Monday, April 27, 2015

Baby Riley's Baptism

I've photographed many events for the Lemus family, beginning with the wedding of my friend Marissa and her husband Juan in Nuevo Vallarta.  That was the second wedding I had ever shot, and since then, I've seemingly become their official family photographer for many major events, including the baptism of Emma - Juan's niece, as well as the baptism of Lexington - Marissa and Juan's son.  You may remember Chanda's post on the Valdez family portraits back in 2012.  Ray and Evelyn are Emma's parents and they recently welcomed a second daughter, Riley, whom they just had baptized a week ago.  Guess who they called to photograph the baptism?  Chanda and I love the Lemus's, or as we affectionately call them, "the Lemi."  Every time we're with them, they treat us like family, and I really do feel like I'm a real part of their family.  One of the joys of working with different clients is that you sometimes become really really great friends with them.  It's a no-brainer any time anybody from this family asks me to photograph anything because I feel like I'm doing it for family.

It has been a cool experience to watch all the kids grow up, especially now that I have a son of my own, who at the time of this writing is almost 11 months old.  When Chanda and I found out we were having a baby, Marissa was hoping that we'd have a boy, so that her son Lex would have somebody to play with.  Well, our son Avery is a giant ball of energy, and I can't wait for he and Lex to play with each other too!  If you go back and check out the links in the previous posts, you'll see a lot of the same faces you see in this post, and you can literally watch the kids grow up!  Little Riley is the star of the day this time, and I'm more than excited to continue to watch her grow up, and capture the process with my camera, much like I do with my own kid.  Enjoy the photos!

Does this baptism dress look familiar?  This dress has been used in three generations of baptisms (as far as I know).  Emma wore it, as well as her mom Evelyn on her own baptism.  


Lex and Emma

Riley and daddy

Riley and Emma ham it up before heading to church for the baptism. 

Riley's ready to get into her dress!

Valdez Family Picture with Riley

Grandpa Lemus holds up his newest grand-bundle of joy

My favorite part of this photo is Riley's left hand holding Juan's thumb.

What a difference 2 years makes, right?

Two years later, nothing has changed...

Here's the family group photo after the baptism - look who crashed the party!

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