Carmelite Communion Info - Paredes Photography

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock First Holy Communion

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. My name is Peter Paredes and I am a professional photographer specialising in family and event photography having covered events such as this for over 7 years. I have been asked to be the official photographer at this year’s First Holy Communion and so the purpose of this page is to provide you with all the information about the photography service I can provide should the demand exist.

I have been informed that the finalised dates are Sunday 7th May at 10am and Sunday 14th May at 10am.

Family Photos

The most popular images my clients purchase are the family photos which are taken before and after the mass. Families who are interested in having these family photos must book a time slot in advance. These time slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis however there are only limited slots available. Due to a number of no shows during previous events I require a non refundable booking fee to be paid to secure your time slot.

I will capture as many images as I can during your allocated time slot but please be aware that these are only 3 minutes long. For this reason I need families who wish to photographed to be ready 5 minutes before their slot but remember that although I will try my best to keep to time this can sometimes be delayed for reasons outside my control. Please take a look at the video slideshow above to see examples of the family images. The location of exactly where the photos will be in the garden if the weather is good or otherwise it will be indoors.

As well as the family photos, I will also be capturing images of the children taking their first communion and of the whole group on the steps of the altar with Father Bob. See examples of these images on the right hand side. These images can be purchased after the mass but I will only be able to do this if there are enough families wanting to use my photography services before/after the mass.

What next?

Although I have been asked to be the official photographer for this event, I am not paid by the church so I first need to make sure there is demand for my photography services. This year I am offering a number of packages which save you money if purchased in advance. These are as follows:

Print Packages

Bronze Package £40 - includes family booking slot and four 7x5 prints including P&P saving £30

Silver Package £100 - includes family booking slot, six 7x5 prints and two 10x8 prints including P&P saving £40

Digital and Print Packages

Gold Package £140 - includes family booking slot, three family images (a digital version of each and one 7x5 print of each) including P&P saving over £65

Premium Package £195 - includes family booking slot, five family images (a digital version of each and one 7x5 print of each) including P&P saving over £135

Therefore if you are interested in using my services please follow this link to enter your details and choose your package. Then if I have enough bookings, I will email you an invoice to pay. In order to make sure my email is not caught by your spam filter please add to your email address book.

Please book your slot by 12th February so I can confirm with the church that I will be covering the event

Frequently Asked Questions

Finally please read through my frequently asked questions below. 

Q. How do we view our images?

A. Those who have family photos will be sent an email with a link to follow to view the family images. In order to make sure my email is not caught by your spam filter please add to your email address book. The group image and those images of the children receiving their First Holy Communion will be available to view on this page.

Q. What are the sizes and prices of the family prints?

A. The family prints will be available in the standard sizes of 7x5 for £12 and 8x10 for £22. However these prices will be discounted by 15% for any orders placed within 2 weeks of the gallery going live to £10 and £18 respectively.

Q. How will the prints be delivered?

A. Prints will be delivered by Royal Mail and therefore postage costs will be added to the order. The amount of postage will depend upon the number of prints you order but this will be kept to a minimum.

Q. Can I cancel my slot once booked and paid for if I change my mind?

A. You can cancel your slot however I’m afraid your booking/package fee is not refundable.

Q. Will my child definitely be photographed taking their First Holy Communion?

A. Although I will try to capture each child receiving their First Holy Communion I’m afraid I am unable to guarantee this. External factors could prevent me from achieving a clear shot such as people standing in my way in an attempt to get their own photos. However I will try my best.

Q. Is there anything else I need to know?

A. I will email out some guidance notes to those who book a family slot nearer the time.

Q. If I don’t want a family photo do I need to book?

A. No, you only need to book a slot if you do want some family photos however I am only able to offer my services if there are enough families wanting to book a family slot

If you have any trouble placing your booking then please just email me at

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