“Forget to remember; Remember to forget” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Bradley & Chris Crook by ©Kaja Tirrul

I first spent time with Brad when I had the privilege of visiting his gorgeous country home to do maternity photos for his expecting partner, Kristina. When I returned after their newborn son was born it came up that Brad has an identical twin brother, Chris. After some coaxing from myself and Kristina he spoke to his brother and we arranged a quiet early-spring afternoon to get some portraits of them for The Birthday Book.

These two are kind and friendly, sometimes soft-spoken, and very much men who take full advantage of the world around them. They enjoy fishing, hunting, boating, four-wheeling and probably any other outdoor activity you can name! They live down the gravel country road from one another and it is evident in their almost identical questionnaire answers that they are a close pair.

Thank you so much for your participation Chris and Brad! – Kaja Tirrul

Image ©Kaja Tirrul

An Interview with Bradley & Chris

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

Bradley: All birthdays are always great except 1. We have a summer time birthday so we always go to the cottage and tube, wakeboard sandfish with friends.

Chris: No one birthday comes to mind, but having birthdays in July are always nice, spending the day out at the cottage, fishing, tubing, etc…

Q. How about the worst? And why?

Bradley: 29th birthday. I was out west working while all my friends and family celebrated my twin’s birthday.

Chris: It’s a birthday! Always have good ones…

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

Bradley: None come to mind. But my best gift was from myself when I bought my first bass boat to compete in tournament.

Chris: Getting a 4 wheeler was the most surprising.

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

Bradley: A nice big rib eye steak with mushrooms, scallops and shrimp.

Chris: Steak and Lobster.

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

Bradley: Family and friends having a great time.

Chris: Having friends and family to celebrate with.

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

Bradley: [no answer]

Chris: [no answer]