:  Judy Jakusz Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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