My workshops can be problematic for spouses.
Yes, their loved ones have a great time. They get to spend a couple days completely immersed in pursing their passion of photography. This is all good.
But what also happens is that their partners learn about new software, lenses, cameras, accessories, bags, and whatever else comes up in conversation. These discoveries can put pressure on the family credit card.
I'll always remember how this was addressed at a workshop last year. One of the participants was talking about a new camera with a fellow photographer. At one point, he remarked, "Ah, but do you have SA?"
"SA?" asked his comrade.
"Yes, do you have Spousal Approval?"
"Oh, that. I don't know."
"Well, I highly recommend that you get SA before moving forward."
SA is important. And it's not just for purchases.
In my case, for example, I run a business. So as long as my bottom line is in the black, I can make my own money decisions. I love that! Where SA comes in to play for me, has to do with time. More importantly, how I spend it.
If I want to fly to New York to speak, I should get SA. For others, it's the purchase of a new camera.
The bottom line is, that every relationship has its priorities, whether it be money, time, friendships, or recreation. Like the wise photographer that attended my workshop, be aware of the priorities in your relationship.
And don't forget about SA.