Drew McWilliams | Photographer | Holy Communion

Holy Communion

June 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white photograph of little girl making First CommunionFirst Holy Communion photographs by Drew McWilliamsAngelic for her First Holy Communion
It was my pleasure to photograph St Colman's Primary School First Holy Communion, as I have done for a number of years now. My goodness I've been photographing some of these children since they were babies and it's so lovely to see them all grown up and taking this important step in their church life.

When I photograph I'm aware that these images will be very important to the children. Not today or next week, of course - at their age all they want to do is enjoy the party and get out to play!

But as they grow older; work; move out of their parent's house; start a family of their own....

I want their children and grandchildren to say, "Wow, you were  cool!" AND for them to be able to nod and say, "Yes, I was rather!"

Black and white photograph of young boy making his First CommunionFirst Holy Communion photography by Drew McWilliams, Northern IrelandCool guy making his First Communion
I'm also aware how important First Holy Communion is in the life of the family and particularly for the parents. I hope they will always look back on the day, through my images, with pleasure and satisfaction.

Whilst photographing the families, one of the most significant - I think - actions that I take is often to put the child's hand in a parent's. No matter where in the world the child travels, the parent will always have that memory of the tiny hand on his.

Black and white photograph of family celebrating a child's First CommunionFirst Holy Communion photography by Drew McWilliams, Northern IrelandThe first time a family member makes their Holy Communion is an exciting event for the whole family.

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.