“Most of what we need is quite close at hand” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Angela McCullough by ©Aaron McCullough

“Angela is my wife and I basically honed my people shooting skills on her countless times. She has this beautiful freckly face that I wanted to capture in the natural light of the studio. She also has a wonderful smile, although the image I chose doesn’t show this. I was drawn to this one particular image that I eventually chose because of the look she gave me. Seductive and innocent and full of love. I am a lucky guy.” – Aaron M

Image © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Angela

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. I don’t have one birthday that has been better than another. I’m very blessed to have beautiful family and fiends in my life. And I am fortunate to be able to share my special day with them. Therefore all my past birthdays have been awesome, full of love and happiness.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The year I had planned & paid for a trip to Africa. I had worked really hard, spent a ton of money. Was less than a month away from going and was totally ready!! The morning of my birthday, the first phone call I received was to tell me that our trip was being cancelled because the company we booked with was ‘going bankrupt’. At the time we didn’t even know if we would get any of our money back.

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

A. The year my husband bought me a statue of twin girls to represent my twin sister that had died! It meant a lot to me as my birthday has always been hard for me, as my twin died just after she was born. So every year I always wish her a birthday wish, but that year my husband (who is the 1st person ever) gave her and I a gift. It was very special.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?

A. No – I love all food! I just love being able to go out on my birthday and eat something really yummy.

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

A. To appreciate the year I just had and the age and place I am at in my life.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. No. The only important thing I always have done and will always do, is remember that my special day is also my twin’s birthday! So I always spend time on my birthday thinking of her and wishing her a happy birthday too!