Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Long-Awaited Baptism Shoot! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

For those of you who've been following my blog for a while now, you're in for something new and different with this session wrap post!  Last weekend, I was honored to be asked to photograph the baptism of sweet little Anastasia, the same little cutie you saw in this post after her newborn shoot.  Her parents, Scott and Kira, are good friends of mine and were so excited to have their daughter baptized into the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church!

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.
You may have noticed that, for a baptism shoot, this post was surprisingly devoid of actual baptism photos.  Well, that's very true.  Since I only advocate baby nakedness in "side" and "behind" shots during newborn shoots, I just couldn't bring myself to post the full frontal baby nudity of the photos I took during the baptism itself.  I suppose you'll just have to imagine that beautiful, noisy, and exhilarating moment for yourselves, or ask her Mom and Dad to see the photos.  :)

~ Kathryn

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