“In his arrogance, man thinks he is capable of destroying nature” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Katie Girard by ©Aaron McCullough

Katie and I tried to get together many times but her busy schedule made it difficult for her to come down to the studio. Finally we had a date that clicked. She had asked in an email if she could also take a few shots, outside of our portrait session, in a beautiful gown she bought but had never had a chance to wear. I said that wouldn’t be a problem that we could take a few shots after our session. The shots of her in her gown turned out fabulously and one of them was actually the image I decided on for her portrait. – Aaron M

Image © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Katie

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

A. My 24th birthday I went out to a patio with my closest friends. It was a Mexican restaurant, so we all were sombreros and had the best time ever. I will never forget that day! The most fun ever with the best people ever.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My 18th birthday was actually kind of sucky. A lot of my friends were out of town, so only about 3  people were able to show up. So it was relatively sad and disappointing.

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

A. When I turned 21, my sister was living away in Victoria and I was super bummed that she would miss such a big birthday. When my best friends and I arrived at the restaurant to meet my parents and brother, my sister surprised me. They had been planning it all along. It was the most amazing surprise ever.

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

A. Banana Cream Pie! My best friend’s mom usually makes me my own personal pie and I eat it all by myself. Ha!

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

A. Definitely being with friends and family. They make it so special. I could be in the worst place ever, but if my family is there, everything is perfect.

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

A. It is silly, but for every birthday in our family, the kids together with the birthday girl or boy, around the cake, and we get a photo with our fingers up adding up to the age they are turning. It’s quite cute actually. We even do it for mom and dad.