We are both artists and entrepreneurs — or at least we try to be. We love our cameras and we sure love playing with them - sometimes too much. Before we get started, I just want to point out that although you may actually relate to some of the items on this list, everything below is intended to make you laugh or at least bring a knowing smile to your face. At the end of the day, everybody loves photographers, otherwise why would everyone be so intent on being one?.
Without further ado, here are 41 things you should consider before agreeing to a date with a photography addict. That should be self-explanatory. When you find yourself sitting across the restaurant table from someone looking deep into your eyes, don't be fooled — your date is only considering the most favorable angle for this shot.
The birthday presents will surprise you. Download this cheat sheet: So you don't screw up your lenses. Their favorite days are not yours.
Most people revel in a bright, sunny day. Photographers enjoy foggy, gloomy mornings that would make most people sad. They also like rain, snow and especially lightning. Photographers collect piles of newspapers, magazines, and generally anything they find inspiring, even for a short while.
They will break the law. You never know where you might end up. A real vacation may require a special shipment that will meet you at your destination. Watching movies together will not be as expected That nice, romantic evening on the couch you expected will be constantly interrupted by comments about the choice of colors or framing in a scene.
If you give up the remote, the points will be reviewed. Need I mention how much fun this will be at the theater? They mark their territory. Photographers make sure everything is branded as theirs, especially their photos.
Photographers have egos the size of Mt Everest. Envy takes on new form. There's a syndrome among photograperhs known as "ens envy". Yes, it resembles that other kind of envy that occurs among human males, but this afflicts female photographers, too.
It's psycholgically unbearable when someone else's is bigger. You might not measure up. You might be an interesting person with interesting friends, but photographers spend time with models , stylists, designers and other really cool people.
Their movie choices are different than yours. Old, artsy movies that no one understands are their favorites. The truth is, they don't understand them either, they just like the pictures. Some have been known to dress the part, too. They are control freaks. They're used to telling people what to do.
Oh sure, they'll ask you what you think of the latest shots. Then they'll tell you why you're wrong. Communication will be awkward at best.
They probably won't return your phone calls or Facebook messages. They "say it with pictures". You can be sure that if you check their Instagram account, it will be active on a daily basis. They're far too honest. They can spend days in front of a computer. Nope, they're not interested in Facebook or porn. Those last landscape photos still need a few tweaks, though, and there are those new Photoshop plugins to check out, and Romantic sunsets will never be the same.
You're thinking about how dreamlike and magical the moment is. Yes, you're fun to be with. You're worth every bit of the cost of dinner and a movie. After all, it's an investment. Meals together will be quite different.
Conversations about what they do will be stressful. Photographes hate answering questions about camera gear and the like. The first time one of your friends asks for advice on a camera "that takes good pictures, but isn't really professional-level " will probably be the last. Holding hands will be pretty rare. You'll probably never see the good photos they take of you.
If you're nervous about those random photos he or she took on that last date, don't be. They're on a stock photography site , so you'll never see them. Everyone else will, but you won't. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsumanis, forest flres and such aren't disasters to a photographer; they're photo opportunities. While everyone else is running away, he or she is figuring out how to get closer. Anniversaries will be missed. If there's a confilct between the anniversary of your first date and a photo workshop, guess which one is going to be more important.
Your romantic dinner can wait. Their priorities are different. They stare at people in public. When you catch your date staring at someone else, don't worry. It has nothing to do with physical attraction; it's all about the potential photograph. Of course, that doesn't make it any less awkward or embarrasing.
They find beauty in the weirdest places. That includes dirty alleys, poverty-stricken neighborhoods and just about any other location you'd probably prefer to avoid.
Don't think that dating a photographer will help you get the photos you want. It's going to have to be something that's worthy of him or her taking the time to shoot it. Unless, of course, there's a paycheck involved.