When Charles called and asked me to shoot his son Jack's first birthday at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Cleveland, I knew it would be a memorable experience. You see, Jack is the only grandchild, on both sides, so he is a very special boy. Over 30 people came out to celebrate with little Jack. It all started out with casting lots on which occupation you thought that Jack would pick. It is a Korean tradition that on the child's first birthday, they are to pick what they will become... and that involves crawling and grabbing an object from the table.
Everything was planned so beautifully. The room, the tables, balloons, the cake (which was amazing), and here they had this table set up in honor of Jack. Esther, his mother, made these end pieces. They were covered in beans and individually glued on. She had worked on them for several nights.
This was quite the Birthday cake!
Traditional Korean food:
Esther and Charles... Jack's lovely parents.
And here is Jack with his grandmother.
Here he is with his nanny.. oh, and his silver spoon!
He changed into this traditional Korean outfit:
He is about to pick...
What is he pointing to?
What a loved little boy. It was a wonderful experience to share with you. Happy Birthday Jack.