A photographers perspective on pinterest

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3112 posts
Sugar bee

@lovelyMsValentine:  What a perfect article.  So true.  Here’s a snippet I liked.

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?

Post # 4
395 posts
Helper bee

The thing about pinned shots is most often people like the light or the background or a 10,000 dress or its not even a wedding, it’s a stylized shoot. 

Post # 5
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I like this article… But funny enough, today in Brides magazine I read a quote from a photographer recommending brides use pinterest to show the kind of shots they want 🙂

Post # 6
853 posts
Busy bee

@lovelyMsValentine:  I wonder if alot of photographers feel this way. If I was showing my Pinterest to a photographer I would mostly mean the poses or concepts that I like, not necessarily the Style or artistry itself, I mean I would have already chosen them on thier artistry or style from thier portfolio online.  Although I used to work at a hair salon, and ooh some ladies had BIG expectations from hair pictures they would bring in!!

Post # 7
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

it’s comparable to pintrest fail.  Love it.  I hate pntrest for this reason, there is no way to live up to it.

Post # 9
9856 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

love pinterest, my engagement photo photographer requested I go on so she could see the style of photos i liked.  She’s also a new photographer so that may be why.  I hired my photog based on her work and she captures everything i love.

Post # 10
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I really disliked this article.

“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.”


COME ON. profound? interesting thought?

if this photographer can’t take it as inspiration, bad for him. they should use it to get a feel of the style of the bride.

Post # 11
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I can see how some people might do this, but honestly I chose my photographer based on her style and her work. Yes, I have showed her a couple of Pinterest photos – but it was mainly for general ideas for poses.

I have found so many great things on Pinterest. I love it!

Post # 12
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My photographer has a page on pinterest, and she asked me to pin stuff there I liked so she would know what types of shots I was most in love with, I thought that was neat!  I showed her me e-photo inspirations and she loved them!

Post # 13
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That’s interesting. My photographer searched and found my pintrest board of “photos to take.” It’s more the poses that I liked, but I’m wondering if she thinks I’m being unrealistic.

Post # 14
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You have to be realistic as a bride. Is that photo the photographer referenced of the bride smelling her flowers beautiful? YES. Is there any way in a million years I’d be able to look like that?! NO. 

Post # 15
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Not to be mean, but I think a photographer should just get over it if a bride shows them her Pinterest picture page.  I was so afraid of offending my photographer I didn’t send a shot list or discuss posing – I thought he’d just know and would help direct us in posing.  He didn’t.  I don’t think most brides expect to have 100% perfect photos or photos completely different from their style of photography, they’re just trying to be prepared and do what they can to communicate with their vendors so that they are informed of the brides vision.

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