In the Korean tradition, they celebrate a baby's first birthday unlike any other. In generations past, the death rate for children under the age of one were very high due to the lack of medical care and childhood diseases. For this reason, it became a tradition over many generations among Koreans for the whole village to celebrate a baby's first birthday with a feast and a blessing of the child, which was called a "Dol." During the Dol, family participants are often dressed in the traditional clothing, which make for amazingly colorful and eye-pleasing photos. The highlight of the Dol is called the "Doljabi". Here the baby is placed in front of various items that the baby may approach and touch. In the Korean tradition, it is believed that the first object the baby picks up will symbolize and foretell something about the baby's future. Below is a recent picture from a Dol for which I was the photographer. Here you can see there meticulous detail that the family exemplified to prepare for the event. It truly is a beautiful spectacle. In the coming days, I will be unveiling a few select pictures of the baby who turned one in this event. She was such a pleasure to shoot. Stay tuned! Matthew D'Alto Photography & Design provides personal photography services for individual and families, including coverage of special personal events. These include a variety of ethnic and religious celebrations, such as baptisms, first communions, confirmations, bar & bat mitzvahs, Korean "Dol", and other special days in people's lives. All photography services are offered within its primary market in the Connecticut towns and cities of Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Fairfield, Wilton, Stamford, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Weston, and Easton; and also (when time permits) within its secondary market within the greater Connecticut area as well as parts of southeastern New York State. Matthew D'Alto Photography & Design owns a variety of professional-grade camera equipment and software designed to produce high-resolution, high dynamic-range photographs in a wide range of artificial and natural light settings -- quality which simply cannot be replicated on today's best camera phones or even with lower-end DSLR cameras and lenses. Importantly, every photograph is individually and properly edited, including adjustments to optimize light, color, shadows, sharpness, and picture noise. All of this meticulous photographic editing and inspection is done in-house, and is never outsourced, batched, nor mass-produced. Lastly, private online galleries are provided to all clients so they can conveniently view and download their digital photo files in the file format and quality of their choice. If desired, prints made from different materials can also be ordered conveniently and simply, directly from the online gallery. For a free photography estimate of your senior portrait or other personal photography needs, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org , or call anytime at 646-221-2482 and leave a voicemail if we are working and not available to take your call immediately.