The beginning of my Photography domain.
During the present month and last month, I have photographed a Christening and since been asked to photograph another. With researching the variety of different photography jobs available to me through the process of producing my professional practice portfolio, I can say that I honestly didn’t think about Christenings. But with already photographing one and preparing for the next, I thought I would take them into consideration. As with Weddings, people will always be getting their babies/children christened, so there is the opportunity that I could acquire work within this field during my spare time.
In order for myself to be prepared for both of the Christenings I had been asked to photograph, I conducted some secondary research on how and what photographs I would be required to take. I thought as like Wedding, there would be a range of formal photographs to consider.
Among my research I discovered a Christening Photographer that’s based in Peterborough named Paul Young. He has four children, so with being a Father he finds it natural to capture both key ceremonial moments and the overall atmosphere of the celebration. The photographs he takes are a mixed array of both informal and formal of the ceremonies family, friends and guests.
He also does Weddings.
Taking into consideration what I have researched, I took on board certain aspects on the day of the Christening:
I wanted to make sure that I had a coverage of family photographs at the Christening, with the Parents of the Child and siblings. This was mainly captured during the actual ceremony, when the Priest wets the babies head. Also there were shots that I captured when the Priest approached the baby and anointed her with one touch. During this time I also got photographs with the babies Godparents.
There was also a part during the ceremony where they light a candle, and this was held by the babies older sister.
After the ceremony I made sure I took a number of formal photographs with all the immediate family and friends.
Here are some examples of photographs I took on the day:
I enjoyed photographing a Christening, and as I’ve said previously in my spare time I hope to be able to acquire more jobs in this field, as with Weddings and other events.
Reference on Secondary Research: http://school.djbworldphotography.com/how-to-photograph-a-christening/