Posts Tagged ‘babies’

blessed celebration. | Greek Orthodox Baptism | South Florida

July 8th, 2014

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony […]

 

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony we learned many new traditions and practices during this incredible day.

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child; many of Angelina’s closest friends and family members were in attendance to uphold the duties in the raising of this sweet girl.

We begin by introducing you to the gorgeous façade of this beautiful church. The details in every aspect of the building were pristine, bold, and colorful. The transition from outside to in brought about the feeling of a truly Holy place.

Meet Miss Angelina.


It is all in the details. The ceiling, the baptismal candles, the book of scriptures, and the baptismal font. The baptismal candles are provided by the godparent, one large decorated candle for the ceremony and smaller white candles to be carried by the children who circle the font. The traditional decoration of a baptismal candle includes a large bow of ribbon or tulle with streamers. Each detail of this day is not without merit, as you will soon witness.


While family and friends arrive, little Lina waits patiently in her father’s arms.

And so the ceremony begins. Angelina is presented to the church in it’s entryway. Family and Godparents are surrounding her as this presentation is made. She is dressed in her pre-ceremony outfit, of which, can be any color. She will later change into her baptismal clothes which must be white and completed with socks and shoes.

A somber walk leads the parents and Godparents to the front of the church where font immersion is to take place. The priest pours oil into the cupped hands of the Godparents, who then wipe oil on the child’s body. The oiled baby is then immersed three times in the baptismal font representing Christ’s baptism, death and Resurrection.

Olive oil is poured into the oil bottle and then blessed by the priest. Any 100% pure virgin olive oil can be used for the baptism. The Holy Oil is then used by the priest to baptize the child. The priest will pour the Holy Oil into the baptismal water.

After immersion, Angelina is placed into her Godparent’s arms who hold the oil sheet to protect their clothing and absorb the Holy oil on the baby. Immediately following the baptism in the font, the priest administers a second sacrament: Chrismation, where the child receives the gift of the Holy Spirit with miron, a special oil blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

A quick change into her baptismal clothes, and the lighting of the baptismal candles is next in the ritual. The dressed Lina is brought back into the church and the priest, Godparents, and baptized baby walk around the baptismal font three times.

The reading of scriptures takes place and the priest administers a third sacrament, communion, to the child.

The baptism of Angelina is complete. She is lovingly embraced by her parents and Godparent. Now the Godparent is an especially important choice. The Godparent – also known as a koumbaro (male) or koumbara (female) is responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the baptized individual. The person becomes a member of the baptized person’s family and the baptism brings about a lifelong relationship. Sweet Lina’s uncle is the blessed individual at this occasion.

A reception was held after the ceremony in honor of this oh-so-happy day! Guests were treated with boubounieres or candy favors. These are traditionally almond candy favors given to each guest after the baptism by either the godparent or the parents of the baptized child. Styles can range widely for these favors but are usually simple white, pink or blue puffs of tulle tied with a ribbon and filled with white Jordan almonds. The details and traditions of the day are simply beautiful!

Martyrika, also known as martirika, or “witness pins” – are small lapel crosses handed out at the end of the ceremony and worn by guests as proof of witnessing the baptism. The traditional pin is made of white, pink or blue ribbon and features a tiny cross or icon in the center. Angelina’s martirika were inscribed with the date of her baptism as well as the name of her Godfather.

Family and friends gather in this warm and welcoming home, complete with amazing food and sweets. Each guest takes a turn snuggling and loving on their precious Angelina.

A huge thank you goes out to the parents of Miss Angelina, Gavin and Maria, for entrusting us to capture this most sacred event. Your little Lina is so beautiful and blessed. Happy Baptism Day!

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the family that plays together. | Maternity Photography | Fort Lauderdale, FL

November 17th, 2013

Oh how time does seem to zip right past us. It has been about a year and a half since we last saw this beautiful family. Little Colin was only crawling at that time. Fast forward — and boy has he grown! He was just as sweet as the day we first met him, a […]

 

Oh how time does seem to zip right past us. It has been about a year and a half since we last saw this beautiful family. Little Colin was only crawling at that time. Fast forward — and boy has he grown! He was just as sweet as the day we first met him, a little shy but he quickly emerged from his shell. And not only has he turned into a handsome young man, but there is a little “Miss C” on the way to join this lovely family.

Although the season of fall was upon us, the temperature was still quite warm and the trees still exuded their lush green boughs. We first gathered underneath the enormous Banyan tree that shaded a small meadow which harbored many a picnic at the park. Colin was a bit timid and was not entirely sure who we were or what Mom and Dad had signed him up for. A few swings in the air and a shoulder ride from Pops lightened the mood and put him in a decidedly cheerful frame of mind. He started talking and walking around, politely asking if he could play on the swing set…such a gentleman.

Big Brother! YES!

The family brought these oh-so-tiny embellishments that they planned to adorn little Chloe with. Her tiny shoes with the protective father and big brother in the background simply melts my heart.


My dearest little sister, whom I adore…
God blessed me with you, forevermore.

Side by side, we will always be…
Through tears and heartache, I will never leave.

Through life’s trials we will work them out together…
What I am trying to say is I will love you forever.

We simply love our dads! Dads are the ones we wrestle with, tumble with, play with, run around and fall with. They inspire us to grow big and strong and in rare quiet moments, they teach us about right and wrong.

Miss Katie, you are glowing; such a gorgeous mommy-to-be. The colors and the wind played their parts beautifully that day.

Thank you so much for allowing us to capture this special time in your lives. We love watching you go from a family of 3 to a family of 4. These sweet memories will stay close to our hearts, but we absolutely cannot wait to meet Miss Chloe. Countdown til summer 2014…!

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Harmonious bonds.

August 9th, 2011

After we’re born, some of us are lucky enough to have passenger soul mates join in our life’s journeys. These said companions become our biggest source of continuity in that their existence serves as the longest relationships most of us ever experience in our lifetime. Siblings reinforce our family values, offer compassionate shoulders to lean […]

 


After we’re born, some of us are lucky enough to have passenger soul mates join in our life’s journeys. These said companions become our biggest source of continuity in that their existence serves as the longest relationships most of us ever experience in our lifetime. Siblings reinforce our family values, offer compassionate shoulders to lean on and undeniably teach us the finer points of competitive rivalry.



Kaylee is as energetic as any toddler of two; eager to explore her surroundings behind two inquisitive blue peepers, ready and willing to put her legs in motion. Just weeks ago she seized to be a singleton as her family welcomed tranquil Cameron and instantaneously joined that infamous Big Sister club. As much of a nuisance as little siblings can initially be, Kaylee’s impulsive sudden prods were no match for delightful Cameron who continued to relax, remarkably unperturbed.


Mom worked diligently for just one portrait featuring the conception of that magical bond between a sister and her newly created little brother. Optimistic, we frequently invited young Kaylee to spend a moment admiring her brand new baby yet she was quick to scurry in reverse. Undoubtedly, sibling relationships eventually blossom and evolve with time; admittedly, it comes as no surprise that most introductory stages are often rocky.


Pleasantly precocious this little beauty made me work intensely for her attention. Time and again I would admire how the light fell seamlessly upon her threadlike flaxen hair as mom stood nearby cradling baby Cameron, who was ever so patient for his sister’s return and their composed moment. Given the numerous distractions surrounding us [free roaming peacocks, untouched playground equipment, gallivanting horses and an unpopulated petting zoo] Kaylee astoundingly hadn’t become engrossed by their presence nevertheless continued to play cat-and-mouse with me and my camera.


Fortunately, on rare occasions Miss Kaylee would delightfully come to find that quiet pocket she shared with her brother only to exchange fleeting signs of affection. Whether it encompassed a gentle soothing pat on the small of his back or a hasty kiss on Cameron’s hairless head, she decidedly and energetically nurtured like a responsible big sister is inclined to do.


I’m a firstborn of three, thus Kaylee’s interactions kept me fascinated as I concluded most certainly that siblings play crucial roles in our own development as budding individuals. Just a friendly bystander in her marvelous pint-sized world, I witnessed powerful traits emerging from hardly-two-year-old Kaylee in the form of sensitivity, selflessness and slowly brewing empathy. See, lucky few big sisters are able to grow and learn from a tag-a-along sibling so charming and amusing as a wee brother; it’s a beautiful privilege.


Nine years ago, come September, my sister and I were gifted the most perfect companion brother; it’s become evident since our introduction nearly a decade ago that in some mysterious way this tiny boyish wonder is my superhero as Cameron will likely be to his big sister. There truly is nothing in comparison to the bond shared between a sister and her brother; there is no better a passenger soul mate to have.


Luckily our next session will be free of the blistering summer sun, which regrettably cut our first visit short. Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your beautiful babies, Meeker family. It was an honor meeting you and getting to know Kaylee and Cameron.

For even more images of Kaylee and Cameron make sure to visit their Facebook album.

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Beautiful Dreamer.

July 5th, 2011

Gavin Lee entered the world on June 2, to the oh-so-excited and wonderful parents, Chris and Erica. As a routine was slowly being developed, it was up to the us to capture the unique characteristics of this newborn baby boy. We were welcomed to their home and were whisked into little Gavin’s world. As newborn’s […]

 


Gavin Lee entered the world on June 2, to the oh-so-excited and wonderful parents, Chris and Erica. As a routine was slowly being developed, it was up to the us to capture the unique characteristics of this newborn baby boy. We were welcomed to their home and were whisked into little Gavin’s world. As newborn’s spend most of their time sleeping it is this time that is so important to capture, besides there is nothing sweeter than an 8lb infant sleeping away in the most precious of positions.



Erica had crafted a cast of her upper body during her last trimester. She tied ribbon around the collar and had it hanging on the wall next to the momentos of Gavin’s birth. Of course we wanted to tuck her little boy back into the confines of her belly, snuggling him into the corners while he slept.


Items around Chris and Erica’s home served as wonderful platforms to showcase their baby Gavin. Nestled on a bright red plate he slept quietly while Jacqueline and I clicked away.



The theme in Gavin’s nursery is “Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” which fits in well with the rest of the decor in their home. As fitting with this theme we gathered all things safari and wrapped the little man into silk fabric. Everything used was found in Chris and Erica’s abode.



And finally, as most of Erica’s family is far away on the West coast, we wanted to ship this sleeping babe to his family. Using Gavin’s own suitcase, we dressed him in the most fitting of California outfits, accessorized him, and placed him in the cushioned confines of his traveling gear. With many oohs and awws, it was absolutely adorable to watch him fidget in his sleep.

Thank you Chris and Erica for allowing us to capture these intimate moments with you and your son. It is always such a pleasure to be around your family. Please make sure to visit the FaceBook page for even more photos!

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Earth Day Birthday.

July 4th, 2011

You met Yurani (link here) some time ago when she was “accommodating” her soon-to-be son Benson among the brilliantly aquamarine springs and towering golden grasses. Ever the naturalist, there is something distinctive about her personality that urged me then to shoot her in the great outdoors. Let’s face it; there is nothing more enticing that […]

 


You met Yurani (link here) some time ago when she was “accommodating” her soon-to-be son Benson among the brilliantly aquamarine springs and towering golden grasses. Ever the naturalist, there is something distinctive about her personality that urged me then to shoot her in the great outdoors. Let’s face it; there is nothing more enticing that the crisp feel of a Florida breeze and that earthy scent that comes paired with an ever-flowing spring park.


It seems as though her son was pioneered with a passion for nature just out of the womb as precious Benson arrived on a day “intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment”. How appropriate for him to enter the world on Earth Day!


Of course that magical ambiance and tranquil atmosphere of natural surroundings is quite alluring to the senses, with a wee baby it remains ever more tantalizing. Environmental therapy on even the most fussy of babies always allows Mom a much needed break and brings to light in our photographs the dynamics of rough terrain against delicate infant skin.

We were fortunate enough to have this tiny man as our subject since my beloved college acquaintance dwells in the great Georgia peach state. However far the distance, Ashley and I still shared creative visions of Benson tuckered out on a rugged slab of wood and or even belly-up on a bed of stone. Contrary to our visions and the exquisiteness of the location we finally shot at, Benson’s agenda had been conflicting with our own.


Oh the joy of shooting newborns, consistently an eye opener and always a delight!

Little man was a wide-eyed wonder. What positions we preferred he had no interest in humoring. Equipped with an array of props- including iron benches, stone mountains, sizeable decorative platters and vintage embroidered armchairs – we had been ill prepared for his itinerary. However, graciously to our encouraging pleas and Mom’s gentle pacifying he delivered just beautifully, as we likely knew he would.



Trey and Yurani, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for carving out time from your short visit so that we could meet your little Gremlin. He is lovely and beautiful; may your journey through parenthood flow smoothly and be sure to keep us posted on your adventures in Colorado!

For even more images of Baby Benson make sure to visit his Facebook album.

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Showstopper.

April 22nd, 2011

Some of our moms express anxiety weeks before a session; mostly their apprehension stems from the fear of their beautiful new bundle not behaving. We find ourselves often enlightening them of the realism in shooting with infants, “they call the shots”. As a result, our job is to assuage these moms that we are prepared […]

 


Some of our moms express anxiety weeks before a session; mostly their apprehension stems from the fear of their beautiful new bundle not behaving. We find ourselves often enlightening them of the realism in shooting with infants, “they call the shots”. As a result, our job is to assuage these moms that we are prepared for even the feistiest of stars. Sometimes their forceful cries will instantaneously dwindle and fuse into a luscious belly laugh; they’ll easily become famished and exhausted such that you’ll believe they played Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a previous life. We’ll remind moms that “not a single one will be sunshine and rainbows”… boy, were we ever wrong.



The Simons arrived at our photo shoot holding a precious, tiny 13-week old baby boy with bright vigilant brown eyes. I quickly noticed Mom carried a worried brow along with that babe and at once she listed all the ways in which baby Simon would be an impish little rascal. She warned us that chances are he wouldn’t want to struggle through his tummy time; probably hang his head and carefully tread his efforts. No matter how hard Mom and Dad would work, this little man she declared was bound not to perform the way we sought.



Oh, but little baby Simon was on a mission to make Mommy out to be a “fibber”, he kept us locked in his intent gaze often flirting with a charming gummy grin and cavernous dimples on display. He dared not cry and instead worked the cameras like a pro! Simons, what will it be for this little man? The Big Screen, magazine ads or perhaps a stint in a Baby Gap ad campaign is more his style… the possibilities are endless. ;-)

If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby. // Vincent van Gogh


Family values instill in us a sense of worth and create sentimental importance in our day-to-day lives. What exists as your most beloved symbols and traditions inevitably soak into the future of your baby. Exactly so, the Simons are a religious unit who take pride in the words that radiate from their Bible. They place much esteem into their sacred readings which the little man will one day grow to emulate.



You’ve heard it said time and again, we start and end with family. All of those important milestones that precious baby Simon will overcome with Mommy and Daddy as his support will eventually play a crucial role in his development and the person he will become. Familial bridges are formed from minute yet significant moments shared as a unit, where such events like walks in the park become their stepping stones.

Thank you Simons for allowing us to photograph the beginnings of your wonderful little family. Your little man was so great, we hope you bring him back when he reaches all of those important baby milestones!

For even more images of Baby Simon and family make sure to visit their Facebook album.

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Caption Me Monday.

April 4th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

Sometimes the “other children” want to be the star of the show. Jealousy makes us do some funny things.

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Caption Me Monday.

February 7th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

This doll had so much personality, even at 4 months old. This picture never made it to the blog, but her expression is priceless.
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