I had the great honor of photographing another Greek Orthodox Baptism, this time at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on East 74th Street in New York City. It’s a beautiful cathedral where a special priest presides. Fr. John Vlahos, whom I first met when he was one of the priests in my own Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, New York many years back, is now the Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and it was my true pleasure to see him again. (After St. Paul, Fr. John was at the Church of the Holy Resurrection in Brookville, New York and I had photographed Baptisms and saw him there as well.)
The little guy being baptized on this day was a complete “ham” – just adorable – and he kept his eyes on me most of the time, which I loved, of course, and some of his expressions were so spot on to the moment and so funny! Is he cute or what? He was also lucky to have 3 Godparents lovingly participating, and a crowd of friends and family there to support him and his parents in this glorious sacrament. His mom and dad were beaming with pride, of course.
After the ceremony, the celebration continued at Avra Estiatorio Greek Restaurant on East 48th Street, a lovely and lively restaurant where every detail thought out by his mama was beautifully on display. From the cake to the favors, the table decor, candy bar and special treats – it was elegant, chic and just perfect.
I wish this happy family all the best, and I hope to be able to photograph them again very soon. As always, it’s such a huge privilege for me to be a small part of such an incredibly important event in a family’s life! May God bless them all.