Baptism photography – St James’s Church, Marylebone

Baptism photography – St James’s Church, Marylebone

It was a real honour to photograph this Baptism. It was so lovely to see different generations from the family come together to celebrate this special day – including some relatives who’d flown in from overseas.

The service was held at St James’s Roman Catholic Church – a very beautiful building, with lots of ornate features and a stunning ceiling.

This church is so picturesque – I love the golden arches at the front of the church, and the beautiful reflections on the dark wood. It’s a striking stone building from the outside, a classic fairytale church with turrets and arches galore.

I photographed the family and guests arriving and greeting each other, and then settled in to photograph the service itself. The light was beautiful – trickling in through stained glass windows. I was glad to have my trusty 5d mkiv as any other camera in the Canon range would have struggled with the low light conditions. It’s no problem with the mkiv though!

There was so much laughter, it was a real delight to capture these moments for the family. Their baby was incredibly calm and relaxed, and barely blinked as he was Baptised.

We then went on to the reception at The Churchill Hotel, which really added to the sense of occasion. I photographed the food and drink, and the live music being played, as well as capturing the mood and atmosphere as the guests mingled and enjoyed themselves

I’m so happy to have been asked to photograph this very special event in their lives.

“We chose Louise to photograph our son’s baptism because of her sympathetic approach to religious services. She proved to be a great choice and was very discreet in the church and I would not hesitate in using her again or recommending her to my friends. Thank you!” Adriana C.

Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London with stone arches
Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London with stone walls and arches
Family arriving at Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London
Family shaking hands dressed smartly for a London christening
Interior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London with stone arches
Gold statue of Madonna and baby Jesus in Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London
Order of service for a baptism in Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London
Oils, candle, bible and vessels used during a baptism service in London
Close-up of a mother holding her baby's hands during a baptism service
Candid portrait of a priest during a baptism service at Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church
Priest blesses a baby during his baptism in Marylebone London
The moment a baby is baptised over a copper dish in Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London
Interior of Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London with stone ceiling and circular stained glass window
Godfather holding a baptism candle and smiling
A baby looks at his baptism candle whilst lying in his mother's arms
Mother looking down at her baby during the baptism service in Marylebone London
Guests walking towards the camera as they leave the Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London
Baby smiling after his baptism at Exterior of St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Marylebone London
Champagne being poured at a baptism reception at The Churchill Hotel
Guests enjoying themselves at a baptism reception in The Churchill Hotel
Guests playing with a baby at his baptism reception at The Churchill Hotel
Guests smiling at the camera wearing black dresses at The Churchill Hotel