Matthew | First Communion Sneak Peek | Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Miami

April 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Picture-perfect Miami weather. That's what greeted us this past Saturday as Matthew and his family celebrated his long awaited First Communion at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Miami.  About that weather, while it's true most pictures were indoors, try lighting a fire outside and hundreds of candles for Mass in the rain. Not too likely. We were all very grateful for a beautiful day for a beautiful event.

Matthew, like an angel in his dapper white suit, (though he may think that's a bit mushy) was such a sweet boy. My hope is that I captured, for him and especially his proud parents and loving family, the joy, excitement, reverence and moments of candid playfulness of that day.

--- {Enjoy this sneak peek!} ---

Let's talk details. Matthew's mom, who has an incredible gift for attention to detail among other things, made the evening beautiful. Don't take MY word for it. Pictures say a thousand words:

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Once at the church, I snapped this photo, watching his feet tapping, dancing in anticipation of his big event. I love the candor and honesty of children.

first communion good shepherd catholic church miami florida gail centeno photography We waited for nightfall for the beautiful and spiritually moving candle lighting ceremony representative of being the Light of Jesus Christ into the world.

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No flash. Practically pitch black, I wanted to capture the warmth and drama of the fire light.

Matthew's family lighting their candles together...

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Matthew's baptism was held the same night.

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first communion good shepherd catholic church miami florida gail centeno photography And a cute shot from my cute second shooter. (Ahem...my husband.)

first communion good shepherd catholic church miami florida gail centeno photography A party was in order to commence the evening.

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(Photo requested by Matthew's dad. I LOVE it when people love their doggies like that! They deserve photo time, too! :)

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first communion good shepherd catholic church miami florida gail centeno photography More pictures to come soon!

Monica, Oscar...MATTHEW! :) Thank you for allowing me to step into your evening and document these very special moments in your lives. May God bless each of you as you seek to Honor Him.


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