Filippos' Mum and Dad chose the Greek Orthodox St Andrews Cathedral Kentish Town London for his baptism.
Not sure where Kentish Town is? Well its right next door to Camden and just a stones throw from Regents Park and central London. The cathedral - needless to say for this location - does not have its own car parking but there is a decent amount of on street parking within walking distance. Much of this is "residents only" Monday to Friday but is readily available at weekends. It does not have an external area suitable for group photos but - weather permitting - you can make a short walk to Rochester Terrace Gardens if desired.
Being situated on a very busy central north London road it is hard to do photographic justice to the exterior of St Andrews Cathedral, especially with the relentless rain and heavy traffic we had on the day. But the interior is truly glorious in the best traditions of Greek Orthodox places of worship.
The interior is designed as three aisles, with the leftmost aisle where the font is situated dedicated to christenings.
Mum and Dad chose a combined photo and video package. Events are always lively whenever the word "Greek" appears - for example guests are not inclined to sit quietly in their places throughout ceremonies as they might at Church of England events and this presently particular challenges for professional photographers and videographers. But on the plus side the priests are always very easy to work, are mindful of the requirements of professionals, and there are seldom any unnecessary restrictions. Videographers should factor in that the priests at St Andrews are unlikely to agree to wear your audio recording devices nor wear microphones feeding a p.a. system; you may need to be creative if audio is important for your work in this large venue.
Browse some more Christening galleries:
Stephanos at St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral London
Ria at St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral London
Patrick at The Brompton Oratory London
Carlos at The Brompton Oratory London
Henry at The Brompton Oratory London
Information about the christening / baptism photography and video service for London, the Thames Valley, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, and beyond.
The view greeting you as you enter St Andrews Cathedral is - as they say - breathtaking:
There are lots of great photo opportunities around the cathedral interior:
And these include many special traditions of Greek Orthodox baptisms:
The main man moments before the start of the christening ceremony:
The guests gradually arrive:
Its surprising how often children are very well behaved at their christenings. And this was certainly true of our main man for nearly all of his ceremony. What an angel!
He was not overly impressed with the dunking into the font!
Greek Orthodox christening could have been designed with photography in mind as there are such great photo opportunities in the sumptuous surroundings:
He soon recovered his composure:
The baptism area is just to the left in the above photo. Peter persuaded the staff to switch on all the interior lights for a few minutes after the ceremony as this always makes for a warmer more appealing composition. This area is also good for photos of big groups:
And just time afterwards to complete a few posed photos with the VIP guests:
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