Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Jimmy’s Christening



Last weekend, I had the privilege of shooting at the christening of a baby boy, whose family celebrated his baptism in the Greek orthodox tradition.

First, a few photos of the beautiful Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, IL.

OK, so I’m still an amateur at HDR! 🙂

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Fairly gorgeous place…  this is a slightly more subtle HDR image.

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Fairly gorgeous place…  this is another HDR

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This is the christening font itself.

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Little Jimmy doesn’t know what’s coming – totally at peace with the world.

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In the Greek tradition, the Godparents actually handle the whole process.


They start off ensuring the baby is exorcized of any evil prior to his baptism.

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The godparents rebuke the devil on behalf of the baby.

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The grandmothers take him and prepare him by getting him ready for the big event.  They put him in a towel to keep him warm and dry.

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The priest blesses the water in the font.

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The godparents are given oil:

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They anoint Jimmy with oil.

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He is immersed in water three times.

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Strands of his hair are cut by the priest.

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After all of this, Jimmy was taken back to change into his christening clothes.

The priests wait patiently.

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After he returns, he is anointed again with oil, and carried around the font three times.

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And finally, the priest blesses again before the ceremony was finished.

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He was very chill after all of that action.  He really was a trooper through a real ordeal. 

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Congratulations, Diana, George, and James!


PocketWizard TTL5 Tests



OK, next batch of PocketWizards are working a bit better.

They are a bit flaky, and still seem to miss from time to time, but the results are pretty good.  I’m very happy with them, within 20 feet of the target. 🙂

Setup here is one flash to camera right, and one behind the bottles, both with FlexTTL5 triggers on them.

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Joe’s Christening


Joseph Umberto was baptized in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Joliet, IL on August 22.

Had a great time with him and his family.  The church is gorgeous, and over 100 years old.

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Cute kid, looked really good!

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A great cake

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Lots of happy family!

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Just chillin’ out after a long day!

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Jen’s Journey



Over the next several months, I will post approximately-similar photos of my kind and patient neighbor, Jen, who is now expecting her first baby.  She’s very kind, because she’s letting me harass her every month with these photos.

Phase One: About 15 weeks

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Phase Two: About 19 weeks


Phase Three: About 23 weeks


Phase Four: About 27 weeks

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Coming up, in a month or so – Phase Five!


Finally, for those of you interested, here is my simple lighting setup for this.  I’m using PocketWizards (the old kind for this shot), firing regular Canon flashes (just for simplicity’s sake).  One flash has a Sto-fen diffuser on it (the hair light), and the key light is on a small soft-box (18” x 18”).  Oh, yeah – the background is a piece of black velour (?) fabric hanging about 3-4 feet behind the subject.