I serve my church and community a variety of times and ways, but photographing Baptism is one of my top favorites! Maybe my most favorite....
Quoting directly from the Life.Church website:
Baptism shows others that you have been made new. It represents your old sinful life being washed clean because of your faith in Jesus.
Bear with me as I am no holy nor ordained speaker :) I express my self a whole better silently behind the camera! I was made new sometime ago, after years of struggle and heartbreak. As an adult ( I personally believe it should be a big conscious choice, although I was also baptized as a baby)
The baptism itself is not what made me new. Its not a magic bath that wiped my slate clean- Jesus already DID that! It was a way for me to publicly say thank you, to say aloud what was done for me. Will I still make mistakes, and did it atone for everything I had already done? No. I make mistakes everyday folks. And he loves me everyday anyway. Christians are just like every other human being, and all humans mess up, and all humans have the potential to also do wonderful things.
One of the ways to explain how I understand it is that as a parent I see my kids mess up all the time, I may be disappointed in actions, and sometimes their actions cause them consequences. I never stop loving them. And every time they come to me I hold them, and I love them.
And Jesus loves everybody, no exceptions.
So all my opinions aside, here is to serving your community, to loving people and giving them a gift- a photo of that moment they rise from the water full of hope and gratitude, the crowd around them exploding with love and celebration. Its a small thing I do, but it brings tears to my eyes. Most of the time I get a lot more out of serving than I give. Maybe that is selfish- but I treasure these photos take of myself and my children when they were baptized- and I am so thankful for those who were there to capture them for us!