Ria's mum and dad chose the lovely Greek Orthodox St Sophia's Cathedral in Bayswater London for her Autumn christening.
St Sophia's Cathedral is a popular and very busy venue, and as usual as one event came to an end guests were arriving for the next. Professional photographers and videographers should bear this in mind as the time available for setting up and breaking down equipment can be extremely limited.
The staff and clergy at St Sophia's are helpful and mindful of the needs of photographers and videographers, and there are no onerous restrictions on shooting ceremonies other than not to cause any distractions - of course!
Parking in the immediate area can be quite a challenge - no surprises there as it is after all in a prime west London location only a short walk from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. But there is some on-street parking in some of the adjacent side roads not reserved exclusively for residents.
We were lucky with the weather on the day, mild and not too bright - photographers don't like bright sunshine for people portraits as the results may be contrasty and unflattering even with the use of powerful "fill-flash". There is a small courtyard to the left of the Cathedral which was opened for us and this was a great location for some of the must-have family and friend photos after the baptism ceremony.
Browse some more Christening galleries:
Stephanos at St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral London
Filippos at St Andrews 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 first photo in the highlights below illustrates the outside of the cathedral at the front. Just the upper part this time as the steps below were teeming with visitors throughout the day - no chance of a "clean" shot:
The interior of St Sophia's is spectacular. As with the outside though on the day it resembled a beehive as there were so many visitors attending the various events, so again no chance of wide-angle photos. Here we see the font set up ready for the christening:
There are lots of rituals involved in Greek Orthodox baptisms and here we see some of the accoutrements set up ready on the altar:
Often the stars of the show are pretty quiet during their baptism - probably because they can be fascinated by the unusual surroundings. But Ria was having none of that and exercised her lungs a fair bit!
Mum and dad had arranged a choir:
Our star's modesty is preserved in this online version of her "introduction" to the font!
Once the baptism ceremony was over we congregated in the courtyard next door for some photos:
Ria has twin sisters. What a happy boisterous household that is going to be as they grow up!
All content on this site is the copyright of Peter Riding of Ashton Lamont. Do not steal. I have a very particular set of skills I have acquired over a long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. Do not steal now, and that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you. (With appreciation to Bryan in "Taken").