My cousin Jessica (who is actually my aunt, but more of a younger sister to me) called me up one day because she found out that she was going to be a God Mother to her friend's daughter, Alyssa. I was so excited for her! She was beaming through the phone and really wanted the baptism of Alyssa documented through photos. I was honoured to capture this day for her and Alyssa's family.
This was the first baptism I had ever attended and photographed. I did quite a bit of research to figure out exactly what was going to happen and created a little timeline for Jessica and all of the family members involved. I went to the church early and had a long chat with Father Garcia who so graciously shared his experiences and talked about the church. He explained the process of the baptism, how short it was (compared to most Hindu ceremonies) and the baptism rite he would be reciting ('christening' is for the baptism of infants I've been told). A baptism almost always includes the use of water. If there is one thing that I have observed through the different rituals I have attended with my practice, it is the predominant use of water. It is the one element that binds all of the different religions and beliefs together by the way water is represented: life, the future, sacrament and purity. I could delve into this much deeper, but perhaps that is something I can expand on in a separate post or work on as a future personal project.
Alyssa is one fidgety and fast little girl! Don't be fooled by her beautiful doe eyes and cute smile. She has two older brothers to keep up with and naturally you can see why she can't sit still. I had to be nimble with these kids! One of my favourite moments was when neither of the boys or Alyssa wanted to take a group photo together. It was sibling rivalry at it's best! One day, these kids are going to look back at this photo and chuckle!
Finally, after the ceremony I was able to get Alyssa to literally hang out with her God Mothers and do a tiny shoot with the little princess herself. Photographing this very special ceremony and event was a meaningful experience for me. I felt so privileged to share and capture such an intimate moment in Johana & Robin's daughter's life. A big 'Thank You' to Jessica for seeing great value in the work that I do and for your infinite support. It means the world to me!
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