Sometimes photographers forget…
We want to be following our passion so much we forget about the other special passion in our lives. It’s no surprise our spouse’ gets fed up with photography. They probably feel pushed aside by our hobby.
If you want your spouse or partner to accept your photography you have to find ways to include them and make them feel special too. Help them enjoy the fruits of your photography. Here are some ideas to turn your photography into togetherness…
A gift of choice
• Let your spouse choose a subject, framing and place for a photo. They will be flattered that you want to do that for them. Actually it will be fun. They get your attention on what they like. You show off your skills. You both get something you will treasure.
A lasting bond• Build a lasting bond – share an interest. Find out about your partners main interest – cooking, a pet, reading, fast cars – a sport maybe. Whatever they love is something you can photograph. Get interested in their passion – it has photographic potential to draw you together.
• Look up ways to make photographic gifts. There are lots of craft sites around the web. Make a gift for your spouse. Finish it is beautifully so it will be treasured. Surprise them.
The little things mean so much
• Buy your partner a small but meaningful gift they will love – flowers, special chocolates, a tie – something you would not normally buy. Hide a photo that says, “I love you” in with the surprise gift.
• Express your love in a photo. Frame it. Present it to them when they least expect it and tell them how much you love them. The photograph will be a reminder of a special moment.
• Take a photo that says “I love you” in some way. Leave it for your partner to find when you are not there. Write a special message on the back – help them feel the photograph is special.
• Take great photographs of your children. Caption them… “I am so proud of you for being such a great mum/dad” Frame the photos and present them to your spouse as a surprise.
• Make a romantic photograph. Put a caption on it that agrees with the mood of the shot. Leave it where they’ll find it later (car seat, under a pillow, in their shoes… in a letter. Make it special and unexpected.
A big gesture
Nothing says “I love you” more than a true commitment…
• Tell your spouse you will do something they choose this weekend. Spend the time with them, take your camera. Your spouse will enjoy it, you get to photograph something different. By dedicating time to them you are saying I love you… and you’ll have photos as proof!
• Book a table at your spouse’ favourite restaurant. Tell them to dress up in their best party outfit, or buy a new one. Tell them you want to do this because they are the special person you want to photograph. Tell them you love them. After the portrait, have a great evening together. Give your partner the photo as a reminder.
• Take your partner away for the weekend. Visit places you can enjoy together and record it photographically. Make an album of the things you did together. Put a loving message on the front page.
• Tell your partner that they can choose the holiday destination this year. Let them have the holiday they want. You will be there to do the photography. Make a great photo-album to commemorate the holiday where they did what they wanted.
Bring back the romance…
Sometimes romantic moments are so far apart we need a reminder…
• Make a picture that your spouse will find sexy, romantic, exciting… whatever best emphasises the right mood. Frame and wrap it. Present it in a sexy, romantic, exciting way as the mood of the photo suggests. Follow up with the promise contained in the photograph.
• Take some candid, every day, photographs of your spouse. Look for those moments when they are doing the things you love to see… smiling, chatting, when those cute dimples appear. When you have about 10 shots of those things that you find attractive about them, make up a little album. Write a romantic message on page one that tells your spouse this is why you love them…
These things help us stay close to our partners. A little love and some frequent gestures keep things vibrant. Your partner will appreciate your photography if those little pictures say “I love you”.
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