Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Christening photography in Cambridge


One of the real perks of my job is the insight I get into other people’s lives – both on a day-to-day basis taking children and family photographs at their homes, but also for the big occasions – times of celebration, and of religious and cultural significance.

I’ve always really enjoyed photographing Christenings – the combination of family portraits, event photography in my reportage style and the ritual and ceremony of a service. I was thrilled when Sarah contacted me to take photographs of Henry’s Christening.

I was even more excited when I heard that the ceremony that I was to photograph in Cambridge was a Greek Orthodox ceremony, something I had never experienced before.

Always when I take Christening photographs, I try to start at the house to take a few family photographs and portraits of the child before things get started. This works particularly well with Christenings as they can be quite overwhelming events for the children, and often seem to coincide with nap and meal times, so the little ones can be tired and hungry by the end.

We had a wonderful time before the ceremony – Henry was an absolute joy, full of smiles and laughter. His older cousins, visiting from Greece, were not only absolutely beautiful but full of fun even if we did suffer slightly from a language barrier – smiles and laughter really are the universal language.

Then onto the ceremony which was an amazing thing to witness, very different to the anglican ceremonies I am used to with lots of different elements. The church was beautiful and the light incredible, and I am thrilled with these photographs from the Greek Orthodox Christening ceremony in Cambridge.

Afterward the ceremony, we headed to the beautiful Magdalene College in Cambridge for a drinks reception. The sun shone and we all had a wonderful time. I am absolutely thrilled with this set of baby, family and Christening photographs from Cambridge and I hope you will enjoy them.

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