“There is man’s time and there is God’s time” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Xachinaa Meguinis ©Lori Maloney

Upon planning our portrait session, Xachinaa’s mom told me that she loved to dress up, whether it was as a doctor, super hero, or her current favourite princess. This beautiful little girl showed up at my studio READY and we had a ball shooting her dressed as both a movie star and as ‘Elsa’ from the Disney movie “Frozen”!  
 Xachinaa was a super star in front of the camera – quiet, happy, with ideas and enthusiasm.  I really wanted to provide Xachinaa with a portrait that SHE would love, thus the departure from what I’d consider my ‘style’ of shot.  I’m pretty sure if I was five I’d like to have snowflakes in my Birthday Book Project portrait!” – Lori Maloney

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Xachinaa

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

A. Birthdays are always fun because I  get to play with my friends. I love cake, balloons and presents. My first birthday was when I fell in love with balloons… and my mom makes sure we always have lots of balloons. Last year at my birthday my mom got me a HUGE Frozen balloon. It was cool. My friends all came to my party dressed as princesses and pirates and superheroes. My favourite! I dressed up in my Elsa dress.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A.  I don’t think I have ever had a bad birthday. The ending is always the worst part. 😀

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

A. A bike! It was my very first. I was little and I was so excited!

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

A. CAKE! My Mama always let’s me pick what kind I want. This year I want a Frozen cake.

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

A. Friends!… and family. Playing with my friends is the best part. It’s always hard to decide who to invite because I want to invite everybody!

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

A. None specific besides singing “Happy Birthday” and blowing out candles. My parents make me look at and appreciate all gifts I get and make sure I thank/hug everybody for coming to share my special day.