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11 Reasons Photographers Are Great Partners

11 Reasons Photographers Are Great Partners

Photographers have a unique way of looking at the world. This perspective can make them one of the most interesting types of people to have a long-term relationship with. Although they will spend a lot of time with their camera, they are also likely to make you the focus of some of their favorite pieces of art. If you have a photographer in your life, you are probably already aware of the many things that make them great. However, it is still a good idea to review these points so that you can realize again just how lucky you are to have one of these artistic individuals in your life.

1. They Are Creative

A photographer has to be creative in order to thrive in their chosen field. Their level of creativity typically extends beyond their photographs. For example, photographers are more likely to come up with creative ideas for keeping the romance alive in your relationship. They are also able to take a creative approach to everything from problem solving to furniture placement.

2. They Pay Attention to Minor Details

Have you ever dated someone who never noticed when you changed your hairstyle or rearranged your living room? Fortunately, a photographer will never fail to notice minor details because they spend a lot of their time closely analyzing everything in order to produce the best possible photographs. This makes them an especially suitable partner for people who thrive on having minor changes noticed and celebrated.

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3. They Are Dedicated

Being a photographer might seem glamorous from the outside, but the reality is that it is a very tough profession to break into. As of 2012, there were only 136,300 photography jobs in the U.S., so most people only use their camera as a hobby. If your partner is dedicated enough to their craft that they make even part of their income from photography, you can rest assured that they have the ability to put this same level of dedication into your relationship.

4. They Will Make You Look Your Best

A truly skilled photographer can find the best light and angle for anyone. This can help you view yourself in a different way. Experts have estimated that up to 85 percent of people have low self-esteem. A U.K. study found that younger women are reporting an increasingly larger amount of dissatisfaction with their personal appearance. Having a photographer partner who takes stunning pictures of you is definitely a good way to boost your confidence and self-esteem.

5. They Document Everything

Most people have found themselves upset that they failed to photograph a major life moment. This is not something that you will ever need to worry about again if your partner is a photographer. These individuals will always be thinking about the importance of capturing everything on film. They are also more likely than the average person to actually print and frame their photographic mementos of some of the best moments of your life. Being surrounded by these memories can help keep your spirits up, serving as a constant reminder of your partner’s thoughtfulness.

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6. They Are Grateful

A good photographer knows that their best images are made up of three parts: inspiration, skill, and luck. Any photographer who has ever happened upon a perfectly lit scene knows what it is like to feel grateful. This gratitude toward life’s little moments is also likely to spill over into your relationship. After all, they will have the innate ability to recognize that every other aspect of their life is also built on a mixture of skill, inspiration, and luck.

7. They Have a Good Sense of Humor

It is practically impossible to survive as a photographer without possessing the ability to laugh at oneself. Even the most skilled photographer in the world will end up deleting more images than they keep. The only way to get through this process without becoming heartbroken or hurting themselves through too much internal criticism is by laughing off each perceived mistake and missed opportunity. This tendency to look for the humorous side of things makes photographers more able to joke about other things that go wrong in their life. This is definitely a desirable quality in a partner.

8. They Are Constantly Learning

No one can ever claim to know every single thing about the art of photography. Due to this, those who are truly committed to their love of the camera will constantly be seeking out new information. This could come in the format of reading new books, taking classes, or simply experimenting on a regular basis and keeping a log of their results. This love of learning about photography often extends into many other areas. Having a partner who always desires new information will keep your relationship interesting. As an added bonus, your partner is likely to be just as open to learning new emotional, sexual, and conversation skills that can enhance your relationship.

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9. They Are Sensitive to the Needs of Others

If your partner works with models, then they have to understand how to make others feel comfortable in awkward situations. A prime example is anyone who offers boudoir photography. This photo style has recently become very popular among brides-to-be, so it is necessary for photographers to put each of their clients at ease by tuning into their verbal and non-verbal cues. This same sensitivity will help you because your partner will be more in tune with your emotions and they will also be able to better handle sensitive situations.

10. They Can Find the Beauty in Everything

Photographers know that every subject has beauty, whether it is a colorful flowerbed or a dilapidated old building. This means that they have honed their ability to find beauty in even the most mundane aspects of life. This quality will make every single day more enjoyable. Your photographer partner will point out things to you that you never would have noticed otherwise, and they will still see your radiance even on your worst days. With a photographer by your side, it will become more difficult to miss the beauty that is all around you and within yourself.

11. They are More Attractive

Professor Scott Barry Kaufman conducted a revealing study on University of Pennsylvania students which ties into the irresistible nature of photographers. After the study concluded Kaufman discovered that photographers were viewed as exceptionally attractive based on their creative profession. What made the students decide this? Well, a number of factors convinced them that professional photographers were good-looking – including the ten characteristics previously mentioned. Students in the study cited that shutterbugs had other dreamy characteristics like their nomadic lifestyles and willingness to meet new people.

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Anyone whose partner is a photographer can easily attest to the fact that they make life less boring. Every experience can become an adventure when photographers have their camera by their side. They will also help non-photographers understand the transformative power of looking at anything through the lens. With all of these skills and natural traits, it is no surprise that so many people believe that photographers are their perfect mate.

Featured photo credit: Flickr user Jon Bunting via flic.kr

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10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.

While the thought of flinging your hands in the air and walking away is all too appealing, take a second to connect with the people who have been there and survived.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. — Henry Ford

Here are 10 famous failures to success stories around the world that will inspire you to keep going and achieve greatness:

1. J.K. Rowling

    During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure.[1]

    Why? Simply because she was once a failure too.

    A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized. In her words,

    “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

    Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success.

    2. Steve Jobs

      The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage. Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

      Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began.

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      The dismissal made him realize that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure. Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at AppleJobs said in 2005:

      “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”

      Lost your job today? Keep kicking and you could be just like this guy!

      3. Bill Gates
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        Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.[2]

        However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft, and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

        In his own words:

        “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

        This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you into a billionaire, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.

        4. Albert Einstein

          The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius. Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself, could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

          His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After all, he believed that:

          “Success is failure in progress.”

          To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.

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          Just because you haven’t achieved anything great yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be an Einstein yourself.

          5. Abraham Lincoln

            Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856, Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.

            In this great man’s words:

            “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

            Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.

            The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.

            6. Michael Jordan

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              “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

              This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.

              It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent. In fact, in his earlier years,  basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height. It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.

              7. Steven Spielberg

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                Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg is a familiar household name. It is surprising to realize therefore that the genius behind Jaws and E.T. had poor grades in high school, getting him rejected from the University of Southern California three times.

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                While he was in college, he caught the eye of executives at Universal, who signed him as a television director in 1969. This meant that he would not finish his college degree for another 33 years.

                Perseverance and acceptance of failure is the key to success, after all.

                “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.”

                Bad grades in high school aside, there is no questioning the genius involved.

                To date, Spielberg has directed 51 films and has been awarded three Oscars.

                8. Walt Disney

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                  Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army.[3] One of his earlier ventures, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”

                  Yet today, The genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.

                  The logic behind this is simple:

                  “We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

                  9. Vincent Van Gogh

                    During his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh suffered mental illness, failed relationships, and committed suicide at the age of 37.

                    He only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist. However that did not put a damper on his enthusiasm and passion for art.

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                    He would never know that years and years after his death he would become known as a key figure in the world of post-impressionism, and ultimately, one of the greatest artist that ever lived.

                    He would never know that he became a hot topic in art classes and his image was going to be used in TV, books and other forms of popular culture.

                    In the words of this great, but tragic man:

                    “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

                    10. Stephen King

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                      As a paranoid, troubled child, tormented by nightmares and raised in poverty, it is no surprise that Stephen King grew up to the title: “Master of Horror”.[4]

                      An addiction to drugs and alcohol were his mechanisms to cope with the unhappiness he felt with his life. The frustration he felt towards multiple rejections by publishers in combination with illicit substances caused him to mentally contemplate violence towards his own children.

                      These intense emotions were those that he focused onto his writing. And that’s why he said:

                      “We make up horros to help us cope with the real ones.”

                      Writing became his new coping mechanism, and this is how the master author we know today grew to success.

                      Fail more often in order to succeed

                      Like Albert Einstein said, failure really is just success in progress. If you’d rather not to fail, you will probably never succeed.

                      Success comes from moments of frustrations when you’ll be most uncomfortable with. But after you’ve gone through all those bitter times, you’ll become stronger and you’ll get closer to success.

                      Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, start failing, and start failing often; that’s how you will succeed.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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