I was recently asked to photograph baby Dontae-Romeo’s Baptism in Christ Church Tunstall in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in the County of Staffordshire. The church which has been in operation since 1832 is beautiful and the baptism ceremony was held there on a Sunday during their morning, 10am service. Father John Stather is the current vicar of the Church. Here’s a photo of the little boy with his mum, Sarah.
Here are some photos taken of baby Jeremiah’s baptism taken on 19th December 2010 at Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya. Jeremiah was among several babies being baptised by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Phillips Muthu.
If you’re wondering what baptism is all about, it is a Christian ritual to signify the acceptance of or by a person into the Christian faith. In the case of Catholics such as baby Jeremiah, baptism is one of the seven sacraments, the others being Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. The rite of baptism generally involves a blessing with water presided over by a priest in front of a congregation of the church. It is also a tradition during baptism for the parents to choose a Godmother and Godfather to guide the child in the faith as they grow.
Jeremiah was such a darling through-out the day and so well-behaved. Hope you enjoy the photos taken of his special day.
I’ve photographed Holy Communion shoots for HRC Church in Klang before but this was the first time I was photographing the Confirmation Students. The conferments are much older, mainly 17 years old and this would be one of the sacraments they receive as a Catholic.
Instead of the parish priest, the Archbishop will be the person to place his hand over the conferment’s head and anoint them, the Archbishop will also bestow the gifts of the Holy Spirit to each of them.
There were about 38 conferments in total and the event went on smoothly thanks to the organising committee. Here are some images taken during the mass on 23 May 2010.
To view more photos of this event, head to Holy Redeemer Church Confirmation Photography Gallery
One of the most beautiful statue of Jesus in Mother Mary’s arms. I remember seeing a similar statue to this at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris when I was there for mass some years back.
Here are some shots of a shoot I did for Holy Redeemer Church in Klang last Sunday (8 November 2009) where 35 excited kids were ready to receive the Holy Communion for the first time.
The parish priest Fr Joachim Tan was very accommodating and patient with the kids throughout the long ceremony. We started off with family photos before mass began, followed by shots taken during the mass and communion. Then the group photo before everyone adjourned to the hall where the kids received their certificate from Fr Joachim followed by fellowship. This is the second time I’ve photographed a Holy Communion event, the first was taken last year in the same church. To view the posting for last year, click here.
To view more photos of this event, head to Holy Communion 2009 Gallery
I’d like to share some images photographed during St Anne’s Feast last Saturday in Port Klang. I’ve realised, as years go on, it gets more difficult to complete the 9-day Novena and the overwhelming record-breaking crowd does not make it easy for everyone to get a seat and the heat does not help either.
Nevertheless pilgrims from near and far come earnestly with their intentions to pray, to be inspired, to give thanks and to hear the priest from all over Malaysia and even Singapore preach. For more info about the feast day, do head to the respective church website or read my blog posting – St Anne’s Feast 2008.
I headed to Carey Island (Pulau Carey) for the first time last sunday with 2 bus loads of parishoners from ‘The Holy Redeemer Church’ in Klang. We were heading to St Anthony’s Church for the feast day. Over 1000 pilgrims and devotees turned up, the mass was held at the church compound to accomodate the huge crowd. The weather was scorching hot and there was no fan where I was seated, so I grabbed my camera out during the last 1/2 hour to snap random shots of ceremony and people around me.
St Anthony of Padua is the partron Saint of Lost Causes and Lost Items. I often head to this website to submit prayer intention and get the daily readings for inspiration.
Hope you do enjoy viewing these images, I only captured black & white shots, some of the shots were taken from the hip or from ground view.
After almost 2 years of heading for mass in Assumption & SFX Church in Petaling Jaya, I was really happy to be back to Holy Redeemer Church in Klang for a photography assignment; my first ever 1st Holy Communion shoot ! Another reason I was estatic to do this shoot is because I had received my 1st holy communion in the same church as well !
Taking photographs of a group of 38 young kids who are full of energy and excited accompanied by their trigger happy parents is not an easy challenge but I have come away for a whole lot of knowledge to handle the same situation in the future. Thankfully the event was well organised and Father Joachim Tan was extremely patient throughout the whole ceremony.
To view more photos of this event, head to 1st Holy Communion, Oct 2008 Gallery
Here are some tips to parents or 1st Holy Communion organisers to ensure you have the best photographs :
* If you have a designated professional photographer to shoot the event, please ensure the parents put away their camera as this only distracts the children and makes it difficult for the professional to get the shots he/she needs.
* Have a person in charge to organise and arrange the group and family shots.
* Do remind the children to smile a little and not feel nervous when facing the camera (except when receiving communion).
St Anne’s feast day is celebrated annually in Malaysia in mainly 2 locations, Bukit Mertajam (Penang) and Port Klang (Selangor). Thousands of pilgrims attend the 9-day novena which ends with a candle-light procession on the feast day to pay homage and give thanks to St Anne, the grandmother of Jesus.
As per previous years, I attended the novena & feast day celebration with my family in Port Klang this year. The atmosphere was truly amazing and the crowd was much larger than before. A truly spiritual experience for me indeed, here are some shots of the day.