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Old November 5th, 2008, 06:10 AM   #1
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Ever shoot a Christening?

We recently had a request to shoot a Christening. Is seems pretty simple, but I'm concerned that there won't be enough things going on to make an interesting video. The family is Catholic, so it's basically a Catholic Mass with baptizing at the end. So far so good, but based on Christenings I've attended the reception consists of a blessing and the people eating. Not very visually interesting.

What kind of stuff could we add to make the video more entertaining?
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Old November 5th, 2008, 07:09 AM   #2
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Treat it like a wedding shoot. Get shots of the baby's dress, veil, mom dressing up the baby, shoes, all the details. Shot with the God parents, mom & dad, etc.

After that you got nothing else to do but document the event. On a brighter note the priest is usually not that strict in terms of movement.

Hope this helps.
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Old November 5th, 2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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Worst case scenario

Allow for the possibility of the baby screaming all the way through the Baptism when planning the shoot. (Happened once to me.) A lav on the priest lets you salvage most of the event and a shotgun facing the congregation will pick up singing and responses (the organ will take care of itself). I know of no software plugin which will mask a determined infant.

It the child is really hollering the priest will tend to back off from him/her a bit and that helps, but there comes a point when you are really going to hear it as the actual Baptism takes place.

May this not happen to you!
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