David Pierre (@life_with_benjamin)
"David Pierre is a unique, funny, freezing cold, Canadian dad who continually entertains us with his excellent and hilarious videos, his clever captions and his interesting photography. He's also a stay at home dad who's kids, Benjamin and Evie, melt our hearts on the daily! We know you'll enjoy getting to know him as much as we have, and be sure to follow him on Instagram at @life_with_benjamin!"
Now that you have Evie too, are you going to change your instagram handle to Life with Benjamin and Evie?
I get asked that quite often actually. Honestly, I’m cheap and lazy. The cheap part of me doesn’t want to buy another domain name, and the lazy part of me doesn’t want to make new logos or reformat all my templates. They all say Life With Benjamin!
What songs do you sing in the shower?
Great question. 9 times out of 10, I will sing a Michael Buble Christmas song. The other 1 time out of 10, I will sing Andy Williams, “These are a few of My Favorite Things” … cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels.”
What inspired you to start your instagram account devoted to your life as a stay at home dad?
I got into photography one summer and, after a while, my wife got tired of looking at the photos I took with Benjamin all day long. So I thought to myself, I’m going to check out that “Instajam” thingy.
What are your favorite things about Benjamin and Evie?
With Benjamin, I love his imagination. Most days, he’s content with a string and a piece of cardboard. He’ll make elaborate rescue situations and dream up all sorts of things to do with just a string and cardboard.
With Eva, I love how content she is with life. She doesn’t get too fussed up about anything, except when she’s tired or hungry. What a big baby.
You’re in a unique situation with your wife having a yearlong maternity leave. (It’s unique to us Americans, at least! That’s unheard of here!) What has this concentrated time together as a family of 4 meant to you?
It’s actually a year and a half now in Canada! I love it when we’re all together. It makes the days so much more enjoyable as a parent to get little 5 minute breaks to do simple things like pour a cup of coffee or take a shower. It’s really one of those things that we’ll look back on years from now and never regret the time we got to spend all together. Kids grow up so fast, and it’s wonderful that neither of us have to miss any part of this unique and extremely short time in their lives.
Your instagram page has taken a decidedly unique turn recently with a lot of fun and creative post edits. What inspired you to shift your content in that direction?
I’ve always liked those creative edits, but the problem was that I had zero photoshop skills. I couldn’t create them. After watching 100’s of tutorials, though, I slowly built up the skills to start posting them on my page. I mean, if I could travel to exotic places around the world to take amazing one off photos, I would love that. Since that isn’t realistic, and I spend most of my days at home or at the park, it’s fun to create unique worlds in the form of my edits. Home and the park become very boring to photograph after a while.
What has been the most surprising thing to you about fatherhood?
The most surprising thing about fatherhood isn’t really about being a father. It’s more about being a parent in general. It’s hard! Before you become a parent, every parent in your life tells you how hard it is and, in your mind, you expect that. However, you don’t really believe it until you’ve experienced parenthood first hand. That shit is full on!
What do you like best about being a content creator? What can we expect from your page in the future?
Without a doubt, the best thing about creating content is bringing to life an idea, feeling or vision I have. People then choose to like it or dislike it. Either way, the photos I create are mine. It’s a feeling I never had when I worked in the corporate world. I always had to monitor what I said or filter my ideas to be sure that they aligned with corporate ideologies.
We all know that, for stay at home parents, alone time is a luxury. If you had 6 hours to yourself with no responsibilities, what would you do?
That’s easy! Drink coffee, and make more photos and videos!