One of the things that I love most about photography is that people invite you to some of the most important events in their life. It gives me the chance to meet wonderful people and experience some things that I otherwise might not. This event certainly fit that mold.
A lovely family invited me to come and photograph a Hindu ceremony at their temple called an Aksharabhyasam. The father was kind enough to explain a little of the significance to me. The Aksharabhyasam is the initiation of education for a child, this one for their 3 year old daughter. The idea is to pray to the Goddess of Knowledge, so to bless the child's education. During the ceremony, the child is taught how to write the symbol "Om".
It was truly a beautiful ceremony, and I was so very honored to be a part of it! It didn't hurt that the kids (big brother was there to watch!) were absolutely adorable and in no shortage of smiles :0)