A Photographer’s Wife

June 14th, 2011 by Mike Moats

Here’s a great post that was on NaturePhotographers.net the other day, and thought you all would like reading it. Thanks Michele for this great insight as a photographer’s wife.  Just in time for Father's Day!

A Photographer’s Wife 
by Michelle Blanchard

  • Yes. I know not all photographers are men. But, being that my husband is one, I’ve learned that a photographer’s wife:
  • Knows that a “going for a walk” really means “stand for long, long periods in one spot”.
  • Becomes accustomed to seeing her husband lay on his belly in public places.
  • Knows that ‘the light’s gone’ doesn’t mean it’s dark.
  • Has learned that photography involves expensive gadgets which break, are easily lost, and are used only once in a very great while.
  • Has learned that photographic equipment multiplies and eventually fills up what used to be the guest bedroom.
  • Is resigned to the fact that camera manufacturers build obsolescence into each piece of equipment, and that after a year of use, the equipment needs to be replaced.
  • Never has to wonder what to get her husband for Christmas and birthdays.
  • Understands that when they board a plane, her bags will be checked, not his camera backpack.
  • Wisely refuses to carry that backpack.
  • Has learned that making statements like “watch your settings” and “did you charge the battery?” aren’t considered nagging.
  • Has learned that, no matter how many photos he takes, she will never see more than one or two.
  • Has learned that, “Okay, here we go” is always followed up with “Oh, wait”.
  • Has learned to check all his pockets for memory cards before washing his clothes.
  • Knows that “blowing out the whites” doesn’t involve explosions or Caucasians.
  • Cannot get her husband to sit still for a family portrait.



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