“The only rule—is the exception” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jessica Wojak by © Aaron McCullough

“I had already shot Jessica’s Mom, Beverly, so it was interesting to shoot her daughter as well. I could see the similarities right away.  Like most people I find, Jessica was a little nervous at first in front of the camera. We hit it off right away and after just getting in there and doing it, she relaxed and enjoyed herself. Luckily for me she had an eye exam after our shoot and she was in no hurry to leave. We shot a lot of great images. Jessica was born and raised in Calgary, AB. Although, as she puts is, she is only 22 so maybe she is only “half raised”. When I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up she replied “A mom, wife and maybe a flight attendant”. She likes to take life one day at a time and see where the Universe takes her. Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends in her spare time and has a strong belief in positive energy and giving what you want to get in return.” – Aaron M

Image © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Jessica

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. The best memory I have from a previous birthday was when I turned 20. It turns out my 2 siblings closest in age to me also have birthdays in August. So this year my sister, who is 2 years older and my brother, who is 2 years younger, were all home and my mom brought us a cake home that said “happy birthday to the 3 J’s”. Turns out all our names start with “J” as well… seems like she planned that haha. It was one of the best memories I have because it was the first year in a few we were all together again, just like when we were kids. It meant a lot to me and I think a lot to my mom as well, so that was a bonus.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t believe in bad birthdays, but maybe weird ones that turned out to be a great day. When I was in elementary school and it was always hard to get kids to come to my party because it was the end of summer and most people were away for the last Harrah! Before back to school, I invited a lot of people and no one showed up but one girl so I was kind of hurt and it tarnished my self esteem a bit. But at the end of the day we got to go see a movie and hang out. She later became my life long friend – thank you to everyone for not showing up or I wouldn’t have gotten that relationship.

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

A. For my 21st birthday I got a trip to Vegas… what 21 year old doesn’t want that?

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Does cake and vodka count?

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

A. I believe the absolute most important thing about celebrating your birthday is to have your friends and family around. The ones who help you get through the following year, the ones who want to help you count your blessings and make more with you.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. No traditional birthdays for me. I think every year is a year of growth and moving forward and I always want to be doing something fun and exciting. Something I can remember the next year and try to top it.