::advice from a wedding photographer – the Pinterest photo craze must stop!::

posted 2 years ago in Photography
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree. I think its also important to realize that most of these poses will seem silly and dated as time goes by.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Thank you for posting this! I think it’s super important to remember that a wedding is supposed to be about the couple and celebrating their love, not celebrating their love for Pinterest. Although, I too love Pinterest, I don’t want my wedding or my photos to look “cookie cutter”. So far I’ve told my photographer that I want to capture images that are fun and playful, but still sweet and romantic too. Any other advice or buzz words that will spark that creativity? I don’t want everyone standing around twiddling their thumbs while our photographer thinks of the next pose. (I also have more faith in her than that, and trust that she knows what she is doing, that’s why I hired her!)

Thanks again

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

I totally agree – I think Pinterest can be good for giving an idea of a style you’d like to try, or a feeling you’d like, but from that I think it’s important to let your photographer run with that than try to replicate it exactly.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Thanks for the advise!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Would telling them to turn the power point nto text and adding it to list list of must take shots Work?

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Thanks for your advise. The funny thing is, my photagrapher asked me for some ideas of specific shots we want for our engagement session but once we arrived to the park that where we took our pictures I didn’t really care which poses we did as long as I didn’t look fat!! haha well he really couldn’t perform miracles but I am happy with the various poses he chose to take for our engagement session

I like some of the ideas on pinetrest but know that everything doesn’t work right for everyone. 

I think it is a good idea to ask if your photographer wants an idea of they types of photos you like to get the creative juices going even if they aren’t exactly pinetrest worthy

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Someone badly needs to sticky this, because I couldn’t agree more… Pinterest is KILLING originality in wedding photography! It really is such a huge time suck to recreate those photos, then the B&G are REALLY disappointed when they only end up with like 5 quicky bride and groom poses because you wasted all their time setting up played out wedding party photos that more often than not, for the above-stated reasons, don’t even come out as good as the original.

My advice, choose an ORIGINAL photographer, look at their blog closesly, are they constantly coming up with new and unique ideas of their own? If so, might just be best to let the Pinterest dogs lie and see what your photographer can REALLY come up SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU on your day. Wouldn’t you rather be the inspiratOR for future brides?!

And LOL to the brick wall shot! In addition to the plus-sized groomsmen, sometimes there isn’t even a wall to be used at all! Then you’re like “ummmm?” Heck, if even ONE person in the wedding party thinks the shot is lame, they are going to ruin it with their stick-in-the-mud attitude.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Lol I have three photog friends who reqested I pin “creative” shots as I come across them. They know the amount of time I spend on wedding blogs and they like to see what is out there. That is way different then a bride handing you a list of 30 shots to be replicated I know.

I do have four must have pinterest shots though :p

1. pic of bridesmaids praying for bride {my gals are all prayer warriors but most photogs would bow out at such an intimate moment and I want it preserved for posterity.}

2. The same for groom/groomsmen {hello I am marrrying a former pastor/future chaplain}

3. the brady bunch style shot. {I am stilll working out the logistics of this as we are having 10 bridesmaid and at least five groomsmen oh and 1 flowergirl} I love this as a way to showcase the bridal party and have this big blank wall that needs filled LOL

4. The ring shot on the Bible. This is not actually new to Pinterest. Pinterest just reminded me that I wanted it.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Preach!

I didn’t send my photographer anything.  We had no “must have” shots and I love love how my pictures turned out.  I hate the posed pictures that seem to appear in every wedding now.  It was funny the first time I saw it – not anymore! And most of them look extremely forced. 

This might be my favorite wedding picture from my wedding day because there was no plan or agenda to this picture.  We all went out in the snow and laughed…naturally!!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

*clap clap clap*  I couldn’t agree more.  I don’t understand why brides do this- it seems like so much work, unnecessary stress, and ultimately disappointment because its impossible to replicate every image they’ve saved.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Thank you for this reminder! I picked my photographer because I loved his work. I’ll take a step back and remember that when engagement photo time comes! Does it bother photographers if I still have a list of must haves? Like a picture of me with all my sisters or a picture of my brothers and the groom?

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Tangent here, but:

Gravitational acceleration is 9.8meters/second squared, no matter what the weight of the object (or person) falling through space. DaVinci demonstrated this centuries ago dropping different-sized objects off the Tower of Pisa and showing that they landed at *exactly the same time*. SO it’s a misconception that a “portly groomsman” will somehow fall faster than the slimmer ones. The heavier dudes aren’t going to fall straight to the ground while the others somehow fall more slowly. They are ALL going to fall straight to the ground.

The heavier dudes will, naturally, look heavier in the photographs. And they may not be as comfortable with the idea of jumping, and that will read in the photos as well. But there are enough weight-related stereotypes out there – let’s not feed into that by using scientifically inaccurate examples.

That said, I am in complete support of the general point of your post.

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