“The world of the unknown must always be respected” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Andy Yang by © Camila Gargantini

When I first spoke to Andy, it was obvious to me that family is a huge part of his life. He spoke fondly of his wife and kids and I knew that the photo needed to somehow include them. Since the girls were super excited to be outdoors, running around and playing, it made sense to me to capture something that incorporated that. ” – Camila G

Image by © Camila Gargantini

Andy Yang is the CEO of 500px, a Toronto startup that became a widely recognized brand within the photography industry.

An Interview with Andy

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I proposed to my wife on my birthday. She had to say yes!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. In 1999, I had to spend my 21st birthday in the ICU with my dad. He passed away on January 29th that year from leukemia.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. A lot of my friends drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles to spend a birthday with me. It wasn’t a surprise, but it did mean a lot to me that they would come all that way to celebrate with me.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. I’m not particularly picky, but just anything yummy and something that I’m craving. Usually that will involve red meat!

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Spending time with those who you love is the most important thing. It’s a great time to reflect on the life you are living, and what better reflection of that than those closest to you!

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. I normally spend my birthday in Los Angeles, where both my wife and I families are. It’s also clustered around a lot of holiday festivities and other birthdays, so I like to do things that are relaxing and low-key.