“To accept and even enjoy advancing age is one of the great arts of living” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Danielle Cirone by © Cyndal Lorch

Danielle LOVES her naps about as much as she loves her dog Pepper. So I thought it would be appropriate to photograph her doing what she loves alongside her beloved companion. – Cyndal Lorch

Image © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Danielle

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

A. The best moment of all of my birthdays are getting presents. I love presents…but doesn’t everyone? As immature as it sounds, that is the best moment. 😀

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My 20th birthday my friends and I went to Banana’s in Wasaga Beach through this coach bus service. I already wasn’t feeling the night, but it was all fine and dandy until the bus ride home…EVERYONE was so sloppy drunk except my group of friends, and there was this girl on the bus with absolutely no self respect on there, or wearing any underwear. Made for a very annoying, miserable ride home.

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

A. For my 25th birthday, my boyfriend showed up at my work (a photography studio) with a present. I was surprised to see him, I opened the box and it was lingerie. Shocked and embarrassed, as my boss was right there, she told me it was for a couples photo shoot. I was so excited as this was something I’ve always wanted. Best present ever!

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

A. I really love Dairy Queen ice cream cake on my birthday.

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

A. The most important aspect of celebrating a birthday is being a year older. Growing, getting wiser, more mature and understanding more about life. Also reaching those milestones and next steps in life.

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

A. Always having dinner at my parents for my birthday. No matter how old I get.