I’m like 7676476478346 other people on the planet. I love Pinterest. I steal ideas, recipes, outfits, hairdos…you name it. If I’m too lazy or too stunned, I go to Pinterest! Sometimes I just shop eye candy!!
Now, honestly, I have no complaints against Pinterest as far as wedding photography is concerned. At all. I am pretty darn careful when I book clients to make sure that we are on the same page style-wise and that they are confident in my ability and creativity. So when a bride says ” I have ideas on my Pinterest, would you like to see them…” I really have no panic feelings. So far no one has pinned any shots of tiny grooms standing on giant bride’s hands. PS. That’s not a funny joke to play on me. We ain’t doing trick shots!
But I do see the danger in Pinterest, if used incorrectly.There’s nothing worse to a creative person than being asked to copy. It’s limiting. And if there’s one thing I don’t want to give my couples on a wedding day it’s limits. And I don’t want to phone your wedding in. I don’t want to stand in a meadow with a piece of paper printed from the Internet and copy the work of another photographer. I want us to GET pinned. I want the Internet copying us. Wowing at your photos. I want to set the trend, not follow them! Pinterest should be about inspiration. It should inspire us to do better…and more… not just be an imitator!
I say to my brides, take to Pinterest. Find images that excite you. And figure out why. Because I guarantee you that it isn’t a prop or a pose. It’s the light, the emotion, the mood. Come to me with these things! I’m a pretty good photographer ( my Mom says so!), but more than that…I’m a great lover of weddings, and my couples! You know I’m 100% here for you and there’s nothing that makes me happier than a happy couple. So take to Pinterest! Dream big. Show it to me and let’s do better! Pale imitations are for pale people. Forget that sister! We are going bold! Here’s to 2013! It’s going to rock!!