London Christening photography- documentary photography by Thea Courtney
As a London Christening Photographer I often photograph baptisms at weekends, and the style I use is timeless and documentary in style. Using only natural light, in the same way, that I approach my reportage wedding photography, I unobtrusively capture all the moments of the day, both big and small, in a way that tells the full story in an album that you can revisit again and again for many years into the future. I love the way that these occasions are so full of a wide range of emotions…excitement, funny, moving, poignant, joy…all these feelings and moments are just so great to capture on camera and I enjoy every minute, observing and seeking out the good stuff, like mining for gold to photograph. Even the quiet seemingly mundane moments carry their own power, and the importance of these images grows with time. It’s also a time for many generations and friends old and new to come together, and post-pandemic I’m sure these special occasions, however small, will be experienced with even more feeling.
If you are thinking about having some Baptism photographs taken on your child’s Christening day, a good starting point is checking with your vicar or priest if they are happy for you to arrange a photographer and if they have any stipulations about this. Generally speaking, churches are very welcoming and open to having photography, although some venues such as St Pauls Cathedral do not allow photography during the ceremony.
The reception party is a great time to take candid portraits and get portraits of everyone relaxing and being themselves. There’s also plenty of great food to photograph, and I love a goof cake photo! Below is a small sample of some of the many receptions I’ve photographed…in homes, restaurants, hotels, gardens.,..no matter how smart or casual, this time is always fun to capture because everyone is always smiling and the portraits are always really natural and authentic. It’s also a good time to get wider shots, with some more environmental portraits, which are full of details and in context to the venue which is great to look back on in the future.
I have a range of Christening photography packages available so that you can choose one tailored to your event, however big or small. Please do get in touch if you would like to hear more about these.
You can find more of my Christening photography here
As with documentary wedding photography, reportage photography is the best way to capture all these emotions and it allows the day to unfold naturally, creating classic and timeless images that both tell your story fully(great for albums), whilst also having images beautiful enough to frame and hang.
Our heirloom albums are a great way to display your images in a storytelling format, and the sturdy and beautiful Folio albums ensure that your photographs can be treasured by future generations to come.
We also offer a range of printing and framing options.
London Christening Photographer Thea Courtney covers all areas of `London and the South East of England.