“Do you know the story of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse?” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
This little fella is my son. As per usual we had a blast shooting together. We always do and I probably have more images of this little man than any human on the planet. He is 10.5 years old and love skateboarding. I figured we would bring in his board and use it as a prop. Initially I wanted to get him on his board but he is really drawn to the edgy fashion images I have been editing lately. He often sits by me while I am editing. He wanted to do the shoot in that same style. I complied and we ended up with a great image of a budding skateboarder. – Aaron M
Image © Aaron McCullough
An Interview with Wisdom
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. Shooting my brother with paintballs on my 10th birthday with all my friends behind me.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I have never really had a bad birthday because my birthday is me celebrating my life.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?
A. Probably my iPad.
Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?
A. I like to have a nice creamy, chocolaty cake.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. To have fun and to have friends and family have fun too.
Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?
A. Blowing out the candles on the cake and singing happy birthday.