Turning Two in Style

Pony rides, a petting zoo, a cotton candy machine, Ben and Jerry’s professional scoopers, a paint station, a knock the fish through the wall station, and 32 of his closest toddler friends all came to Sonoma to be a part of Matias’s 2nd Birthday Party. His mother wanted to give him the party she never got to have, and lucky for me, I got to document it all….

…right up until nap time.

Besides seeing how much sugar could be consumed in one day, the most amazing aspect for me was being surrounded by toddlers who spoke two or more languages. It was incredible to see how their little brains switched back and forth so easily. While I, and my linguistically handicapped tongue, couldn’t even remember the basic Spanish I once knew. And the few times I attempted to speak, I ended up tripping over my words so miserably that I gave up and assumed my role as the silent observer. Needless to say, I was in awe and inspired to get back into my Spanish classes.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. The photos are INCREDIBLE!!!! We loved your work and I sent the link to all the invitees. They were very happy.

    It was such a great experience to work with you and the quality and perspective on your work is great.

    I loved many of them, to mention few: Matias and I holding hands, my three children eating cotton candy, Matias’ petting the rabbits. My mom, Victoria and I hugging, Matias’and his cake, Valentina holding hands with Alvaro, and many, many more that I loved.

    Thank you for making this day so memorable we are going to have such a beautiful memoir of this day.

    We can make this a family tradition and to have a great set of photos to remember 🙂

    Thank you again,



  2. […] photos of her cute family. JoAnn got my name from Maria, the mother of the 2-year old who’s birthday party I photographed in the spring, and Maria found me on the […]


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