For those of you who are either married or dating a photographer or even a keen amateur photographer, you can probably relate to the following story and if you are a photographer, then you have either experienced this yourself when traveling with a significant other or even someone who is not a photographer.
I am the first to admit that when I am traveling on assignment, it is probably not a good idea to have my wife along, even though at times I get to go to some amazing places, if I am traveling to photograph a story there will be very little down time even when I don’t have anything scheduled and it means early starts to get things like a shot of the sunrise or be the first ones at a local market to photograph the vendors arriving and setting up their stalls and depending on the subject or destination I won’t stop shooting until late at night since I will be out all day on one adventure or another and then hear about a great nightlife joint and go straight there.
But traveling as a photographer by yourself can get lonely and sometimes it is good to share some of your adventures with your significant other. So when I was given the opportunity to travel to the Whitsundays in Australia right around my wedding, I had to not only pitch the story of doing a feature on the Whitsundays as a honeymoon destination to magazines, but also had to get my wife to agree but at the time I don’t think she understood exactly what she was getting herself into.
Instead of spending a week relaxing at a resort and enjoying each other’s company. We spent ten days bouncing around to a few different resorts and going on various day trips and me disappearing in the middle of the day to be given tours of the resorts and shown their best rooms to photograph. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the trip and was in my element, but I did have to defend myself a few times with my new wife when I tried to get up at 5:30am to go photograph the sunrise instead of sleeping in with her.
In my defense, if it was not for my doing a story, we would not have been able to afford to be flown out to the Great Barrier Reef to spend the night as the only guests on a pontoon boat in the middle of the reef or spend three days at the amazing eco resort Paradise Bay and eat an amazing dinner at the chef’s table at Hayman Resort and be given a tour of the wine cellar at the resort.
It has been almost three years now since that trip and she has not joined me for any of my other “work” trips but has decided to come with me on my next trip to Samoa next month, so we will see how that goes….
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