Serbian Orthodox Christening in Canberra

Welcome to Iconic Photography. My name is Nicholas Brown and I am a Canberra wedding and family photographer.

A little while ago I posted sneak peak of Jayden’s Serbian Orthodox Christening at the St Sava Church in Farrer, Canberra. As I am sure you’ll agree after having seen the sneak peak photos, the light and warmth inside the church is phenomenal. Light is so important to a photographer. It is one of two things that makes or breaks a photo. The other important thing is the person or people you are photographing. In my case, I was exceptionally lucky because Anabela, Zoran and their family and friends made me feel very welcome. It was a wonderful day.

Anabela got in touch with me a few months ago, and from the first phone call I knew the christening was going to be a wonderful day. This is not just because Anabela puffed up my ego telling me how much she loved my photos (although that never hurts), but because I could tell how passionate she was about her son, Jayden, and the significance of the day to her and her family.

When I arrived at church, I wandered around taking some photos of the church, its surrounds and the guests as they arrived. I was warmly welcomed by the families and friends. There were so many happy kids running around. Jayden is going to have a lot of playmates when he starts running as well.

Soon after, the ceremony started. It is a very formal ceremony and I am very grateful to have experienced it. One of the priests came out of retirement to take part in the ceremony. He also married Anabela and Zoran and performed the christening for their other two boys. I think this was a lovely touch.

The stages of the Serbian Orthodox christening include pouring water over the baby’s head three times in the baptismal font to symbolise the three days Christ spent in the tomb. Jayden was held by his godparent during this part of the ceremony and was very brave. He didn’t cry at all. After the baptism Jayden was wrapped in a new white towel which is a symbol of purity. Following this the priest administered the sacrament of Chrismation. Jayden was anointed with a special oil known as miron and then three locks of hair were cut from his head in the form of a cross.

Following the ceremony, all the guests joined Anabela’s family for a gathering at the wonderful Boathouse by the Lake. You could not ask for a more picturesque venue. You also couldn’t ask for a better day. Lake Burley Griffin was so calm it was like glass and the weather was a lovely warm 20 degrees. It was so nice that we couldn’t help but sneak out the front doors of the Boathouse to capture some lovely family shots on the grass. In fact, some of the kids found their way up the trees.

I hope you like the photos. I encourage you to leave a comment below and please share the link to this page on Facebook to share the photos will your friends and family. Thanks again to Anabela, Zoran and your friends and family for making me feel so welcome.

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Photos: Nicholas Brown {Canberra Family Photographer}

Location: Canberra

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Thanks for visiting Iconic Photography. My name is Nicholas Brown and I am a Canberra wedding and family photographer. I am also a husband, a father and a bit of a nerd. What I love about wedding and family photography is getting to know people, listening to their stories and then helping them tell their story. Oh … and I also love coffee. So, if you’d like to sit down over a cup and tell me your story, I would love to hear it and help you share it.

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  • Anabela

    Absolutely gorgeous photos Nick. Thank you SO much for this timeless keepsake you have given us. You are a natural and really know how to capture the most beautiful photos of Jayden’s special day. We feel very lucky to have found you : )ReplyCancel

    • Thanks very much Anabela. I am so pleased that you like the photos. It was my pleasure to spend the day with you and your family to capture these moments. ReplyCancel

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