Friday, March 12, 2010

Tessa's First Birthday (Dol)

I had the honor of photographing Tessa's first birthday or Dolijanci. Dol is a Korean tradition that celebrates the birthday of a one year old baby. This ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea.

Tessa's mother put together a GORGEOUS event to help celebrate this wonderful tradition.


The highlight of the dol is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, books, brushes, ink and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table, where it is believed the one selected will foretell the child's future. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he is destined to be a scholar.

For Tessa, she had a spool of thread, a pencil, a blackberry, a hundred dollar bill & Golf Balls placed in front of her. Tessa picked the Blackberry. This represents Business woman or CEO. Her parents were very excited. Tessa loved that Blackberry!


And of course, there were lots of kiddos running around. She had storytime which all of the kids loved. Hats off to Alice for a beautiful party!




We had time, in between the rain clouds, to shoot a few nice family shots outside.

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