Evangeline, Olivia's mother, called me about a month ago while she was searching for a photographer to shoot Olivia's baptism. My initial concern was that I've never shot a baptism ceremony, of any sort. Evangeline was comforting, and a little bit ego inflating, when she told me she wasn't worried at all that I could do a great job. Turns out, Evangeline is a fan of my photography, and wanted me to photograph the event despite my misgivings.
Several weeks passed, and I still hadn't heard back from Evangeline. I was certain that she'd changed her mind until I got a phone call from her on the Wednesday before Olivia was to be baptized on Saturday. As I had suggested when we first talked, Evangeline continued to look around and talk with other photographers, right up until the last minute. In the end, she decided to hire me, and we finalized the details with fewer than 72 hours left before I was to arrive at the church.
Having shot more weddings than I can count without referring to records, I wasn't prepared in the least for this event. Thankfully for me, it was a good brand of unpreparedness -- I was given nearly unfettered access to the entire sanctuary, with only vague guidelines of what to avoid. That's a far cry from what many churches have given me as direction in the past -- stay in the balcony, don't move during the ceremony, no flash, etc. Being this close to the action was like getting a sideline pass for a pro football game, to me at least!
In just the few hours I was able to spend with Olivia, her parents Evangeline and Neal, and the rest of their friends and family, I have no doubt that Olivia is going to grow up surrounded by loving and caring family & friends!
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