I was recently asked to photograph a christening at St. Erconwald’s church in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The little girl in question was called Grace, she was aged six months, of Italian descent, and had one of the loveliest, most cheerful faces I’d ever seen. She smiled with her eyes, and was so relaxed with the world that nothing seemed to faze her. Naturally, she behaved impeccably throughout the ceremony, and was quite mesmerized with the whole process. Afterwards, her family hosted a gorgeous reception for family and friends at The Angler’s, in Walton on Thames, Surrey, a perfect party venue on the banks of the river Thames. It was lovely to photograph such a close-knit, extended family and it made me realise how similar the Italians are to the Irish. Such a fun day.