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Skylar’s Doljanchi (First Birthday) in Watertown, MA | Boston Baby Photographer

Happy first birthday sweet Skylar! I was invited to photograph Skylar’s doljanchi at her home in Watertown, MA. A doljanchi is a Korean first birthday party. This beautiful traditional custom was exploding with color. I kept peering up from my camera to take in all the beautiful ceremonial pieces and traditional items that made this party extra special. According to Wikipedia: “In the past, the death rates for children were high and many children died before their first birthday, so it [the doljanchi] was an important milestone for the baby and parents. The whole village used to celebrate a baby’s first birthday, sharing food and wishing for long life and fortune for the baby.” I was thrilled to be a part of the “village” that helped Skylar celebrate her big day! Mom and dad obviously adore her, and this happy day was filled with lots of love and laughter. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day…

A doljanchi, or dol, which is a Korean first birthday party. Photographed by a family photographer in Watertown. Boston baby photographer. A doljanchi, or dol, which is a Korean first birthday party. Photographed by a family photographer in Watertown. Boston baby photographer. A doljanchi, or dol, which is a Korean first birthday party. Photographed by a family photographer in Watertown. Boston baby photographer.

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