Month: October 2016


The lovely people at Artifact Uprising smashed the competition with their high quality photo books that I reviewed some time ago. To celebrate their great products and the beautiful art of photography you now have the chance to win a free photo shoot with you and your family with yours truly and a free photo book from Artifact Uprising. Obviously there are geographical limitations to this as I’m located in Malta so the winner will of course be someone who lives in Malta.

To win, all you need to do is share this post (publically of course so I can find the winner) on Facebook! There’s a share button right beneath here so go right ahead and get clicking. The winner will be announced on November 1st. If you haven’t seen my baby spam photos, go check me out on Instagram:

from-baby-sitter-to-father2Since a few weeks back I’ve been seeing some fantastic changes in Ean. It’s no secret that he’s been all about mama, mama, mama since he was born but lately he’s actually leaning more and more on me for support, comfort and amusement.

Make no mistake, he’d still pick Ana over me any day of the week but tonight for example was the first time in, as long as I can remember, that I put him to sleep for the night. Before, if I would try, he would kick and scream until I handed him over to Ana so we even stopped trying. But after today’s slightly irregular day nap pattern, Ana was unable to get him to sleep so I came to pick him up and got ready for a Hulk Hogan rampage of screams, kicks and punches but he just sat in my arms and waved bye-bye to mommy. We left the room and a few minutes later he was sleeping in my arms and as I put him down in the crib, I felt like a Michael Jordan 3-pointer in a tied game (sorry, I don’t have any sports references from the 2000s).…

the-biggest-benefits-of-starting-to-walkAs I was saying last week, everyone will tell you what a big change it is when baby starts walking. The hazards, the horror stories, the constant running after, but there is one thing nobody mentioned; energy depletion!

Once Ean had started crawling at the age of 7 months, the world opened itself up to him and there were so many things to discover and do. For me it meant constantly cleaning the floor because he was dragging himself around on it. It was also dangerous because he could grab onto things and stand up and take a big tumble once whatever he was holding got dislodged and he lost his balance.

The other thing was, it’s not really tiring to crawl, compared to walking. He could crawl around for hours and not get tired. Which meant, I would have to stay right next to him for hours. It was rather boring and under stimulating for him and certainly not the most entertaining time for me either.…

photo-books-reviewWhen we were approaching Ean’s first birthday I was going through all the photos that I had taken over the past year and it was literally thousands. If you look at just my Instagram, I posted about 900 photos in just one year. That’s a lot!

We all do this, snap away thousands of photos but we hardly ever do anything with them except posting them on social media or store them on our devices, which is a shame. Life, photos, memories are individual pieces of art that should be enjoyed on a regular basis, not something you scroll through while you’re on the toilet without WiFi.

For me, photo albums are boring. The format, the rigid order of it all just doesn’t speak to me, I’m more of a collage type of person. As extroverted as I am, I also don’t want giant prints of myself and my family around the house. The artist in me wants to be able to show them, but in a way that’s more cohesive and dynamic but not messy and fragile at the same time, and so I went online to look at options and absolutely fell in love with the idea of making my own photo books.

One thing that especially struck me was the ability to connect to Facebook or Instagram via their printing service and automatically upload photos straight away and have it printed. You just pick the photos you want to use, then choose your cover and layout, add your delivery address and you’re done. Here’s a video going over some of my impressions and keep scrolling for a complete rundown…