April 20, 2011

Featured: The Photo Life

One of the worst fights we ever had was over the color temperature of a picture.

And yes, I already know how sad that is.

He sat doing RAW adjustments, as his brow furrowed and he intently studied every channel of the histogram.

I casually looked up from what I was doing, leaned in over his shoulder and that’s when I said it.

You know that image is way too warm right??.

And just like that, it was on. British Parliament smack-down style. As the gentleman from the North begged me to bite my tongue, sir. Pip, pip. And cheerio.

He rallied evidence from the bell curve, the skew channels, and yes even Lord Kelvin himself. I waved him away and answered with good old fashioned common sense and I know it when I see it.

And the conversation just went downhill from there.

I’m pretty sure it was when it got to the point of “yea well, your mama would white balance like that,” that we both decided it was time to just walk away.

Seriously y’all. It wasn’t pretty.

Which brings me to my point….working with your spouse can be hard. It takes hard work. Hard rules. And sometimes, it’s hard to remember that you aren’t just business partners that happen to co-habitate. Believe me, it is work that is well worth it in the end. But make no mistake about it…it is work nonetheless.

Recently, Justin & I were asked to give our top 3 tips for working together as a husband & wife team on The Photo Life blog. And this is what we came up with.

Hey, it’s no Tony Blair in a wig…but I think it’s a start.:)

  1. Jil

    great advice! even for spouses who don’t necessarily work together but work a lot/are in law school :o)

  2. Kristin H.

    LOL!! Yes!! "You know that sauce is way too spicy, right??" Yikes! Yes, it’s Hard. With a capital H. :)

  3. Ashley Scobey

    Yes!! Love this. We have very similar arguments :)

  4. Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography

    Sounds familiar! ;) Great advice… it sounds so easy, but can often be such a challenge! A challenge that is totally worth it in the end!

  5. Kristin Nicole

    Love this….can’t say my hubby and I haven’t had some "discussions" like this.

  6. Jennifer Bacchiocchi

    Ah, Mary. I can so relate! Maybe it’s a male/female thing, but I am so visual, and John loves all the technical stuff! Thanks for the advice :)

  7. Lori Calhoun

    Love your honesty, you guys rock! I haven’t for one second EVER regretted STL 2010. For what it’s worth, our biggest fights (in 10 years of marriage) have been over food, and driving. Like the infamous "french toast fight", and the, "oh, that was our turn right there" fight.

    Love you guys!

  8. Ashley Smith

    Ha! LOVED reading what you wrote. I work with my husband but he runs a lighting company and I usually employ him depending on the job. OH, MAN! Sometimes it’s on but usually not on set. Wait until we get in the car. But we usually get it out and it’s done by the time we get home. We’re lovers not fighters..ha!

  9. Ronnie

    LOL… We have had that exact same argument… It’s hard to work together, but wonderful all at the same time!

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