“Learning when to let go and allow things to happen on their own is indeed a practical art” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Brendan Dunlop by © Camila Gargantini

“When we first talked about arranging his session, we agreed that we wanted to use a location that had a connection to sports so we chose to photograph Downtown Toronto in and around the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre. But the weather was not on our side. We met on Bremner Blvd and as soon as I got ready to go, the rain started coming down pretty hard. We waited, and waited and eventually made our way towards the Rogers Centre, only to stop under the covered area in from of Ripley’s Aquarium, because the rain wouldn’t stop. Luckily, from where we stood, we could see the Rogers Centre in the background and I proceed to snap a few portraits of him there. We worked with what we got and I am very pleased with this image of Brendan. A genuine portrait of a super nice guy with pretty amazing hair.” – Camila G

Brendan Dunlop is a Toronto-born Canadian sportscaster and host of Fox Soccer News/Soccer Central for the Sportsnet Network in Canada.

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Brendan

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

A. Reuniting with friends I don’t see often enough has become a tradition around my birthday since my 23rd. I very much look forward to my annual birthday pub night.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My birthday has always been associated with Halloween. I was probably the only kid that hated Halloween by age 10 because every birthday party was always forced to become a costume party.

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

A. New York Rangers tickets.

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

A. The famous Korean dish bi bim bap has somehow become my annual birthday craving.

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

A. Gathering good people.

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

A. I can’t think of a birthday where I didn’t eat the best pastry of all time: at least one, pastel nata (Portuguese custard tart)