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.