As a Sydney family photographer, I recently had the honor of documenting a special christening ceremony at the Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church in Blacktown. Christenings are not just religious ceremonies; they are profound family milestones filled with emotion, tradition, and beauty. 

Here are the top 5 photos that must be taken during a christening to capture the essence of this sacred occasion:

  1. The Baptismal Font: A photo of the baptismal font, especially when it’s beautifully decorated with flowers and candles, sets the scene for the ceremony. It’s a symbol of the child’s new beginning in the Christian faith.
  2. The Anointing: The moment the priest anoints the child with holy oil is a key part of the ceremony. Capturing this intimate act is essential as it signifies the child’s reception of the Holy Spirit.
  3. The Baptism: The central moment of the ceremony, when the child is immersed in or sprinkled with holy water, is a must-capture. This photo symbolizes the child’s official entry into the Christian faith.
  4. Family and Godparents: A group photo with the family and godparents is a cherished keepsake. It represents the support system that will guide the child in their spiritual journey.
  5. Candid Emotions: Beyond the ceremonial aspects, capturing candid moments of joy, tears, and pride among family members adds depth to the story of the day. These are the photos that will evoke memories and emotions for years to come.

The christening at Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church was a beautiful blend of solemnity and celebration. As a photographer, my goal was to document not just the rituals but also the love, faith, and unity that enveloped the day. If you’re planning a christening or any special family event in Sydney, I would be honored to capture the moments that matter most to you.

Natasha Lesonie Photography 

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