First Communion at St. Ann Catholic Church - Washington, DC
Once in awhile I get to photograph something a little different from the usual weddings and portrait sessions and it’s a lot of fun! I recently had the opportunity to help out St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington, DC and photograph their First Communion Mass. The kids were so sweet and it was a particularly joyful Mass. Monsignor Watkins gave a homily directly to the children in the front row preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time, but the message wasn’t a dumbed-down sermon that the rest of us just had to sit through; it was an insightful and simple reminder of the message of Christ’s love present in the Eucharist, a reminder to all of us of the gift we receive during the Mass. It was heartwarming to see the children so reverently receiving the Eucharist for the first time, and the excitement and support of families gathered around to witness and capture it closely. Not to mention the beauty of the church itself - I always love coming to St. Ann because of the abundant stained glass, grand size, enchanting organ… It’s dark, which makes it more difficult to photograph and edit for sure, but there’s nothing I love more than a classic Catholic Church and I hope I can photograph a wedding here someday!