“That which shatters the silence we call noise. That which enhances the silence we call music” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Ella Fearey by © Lori Maloney

“I’ve known Ella for a few years now and love her quiet but determined nature.  When we started chatting about how she’d like to be photographed she and her mom came up with this awesome concept to convey two things that Ella really enjoys: soccer & dance!  It was fun having a girlie shoot in studio and, as is the often the case, I had a terribly difficult time picking only ONE for the book!  Thanks so much for being a subject, Ella; you’re so beautiful in all the ways that really count! Life is beautiful, Lori”

Image by © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Ella

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

A. Celebrating my first communion on my birthday, double the presents, double the celebrating!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I’ve never had a bad birthday, my mom always makes them so special for me.

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

A. When I received an iPod on my 10th birthday.

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

A. I may not insist but I really love having spaghetti.

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

A. Making sure I spend time with my family.

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

A. Just giving me lots of hugs and kisses!