One of Sydney’s most photogenic beaches is undeniably Shark beach. Giuliana and Steven were expecting their firstborn and the beauty of Nielsen park in the end of summer was a perfect setting for this stunning couple!
Camilla’s christening was one of my favourite christenings I photographed last year. It was a rainy gloomy day, but Camilla’s beautiful face, love of her family and the most gorgeous church and venue set up brought light and air into her big day.
After more than 5 years of experience and 100+ christenings in Sydney area and beyond, I’d like to share with those parents who are planning their baby’s christening day my three top tips on what not to overlook when planning your baby’s baptism!
1. Treat your child’s christening as a small wedding and invest in good photography.
It’s a once in a lifetime event for your baby – make sure your photographer takes beautiful photos of not just your baby, but also godparents, gown details, beautiful documentary shots at the church, venue details and candid shots of your guests.
I’ve seen many christening photographers, who don’t take candid shots of the guests before, during or after the ceremony. It’s not enough to only make a few posed groups shots and capture photos of the actual baptism ceremony. Your baby’s christening day is more than that – it’s one of the biggest family gatherings you’ll have after your wedding day and having a great photographer is crucial to capturing the most precious memories of your nearest and dearest.
2. An opportunity to take family photos.
Just like bridal preparation photos before walking down the aisle, the most magical and relaxed portraits of your baby and you happen before the ceremony.
Whether it’s at home or at a park near the church do it before the ceremony, you won’t regret it afterwards. One of the most common mistakes people make is leaving family shots for after the ceremony or at the venue; however the chance of your child getting tired, overwhelmed and wet/oily during the ceremony and therefore cranky is way too high.
Don’t postpone it for the reception either – by the time you get to the restaurant you will be hungry and will not want to leave your dear guests, which will make it hard to find a minute to take relaxed family photos.
3. Share your personal story with the photographer.
If you were pretty much raised by your grandparents; if you went through many rounds of IVF to have your baby; if your baby’s christening towel is actually the one you had for your christening; if this is the only time when all the grandchildren are in one room, please don’t hold back and share what’s important to you with your photographer.
Having emotional connection is crucial for creating meaningful, powerful photographs. I personally fall in love with every family that I shoot and if I know your story, I will look out for those special moments and connections. I will be paying extra attention to people and details that speak to you the most. Photos will have an extra layer and meaning to you and just like good wine they will be more and more precious with time.
Event planner styling image 6 by Jo Kalivas Events and Styling
Styling image 2 by Sass Events
Indre and Jevgenij might’ve discovered the perfect route for their elopement ceremony and photos in Sydney! We met at the Copes lookout two hours before sunset, where the lovely celebrant Stephen Lee held a beautiful ceremony against iconic Sydney bridge. Steven was great at helping to choose the most perfect spot for Indre and Jevgeniy to elope. After the ceremony we walked down to Jeffrey St wharf and then along the promenade towards the colourful Luna park, where we waited for a ferry to take us across the harbour. A short 5 minute journey was filled with stunning views and fresh breeze, which brought us to Circular quay. It was a hot day and everyone had a scoop of icecream to refresh. We slowly headed down to the Sydney opera house admiring city views and a huge cruise ship parked in the harbour. A bucket list destination for many people all over the world Sydney Opera House became our final stop and a backdrop for Indre and Jevgeniy’s elopment sunset photos.
Indre and Jevgeniy are school sweethearts and traveled all the way from London with their 7 year old son to tie the knot in front of their life long friends. Their elopement in Sydney was kept secret from their family and friends back home and it’s particularly exciting to be able to reveal these photos. I wish I could be a part of upcoming celebrationsin London and wish all the best to this stunning, fun and loving couple!
A photo on your wall will always take you back & a family film will let you re-live all those sweet moments. Both will ensure a lasting memory of your family love, connection and warmth. Imagine gifting a gorgeous print to your grandparents, or your grown-up children flicking through family albums, seeing all the love and smiles on their parents faces, their faces when they were little. Then imagine watching a family video of your little ones, hearing their cute voices and giggles, seeing their baby face smile on their wedding day 20 years later. An amazing experience few will have.
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Tim and Edwina picked a spectacular venue in the heart of Darlinghurst. A historical building of the Cell block theatre hidden at the campus grounds of the National Art in Darlinghurst was a dream location full of character and close by to funky streets of Darlinghurst. The ceremony was under a gorgeous jakaranda tree. I absolutely loved “Blessings of the hands” part of the ceremony. So poetic and meaningful! After some cocktail time in the cozy and courtyard everyone moved to a beautifully styled reception set inside sandstone wall of the Cell block theatre. The ceremony and reception was styled by the team of creatives from The Make Haus.
Organised beautifully by Upside Down Events this secret proposal was set up at the Residences in the iconic Centennial Park in Sydney. It was thrilling and exciting to witness such an intimate and life changing event!
After Sharlyn said ‘yes’ Joel gave her a book with all his hand written notes about their adventures together. What a beautiful way to save your memories and then read them together!
I documented every detail and smile for these two love birds to treasure forever <3