I love the photos we took of that first Korean DIY birthday party in Los Angeles! Baby Jonah turned one year, which is a significant event in Korean culture. His family lives in New York, but they wanted to party with their extended family here in Southern California, so they rented the penthouse of a building in downtown LA for his first birthday party. Such a loved and happy baby, right?
This venue was amazing, but it was a bit difficult to get all of the components of our set into the room. I’d be lying if I said our team at Chook Celebrations weren’t the least bit tired after moving all of these pieces around, but we were proud to have made it, especially since this custom set was one of the most elaborate we have to have. have produced so far! Jonah’s family worked with us to create a set that reflected traditional Korean culture, including oongi glasses (clay jars for fermenting kimchi), traditional Korean furniture, and gifts made with bojagi (a unique Korean way of wrapping fabrics of food to use) were packaged and gifts). To add even more meaning to the scene, Jonah’s grandparents brought their family’s gold Yugi dinnerware (previously only kings could use Yugi, which were made of precious metals). We loved that we could include so many elements of family culture in their custom set.
Another aspect of the set design that we liked to play with was the color palette. We loved the light blue, olive green, and coral in Mom’s unique sleeveless hanbok and Jonah’s bespoke hanbok. The colors have coordinated so nicely that we have integrated them into the handmade dduks, cakes and cookies.
Do you remember when I said they came in from the east coast? Well, Jonah was still struggling with a bit of jet lag because during our photo shoot he decided to take a nap! Talk about falling asleep at your own birthday party! He was so cute we couldn’t bear to wake him up so we decided to roll with the punches and take some adorable and funny sleep photos. It’s not common to get professional shots of babies sleeping outside of newborn shoots, so this was pretty special!
We really enjoyed creating this layered, multi-dimensional set for Jonah’s first Korean DIY birthday party in Los Angeles. There were so many details that came together to make this photo shoot unique and meaningful for the family and we were so happy to make it happen for them! If you’re interested in setting up a photo shoot in a set unique to your family, we’d be happy to help you plan – contact us today!