When we run a family portrait studio in Los Angeles, we have the honor of being part of some very meaningful family moments. One such moment happened recently when we held a photo session, partly for Baby Bradley’s Jackdaw (a Korean first birthday celebration) and partly for a family reunion.
Bradley became one in the middle of the pandemic, but seeing that vaccines were on the horizon, his parents decided to wait until a major family celebration was certain. With his grandparents, aunts and uncle fully vaccinated, we were all ready to document the long-awaited reunion!
Bradley’s parents wanted a very traditional Korean style set and we at Chook Celebrations really wanted to create something that was timeless and beautiful. The set was inspired by a traditional Korean bench that we sourced for this shoot.
We brought twigs and wooden shelves to create a regal yet earthy feel. Instead of using a generic vase for the flowers, we wanted to incorporate another piece of Korean culture by putting our flower stalks in Onggi jars that Koreans use to ferment kimchi.
The joy we felt at this family gathering was only eclipsed by their own joy – just look at the smiles on their faces! This was the first time since the pandemic began that everyone could see each other at once, and it was a bittersweet opportunity. Everyone laughed and wondered how quickly Bradley had grown up. This family sacrificed and waited until they could gather together safely and it was a great honor for us to be able to capture these moments for them!
If there is one thing we can draw from this very difficult year, it is a whole new appreciation for every opportunity we have to be with those we love. We know now more than ever that these moments are to be cherished, and there is no better way to capture them by having them documented through photography.
Our Los Angeles family portrait studio is available for any type of photo shoot you can imagine. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to book a shoot – just being able to gather together is reason enough! Contact us today to set up your fully customizable family portrait session, sum up the family, and leave all the details to us!