Before I am a photographer, I am a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend. Maybe that's why I cry during every father daughter dance. I laugh at every toast. I well up when an Officiant pronounces a couple husband and wife. I buzz with joy chasing children around the playground. I feel awe when a newborn's tiny hand clutches my pinky finger. I draw from the emotions I have experienced through my own life's most precious moments to know when and how to capture those of others, and I usually can't help feeling overwhelmed myself! The emotional rush I feel when I'm behind the camera is what makes me love what I do. The joy I bring others through photography is what makes me do what I love.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Kenyon's Christening and African Naming Ceremony

I spent a wonderful afternoon photographing Kenyon's Christening and African Naming Ceremony. Denise and Doug and their family and friends came together for a warm and welcoming ceremony. It was my first African Naming Ceremony and I had such an amazing time. It was so beautiful. I loved how the entire community of friends and family comes together to support the child.

Denise perfomed a beautiful song, We Need the Children, and I've used in the slideshow. I absolutely loved watching her perform.

Check out more of my favorites in the Slideshow!


Chelsea Nicole said...

Awww, look at those eyes! Beautiful work Jessica. :)

Sarah Hodzic said...

Jess what a fantastic job you did photographing such a wonderful event!!
Such an adorable little one!!!

Stacie said...

Jessica you did such a wonderful job on this special event!!! Denise is my Aunt and I am so proud of her and my new baby cousin. God Bless all that was there to enjoy this special event!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Denise for having such a beautiful and healthy baby. God bless you and your extended family.

Your cousin from St.Louis,

Robert said...

Oh my God little man is so cute can't wait to hold him.
Uncle RKay

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures full of emotions;one can feel the Joy and Love! Geat work catching these!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Jessica, I am humbled by the images and memories that you captured on such a magical day for me. Kenyon may not remember anything of that moment today, but look what I have to show him!

It was your generosity that allowed us to take advantage of the photo opportunities.

Thank you.


shawnreeder said...

Love the 4th and second to last images Jessica. Amazing!!

Mr. Charles Sociology Class Fall 08 said...

You have wonderful photos and you have given me a lot of great ideas for when my child is born. Thank you abundantly for posting the slideshow on your blogpage.

Don Pope said...

How do you do that? These photos go "POW!!!" and jump right off the page. The color is so vivid. Very good work.

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