October 23, 2014

I had the honor of photographing a beautiful baby girl and her parents to celebrate baby’s 100th day.  I had not heard of this celebration before, but here’s what I found out about it (from patch.com):

“Every birthday is special to Koreans, but certain birthdays are more than special.  Traditionally, we hold several special milestone birthday parties for children and older people, such as baek-il, tol, hwan-gap, and gohee.  Baek-il is celebrated on the 100th day after a child’s birth. Long ago in Korea, childhood diseases were common and the survival rate for children was very low. To protect their children, parents refrained from taking the baby outdoors until the 100th day after his or her birth.  It is not until baek-il that the baby was introduced to neighbors, friends and relatives. One of the baek-il’s special events is the parents providing rice cakes, called baekseolgi, to at least 100 people. They believe this event helps to protect the child’s life. They also pray for the child’s continued good health.”

This age is notorious for being difficult to capture.  Babies at 3 months aren’t able to sit, hold their heads up very well, etc.  But I’m so glad I was up to the challenge and was able to capture this special event for this sweet family.

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