Somehow I managed to find an understanding girlfriend.
Me too, and she's instrumental to my photography because we go places together and she's very patient with me taking pictures, but also keeps track of time so we don't linger with one subject and move on in a timely manner. Sometimes she will even hold some of my gear for me, for instance if I'm using two bodies, she will hold the idle body (but she complains about the weight of a gripped body and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II so I won't burden her too much).
Somehow it works great for us - she likes going places and I love photography. Hence we're something of a dynamic duo!