On this mid-February winter day with surprising warm temperature, Stella Esme was welcomed into the world of Christianity with her special gathering in the presence of close family and friends. Stella's presence in the house of God in her adorable little outfit was brighter than the sunshine outside. Proud parents, Marylene and Salvino, were overcome with excitement together with Stella's godparents, Alberto and Erika. Today's religious ceremony was Stella's first step in accepting God into her life and is the start of an amazing journey of faith. The holy baptism took place at the beautiful Our Lady of Fatima in Elizabeth, New Jersey and the reception was held at the hall at Our Lady of Fatima and dinner was served by Valencia Restaurant for an afternoon of great food and dancing. I was blessed to be a part of Stella's baptism and to have the opportunity to photograph her special day for her loving parents. Today was a gift and everyone who witnessed Stella's baptism will have shared this memory with me. Here are a few of my favorites from Stella's Baptism.