A couple of years ago, in an unseasonally cold October, I was asked by some Italian friends to take photographs at the baptism of the baby daughter of their son and his wife. Earlier that year, in a tiny chapel in sweltering July and with the sweat dripping off the priest’s chin, I’d photographed the baptism of their daughter’s young son, so I seemed to be taking on the role of family photographer – a welcome role with such a delightful family.
The baby’s baptism went peacefully and she looked on more bemused than afraid as the priest performed his rituals.
However, part of the fun of these occasions is to look around at the faces of the assembled company and, given that you have carte blanche to snap away with a flash, no one pays you any attention. This little girl was part of the congregation and having probably seen it all before, if only at her own baptism, was more intrigued by the candles than the ceremony. Held in her patient grandfather’s arms, she occupied herself with the candles and surrounding paraphernalia, looking up once in a while, giving me this magical moment to capture.

Canon 1DMkII with Canon f2.8 28-70 lens at 70mm: ISO 200 f4 1/60 with bounced flash

Uploaded 29 November 2009
Number of view on 23 May 2011: 127

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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at www.dgcphoto.com.

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 5 years ago

    So sweet

  • Many thanks, Luda:))

    – David Clarke

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 5 years ago

    The guest host that featured your work this week was David Silsbury

  • Wow, thanks very much for that news, Sandra, I’m thrilled!

    – David Clarke

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 5 years ago

    And what a magical moment it is, well spotted and taken David and congratulations on the Feature.

  • Many thanks, David, very much appreciated.

    – David Clarke

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    The expression on this childs face is priceless!!! A fabulous capture David!!! And you should have the role as family photographer…. excellent work that you do!!!!

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Brenda, much appreciated:)) Thanks too for the fav!

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago

    MARVELLOUS!!!! ;-) Hope U are doing fine, DAVID!!! Luv, Daniela

  • Thanks so much, Daniela. Doing great! We’re now in Phuket until mid-Feb, apart from a couple of weeks in Hong Kong, and then off to Kenya until April. Even better, Mali arrives tomorrow with her mum & dad!! Big hugs, David

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago

    Just Featured in “I LOVE ITALY” Group – “ITALIAN PEOPLE” Series

  • Wow, fantastic news! Grazie mille, Daniela, sono molto felice!!!!

    – David Clarke

  • MaluC
    MaluCalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful portrait. I’m sure your friends love this photo.
    Congrats on your feature again!

  • Thanks very much, Malu, much appreciated:))

    – David Clarke

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 5 years ago

    A beautiful capture sweetheART great portraiture ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Many thanks, Val!!

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful capture David

  • Thanks very much, Kathy:))

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44almost 5 years ago

    Ohhhhh.. what a sweet little cute moussie :-))
    What a lovely expression so well captured!
    Compliments Don Davide

    Ohhhhh.. what a sweet little cute moussie :-))
    What a lovely expression so well captured!
    Compliments Don DavideGiovanni

    Ohhhhh.. what a sweet little cute moussie :-))
    What a lovely expression so well captured!
    Compliments Don DavideGiovanniCarpe Diem quam minimum credula postero

  • Yes, Maestro G, she’s a real cutie. Many thanks for your kind comments and the fav – and for Don Horace’s fine words!!

    – David Clarke

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