"Do you think we could do these photos that I found on Pinterest?" If you are a wedding photographer, or even a family photographer, it is more than likely you have heard this phrase before. My friends, Troy and Aimee Grover, extremely talented photographers in Southern California, decided to write up a post for future brides that shares the photographer's perspective on Pinterest, along with tips for brides. It's a fantastic read. With their permission I wanted to share some of the key ideas with our readers here.
In her blog post Aimee Grover talks about how Pinterest can be a very effective tool when planning a wedding and gathering wedding ideas, color schemes, flowers etc. She continues, "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.
There are a lot of things that make up a good photograph.
The blog post continues by discussing how photographers see photos differently than most people. We see light differently, colors, shadows, natural elements, clothing, posing - these are all things that stand out for us that other people might not see as clearly. I love how Aimee talks about a few popular photos that are on just about every future brides Pinterest board and the small characteristics that make those photos unique.
"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."
"Notice how her hair and makeup are finished early, her bouquet arrived timely to her suite, how the room is spotless, 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."
When our focus is on re-creating, we aren’t able to truly create.
By trying to fulfill all the Pinterest requests, often photographers are unable to shoot a wedding like they typically do creating the photos that the clients saw in their portfolio and loved when they booked them. Aimee writes, "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."
She continues in the blog by listing some fantastic tips for brides. Rather than put those here I'd like to encourage you to go read the blog post in full. Lots of great information. Also be sure to visit and like Troy and Aimee Grover's Facebook page. You won't be disappointed. These two are constantly sharing beautiful photos you'll love seeing. Here is a link to their website and twitter page as well.