I was recently asked to photograph a beautiful christening in Surrey. It was my first time photographing a christening so I was a bit nervous (the fact that I have never been to one didn’t help!) but I managed to do well. I loved what I took that I couldn’t choose about 50 photos – imagine the parents’ delight when I gave them just over 200 photos! They loved their new photos and said that they will love to hire me again for their child’s 1st birthday next year.
- Have a chat with vicar in advance about the church photography restrictions
- Arrive a little early and scout the venue
- Research how christening works (if you are clueless like I was)
- Be patient
- Take note who are godparents and family so they are focused in the photographs
- Capture a good photo of baby right after the baptism
WHAT I’VE LEARNT
- Make sure people are paying attention in the group photos, especially children
- Since the church rules can be really strict, I might need to buy myself a zoom lens for future events
- Photographing people in direct sunlight is mostly unflattering
- Uncle Bob do exist (bye bye beautiful photos)
Photographing a christening was a beautiful challenge. I was so honoured to be a part of this special day and I hope to have that opportunity again in the future. Have you been to or photograph a christening before?