Baptismal Traditions | Houston Event Photographer

Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in event photography.  See more event photography in the gallery.  Contact me to book your event today!

Baptismal Traditions

A baby’s baptism is a very personal experience for the family.  It is a celebration with family and friends.  A welcoming of the child into the community of God.  Most of the baptisms that I have photographed have been in the Catholic church.  My husband grew up Catholic and his large family is Catholic.  So I know a little about the Catholic tradition.  But I learn something every time I photograph a baptism.  It is a beautiful ceremony.  And each church has their own special way of handling it.  All that I know for sure is that the community loves this little human being with everything that they have.  They welcome him or her with open arms into the community of love and connection with a love that is greater than anything we can imagine.  I am always in awe and so very grateful for this expression of love and community.

A Baptism with The Flores Family

Isela contacted me months ahead of her baby’s baptism.  We planned for the day and made sure that everything was set.  As we chatted a few days before the baptism, I learned that the baptism would be in Spanish.  Okay.  I know a little Spanish (very little actually).  But I’ve witnessed many baptisms and so I know the routine.  It would just mean paying close attention to the events so that I could anticipate what was coming next.  I needed to be on my toes.  When I showed up for the event, the baptism attendants at St. Ignatius Loyola Church were so very gracious and kind to me.  They would try to stay out of my photos and were so excited to have a photographer to document the baptism.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  As a single mom, Isela had help from her parents.  I learned about a tradition called “bolo”.  It is a tradition where the Godfather throws coins to the children after the baptism to show their worth as a godparent.  You can see this in one of the images below where Isela’s father is throwing coins.  He had a great time doing that!  I’m so honored to have been part of this baptismal celebration.

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Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in event photography.  See more event photography in the gallery.  Contact me to book your event today!

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