I attend a lot of 21st birthdays. I guess that’s just the season I’m in.

Emily’s 21st though, has been a real stand out amongst the parties I’ve been to this year. It was understated and elegant, classic and cute.

Much like Emily actually.

She’s such a photogenic girl, as my photos lay testament. But, there’s nothing that makes Emily more uncomfortable than being the subject of photographs.

It’s not that she’s shy. It’s more than she’s humble. She’s more comfortable quietly tending to your every need than receiving glory for her own actions.

I’ve photographed a lot 21st birthdays. I’ve been treated like the hired help at most of them. But not at Emily’s.

At Emily’s 21st birthday, I was an honoured guest.