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A Sunny 88th Birthday Party

This weekend, I was honoured to have been invited to document the 88th birthday of the sweetest lady with whom I share a name. Barbara spent this past Saturday evening surrounded by her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends celebrating life with a sunny poolside evening party.

88th Poolside Birthday

88th Poolside Birthday

Barbara’s daughter Janet put together the whole affair and explained to me that her mother’s birthday has become an annual family event that everyone looks forward to. What’s more, it has become a tradition that every year they come up with some form of surprise for her.

This year, photography was the surprise.

As everyone was already settled into the party, having a good time and enjoying the sun, I, a complete stranger, casually wandered into the garden with my camera in hand. (For a job in which being invisible is, thankfully, a large component, this was a whole new heart-pumping experience for me!) Janet announced me and the surprise, and we weren’t strangers for long as I spent the next two hours getting to know the family and documenting their evening together.

Thank you so much to Janet for inviting me to a genuinely fun and sweet evening with her family. I am so excited to share the adorable Barbara and her birthday evening with you all!

Barbara and Janet:

Happy birthday Barbara!

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