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Play time

Play time

Get down low, maybe through out a blanket.

Let them play.



Then learn to see the moment. Better than that, learn to see the moment before.
The tell.
That sign that the moment is coming, that moment is imminent.

My girls. Two of the greatest loves of my life.

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two eggs & one cup of flour

Lately I’ve been cooking a whole lot more. I’m finding it kind of therapeutic. Pancakes for the kids, mixing it up with dinner from cook books that I’ve had sitting on the shelves for years.

Recently after a really challenging day, driving home Yelena turns to me & says “I could really go for a cake?”

Unfortunately we couldn’t get ourselves down to the Puckle Street Precinct, so I offered that I attempt my first cheesecake. To that Yel asks if I’ll be attempting my Mum’s tried & true recipe? To that – “Hell No!”

In my head, I didn’t want a direct comparison – no chance – if you’ve ever tasted my Mum’s version you will ALWAYS ask for more! So I looked up my ‘friend’ Nigella’s london cheesecake. It was totally enjoyable to make & oh wow I totally earned some points with my little family!

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Now you might be thinking, Mike why are you telling us about this? Well tonight, I’m editing a beautiful christening & I’ve come to an image that made me laugh: It’s of a little moment when the Priest is blessing & anointing the waters. In the background the proud godparents are clutching the little one while family members look on.

Now what popped into my head after finishing editing this image – two eggs & one cup of flour

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See you soon for coffee & cake,



Oh and the recipe I mentioned is super easy: Thanks Nigella!



  • 150 grams digestive biscuits
  • 75 grams unsalted butter (melted or very soft)
  • 600 grams cream cheese
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice


  • 145 millilitres sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Process the biscuits until they are like crumbs, then add the butter and pulse again. Line the bottom of a 20cm / 8 inch springform tin, pressing the biscuits in with your hands or the back of a spoon. Put the tin in the fridge to set, and preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4/350ºF.
  2. Beat the cream cheese gently until it’s smooth, then add the sugar. Beat in the eggs and egg yolks, then finally the vanilla and lemon juice. Put the kettle on.
  3. Line the outside of the chilled tin with strong foil so that it covers the bottom and sides in one large piece, and then do the same again and put it into a roasting dish. This will protect the cheesecake from the water as it is cooked in its water bath.
  4. Pour the cream-cheese filling into the chilled biscuit base, and then pour hot water from the recently boiled kettle into the roasting tin around the cheesecake. It should come about halfway up; don’t overfill as it will be difficult to lift up the tin. Put it into the oven and cook for 50 minutes. It should feel set, but not rigidly so: you just need to feel confident that when you pour the sour cream over, it will sit on the surface and not sink in. Whisk together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla for the topping and pour over the cheesecake. Put it back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  5. Take the roasting tin out of the oven, then gingerly remove the Springform, unwrap it and stand it on a rack to cool. When it’s cooled down completely, put it in the fridge, removing it 20 minutes before eating to take the chill off. Unmould and when you cut into it, plunge a knife in hot water first.

This is reposted from Nigella’s website –

PPS. Her pancakes are awesome too!

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hanging out on a chilly afternoon

With the kiddies doing their own thing, Aly drawing & Lukas watching a movie, I thought to get stuck into some editing from a recent christening & do some planning on ideas that have been rattling around in my brain..


..after staring at blank screen for about ten minutes I turned to see Lukas, framed in really nice light – so why not procrastinate & do what I love, photograph my little peeps 🙂


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Wishing you a happy name day for yesterday kiddo – my little firecracker xx



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Mike Constantinou, Jelly Bean Photography, Melbourne Photographer, Blog Collage-1464009719171

I’ve been pondering my photography of late, not my business sort of thing but who I am with a camera & especially why I do it.

 I have a little company (insert plug – & it has a pretty specific focus, photographing children’s baptisms & christenings in and around Melbourne (even all the way to Geelong)! Anyhow I digress – looking at my ‘work’ website it may seem like the only time I’m playing around with a camera is when I’m capturing christening events – but it’s only a very small facet of me behind the lens.

 Like many families I find myself to be super time poor (& super bad at time management) with a beautiful wife & two terrific (young & very cheeky) kids, I tend to do my photography work, editing and catching up on emails once the cherubs have gone to sleep. What tends to happen is that by the time I’ve got to the stage I need to write words to go along with my imagery or edit my own personal work I’m simply pooped! So it either doesn’t happen or happens really badly!

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Spending the morning in the sunshine

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Spending the morning in the sunshine – just hanging out in the park & enjoying baby chinos!


Mike x