“Some people must learn not only to laugh, but also to cry” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Gwen Elliot by ©Camila Gargantini

“Meet Gwen Elliot, a Mediapreneur from Toronto and all around awesome person. Gwen is a creative business woman, full of drive and creativity. During our session last week in Toronto, we had so much fun and ended up shooting so many images that it was hard to pick just one. Having someone like her be part of the project is humbling to say the least. I cannot explain how touched I was to have the opportunity to capture her personality on camera.” – Camila G

Image © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Gwen

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

A. My favourite memory that comes to mind is when I turned 5. It was my first birthday party. Myself and my friends from Kindergarten wore fancy dresses and sat on a picnic blanket in my living room eating fried chicken and cake. It was when I was most carefree :-)

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I literally cannot think of a birthday that was the worst.

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

A. Probably when I turned 26. My parents gave me such a practical present: bedding. I was like ‘yep, I’m an adult now.’

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

A. I insist on allowing myself to eat anything that comes into my path. A whole cake? SURE!

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

A. Appreciating that you made it! (The lil’ kid in me is amazed I’m over 25).

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

A. Visiting my grandmother for cake! It’s always the sweetest cake and I can barely eat a piece, but we do it every time. She loves feeding us that cake and milk!