Pinterest, Wedding Inspiration or Duplication?

One of the things I love the most about being a professional wedding photographer is the ability to create beautiful, memorable images for my clients.  Although we photograph many weddings each year, lots of times going back to the same locations over and over again, I strive to make each wedding unique by creating different looking images for my clients.  My reasons for this are twofold.  First, I want to make each of my weddings unique and provide fun, creative and artistic images for my clients, that they will cherish for a lifetime.  If you put all of my wedding albums from the same location together in a row, you would see that the images differ a bit and are not the same pose, same place.  The other reason is purely selfish.  I feel that in order to better myself as an artist and keep things interesting, I need to try to create new imagery, making images at the same location, but not making the same image.  This is what keeps things fresh and feeds my love for wedding photography.  So, at each wedding I photograph, I try to make the images different, even when I’m at the same location.

Where do I seek inspiration for my newly created images? Pinterest.com of course.  I also gain inspiration from other sources, but mostly the Pinterest website.  With the extensive library of the Pinterest website, there is an unlimited supply of  images to be inspired by and I love going there to see all the great wedding images and feed my inspiration.  However, I do have a Love/Hate relationship with Pinterest and here’s why…

Lately,  (this is happening a lot more often) I have been getting several shot lists, and links to Pinterest boards, both from perspective and future clients, with photos that they saw on Pinterest that they want me to do.  While I have no problem giving our clients what they want and I will certainly do so, this practice is killing the creative process of wedding photography.   Perhaps there is some confusion between the two words: Inspiration and Duplication.  I love to get INSPIRED by photos that I see, not only on Pinterest, but from many other sources.  But my goal is not to DUPLICATE the images that I see, but to use that as a basis for my own take on it.  Use it to inspire me to create my own images.   Because if I did try to duplicate an image, that does not help me grow as an artist.  It just teaches me how to copy someone else’s work.  It also doesn’t get my clients excited about my work…because it isn’t my work.  Of the times I have duplicated and image that a client requested from Pinterest, once the client sees the image, there is no emotional connection or impact.  It’s simply bland.  Yup, okay good…you got that one.  Yes, you got that one too.  But when they see the images that I have created, that they were not expecting, that came from within me at that very moment, then I’ll get the WOW, OMG and OOHs, they have a much greater impact and are treasured much more by my clients, because they have not seen them before.  They are emotionally connected to the image because it brings back memories of their special day.

Photo by Mattnnat.com, Pennsylvania

Photo by Mattnnat.com, Pennsylvania

Duplicated Photo from Pinterest

My Duplicated Photo for the client.

I feel my clients are drawn to me and my style of photography because they like what I see when I look into my camera.  They like my creativity.  This is the reason they choose me to capture their wedding memories.  But sometimes, someone will show me a bunch of photos they found on Pinterest and say, I want you to do this photo and this one…oh and this one too, etc…  There goes my creativity! 😦  If I have to worry about a shot-list:  gotta do this shot, then gotta do this one, oh and can’t forget this one, checking off each one on the list so I don’t forget any…then the entire wedding will be a duplication of other peoples photos and will not be a true representation of the reason the clients hired me in the first place.  There will be no time for me to be creative, if I’m constantly looking at a list, or some Pinterest photos that I need to copy.  The end result will be a wedding that doesn’t match my style and doesn’t represent my work and doesn’t provide that emotional connection for my clients.

So, I just wanted to voice this to any future brides out there reading this blog.  If you hire a professional photographer because you like their style and the images they have created, then allow them to WOW you with their talent.  Providing a list of Pinterest photos that you want them to duplicate will totally squash their creativity and in the end, you will not like the images as much as you may have thought you would.  A wedding is an Amazing Day and should be filled with images that make you say WOW, OMG and remind you of that amazing experience, not images that make you just say, yup…okay…got it…good.

I feel that Pinterest is a great tool for gaining INSPIRATION.  I don’t feel it should be used for DUPLICATION of images that someone else has already created.  Ask your photographer to look at the images that you like and that you are drawn to.  We can be inspired by them to create something unique and quite possibly better than the images that you saw and those images will have a better emotional connection and timeless impact than anything that can be duplicated.

Thanks for reading.

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Digital Photography Course – Starts January 19, 2013

Digital Camera Course

OXFORD, MA                 E-MAIL:  info@DiazDD.com for more details.

Someday you are going to learn how to use that new camera you have – right?  How many times have you said that?

In 2013, make your resolution to know more about your digital camera and learn to take better photos.  Now is your chance to stop saying you are going to do it – and really do it!

Sign up for our upcoming Digital Camera Course.  Classes begin on Saturday January 19th, 2013 at 11AM.

This is an 8 week comprehensive Beginners Course that will teach you more about your digital camera and how to take better photos with it.

Each week will consist of a 2 hour class and workshop where you will use your own camera and our guidance to learn what it takes to make a great photo and how to do it with your camera.

There will be weekly photo assignments that you will need to complete and submit, an (optional) private online forum for students only, that you will have access to 24/7, to ask questions, post your photos and get feedback from your instructor and other classmates.  Your photo assignments will be critiqued each week, which will help you improve your future shots / photo assignments.

This is a Beginner’s Course.  We will start from the beginning.  So, bring your camera’s instruction manual.  (Can’t find the manual?  Go online and download it)  You’ll learn the very basics and then we will move on to the good stuff!

You’ll learn about: camera settings, lighting, composition, lenses, portrait, landscape, backgrounds, color photography, black and white photography, use of flash and much more.

More importantly you will learn when TO take a photo and when NOT to take a photo.

Get ready to have fun, enter our contests to win prizes and toward the end of the course, we are going out on a Field Trip / Photo Walk!  A chance to use of all your new knowledge!

A DSLR camera is highly recommended to get the most out of this course, but you don’t need to have one.  All that is required is a modern digital camera that has various shooting modes/styles for you to choose from.

You can pay for the course week by week, or save more money ($40 off) if you pay for the full course in advance.   Either way, you do not want to miss this course!   Our VIP card clients can save even more!

8 weeks of training, 2 hours per class, photo assignments, critiques, classroom forum, 7 day a week help from a Nationally Certified Professional Photographer via e-mail.

Classroom is limited to only 10 students, so don’t delay!  Sign up now before your seat is taken by someone else.

If you are serious about wanting to learn to take better photos with your camera, then sign up today!  Last day to sign up is January 12, 2013 and if you miss the deadline, you’ll have to wait until our next class in 2014.

To find out more information and sign up for this course, e-mail us at: info@DiazDD.com or call 508-216-5898

We hope to see you in our studio/classroom.  Our Studio is located in Oxford, MA.  It’s going to be great!

Ed Diaz, CPP (Certified Professional Photographer)

Cyber Monday Deal – Buy One Gift Card, Get One Free – Coming Soon.

Our Cyber Monday Deal is on our Gift Cards, which make an excellent gift idea for someone you know, who would love to have a professional portrait created of themselves, their children, or their family.

This deal is good on any of our Gift Card denominations; $25 – $50 – $100.  They are all Buy One, Get One (of the same denomination) Free, this Cyber Monday only!

Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift, or give both as gifts.  Heck, you can even keep them both for yourself.  You decide.

But hurry, because this deal will be over once Tuesday rolls around here.

Be on the lookout for our official Cyber Monday Deal and take advantage of it before it’s gone!

Give the gift of portraiture this year.

 

15 Years Old, Mis Quince Anos.

Four days ago I photographed one of the Quinceaneras (Sweet 15) celebrations that I had blogged about in a previous post. The quinceanera ceremony took place at The Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Springfield, MA. A very lovely chapel!

WOW! What a great time we all had! That’s one of the many reasons why I LOVE photographing quinceaneras and why I love being a photographer! It’s a party just about every weekend! There were lots and lots of guests in attendance. The birthday girl’s dress was beautiful!  Her entire court was all dressed beautifully and there were several great surprises during the evening for the guest of honor and also the parents. The beautiful decorations and centerpieces were made and arranged by Event Coordinator and Master of Ceremonies, Luz Oquendo-Mateo of Dreams Come True by Luz, who also sang throughout the evening and has a wonderful voice!

 There was a DJ, a Live Band and even a couple of dance routines, practiced & performed by the whole court, who had clearly worked hard on learning them for what must have been weeks!  Excellent job!

There was a very heart-warming ceremony where 14 people (close friends & family) were chosen to bear the candles (14 years of the girl’s life) and these candles would signify that these influential people helped bring her to where she is today. As each person was called up to light one of the fourteen candles, all in attendance were told the representation of the specific candle, whom had been chosen to light it and that person would carry the candle to the center of the floor. Once all 14 of the candles were lit, the birthday girl then lit the 15th candle and placed it on a nearby table, which had a photo of her grandmother who has since passed. After a moment of silence to honor grandma, she then approached each person individually, blew out their candle and thanked them personally and publicly for all they have done for her over the last 15 years.

It was a very tender, tearful moment and at times even I had a hard time holding them back.

After that the party was full-on and went late into the night. I’m still sorting through all the great images captured, but I couldn’t wait to share just a couple of them with you all.

Happy Birthday to you Yuliana! Best wishes to you in the future. Thank you for wanting us to be a part of your special day and letting us capture your future fond memories of it. You’ll be seeing all of your images soon. 

Beauty Discovered.