To Pinterest Or Not To Pinterset ~ That Is The Question

This week I read an excellent blog post.  As a newborn photographer every once in a while I have a client who brings me a list of “shots” that they have seen on Pinterest that they want me to recreate with their baby.  While I love that my clients are super excited about their photography session and brimming over with excitement about their newest addition Pinterest is more for planning nursery’s not photo sessions.  When you look through Pinterest you are seeing images from the best photographers in the world create their artistic vision for a session.  Every photographer goes into each session with an artistic idea that ebbs and flows throughout a session.  I take parent hobbies into mind, nursery color schemes, meaningful life events.  When parents have me replicate another artist it makes the session feel different.  Sometimes parents will bring me shots of poses I do not do, pictures of sets with things I do not have at my studio or occasionally ideas that I honestly don’t think will work well for one reason or another.  I love that my clients fall in love with my work, my art, my vision.  I love it even more when they trust me to carry that artistry through for their baby’s session.  Anyway, I couldn’t have written this +Photographer’s Perspective” better myself.  So without further ado in the words of  Aimee Grover…

 

A PHOTOGRAPHER’S PERSPECTIVE ON PINTEREST

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It’s incredible how Pinterest has taken the wedding industry by storm. We have always been, and still are big supporters of Pinterest. It has been such an incredible tool for our business and has helped so many brides find our work. It can be a great place for brides to gather wedding ideas, color schemes, flowers they love, ect. It wasn’t until recently though, have we started seeing the negative affects of Pinterest on wedding photography.

Pinterest can discourage the creative process.

As photographers, the images we create are like one-of-a-kind art. There are so many aspects that go into composing a photograph, most importantly the lighting, environment and the subjects. Sometimes, the most amazing photographs happen by chance and can’t be re-created. Unpredictability is one of the things we find most inspiring and exciting about photography. We love when we are able to blow our couples away, and give them images that are better than anything they could have ever dreamed up or expected. We are able to create these images when we are given time, complete trust and artistic freedom.

A few times this past year, we have had brides send us Pinterest boards of photo inspiration for their wedding day. We whole-heartedly believe that it comes from a place of sheer excitement for their big day…and that they are just trying to be proactive in sharing what they like. Even though we know that they have the best intentions,  as we scroll through the photos, we can’t help but initially feel discouraged. Brides are pinning the BEST of the BEST photos (from an already curated body of work) from hundreds of different weddings. I think it leaves us wondering…Did they hire usbecause they like our style? How are we going to be able to meet/exceed their expectations?

My recent struggle with Pinterest lead me to research other people’s thoughts on the topic. One of the most compelling articles I read said something really profound,  “Pinterest is not a source of inspiration, it’s a collection of completed ideas“ (The Problem With Pinterest). Such an interesting thought. Is that why as artists we can sometimes feel discouraged by Pinterest instead of inspired?

It may appear simple, but there are a lot of things that make up a good photograph.

As photographers, We see photos in a very unique way. We notice the lighting, coloring, the location, time of day, the natural elements (wind, sun flare, fog), the posing, the height of the couple, ect. We know from experience that ALL of these aspects are what create the mood & feel of that particular photo. One of the best examples that comes to mind is this photo by Amelia Lyon. We have seen it on just about everybody’s Pinterest board, heck, it’s probably on one of ours somewhere too. It is SO stunning.

Notice how the wind is sweeping her hair just right, how it’s the perfect time of day, how she has a subtle passionate look on her face, how he is just the right height to be kissing her forehead, how beautiful the jewels on her sleeved dress look.

Wow. It really is one-of-a-kind and that’s what makes it so special!

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Another photo I have seen appear time and time again on Pinterest is this getting ready shot by Becker. This is an insanely beautiful bride, but I think there’s something else about this photo that so many brides are drawn to. She looks so cool, calm and collected oh her big day…like she has actually has the time to sit and “smell the roses.”

Notice how her hair and makeup are finished early, her bouquet arrived timely to her suite, how the room isspotless, the bed is made, the bedding is simple and beautifully accents her cute robe, how flattering her legs look resting on the perfectly placed bed frame, how just the right amount of light is seeping in, how her bouquet is rounded allowing us to see her beautiful face.

The fact that all of these elements aligned for this Cinderella bride is pretty amazing…and that is what makes it nearly impossible to duplicate – especially on a wedding day when time is not on your side.

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When our focus is on re-creating, we aren’t able to truly create.

Knowing how important all of the elements are that go into a photograph are what make us feel discouraged when presented with a Pinterest board of inspiration. We jump into problem solving mode…how are we going to create that wind swept beach photo in a hotel garden setting? How are we going to shoot that epic bridal portrait in a messy and chaotic bridal suite? How are we going to serve our clients, but still do our best work? Re-creating someone else’s photo takes a lot of time to stage correctly. When time is something we are always working against, that time that could be better spent creating something unique. We photographed a wedding this past year – where we spent so much time trying to please the bride, and fulfill her Pinterest “must haves,” that we never had the opportunity to really shine and do our best work. In the end, the photos were beautiful – but we didn’t feel like they represented our style, or who we are as artists. We want to feel proud of the photos we create for brides and grooms.

So, if you want to get the most out of your wedding photos, here are a few tips for brides:

1. Use Pinterest early on in your planning process to pin photos that you like & are attracted to. Then, use your board to help determine what style you are drawn to and find a photographer consistent with that style. Once you’ve chosen your photographer – give them your trust & support to capture your big day.

2. Remember your wedding is about you and your day. You want to look back at your photos and feel like they are the best representations of who you are….not just an okay rendition of a photo you saw on Pinterest. Give your photographer the green light to choose poses and locations that flatter you and your wedding aesthetic.

3. Be realistic about how you will be feeling on your wedding day. In the past, we’ve had brides come to us with lofty photo ideas – traveling all around a city or walking down steep paths to the beach on a hot summers day. Once they are all dressed up, reality sets in. Their dress is heavy and stiff, the tulle is itchy, their shoes aren’t comfortable, the humidity is ruining their hair, there are tourists in bathing suits everywhere. Somehow this seemed like a much better idea their mind. If you want to be comfortable and portable on your big day – wear a dress and shoes that allow you to do that. This past bride of ours, Kelly – really got the most out of her photographs because she wore a simple dress that was easy to move around in and made it effortless to look natural in poses.

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As photographers, we would rather be spending the precious time we have on a wedding day experimenting with a couple and figuring out how they work together in poses that feel really natural. We also want to be inspired by the surroundings we’re in and be able create new one-of-a-kind shots. In no way is this post meant to offend any brides out there, it’s really just to share a photographer’s perspective and thoughts on the topic. As much as you want to have incredible photos and memories…we want to take an active part in creating them.

<3 Aimee Grover

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Puyallup Baby Photographer – Sing

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As a baby photographer I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help bring out shy smiles.  Some babies like my little toys, some babies respond to tickles, a few like silly sounds, some like playing peek-a-boo.  All babies respond to song.  Sometimes it takes me a moment to find the right tune.  I start out slow and soft and sometimes I need to go all the way up to a high energy tune.  But there is always a sweet spot.  Audrey’s Mom and Grandma helped me find the perfect song to bring out her little smile.

I think singing to your child is a dying art.  If your mother didn’t sing to you.  If you don’t know a handful of lullabys and silly songs, go to the book store.  By a book or a CD and learn a few.  Your baby doesn’t care that you don’t sound like Adele or Pink.  Your voice is tailor made just for her!  I wish I had sang more to my children.

Here is a good place to start!

Lullaby Lyrics

An audio book for you and your baby

A song book

 

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Jessica Williams - September 9, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Love this! I also love your backdrop and flooring!!

Puyallup Baby Photography – Beauty

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Don’t let this little China Doll fool you.  I know she looks like she is sitting here demurely like a little regal princess.  But it was a brief moment caught on camera by her photographer.  She is a whirling Dervish of activity.  Constantly on the move and changing course in the wink of an eye.

There is so much intelligence in those beautiful blue eyes.  She reminds me on one of my favorite Disney Princesses, Beauty, from Beauty and the Beast.  Like Beauty she is a lovely girl.  Her blond wisps perfectly frame piercing crystal blue eyes and her skin is literally flawless.  But she isn’t just a “pretty girl”.  I love that Disney created a princess that loves books, inventions and adventure.  She has her feet firmly planted on the group and is willing to work hard.  I can see Penelope being like that.  Beautiful, smart and witty.  I am so excited for the bright and wonderful future she has ahead of her.  Happy Birthday Penelope!

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Amanda Lipsey - August 15, 2013 - 8:34 am

Oh my she does look like a doll!! SO cute! They are fast at that age lol

Melissa Berg - August 14, 2013 - 2:45 pm

What a cutie!! Adorable dress too!

Buckley Baby Photographer – Pretty In Pink

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Could she seriously get any cuter?  I love it when I get to see babies that I photographed as newborns come back to the studio for sessions like a cake smash.  She has changed so much, but I can still remember her newborn session.  There is always so much change in that first year.  She is a little person now, full of expressive smiles and piercing, inquisitive gazes from her sparkling blue eyes.  She absolutely loved her balloons.  All of my favorite images from her session are with the balloons.  Hadley was so excited and it was a contagious joy!  We all laughed up a storm as she went to town with her pink balloons.  Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

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Amber - August 12, 2013 - 11:23 am

She is so beautiful! I saw the ones you shared on Facebook and I love the close up of her with cake on her face! Too cute and funny :)

Eden Bao - August 9, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Love the color theme here. What a beautiful baby girl!

Melissa Berg - August 9, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Oh how cute is she!!! Love all the balloons!!

Puyallup Newborn Photographer – Daughters

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Gianna came to see me last week to have her newborn pictures taken.  She is stunning and it was such a pleasure to take portraits that will forever lock in her newborn innocence.

I was at the park today with my three daughters.  I love to watch them play.  They are all four year apart but they are so close to each other.  They always make my heart swell a little bit and that usually puts me in a reflective mood.  I love photographing baby girls.  I don’t know what it is that makes me love it so much.  I still keep things pretty simple with girls, so it isn’t the accessories.  I think a part of it is that my daughters make me so happy that I am so happy for families that bring me little girls to photograph.  I know the joy and companionship that is in store for those mothers.  I can’t imagine life without a daughter.  A daughter is:

Joy

Delight

Impulsiveness

Spontaneity

Love

Play

Radiance

Tenderness

Support

Help

Friendship

A life long companion

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Melissa Berg - August 8, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Beautiful as always!! Your work is always an inspiration Jennifer!

Jessica - August 8, 2013 - 5:59 pm

So sweet and delicate! I always love your work!

Angela - August 8, 2013 - 5:16 pm

So beautiful! Love that brown flokati!

Amber - August 8, 2013 - 4:49 pm

So beautiful! And I know how you feel! There’s just something about little girls ;)

Eden Bao - August 8, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Gorgeous!