Last weekend I was asked to shoot handsome baby Koda’s Dohl. A Dohl is a Korean tradition that celebrates the birthday of a one-year-old baby. In the past, the death rates for children were high and many children died before their first birthday, so it was an important milestone to the baby and parents. The highlight of the dohl is a tradition where the child is placed in front of an array of objects such as string, books, brushes, and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object. It is believed the one selected will predict the child’s future. For example, if the child selects the book, he is destined to be a scholar. If he picks up money or rice, he will be wealthy or prosperous. If you are wondering why everything at the party was so stinkin’ cute, it is because Koda’s mommy is an event coordinator with Harvest Event and Design! Enjoy some of my favorite photos from the evening.
All I could think after this event was how special family and cultural traditions are, and how fun it would have been to have a Dohl!