I was thrilled to hear back from Anthony and Brian, a couple whose wedding I photographed fixe years ago. Since they got married, life happened with job changes and relocation, though their travels would always take them back to the Nashville area they call home. The most exciting news for them is they are now a family of three, with a toddler boy they adopted. The trio was planning to return to their home church in Brentwood to have their son christened now that the adoption process is finalized. I was honored to be asked to do photograph the special occasion. During the Covid-19 pandemic and churches just recently at partial capacity, and people wearing face masks, I wasn’t sure how the photos would be affected, I quickly realized I was just doing modern documentary photography that represent a time in history. One I’d like to put behind us, but none of us will soon forget.

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Even with wedding photography, the weather is usually not ideal. Instead of trying to document the day a different way, as a documentary photographer, I like to accurately represent the weather and tell the story around it, Masks may be unsettling, but that’s where are now, for the first time in 100 years. The masks could not hide the love that surrounds their family, and journalism is designed to tell a story based on the true event. Not something staged, This documentation of the baby christening especially during the pandemic, it’s modern documentary photography and a true account of the event. Not to mention the love and excitement shared by everyone in attendance.

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