natural photo of a priest pouring holy water on the baby's head

Christening photographer: St Peter’s Italian Church

It was a real delight to photograph this christening at St Peter’s Italian Church on Clerkenwell Road. Stepping in to this beautiful church, it’s incredible to think of the hustle and bustle left behind outside.

I love the building, with its beautiful ceiling and milky light seeping through the windows. I love the crazy chaos of several families being christened at once, and the challenge of photographing one family without including any other family in the photographs.

As I often do, I photographed both the service as well as the start of the reception afterwards – capturing both the key moments as well as the quiet, emotional moments. I was there in good time to photograph the church and meaningful details before the family and their friends arrived – these details play an important role in storytelling, and remembering the whole of the day.

At this church, photographers aren’t allowed too close to the action so it’s essential to have the right lenses, that allow me to take close-up photographs even from far away. Equally, with other families being baptised at the same time, I need lenses with me that mean I can keep the other families out of the photographs. It’s a technical challenge, but one that I really enjoy!

Italian christenings are so lively and emotive, they’re always such a pleasure to photograph. The priest at this church is so charismatic and gentle with the babies, and there’s a great sense of occasion there every time.

After the service, I accompanied the family and friends to an Italian restaurant nearby – photographing everyone walking over and laughing together. Although no one wants to be photographed whilst eating, having some photographs of the reception venue and the social interactions there really help complete the overall story. It’s so important that the photographs from a christening bring back memories of the whole day – all the little details that have taken such careful planning and consideration.

“Louise was a great photographer for our baby’s christening, and she was discreet and pleasant to have around during the day. Her pictures are outstanding!” Elisa

Update: their second child’s Christening

It was such an honour to be asked to photograph another christening for this family.

The service was held at the same church, and the reception at the same restaurant.

Here are some photographs from the day:

Discreet, emotive christening photography

Your child’s Christening or Baptism is one of life’s seminal moments, a joyful occasion where all your closest friends and family come together to welcome your baby to the world.

No-one can help but be moved by the grace and poignancy of the event. It inspires me every time. 

Rest assured I’m always discreet. My silent shutter and sensitive approach means you’ll barely notice as I quietly photograph your child’s special day. 

I’m focused on capturing the moments that matter – from the beauty of the venue to the atmosphere throughout the service and reception, as well as meaningful details like the cake or flowers. 

 

 

 

I’ll photograph the key moments of the service itself, as well as your guests’ reactions, scene setting photographs and group portraits – and I’ll document the fun of your reception. 

I always look to take photographs that will not only move you now, but will also bring back memories in years to come.

Please know that all families are 100% welcome – single parent families, same sex parents, all religions and backgrounds. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and I’m honoured to photograph each and every one.

I have a simple pricing structure, with no hidden surprises. 

You can find out what to expect here, and we can discuss what you're looking for to see if I'll be a good fit for your family. Just get in touch

 

 

Quality prints & albums

Albums are a wonderful way of showing your child what their christening day was like. It always seems such a shame that such a momentous day is almost always one a child won't remember! Creating a beautiful album puts your favourite photos in one book that you can look through together later, in years to come. 

I work with specialist printers and album suppliers to create truly stunning products for you to treasure, and to pass on to the next generations. It's a great opportunity to create some family heirlooms that your children can share with their own children in years to come. 

Every christening booking includes a store credit, so you can have a stunning print to remember the day by. You can also put your store credit towards an album, if you prefer.

 

Queensberry albums

What to expect