Mum and Dad chose the spectacular setting of the Brompton Oratory Kensington London for Patrick's christening ceremony.
This magnificent Catholic church, also known as the London Oratory, is always a delight for professional photographers to work within. There are gorgeous alternative vistas as every turn. The interior of the Brompton Oratory is very dark and quite a challenge for even the most advanced photographic equipment, but its well worth the effort.
The Brompton Oratory's central London location means that travel in the area by car can be a frustrating experience. However there is a pleasant private car park right next to the main building and it is possible for professional photographers and videographers to reserve a space by contacting the helpful staff beforehand.
Once Patricks' christening ceremony was completed we shot some group photos inside the Oratory near the High Altar and then adjourned to a nearby private park for a relaxed picnic and a few more photos.
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Filippos at St Andrews Cathedral London
Information about the christening / baptism photography and video service for London, the Thames Valley, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, and beyond.
Lets take a look at the distinctive exterior of the Brompton Oratory first of all:
A wide-angle lens gives a different interesting perspective:
A wide-angle lens is also great for capturing the splendour of the High Altar:
And the view of the whole interior from the rear:
And one more inclusive wide-angle view, this time of St Patricks Chapel where baptism ceremonies within the Brompton Oratory are usually held:
The man of the moment awaits his christening:
Just time for a few semi-posed photos before the start of the ceremony:
Camera shyness is not a concept Patrick has any truck with!
The priests who conduct baptisms at the Brompton Oratory are fine with professional photographic coverage during ceremonies so long as its kept unintrusive:
The font is in a small room adjoining St Patricks Chapel and this is of course where the second part of these short ceremonies take place:
The High Altar area makes a splendid backdrop for a few posed photos:
The steps to the main entrance are also a good photo location, especially if there are lots of guests:
The private park close to home was a terrific location for a celebratory picnic:
A French connection meant that this was not just any old English picnic, more a stylish Impressionistic affair:
The mature trees in the park gave us plenty of shade, enabling pleasing portraits to be shot without bright contrasty direct sunshine compromising the results:
Mans best friend ..... I wonder why!
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