Macedonian Orthodox Christenings are rich in culture and traditions ideal for photography. And the Christening of this baby girl, Andrjea was no exception. Surrounded by her family and lots of love, hugs, and kisses from her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties, and cousins. And of course big brother and sister.
The Preparation Shots at Home
The first location we visited was at the home of Andrjea’s auntie and uncle where the baby and all the family got ready for the big day ahead. We usually spend about 1 to 1.5 hours getting these shots. It’s a great opportunity to get the baby in familiar surroundings and fairly early in the day when she is most likely lively and easy to capture intimate shots that sometimes don’t quite happen later in the day.
The Orthodox Christening Ceremony
We traveled to Woollongong for these shots at the Saint Dimitrija Solunski, Macedonian Orthodox Church in Stewart street. The first thing that caught our eye at this beautiful Church is the very ornate and decorative walls, ceiling and altar. The detail is quite amazing. The altar was decorated by the traditional works of art, and a beautifully presented baptism font.
Baby Andrjea was a pure delight here. Even as she was dipped into the baptism font, she didn’t shed a tear but simply smiled and made this Christening a pleasure to photograph.
The Location Shots
Before stepping into the reception venue, we took some shots of Andrjea and her family in the beautiful gardens. The backdrop features an eagle eyes view of Wollongong and the surrounds of it’s beaches. Giving us a great opportunity to capture some photos before the party began.
The Christening Reception at Panorama House
The reception venue room was adjacent to the garden at Panorama House Bulli Tops. Wonderfully decorated from the floor to ceiling with impressive table settings and a view that few venues could boast. The reception began with a formal entry from the family, God Parents and the baby girl, Andrjea. The guests enjoyed some great food and wine before the party began with dancing. A short collection of speeches from the father, Godparents and even big brother and sister. Finishing the night with more celebrations and both English and traditional music.