“Happiness is what we fear the most, peace somehow a luxury which we feel we cannot afford” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Ava Lee by © Lori Maloney

“So, this lil’ cutie was none too sure about arriving in studio…but once Mom got her into her fancy dress she was a portraitist’s dream!  There was spinning, dancing, posing, smirking, smiling, and a load of energy all unfolding at a quick pace in front of my lens and I couldn’t help but feel pure joy with her unabashed exuberance.  From the shy child who arrived to a little girl who didn’t want her session to end…it was soooo cute!  Ava, I so enjoyed meeting you and your mom…thank you for making the big trip to Calgary and then home again so that we could spend a little time together, I hope you found some bubble tea as a treat before you headed home again!  Life – and little girls in party dresses – are beautiful!”

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Ava

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

A. Cake! And all the other sweet treats I can share with my family and friends.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I love my birthdays!

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

A. My favorite presents are princess everything.

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

A. Fruits, veggies, jello and cake!

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

A. Seeing everyone I love.

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

A. Waking up super excited to spend a whole day with my family.