In the Roman Catholic Church, a child's first communion is a major step in her religious development. As such, it is natural to want to be able to capture photographs of the big event. However, working with children and other proud parents can lead to a lot of frustration as you try to get the perfect shot, so it's important to put some thought into the process before hand.
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Think about taking pictures several days before the actual event. This way, you can get a shot of the child before they start to run around in their outfit, and before you are under the stress of getting everyone ready for the big day.
Find a spot in the church that will give you a good photographic vantage point at the time of day the sacrament will be taking place. Consider going into the church on a day when mass is not taking place to figure out where you would have to sit to get the best natural lighting for your child as they walk up to take the sacrament. This will give you professional results without lugging your gear into the sanctuary.
The happy, smiling face of your child will lead to some beautiful photographs. However, you should think about what style of photos you're looking for before the big day. Consider if you want candid photographs, indoor or outdoor photos, posed in the church or house, with or without family members. Make a checklist with your preferred style in mind to make sure you get the pictures you want.
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