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Photographing a Dol Celebration

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Photographing a traditional Korean Doljanchi Celebration and capturing all the emotional moments of family, friends, and kids was awesome! A Doljanchi is a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday of a baby. Dol means birthday and janchi means feast. This event happened in Koreatown, Los Angeles, which was planned and carried out beautifully by this little guy's parents!

The picture below shows this baby in traditional Korean clothes for his doljanchi-Korean first birthday.


The picture below shows the doljabi, where the parents put down several items that represent different things such as a judge, wisdom, wealth and good health. Whichever item the baby picks, predicts what type of person the baby will be when they grow up! Below are items for the doljabi from which the baby can choose. In this case he chose money, or wealth,...making his family very excited!


The Dol is a very special and beautiful time for everyone to celebrate the child's first birthday...and capturing these moments at this particular Dol was so awesome, which included a bunch of happiness, positive energy and good will in the room.

What a wonderful Dol event to photograph. Capturing authentic moments and special traditions of the Doljanchi right there in the heart of Koreatown in Los Angeles!

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All the best!


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