The Forty Year Event

© Melissa Gaggiano
A lot can happen in forty years. A lot of fun can also happen in one evening, when celebrating those forty years of life.

Last weekend I visited the city, to document a 40th birthday celebration. It was an elegant shindig, with cocktails, and delicious entries on rotation. Those in attendance were a sophisticated set. There were ladies in gorgeous frocks – both retro and modern, as well as boys in casual business suits.

I enjoy seeing people getting dressed up, but there's something else about creating these images that is really quite special to me. It's the interactions and emotions that I capture. The moments in between when the people are themselves. The true beauty of a smile is when someone is smiling, not for the camera, but for themselves and the people they love.

Happy Birthday, Peter!

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano


© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano


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