Wedding photography this is not! Too often, my christening clients say that my christening photos are better than their wedding photos.
I am not sure why this is – there is certainly less stress at christenings and it may be that forcing wedding couples to endure posed shots in an unfamiliar public place is an uncomfortable experience.
These photos, on the other hand, were taken for Caroline and Merv at their home before Luke’s christening. I’d photographed for Caroline before; the christening of Christian two years ago. So when Caroline asked me to photograph again, I was delighted.
These photos (and quite a few more) took 30 minutes. It was an easy atmosphere, the lighting was a bounced flash off the balcony ceiling and I used a large zoom to blur the background. Clients often think that their homes aren’t ideal for photography but in my experience this is rarely the case. Clients instead say ‘let’s photograph the family at the church’ but churches tend to be in a fairly built up environment (think concrete and car parks) with not a lot of greenery and loads of distractions.
Also, being baptised isn’t the most calming of experiences and tender photos may be elusive!
Caroline received my christening photos within five days of the Christening. I like being efficient and creative. Some clients have told me that they have waited a year to receive their wedding photos. This is probably why they engage me multiple times.