geelong weekend – may 2010

thursday 6th may: 

benita and all 3 boys pile into the car at 8:15pm and we head down to Coolangatta airport, i check into Jetstar flight 449 to Melbourne – departing at 9:55pm, arriving at 12:10am – it was 20 degrees on the tarmac at Coolangatta and 9 degrees on Melbourne. thanks. anyway, walked over to Europcar to pick up my hire car and then was made to wait in the cold for their off site van to pick me up and drive me down the highway to their parking area. got a 5 door red getz {upgraded to auto even! yippee} – drive to my in-laws in Highton Geelong and arrive just before 2am where benita’s mum Dot was still up pottering in the kitchen….

friday 7th may: 

get up late – 9am – make some calls, check my email and then head out to Werribee and meet up with the one and only Corex – it was the first time i had visited his place out on the Werribee beach, cool area for pictures, but shame it’s down in Werribee…. love the people… hate the sin… or something like that.

we got some amazing noodles and had a great chat. good man that corex.

then back to Geelong and do an incredible photo shoot for the beautiful Gear family. i took Rod & Angela’s wedding pictures way back in 2000 or so and now they have three of the most gorgeous kids. Rod is the original bass player for Sons Of Korah and has been a great mate since back 1998…


then around 4:30 drove to the Geelong waterfront and had a milkshake with the dynamic duo behind Leading Image school photos: Mark & Adam. I’ve known Mark Curran since 1999 when i started contracting for Southern Cross School Photos where he was the head of the photographer department… my website business – FULL ON POWER – just completed their new website.

Friday night saw me pick up David from the train station and then have dinner with him, Claire and Spike {the bass player from Sons Of Korah} – we ordered a “King Size” pizza from Town & Country Pizza, holy moly.

saturday 8th may:

9:30am Chat with Carina Schokmann & her boyfriend Jimmy about their wedding photography at the Chocolate Room in Geelong. 11am i met up with the always lovely Jess & Nathan Hobbes. i shot their wedding back in 2004? and around 3 years ago we did their first family shoot when they had their first child Grace {one of their images we use on our current business card}, now they have their second child: a son Asher. Great time, wonderful family, i hope i continue to shoot for them FOREVER!

then i ducked back home grabbed some left over pizza and then got out to Rene & Corrie Inei’s new place in Maude by 3pm. Rene & Corrie are the dearest people ever, i have known them since 1998 and we have had some great times together and i have watched their little family grow to 4 beautiful kids… the last time i did a shoot with them was MANY MOONS ago when their eldest son was just a baby…. anyway, i cannot convey how in typing on a blog how awesome these people are and how much i love their new property!! next time me and the family are down there we are staying there!

saturday night, i flew back to the in-laws, quick change, bought some drinks and zipped over to Ggingi Photography Studio with my main man Vincenzo. Set up for the premier of Kylie & Lawrence’s awesome wedding photography and video we created for them last month. Great night, Great couple. It’s couples like Kylie & Lawrence in Geelong that make me happy to be a wedding photographer! Good times. They left close to 10pm and then i got to catch up with Vince for an hour then back to the in-laws and catch up with them for a couple of hours…

sunday 9th may:

this is the second Mother’s Day in a row that i’ve been away in Geelong! Working in the morning on the laptop at the in-laws, popped into South Valley Baptist Church and said hello to Kirby and the gang. Then had a quick lunch at the nursing home where Ma Winnie is staying…

i was first there and Ma Winnie was fast asleep. Then we had Dot, Ma Charlotte, Mama Connie & Papa Jack arrive, then Big Willie & David & Claire. Bland luke warm chicken dinner and kisses to the oldies and then i was away, quick pop in to the Bateys and saw all 5 of my beloved Bateys – Adam cooking up a mother’s day storm, Ellen in her new pyjamas and Gabby, Joel & Tia. Then drove up to werribee and caught up with Simon at The Funklab with his gorgeous family. Jolane popped in there as well. Great to see the legend that is Simon, the original Sex Symbol… 6pm i arrived at Oscar Diaz’s place where he had his extended family over for Mother’s day. 8 adults and 9 kids for family photos! i did everything in their lounge room, great to see the Diaz family again! Got over to Jolane’s place by around 8:30, he is my right hand man and together we are Full On Power. Slept over at Jolane’s.

monday 10th may:

got up at 4:30am and got to the Melbourne airport at 5am. Checked in and flew out at 6am, landed at the Gold Coast 8am where Benita and the three peanuts picked me up. so good to be home.

{all pictures in this post taken on my iPhone 3GS with the hipstamatic app}

the last 44 days

i’ve been busy. alot of stuff is happening. benita and i have three wonderful boys: drummond who is 4 and ½, galvin who is 2 and ??? who will be arriving in mid november…. benita works “night shifts” {4pm to 8pm} weekdays and my time is spent running or trying to run djp photography….
i just need to play catch up in my head and do a quick stock take of the past 44 days of so. bear with me… {all pictures are from my mobile phone}

tuesday 29th july – had “envirosaver” come and swap light bulbs. doctor’s appointment for the family. worked on a new wedding business idea with another local photographer: {who will be known as “PG”} registered some domain names and worked on some marketing ideas. also applied for a part time very casual job with World Vision.

wednesday 30th july – had an appointment with a financial advisor in the morning, bumped into a World Vision display at Australia Fair and joked with them to put a good word in for me for the job. spent the afternoon mowing my lawns and my parents lawns. got home and saw an email from World Vision that they received my application late, so too bad, so sad.

thursday 31st july – took the family out to helensvale westfield for some overdue clothes shopping, got a phone call from World Vision that the staff i spoke to Australia Fair did put a good word in for me and can i pop in for an interview? drummond’s tonsils are acting up again, we have him on the public hospital’s waiting list to get them out… spent alot of the afternoon processing images.

friday 1st august – take my mum to Ikea and we shop for shelves, cutlery and lighting for me and storage for her. have World Vision interview. benita has a big work meeting and a long shift.

saturday 2nd august drummond has swimming lesson. do some serious home fix its and stuff with the Ikea stuff. get in contact with old friend Bob Butler from

sunday 3rd august – very busy cleaning day. tip runs and picked up bunk beds for the boys.

monday 4th august – benita and i’s anniversary. 7 years of wedded bliss? i meet up with PG and we head up to brissy for my first Brisbane Wedding Photographers Lunch Group meeting. interesting… meet two very cool people: John Reyment & Catherine Lowe. John slips everyone a note saying that they are looking for a new studio manager and photographer… hmmmm…. lot’s of brainstorming with PG about new wedding business ideas… meet benita at westfield for a anniversary milkshake before she starts work.

tuesday 5th august – gardening, major house renovations, and another doctor’s appointment for the boys.

wednesday 6th august – a full long day of training at World Vision HQ in South Brisbane.

thursday 7th august – built the bunk bed. studied up on the job going for Reyment Photographics.

friday 8th august – first day on the job with World Vision, do he morning shift with David at Australia Fair. had my first appointment with my Dietician. got a phone call at 1:30pm to photograph a wedding at 3:30pm at the beach. did the job.

saturday 9th august – World Vision AM shift again. That evening shoot a school formal with PG. The formal was at the same venue as a big Youth Alive event.

sunday 10th august – great day of just house cleaning and family time.

monday 11th august – emails, work on wedding business idea with PG, errands, got new logitech mouse. benita sick.

tuesday 12th august – World Vision AM shift in Nerang. Paint our “feature wall” green.

wednesday 13th august – got a work team in and did “stage one” of our gardens. all day -full on- job.

thursday 14th august – work work work and then do PM shift for World Vision in Nerang.

friday 15th august – had a morning coffee and muffin with fellow Gold Coast photographer Catherine Lowe for the first time. then interview no#1 with John & Karen Reyment of Reyment Photographics. 2 hour interview. went great.

saturday 16th august – catch up on work. benita took boys to two birthday parties.

sunday 17th august – family day. all the family come over to our place.

monday 18th august – do a massive email clean out. realise “professional” bloggers and “professional” blogs are all full of crap. with good intentions i sign up to host a adobe lightroom photo walk on the gold coast.

tuesday 19th august – PG {the dude i’ve been working on some new wedding ideas with} calls me and says he is retiring from photography. ok…. more email work.

wednesday 20th august – World Vision AM shift at Tweed Heads. email John & Karen Reyment thanking them for the interview. put drum to work on fixing my pownce. discover pixelpipe service.

thursday 21st august – work work work, benita flys out to Sydney for the weekend, and the World Vision at Tweed Heads PM shift, start coming down with some weird flu…

friday 22nd august – gardening, cleaning, painting final coat of green on the wall. meet with Adam the photographer, have first adult portrait session at our place. invite my parents for dinner, get the phone call that i have a second interview with John & Karen Reyment. Glavin sleeps out of the cot & drummond in the top bunk for the first time. totally cancel all my misguided involvement in the photo walk.

saturday 23rd august – me and the boys pick up my brother in law Shane and my nephew Wesly – work and look after boys. big family dinner at my parents.

sunday 24th august – work, boys, big clean out, and a second big family dinner at my folks.

monday 25th august – benita flys home from her sydney girls weekend. i start to prep for the Big 2nd interview.

tuesday 26th august – a lot of prep for the Big 2nd Interview.

wednesday 27th august – 9am is the 2nd Big Interview. i prepared everything on my iMac, so i took that and after a shaky start of me forgetting the iMac’s power cord, the 4 hour interview went awesome. as soon as i leave i feel like i am really coming down with something serious. i have a meeting with the owners of our house/property and a photo shoot of a naming ceremony down at the beach and by that night i am a feverish painful mess.

thursday 28th august – doctors quote “your head is FULL of infection”, get on some serious medication. start packing and preparing… and start the transfer over of my internet provider.

friday 29th august – very sick – prepare and pack the family up and we all fly out to Melbourne that evening. we will be staying with benita’s parents in Geelong for our time down south. eat a lot of Garlic.

saturday 30th august – galvin’s 2nd birthday party with lots of visitors at my in-laws. meet with wedding clients. drive to werribee and catch up with corey “corex” sleap one on one.

sunday 31st august – shoot Alanna & Nathan’s wedding and reception. over extend myself because the drugs are working. benita and i stay/ house sit at our land lord’s place in Ocean Grove.

monday 1st september – benita have a beautiful breakfast in Barwon Heads. chilled out day. faulmann family dinner at Ben & Becs. good talks.
*note* the entire time in Geelong people want to talk about our coming third boy’s name {we have no idea} and the job i interviewed for with Reyment Photographics.

tuesday 2nd september – sleep in and have a great time “talking shop” with my old cronies Vincenzo from Ggingi Photography & Chris Fawkes from Chris Fawkes photography. Afternoon tea with Kin & Glenn Thomas, dinner at Corex and Mels in werribee.

wednesday 3rd september – great day with my sister Megan & family at scienceworks – tim miller & fiance coffee & wedding chat – dinner at matt & kate jacoby’s – late nite chat with kirby.

thursday 4th september – try the Chrome browser, nice. me, b & boys take “the Ma’s” out to the new westfield in geelong. drive out to Anglesea to hang with Johnny ‘witness” Rama and family and then drive to Maude and have dinner with Rene & Corrie Inei at their amazing property… then Pizza Land dinner with Scotty Baker, Paulo & Stephen Carter and his new lady Rose.

friday 5th september – Breakfast with Rod Gear, have a couple of hours to myself, get THE PHONE CALL: i didn’t get the job with John & Karen Reyment: “this is not “No”, this is just “not yet” John Reyment. i feel totally peaceful and at ease about it. Lunch with Kirby at BurgerInc. Arvo coffee with David & Claire at GJ’s westsyde – Dinner with the beloved Kulic’s in Lara.

saturday 6th september – up early for a great Faulmann Family Breakfast at Cafe Go. awesome. Eastern Beach and look at the major wall work going on. Lunch and arvo with the beloved Bateys. Dinner up in werribee with Simon & Michelle {at the funklab}, Jolane & Laura, wedding client chat with Dave Tibben.

sunday 7th september – Father’s Day breakfast at Becka James & Jarrah Loe’s – wedding talk with them, take the boys to the morning service at South Valley Baptist church {which is always a trip} – quick lunch and then up to werribee where Jolane & Mistery and i did some work on Krosswerdz. had a good dinner with my man Mistery. can feel the tonsillitis rearing his ugly head again. get home to geelong late and pack.

monday 8th september – get up 4:30am to get to the plane in time. back on the Gold Coast by 10am. unpack. coming down sick again for sure.

tuesday 9th september – spent the day waiting for the doctor, i am sick again. car troubles, rejoin RACQ. we finally get our own World Vision sponsored child in the mail…

wednesday 10th september – try to catch up on work and rest at the same time… hard. call clients and explain sickness. come up with a new file back up system for my images etc…

thursday 11th september – today. paid for a boxed version of Apple’s Aperture at last. have my first lunch meeting with the Gold Coast World Vision team in Robina. answer emails, look after boys. feel sick. write this and clear my head.