Never having been to their church myself, I was eager to photograph and be present for this sacred event in Anastasia's life. Unlike my usual portrait sessions, this was an opportunity to capture life as it was happening- without any input, direction, setting up beforehand, etc. It was such a fun departure from the norm for me! My usual considerations (lighting, wardrobe, location, poses) were all taken care of for me, and all I had to do was capture them perfectly as the "show" was rolling... no pressure!
I had such a fun time doing this baptism shoot, and I am looking forward to the next time someone asks me to cover an event. It doesn't happen often, but photographing Anastasia's baptism reminded me of why I love these occasional departures from my usual work. Scroll down to see glimpses of the morning and witness (photographically, at least) a blessed and beautiful hour!
|Candle light mixed with morning sunlight streaming in through the windows made for some beautiful light sources and ambiance!|
|Since Anastasia spent most of the time in the arms of her Godmother, this was a special moment she had with both Scott and Kira during the service.|
|Kira carries Anastasia to the side of the sanctuary, where she'll be disrobed for the actual baptism.|
|It's almost time!|
|Anastasia snoozes during the proceedings... blissfully unaware of what's to come!|
|After the baptism itself, Anastasia was dressed in her beautiful white baptismal gown, and admired by her Mommy and Godmother.|
|Peeking over the shoulder of her Godmother. :)|
|Scott and Kira admire their newly baptized daughter by the window.|
|Granted Kira is centered, facing the camera straight-on, and there are plenty of distractions in the frame, but I still love this one. What joy!|
|Kira comforts Anastasia before the rest of the service begins. I was glad to be able to capture sweet moments like this one.|
|Do you remember these sweet little booties? Hint, you may have seen them here.|