Baptisms are a big deal in our family, and when my oldest daughter was preparing for her baptism we had to some up with the traditions we wanted to start. In our primary, when children get baptized, they try to have some kind of place for people to write messages, memories and testimonies for them. Traditionally they had used a blue back Book of Mormon, but since our daughter was getting her own new set of scriptures I was afraid that the book would be unused and get lost along with all of the messages. I decided instead to create a special photo book for her with baptism photos on one side of the page, and a blank page for people to write on on the other side.
Some pages from the book...
My husband is a photographer so it wasn't too difficult for us to decide that we wanted to do a baptism photo shoot. We didn't want to spend a lot of time on the actual baptism day taking photos because there would be a lot of family there, her hair would be wet, and we wanted the focus on the baptism itself. Besides, we needed the pictures in advance so we could print the book. He ended up taking the pictures about 1 month before her actual baptism. She and I picked out the dress and accessories, and he choose the locations and poses. They turned out beautifully, and now she had a beautiful book filled with pictures of her in her special dress and messages of love and faith from her family and friends.
The Photo Shoot
Labels: at our home, baptism photos, gift ideas, journals, special events