Baptism pictures

June 4, 2009


I am posting two sets of photos from Iona’s baptism.  The first, linked through the image above, were taken by my cousin Jessicah Dutton.  As you can see, she has a very good eye and takes beautiful pictures.  We were so pleased that she brought her camera along!  (If, dear reader, you happen to reside in the Toronto area you would do well to hire her to photograph your special occasion.  More of her work can be viewed at her site.)

She photographed the ceremony, as well as several of those in attendance.  The young (2 year old) gentleman is my godson.  The elderly lady in the wheelchair is Iona’s great-grandmother on her mother’s mother’s side.  The others are friends and assorted family members. The photos are in black and white because the light levels were low and she was working without a flash.  I think they look classy.  Iona’s baptismal gown, an heirloom in Iona’s godfather’s family, is over 100 years old, and shows up beautifully in the black and white palette.

The second set of photos, in living colour, were taken by my father-in-law using my camera.  He wasn’t afraid to get up close in order to capture everything, and the pictures are excellent.  Here is the crucial moment:

Iona was very well behaved throughout the ceremony.  She seems to have a particular predilection for sleeping in church; I suppose that could be interpreted variously.  In any case, she dozed comfortably in my arms for most of the rite, showing only mild surprise (and a touch of displeasure) when the baptismal waters wet her carefully arranged coiffure.  But it did her good.

The rest of the second set, with captions, including several pictures from the post-baptism party, are here.

My thanks to both our photographers.  It is wonderful to have such a variety of pictures to remember this day by.  When Iona is older I am sure that she will be thankful for them too.

12 Responses to “Baptism pictures”

  1. Janet Says:

    Those are some very nice pictures. And the church is so nice. Is that your parish?

    Congratulations to you all.

    AMDG, Janet

  2. cburrell Says:

    Yes, that is our parish: St. Basil’s. It is a Basilian parish located at the University of Toronto. We were married there last year as well.

  3. Louise Says:

    Just over from Maclin’s. Congratulations!

  4. cburrell Says:

    Thanks, Louise. It’s good to see you in these parts.

  5. joyce crowley Says:

    What a beautiful family. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
    Joyce, (Bill and Ali)

  6. Janet Says:

    Did Iona celebrate St. Columba’s feastday?

    AMDG, Janet

  7. cburrell Says:

    She certainly did! She… well, she smiled and kicked her legs for joy. Her dad had a pint of Guinness, on account of St. Columba came from Ireland, and so does Guinness.

  8. Janet Says:

    And after the Guinness, did you smile and kick your legs for joy?

    AMDG, Janet

  9. Congrats Craig, Althea & Iona. Enjoy your time in good ol’ Alberta (I read that other post also).

  10. Filia Artis Says:

    Looking back, isn’t it hilarious that Iona’s habit of sleeping in church has changed so drastically? Testament to his place as second child, I’m not remembering seeing Michael’s baptism photos on this blog…No second child ever does as much lens time as a first baby!

  11. cburrell Says:

    Well, Michael’s baptism pictures were not nearly as good: poor lighting and poor camera to blame. But you’re right in any case: not nearly as much lens time for the little man.

  12. cburrell Says:

    As to the hilarity of her no longer sleeping in church… I can think of another word or two to describe it.

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