A photographer’s learning journey is never complete – I know I will never arrive at the destination, but that is surely the point. Sometimes the journey is better than the actual destination (although as a child, some of those drives to camp sites were pretty brutal!)
Some would think that Christening photography would follow a standard script – after all the service is set is stone – but there are some many variables at play that no two are ever the same. And there have been a number of Christenings that have been held at the same church and the same reception centre as a previous one, however, the interaction between the child being Christened and its parents, the priest, god parents, all lend themselves to beautiful, unique photography.
As a photographer it is essential that my skills are continually updated, and recently I got to listen to an amazing Sydney based portrait photographer called Sue Bryce – She comes to us from New Zealand, but now calls Sydney home, although she also runs studios in Brisbane and Melbourne. Her ‘thing’ is photographing (mostly) women in a glamorous way. Her sessions include hair and make-up before an hour or so in front of the camera. Her web site is here.
So what does Sue’s style of photography have to do with Christening photography, I hear you ask? Well, posing people is essential to gaining great looking photographs, and anyone who has been photographed by Kathy and I know that you are in for a work out with us! You want us to capture memories of your child’s special day, and we will draw on our experience of photographing all our previous Christening to know what will work for you and your family and guests.
Sue demonstrated a number of techniques that were new to me, and I know I can modify her ideas to my own approach. Our ‘at home’ sessions allow us to be very creative with the kind of shots we can take, and Sue’s approach may well influence the shots we take in the future.
Until next time, all the best