I’ve been really into my photography hobby since around 2005 when I got my first camera. Since then I’ve delved into multiple different kinds of photography subjects, but my favorites remain travel and documentary/lifestyle of whatever is around me and whatever I’m doing.
I met Kevin in late 2009 and I immediately started including him in my shots.He’s never known me without a camera in my hands. So while I do sometimes annoy him with my photo antics, he knew what he was getting into from the beginning. This is just some of what he has to put up with on a regular basis.
Things that happen when your partner is a photographer:
You will be presented with delicious food, but you’ll have to wait to eat it.
The more delicious-looking, the longer the wait (because we may need to style the table first). This can occur anytime, anywhere. No meal is safe!This irritates Kevin the most. I always stop him from eating right away so I can take photos of his food, and it drives him nuts!
You will be roped into playing assistant whenever a helper is needed.
There will be holding things, wearing things, pet wrangling, etc. You will feel silly. But too bad.The latest time I needed Kevin’s help required him to hold treats in front of our dogs’ faces to get them to look the proper direction and hold still. I would never have accomplished this without Kevin’s help. (This is two photos put together – they were staring at Kevin’s hands both times.)
You will be made fun of for your photo-taking skills.
Photographers do occasionally want nice photos of themselves. When you fail at this task, we will make fun of you.These were taken from the same spot. No further comment.
You might start to enjoy and get good at chasing the shot.
Photography can document what’s already happening, but it is often also the activity itself. You will be required to follow us around while we chase shots, so you may as well try to enjoy it.When Kevin and I travel, we are often on the hunt for the best shots, and our itinerary and activities often reflect that. When we went to Norway, we went several hours out of our way and then drove past a “closed for winter” sign just to photograph the massive waterfall of Vøringfossen. I highly doubt we’d have gone to that trouble if I didn’t have a camera with me.
You will constantly be photographed.
Sometimes they will be embarrassing…
…but other times they will be legendary. Try to appreciate it.(I get good shots because I’ve desensitized him.)
So you may not understand your partner’s obsession with photography, but if you can play along and learn to enjoy the quirks, your reward will be a happy partner and epic shots of your life together.