The time is going by so quickly. it’s been more than a year since I blogged, and I had such high hopes for myself. So if you’ve followed me, you must have fallen asleep, and maybe in the next little while I can get you interested again!
There is a lot of debate on the photography forums about Pinterest and your wedding photographer. Do we encourage it? Do we poo poo it? Do we pretend to be excited? Do we cooperate?
Imagine this. Imagine that every bride for the last 2 years who wanted to use Mason jars, I said to her, “I don’t like Mason jars, they kill my creative spirit. Your wedding will look like everyone else’s with those Mason jars. I think it’s a terrible idea.” I wouldn’t have worked much. The same is true of Pinterest.
For those of you who just emerged from a cave and have yet to begin your Pinterest experience, it goes like this. Imagine a bulletin board with the heading “Great Recipes”. You’re in a stadium full of other bulletin boards, and you can yell out “RECIPE FOR BEEF STEW”, and all these index cards fall on your head with beef stew recipes from all over the world, and you decide which ones of those you will pin onto your bulletin board. That would be the real life version of Pinterest. And you can have a board for wedding plans, and one for kitchen decorating ideas, and cool make-up tricks. It’s fun, and addicting.
As a photographer, I like the influx of new ideas, and even I make boards for inspiration. Sometimes I just want to try the lighting technique, sometimes I love the feeling of the shot, and want to go for it in some way.
More and more I am being asked to copy shots brides have seen on Pinterest. Sometimes lots and lots of them. There are some things you need to understand if this is something you want to do with your photographer.
First, allow the time for this. Along with the standard list of phots:
- the two of you,
- you and mom and dad,
- the both of you and mom and dad…
We add in all the others. It takes time.
Secondly, do you know where there’s a staircase like they used? Do you have the chalk, or the blackboard, etc…?
Third, are you sure? Just checking…., don’t be offended. Unique is unique, and we are all over it. On the other hand I have shot the groom showing his wedding ring to the giddy groomsmen maybe….. ten times in the past year? Do you want the same shot your girlfriend has?
If given the time, the examples, the materials, and the willingness from all the subjects involved, I LOVE doing this. Not everyone has Pinterest, and the reaction in my portfolio is usually very positive. I want to make sure that if I humor you, you’ll let us be creative too. We artists don’t like to be locked into one bag of tricks. I also want to make sure you understand that every Fort Wayne and Wabash wedding photographer is being asked to shoot this same shot, and so down the road, all your friends and family may see the same image in every wedding album they look at.
All that being said, let’s go have some fun shooting your wedding pictures! YEE HA!