I was lucky enough to be asked to capture a Shichi-Go-San ceremony of a three year old girl last week. Wikipedia explains:
Shichi-Go-San (七五三?, lit. "Seven-Five-Three") is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend.
I really appreciated the opportunity to do this & the family's trust in me, even though I'd never done it before and know very little about Japanese customs and traditions.. Before the day itself I met with the mother, who explained the ceremony to me and the timeline of the morning. The kimono that her daughter would wear, has been in their family for many generations, making it even more special.
Apart from the official family portraits, including grandparents, I captured the ceremony itself and candid photos around the shrine. The sun was shining for us, the leaves were turning color and the vivid colours of the kimono's made for beautiful vibrant photos. I've just sent off the gallery, and am keeping my fingers crossed, hoping the family will be happy with the images!
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