“An aesthetic person sees beauty in the ordinary” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Dianna Tomko Baker by ©Lori Maloney

“Dianne and I arranged to meet very early on Canada Day, which – for two busy moms and in the thick of hot summer light – worked out great!  As soon as Dianne rounded the corner of her vehicle I KNEW I knew her…but where from?!?   Sure enough, she is the very dear friend of a great friend of mine and we’ve attended parties together! Dianne and her family LOVE spending time at their cabin and so we wanted to capture some of that outdoors/cabin feel for her portrait…I love how her blue eyes and warm smile ‘pop’ in this shot! Dianne, it was so much fun getting to know you and I can’t wait ‘til our next visit (where I’m sure we’ll share a laugh or two!)! Thank you so much, again, for your warm demeanour and for trusting me to take your portrait…it was a pleasure! Life is beautiful!” – Lori M

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Dianne

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

A. On my 40th birthday 2 of my girlfriends and I went to New York City for a “girls weekend” and when we arrived they surprised me with a fabulous tour of New York City and Broadway show. We laughed and giggled for 5 days straight…. It was one birthday celebration weekend that was so much fun – and one awesome surprise!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Honestly I don’t have any bad memories – I feel very fortunate and grateful to acknowledge that.

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

A. When I turned 18 one of my dear friends gave me 18 red roses – I was so surprised and equally touched – It was such an unexpected gift but so impactful! Something that I will never forget.

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

A. Yes – I love angle food cake made with fresh whip cream and fresh berries – it is my absolute favorite!

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

A. To surround yourself with those that you love and that you have fun on that day. It’s one day a year where you can celebrate you and a day to embrace all the amazing qualities that you hold.

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

A. We always decorate the house the night before with streamers, balloons, birthday banners, and set the table so that when they wake up we have transformed the house to celebrate them. On their birthday the person gets to have “their day – their way” – that includes everything from eating all our favorite foods, participate in any activate that day – basically anything goes for them. It’s a really special day!