Marry A Photographer And This Is What You Get

Porto, Portugal

Porto (May 2013)

It probably goes without saying that you can’t marry a photographer and avoid having your picture taken. You can run but you can’t hide! (Especially if you’re holding a camera, too.)

Photography is one of the things that brought us together in the first place, although Paulo’s more into the macro stuff like plants and flowers, and I like to shoot wide most of the time. I photograph more people, his subjects are members of the animal kingdom, mostly birds and insects. When Paulo was visiting Canada and the USA for the first time last year, he took a LOT of pictures of squirrels.

shooting an unsuspecting insect at the observatory (June 2011)

shooting an unsuspecting insect at the observatory in Gaia, Portugal (June 2011)

stalking his prey (Corno de Bico, Portugal)

stalking his prey in Corno de Bico, Portugal (May 2013)

Maia, Portugal (May 2013)

Maia, Portugal (May 2013)

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (October 2012)

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (October 2012)

Maia, Portugal (May 2013)

Maia, Portugal (May 2013)

Aveiro, Portugal (June 2011)

Aveiro, Portugal (June 2011)

Paulo’s low-key like me and this post will probably embarrass him… but he knows exactly how to get me back! He’s got plenty of unflattering photos of me, but I only post his silly faces which I argue are not unflattering…

Paulo in Ponta Delgada, Azores (June 2013)

Paulo in Ponta Delgada, Azores (June 2013)

Marrying a photographer shouldn’t be something to dread, however. I don’t want anyone in his family to groan at the sight of my camera, which is why I didn’t bring it out in May when I met them. These situations require a warm-up. I will bring the camera out eventually, once they get used to me (and I start learning Portuguese), and pretty soon they won’t even notice the equipment. I know Paulo is regarded as the family photographer, but I think he’ll be happy to share the duty — especially at Christmas, when he’d rather be tucking into the desserts.

Besides, Paulo doesn’t think he’s particularly photogenic, and I’ve set out to change that. I’ve heard it before (it’s part of my job and I hear it from everyone), but my biased self thinks he’s a very attractive guy who just needs a better photographer 🙂

Porto, Portugal (May 2013)

Porto, Portugal (May 2013)

It occurred to me as I was tagging photos in Flickr that Paulo is such a common name in Portugal that he probably won’t be the only Paulo in my photostream. So I’ve tagged him as “Marido_Paulo” (marido is husband in Portuguese). You can see more pics of my “marido” here as a slideshow: Marido Paulo