Photo Friday: Beating the heat 

It seems we are on the grip of a month-long heat wave here in Brisbane. It is unrelenting! And at 30 weeks pregnant I have no qualms when it comes to complaining about it. 

Our Tuesday Kanga class is held at an aquatic centre so after class this week, Jesse and I headed out for a swim to cool down. 

I honestly don’t know who enjoyed it more. It was so great to feel cool and weightless in the water. 

We played and cuddled in the water for over an hour and it was heavenly. 

Photo Friday: Story Bridge Climb

Have you ever taken a day (or a week) to explore and be a tourist in your own city?

We like to do this regularly and just recently, to kick off our 10th wedding anniversary, we took in the spectacular sights of Brisbane from the top of the Story Bridge.

Apart from barely making it out alive thanks to a very angry crow (possibly a slight exaggeration by someone with a bird phobia) protecting his nest, the climb was amazing. Definitely an item ticked off the dreams list.



So this weekend I put some shelves up in the office!

That’s right… Just call me DIY Dad!

I… Put up shelves… All by myself… I mean, just have a look at them! They look AMAZING!!!

For those who are wondering why I’m making such a big deal about this, it’s because I’m not exactly what you’d call, a handy man. As far as fixing things or doing work on and around the house, I’m actually pretty useless.

So useless in fact, that I usually have to call my mum… Yes, my mum to come and help me. Why mum? Well that’s because my dad is about as useless as I am when it comes to using tools.

To give you some perspective, my collection of tools consists of a hammer, a hand-me-down drill with no drill bits, one wrench, a half set of screwdrivers (cause I may have lost one or two over the years), and a collection of allen keys that I’ve got from various furniture we’ve bought over the years!

Yup, that’s right, I’m not your typical hands on dad when it comes to this sort of stuff.

But with all that said and done, after a little guidance (thanks mum) I managed to put up our new office shelves ALL BY MYSELF!!!

And that, my friends, is why you can now call me DIY Dad… At least until the next time I need to fix something and I’ll probably call mum again.

But for now, I’m going to revel in my handiwork!

Photo Friday: A portrait of Jesse

I absolutely love photography. I love looking at photography. I love reading about photography. And I love participating in photography. And despite the fact that I have never had any formal training in photography, I think some of the photographs I manage to take, well… are pretty darn good.

So when it comes to what I like to photograph, well, I like to photograph pretty much anything. Nature… Architecture… Portraits… People… I know that professional photographers tend to specialise in one area of photography only, but I’m not a professional. And I do this for fun. So why not!

However, that said I do have one favourite subject that I just absolutely love to photograph. You guessed it… Jesse!

Jesse is by far my favourite subject on earth to photograph. He is just so damn cute… he is forever changing as he grows up day by day… and I just love him to bits.

So when we were home last Sunday and I noticed these beautiful streams of lights coming through the blinds, I went and grabbed our camera just in case a good opportunity came up to take a few photos of Jesse as he played with his blocks.

As I lay on the floor, he spotted that I had the camera and walked straight for me, and stopped right in the streams of light that were filtering through the window. The camera was all set and ready to go, so I started firing of photos as he was standing next to me, inquisitively checking out what I was doing.

And while I was ducking and dodging him trying to grab hold of the camera, I ended up getting this photo of him.

It was completely by accident, and it was a completely spontaneous moment. But it ended with me taking what is now my favourite photo of Jesse that we have got!

It’s also made me realise how much I love portraiture. Maybe this is an area of photography that I need to dive into in a little more detail?



Photo Friday: Hear Her Roar

A little while ago I wrote a blog entitled What Makes You Feel Beautiful about a photography project I had the opportunity to be a part of.

The “Hear Her ROAR” project by Renee Trubai is about showing women the beauty of themselves that has perhaps been forgotten, ignored or tucked away. I was thrilled to be invited and it was extra special as this shoot was done with my two best girlfriends.

Here are a couple of the amazing photographs Renee captured.



We were thrilled with the photographs and we definitely felt beautiful. We were dressed in floral frocks that we felt great wearing, and our make ups were done by my incredibly talented sister. But that is not why we we felt so beautiful.

It’s because we were together. And we laughed and danced and were silly. We were our true selves.

We had such a great time and I think that really shines through in the photographs.

You can check out all the photos on Renee’s site

Thank you Renee





Photo Friday: Autumn Days

One of the things we love about living in Brisbane (there are many) is that it is practically summer all year round. We are starting to see some cooler mornings and evenings but the days are still beautifully warm and sunny.

This week we ventured outdoors a few times to soak up a bit of of Vitamin D and enjoy play time outside.


Photo Friday: Getting back to nature

This is a bit of a throwback Thursday on a Friday.

Yes. That totally makes sense!

We love getting outdoors with Jesse. And he absolutely LOVES it! Crawling in the grass… the fresh air… the wonderful new smells and sights… It must be like a sensory overload for him.

And now that it’s getting a little bit cooler, I imagine us getting outdoors a lot more often!

Autumn in Queensland = Love!


Finding and Pursuing My Passion

Recently, I published a blog post about how I’ve developed a new passion for photography.

Discovering a passion for photography just seemed like a natural step to me. It just kind of fit. When I already had a keen interest in videography (insert shameless YouTube plug here) and digital media, photography just clicked into place like the missing piece of the puzzle. And it definitely lends itself to the work that I do for this crazy ‘Not So Secret Life Of Us (NSSLOU)’ project that Renee and I started.


So it’s not hard to imagine that the talk around our household over the past few weeks, has focused heavily on photography and pursuing our collective passions further.


Coincidentally (or bizarrely enough if you will), while Renee was catching up with my brother’s wife (Anita) over lunch the other week, they started talking about pursuing your passion/s. But the twist to the conversation was, pursuing your passion/s whilst working a relatively normal day job.

While they talked, Anita made mention of an article that she had recently stumbled across that gives the reader a slap in the face about finding and pursuing your passion in life. In the article titled ‘Screw Finding Your Passion’, the following questions really caught not only Anita’s attention, but also mine.

“Since when does everyone feel entitled to love every f***ing second of their job? Really, what is so wrong with working an OK normal job with some cool people you like, and then pursuing your passion in your free time on the side? Has the world tuned upside-down or is this not suddenly a novel idea to people?”

Wow… Just… Wow…

This could quite possibly be the most philosophical and relevant thing I’ve read for years. It was like he was writing this specifically for me. A feeling that I know Anita shared.

All this time, without even knowing it, I was doing exactly what he was talking about in his article. I have been pursuing my passions in photography and digital media in my free time alongside my job.

What I had failed to recognise, is that I am incredibly lucky to have been able to do this. I am fortunate to have a good, steady job, regardless of the fact that it isn’t directly related to my passions in life. I am fortunate enough to have found what my passions are. And I am even more fortunate to be able to pursue these passions in my spare time.

What I was guilty of however, is falling into the trap that most people fall into. The trap of thinking that I needed to be making money doing what I love, to be seen as truly following my passions.

Quite simply, this is not the case.

Like many of you out there who are working on your own projects in your area of interest, when Renee and I started our NSSLOU project, we had a clear vision as to what we would like it to become in the future.

But, because the future was increasingly becoming all I thought about… Because I was constantly thinking about how we could turn this into something that we were getting paid for… I lost sight of why we started NSSLOU in the first place.

The NSSLOU was always, and still is, an avenue for me to “work” in the areas I’m passionate about and share it with the world.

It was a way to document our lives for our future generations to look back on (slide night anyone) to see what life was like when we started and raised a family.

It was a way to share our stories and experiences with everyday people in the hope that maybe someday, someone out there read one of our posts and realised that hey, they weren’t the only ones who went through this or that. And they certainly aren’t alone in this crazy journey we call parenthood and life.

So after coming to these realisations, I have come to understand that I need to stop thinking about turning the NSSLOU into a paying job. And what I need to do, is get that enjoyment and fulfilment back that I had when we first started this crazy ride that is the NSSLOU. I need to get back to really enjoying my passions without the stress of worrying about the fact that it’s not paying us money.

So what does getting back to enjoying my passions mean to me?

Well, it means that I want to get out and take all those amazing photographs on our new camera that I’ve often thought about… I want to film and edit those amazing video ideas I’ve had but have never started work on… I want to get back to being proud of my writing and blogging right here on NSSLOU.


I have even gone as far as thinking about going back to do some study in the fields I am passionate about. So much so that I have found some courses that I am interested in that are available through SAE Creative Media Institute and The Academy of Design.


But I wouldn’t be going back to study for my career (although if an opportunity presented itself I am sure I would consider it). I would be going back to study purely for fun. Purely because I love photography and videography and digital media, so why not go back to study it to better my skills.

You often hear people say, ‘there’s no time like the present’ or, ‘there’s no better day to start than today’. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

So, today marks the day that I get back to really enjoying our NSSLOU project. Today marks the day that I get back to really enjoying my passions.

Don’t get me wrong though… The vision we have for the future of this crazy NSSLOU journey we are on is still there. And there is nothing to say that this vision won’t come true.

But for the moment, I have come to realise that first and foremost, I can enjoy working on our NSSLOU project and my passions purely for fun.

Whatever comes in the future, comes. I will be ready for it.

Hot In The City: How do you handle the heatwave?

The glorious weather is one of the many reasons I love living in Queensland. And though we are technically still a couple of weeks away from the start of Summer we are about to have our first heatwave of the season.

Call me crazy but I kind of love those steamy, hot days. In saying that, I did not enjoy it a couple of years ago when our air conditioner broke down right in the middle of Christmas holidays!

I remember as a kid houses generally didn’t have air conditioning and we would all head to the shopping centre just to get some reprieve from the searing heat. There were also plenty of trips to the public pool as well.

So, as the mercury rises how do you and your family like to stay cool during a heatwave?

Do you hibernate at home in the air con or do you prefer to get out and head to the beach or favourite swimming spot?

If you’re a Brissy local share your favourite places to go with your family to escape the summer heat.