Photo I took of my new husband right after we said our I do’s
This week’s Thankful Friday post is about my husband, Christopher. I tried not writing about him to avoid being “that couple” and I know some people get annoyed when people get all mushy and gush about their significant other. But I don’t care. Because my husband deserves to be gushed about especially after what he recently did for me and does for me everyday.
One thing people don’t realize is that photography is a very physically demanding job. We lug heavy equipment around, we can be on our feet for hours on end (especially when shooting events and weddings), and most of us who shoot outdoors can be working in extreme weather conditions. Our wrists ache from holding our heavy cameras and lenses and from editing on a computer for hours and hours. Most of us have bad back and shoulder problems and bruises on our hips and thighs from the gear hitting against you. It really does take a toll on your body.
It’s worse when you’re pregnant.
Five minutes into a shoot, my entire body will begin aching especially my shoulders, arms, and wrists. It was tolerable during early pregnancy but now I feel it more and more. It seems like my camera and lens got heavier overnight along with my growing body.
Christopher noticed this. He noticed I was much more exhausted after a shoot. He noticed how heavy my camera bag is. He was worried and concerned. So what did he do?
My wonderful, amazing, considerate husband surprised me (more like shocked me) with this:
If you’re wondering how this is helpful, here is the new lens next to my old lens I was always shooting with:
I think I mentioned the Sigma lens to him ONCE in passing, saying I was considering getting it because my current go-to lens was too heavy and I also wanted the lens to take photos of Baby Boy when he finally arrives. He remembered and beat me to the punch by getting it for me.
The gift really shouldn’t come as a shock to me. My husband is one of the most selfless and thoughtful people I’ve ever known. He works long hours, has a very stressful and demanding job, comes home close to 9pm every evening (sometimes later), often works weekends, and yet when he’s home he insists on cooking and cleaning and doing dishes. He works really hard to provide for our family and our son’s future. He’ll tell me to get ready for bed while he takes Miles out for his evening walk. He thanks me everyday for taking care of him and for any little thing I do. He happily eats anything I cook for him and never complains about a thing. Never. He never left my side during my miscarriages and moves mountains to make sure he’s at every doctor’s appointment. As much as I doubt my parenting skills and ability to be a good mother, I know it will all come naturally to Christopher and our son will have the best father and role model. I have no doubt that our son will adore him as much as Miles and I do.
I can’t wait to start using my new lens! Timing couldn’t be more perfect with all my holiday sessions coming up. It’s going to be so nice to be carrying around a much lighter camera and shooting with an exceptional new lens.
He tells me all the time how lucky he is to have me but, really, I’m the lucky one. Very, very lucky.
First photos taken with my new lens! Thank you again, babe!