“Many tragedies are enacted in the name of love” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Erin Baker by © Lori Maloney

“It’s always fun hearing how people have discovered The Birthday Book Project…Erin told me that a friend of hers, whom I shot for the book in June, told her about the project and she happily found her birthday was available!

We met at the Bow River on an exceptionally beautiful Fall evening.  Erin loves landscape photography, being outside, and especially this season and so the river with Fall colours as a backdrop were ideal.  We had a great time together and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be meeting such beautiful people.

Erin, it was my absolute pleasure spending some time with you and I LOVE this final image we made together!

Life is beautiful!”

Image by © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Erin

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

A. I loved my 24th birthday. It was a birthday that I had been looking forward to for a long time. There is just something special about Champagne birthdays, turning 24 on the 24th – for me it felt special. I didn’t end up doing a big party, or going over the top for it. My best friend Jamie and I went out for a nice dinner and wine and talked the night away. I remember it being very cold and snowy that night, but I had such a wonderful night with great company.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. This is a hard one. I’m very lucky in that I have not had a ‘worst’ birthday. There have been a few un-memorable birthdays, but none that have been bad. Fingers crossed this is the trend for my birthdays going forward.

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

A. The most surprising gift I have received was from my best friend Jean. She gave me a very old photograph and a tape cassette recording of us from elementary in which we were trying our best to be radio dj’s. It’s embarrassing, hilarious and nearly painful to listen to. I laughed until my sides hurt and promptly hid the evidence of the tape in storage. 

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

A. My food of choice is any good food on the menu. Birthday dinners with friends is the only way I celebrate. So, no, there is no particular dish, just great restaurants.

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

A. Time spent with the people I love, enjoy and admire.

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

A. My mom always calls and starts the conversation by singing “Happy Birthday”- no Hi, or Hello to start. Just straight into song.