When you choose to Christen your baby it can be a very emotional time - will your baby be good; will your baby scream through the service; choosing Godparents and much more?
These days too when a baby is Christened your baby is not alone, but usually Christened among any number of other babies, of all ages and ethnicity.
While photographing a Christening service would be nice, in reality, because of the constraints of time and numbers it is much easier to do some follow-up photographs after the event.
As was the case recently when young Arie - who lives in Hong Kong - but was home for a family holiday and his Christening.
So his Mum, his aunt and young cousin Jasper popped into the studio for a very quick session so the family could have some keepsakes of Arie in his beautiful antique Christening gown.
And we managed to persuade camera shy Jasper to jump in for some cuddles and photographs with Arie too.
Don't forget the importance of recording your special family celebrations and occasions.
Stand in line in any mall where Santa waits to meet the little ones and you can bet there’ll be more than one child screaming.
This melt down is nothing more than stranger anxiety – which all kids go through at some stage in their life.
But Santa is not only a stranger, he’s dressed up in a big red suit, with a long white, curly beard and speaks in a deep voice – no wonder the kids are scared to death of him.
Some parents will queue for up to an hour, but as soon as they approach Santa to put their little one on his lap – often this is the moment of truth for them, as they are so frightened and have no time to get comfortable with this new found human being!
So what’s a Mum to do in a situation like this?
Experts say you can try to gently coax your child towards Santa and ask if they want to sit on his lap and speak to him.
But if that proves a no-go, then the next best thing is to introduce them to Santa via picture books and other static displays in shop windows.
Recently I took my granddaughter to meet Santa at St Luke’s Shopping Centre. We’d talked about him all morning. We even stood in line and she seemed happy as she looked at him and the other kids sitting on his knee.
But once it was our turn to sit beside him, she didn’t want a bar of him, and she clung to me like a magnet.
So back home in the studio I remembered our own ‘little’ household Santa who was much more her size.
And we met him in the safety and comfort that she was used to. Being able to gave into his eyes, touch his beard, he was someone she could relate to and talk to.
She even showed him what she wanted for Christmas!!
Just goes to show a ‘live’ Santa experience is not the ‘be-all and end-all’ to enjoy a magical Christmas.
There’s always next year to try again.
How many times do we tell ourselves, "we must get some photos of the kids done?"
Way too often I hear quite frequently.
Well this happy family came to the studio the other day to celebrate little Cameron's impending first birthday, and also because they though it would be good to update the family photographs.
Christmas is just a few weeks away - don't miss your opportunity to get your family photos done.
And remember - they make awesome presents.
As a grandparent - we love to see photographs of our little poppet all over the place.
But then it's pretty easy to photograph her - at almost two, she asks for 'photos' and 'lights' whenever she comes to spend a day with her Nonie.
There's still time to get your treasures photographed - just call me on 027 47 33 038.