Little Stefan was christening in the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Rockdale, and was followed by a stunning reception at Conca D’oro in Riverwood. I’d never shot in this particular Catholic church before, but was delighted to discover that it is charming, moody and beautifully charismatic. Like all Catholic baptisms, this one was full of beautiful ceremony and tradition, but this was a first for me as it was my first time experiencing a christening performed entirely in Macedonian. It was wonderful.
My documentary-style photography and emphasis on relaxed unposed portraiture is really well suited for these kind of important cultural events, as it is crucial that a photographer in this situation is comfortable with being almost invisible and on the fringes of the action, while still capturing the best moments.
This was also my first time shooting at Conca D’oro, and I must say, I was very impressed. The food was incredible (my wonderful clients fed me a three-course meal – how amazing are they?), the staff impeccable, and the mood was so happy and lovely. There was a lot of dancing, with a very talented two-man band performing, and I really love the pomp and circumstance of the traditional dancing – everyone gets involved and it is so joyful, even the children join hands and dance, learning from the generations of family around them so that their traditions stay alive for years to come. It really is a special thing.
Here’s what my clients had to say: “We absolutely love the photos!! Our family is really impressed with them too. You did such a great job! Thank you so much! I’m going to sing your praises to our family and friends.”
If you’re thinking of having a photographer come in to capture the special day of your little one’s christening, please get in touch with me.
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