Whoa! What a FUN event to photograph!! I've never been to a Greek Baptism before. Dimitri's mom made sure that I was well informed about what to expect before the ceremony. Everything was done three times. There was oil, water, a hair cut, and a GORGEOUS church! And boy, do these Greeks know how to party! And the guest of honor was a trooper- he didn't even peep when he was fully submerged in water! 3 times!!! I couldn't' believe how he cooperatively went from person to person as they danced the traditional Greek dance, and as others passed him around the reception. These parents should be VERY proud of their good boy! Congratulations to Dimitri!!!
I love photographing Baptisms. It's such a special day in a child's life. I love the anticipation of getting the baby dressed and all of the hands that it takes to adorn the baby in all of the essential accessories. I love watching the parents, grandparents, and sometimes even great grandparents as they present their little one for Baptism. I love traditions and seeing the gowns that have been passed down generation through generation.
John's Baptism was one like this. So much anticipation. So much love. So much tradition.
I've had the pleasure of photographing several Christenings/Baptisms/Dedications (they're all the same thing, right?) "Getting ready" brings me back to my wedding. The gown, the shoes.. Did you know that they even make socks and onesies with crosses? I didn't know this! In any event, I loved photographing these special events! It's pretty cool to see how different families choose to dedicate their child to the Lord; whether it's traditionally in a church or informally in a rose garden.