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Now presenting dual-Pinterest boards for my brides-to-be (and grooms too, don’t feel left out, guys!). In the age of Pinterest, an online bulletin board to “pin” ideas, wedding photographers have had to step up our games to win the hearts of our brides. As a wedding photographer, I have a love/hate relationship with good ol’ Pinterst. I’ll be the first to admit that Pinterest can be both a blessing in disguise… and a burden.
Why the burden, you ask? Some brides gather unrealistic expectations based off the pins they see on Pinterest. Many breathtaking Pinterest photos are staged before or after a wedding, and don’t actually take place during the hectic wedding day itself. Other pins may be unrealistic due to other factors — weather, time restraints, locale. Planning a summer wedding but falling in love with the snowy, wintery wedding photos you’ve been pinning? No can do. What about all those rustic decorations you’ve pinned, but don’t go with your beachy theme? Be realistic, ladies.
As a professional photographer, and your go-to girl for all things wedding, I choose to see Pinterest with the glass half full… a Mason jar full of wine from a Pinteresty vineyard, mind you! What do I mean by that? Think of it this way. In my initial conversations with my brides, I try to learn a little about them and their grooms. What hobbies do they share? What unique interests set them apart from each other, or bring them together? I just got off the phone with a new bride, Megan, who told me her groom is into hunting and fishing. Boom. I’m thinking of different fishing-type themes we can do, such as putting the rings on a fishing hook. Hunting? Create a cute “target,” because he had his sights set on her. Megan is a fitness nut, and loves running. I suggested a photo of her in running shoes, being “chased” by her groom.
Based on what I’ve learned from Megan about her and her fiancé, I’ve created a dual-Pinterest board for us to share and collect ideas. Both Megan and I can pin to our board, so we can bounce ideas off of each other and create a realistic, Pinterestic set of photos. Bored with the “same old” photos you see every bride-to-be (and girl in general) pin on Pinterest? I like to take ideas and morph them into my own. For example, that fishing-hook-ring-shot I mentioned? I’ll take that one step further and either lean the pole against a tree and photograph Megan and Caleb in the distance, or wrap them in the fishing line and have them hold out the rings while kissing. Heck, with Megan’s sense of humor, I might just have Caleb “hook” her and reel her in!
Whether you love it or hate it, remember to maintain a realistic vision of how you want your wedding to be… and use Pinterest only once you’ve decided on the basics of your big day!
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