The Photographer’s Wife

Posted: April 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
Here’s a great post that was on a couple years ago, and thought you all would like reading it. Thanks Michele for this great insight as a photographer’s wife.
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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  1. jmlecocq says:

    OK, Mike….the first one you posted was pretty great and I wanted to post a “counter” but I was swamped at the time…now with The Photographer’s Wife thing….I want to add a couple of thoughts:

    If you are dating/married to a photographer: You will find yourself telling your mate, “the light is beautiful now, stop cleaning up the dishes….you should go out and shoot” You will go to some of the most beautiful spots on the planet and have time to just sit and enjoy the the scene without having to rush to the next “things to see in” on the list. You will often go to spots when there is no one else is there – they either are still in bed or have already headed to dinner… You will find yourself commenting on the great cinematography in what otherwise is a pretty stupid movie. You will have time to curl up with a book and no interruptions when your mate is out/away on a photo shoot… You’ll realize that you’ve walked your property a million times without noticing….the pattern of the moss up an old tree, the tiny yellow green frog that hangs out on the gate, the delicate new growth on the ginkgo, the gorgeous pink cones on a little pine….

    I’m sure there are more little comments like the above..but, in general, I have found that being involved with “the creative side” has really made me appreciate the rest of the world at another level….and my husband, who is one of the most “data driven” pragmatic people I know….someone who has never “explored” his “creative side” and would probably deny has has a creative side…has definitely grown to appreciate much more the amazing natural beauty around us and how much it changes in an instant. He used to say things like “I’ve been to the mountains; I don’t need to see them again.” Not anymore!!!

    Thanks for the fun posts, Mike. And, thank you, Michelle Blanchard.


    Janice M LeCocq Sent from my iPad


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