Sitting down with her finger in her mouth, the girl is being dressed for the ceremony and party by the christening photographer.

The photographer and the challenges in baptisms

TASTE FOR THE IMPONDERABLE by THE BAPTISM PHOTOGRAPHER

Sitting down with her finger in her mouth, the girl is being dressed for the ceremony and party by the christening photographer.

  Nothing is more impossible to imagine, for me, a priori, as a photographer in baptism than the coverage of the preparation of the child who will be baptized in a few hours. I explain why.  As I have been writing here so many times, I am, also, a wedding photographer. Also, I already wrote about one of the things that motivate me is the imponderability that I will find and grab in my little bags, which are my photographic cameras. I know that, usually, what I find in the happenings in the generality of the weddings and baptisms, is not much difference between them. The interior and decoration of the houses may be different, but the houses, the churches, the venues, and the party rooms are what they are, and what is going on there is the same thing, with not so many differences. But let us stop here. Every time I find someone doing something, the way he, or her, do it is unrepeatable and that is a characteristic that fulfills my taste and constant desire of photographing events, like weddings and baptisms.

    But there is a great difference between a bride and a groom, when they prepare themselves for the ceremony, with the hair, with the dressing, and those small things that are part of the ritual, and a child, most of the time with no experience at all of being it. Even someone with all the experience with weddings does not apply to them. With them, the children, I can not predict the next gesture, what is the best point of view because they suddenly change it for one hundred and eighty degrees from there, it must be a bit low or, on the contrary, all stretched or wishing to have been a basketball player to get over there that great detail she offered me in the last moment, for a great picture.

   Please, do not read the two first paragraphs and think that, for the baptism photographer, it is a problem being there. Quite the opposite. In addition to being a bigger challenge, there are those moments when the child decides to be my best friend there and, to my amazement, when, in the quietness of my desk, I verify that it was a lot better than I thought it will be, before starting to photograph. Also, it is great pleasure because a proud baptism photographer does not like easy things. He likes to be challenged by his own nature, by light when it is his main tool, or by the people, especially those who still have almost no experience of being so, at all. In my case, the last ones are my best challenge and I will be always ready to go, with my bag full of cameras and lenses, and come back home with them, full of the gifts that they, the children on the way to be baptized, were kind enough to give me. Leonor was not an exception. Without any doubt.

The mother and father delicately go to work dressing their little girl for her christening.
Amidst her mother and father who smile delightedly at her, the girl, ready to go to the ceremony, looks at the photographer of the christening in Sintra.
The father plays with his tiny daughter clapping his hands, while they wait to leave for the ceremony, captured by the baptism photographer in Sintra.
A mother's arm holds her tiny daughter as she waits to go to the church where the ceremony will take place, seen by the christening photographer in Sintra.

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