There was a beautiful ambience throughout the entire ceremony, which took place in a small church in the outskirts of Larnaca, in Agglisides. The white-walled church was covered in beautiful, soft morning light.
Everything was tastefully done, including the keepsakes and decorations all made meticulously by his parents (a lemonade stand outside the church was very thoughtful too)! Neophytos was a very good boy to photograph and his personality can be shown through the imagery.
As always, we began with the family photos and prized portraits of baby and family. These are preferably done before the ceremony gets underway. Post ceremony usually means the baby is tired and wanting to rest, which gives us little time for the quantity of portrait that we’d like to have. By putting time aside before the ceremony, this also makes the rest of the day more relaxing for the parents, so they can relax and enjoy themselves knowing I will be documenting the day without having to disturb them (although I will be on hand should they wish to request any additional group shots at the party).
I focus on the key actors involved in the ceremony, such as the god-parents, parents and grand-parents. I especially love capturing intimate un-posed photos of the god-parent with the child, and the mother comforting her baby at the end of the ceremony! Other subjects for great pictures are the close ups of decorations, baby portraits using the light from the candles, the incense burning and all the filigree details in the church. Greek Orthodox Christenings are SUCH beautiful ceremonies with no shortage of captivating moments, and objects to be photographed!