“Opening one’s heart can be accomplished either surgically or spiritually” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Genevieve & Madeline Waring by © Kaja Tirrul

Photographing Genn and Maddie was lots of fun. We had great conversations, laughing and chatting as I moved them around this old bakery in Ottawa’s Westboro village. I chose this image because it shows them naturally comfortable, simply within each other’s company, candidly laughing together. – Kaja T

Image © Kaja Tirrul

An Interview with Genevieve & Madeline

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

Genevieve: Getting my first vinyl.

Madeline: Partying with my sister and having our friends there.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

Genevieve: The worst was when my sisters friends showed up to our birthday but none of mine did.

Madeline: When me and my sister didn’t spend our birthday together.

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

Genevieve: A shaving kit for my mohawk.

Madeline: A skull (raccoon skull). I am obsessed with them.

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

Genevieve: Oysters! All the oysters!

Madeline: Oysters!! And cake, obviously!

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

Genevieve: Getting to go out with my twin sister and dressing up!

Madeline: Spending it with my sister and friends. 

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

Genevieve: No.

Madeline: They leave town and we party.