Church photography: baptisms
If you are the house photographer for a church, this is a pretty tantalizing phrase in the preview email for Sunday’s services: “I get to baptize twins this Sunday! Do you think I can hold them both at the same time?”
I don’t know. Can you?! Mwahahahahahahahahaha-ha. I’ll make sure to have a couple bodies and well-chosen lenses to document whatever happens.
Even with just one child, baptisms are loads of fun to shoot because they usually involve the human race’s most reliable wildcards: babies. I know this from experience. At my daughter’s baptism, she waved to the congregation like she had just been named Little Miss Covenant Presbyterian. My son, on the other hand, gave the preacher at our current church just enough time to say, “Christopher” and then he let a WAAAAAIIIIILLLLL that Rev. Gerdts followed with, “is not a happy customer right now.”
At our church, I’ve seen just about everything, including the older brother of a baptizee who took it upon himself to dip his hands in the water and start blessing a few people. Who needs seminary? It’s a short ceremony, but full of Kodak moments from the actual water to the pastor walking the child down the aisle to introduce him or her to their “aunts and uncles in the church.”
For the record, Rev. Berry – pro that he is – had no problem wielding both kids Sunday, but one did quickly turn into an unhappy customer. Those kids – they’re wildcards.