This past weekend I photographed a baptism for the first time. I was referrred to the parents by repeat photography client Vanessa...thank you! This was also my first time to shoot with significant flash restrictions, which is why you will see in the exif data under some photos ISO 1600. Fortunately, the windows behind the baptism area were large and facing the noon sun to at least provide back light and some fill light. I had no idea so much water was used during a baptism as seen in the large pitcher in the photo above!
Before the actual baptism ceremony there were a few quick minutes I could use flash and photograph the parents with their baby boy. Baby Oscar was a very good smiler.
I used significant lens distortion correction in this shot to make the mosaic appear as straight as it really was. I also decided to split the parents allowing for a more balanced composition to the shot instead of both on one side of the flowers, or even blocking the flowers.
The reception for the baptism was at the Don Cesar Hotel where I have photographed many past events. It was a covered outdoor spot giving us still a peak at the water. Here I could setup my speedlights on light stands for my preferred strobist style portraits.
This is Dad's turn with baby Oscar having fun at the baptism reception at the Don Cesar Resort. It was a pleasant spring Sunday out on the beach.
I am always pleased when I have the opportunity to make a candid photo like this one showing the subjects in thought reflecting their emotion. Baby Oscar knew what I was up to though!