The Pitfalls of Pinterest

*raises hand* Hello everyone. My name is Maria Palermo. I am a Pinterestaholic. With no plans for recovery. That said, I’m probably the perfect person to spend a minute or two discussing the pitfalls of Pinterest—at least, concerning photography. I want to address what I feel like is the blurring of lines between taking inspiration from others’ ideas and attempting to copy another style exactly. Because originality matters. You are an original. And I really want to hammer home how important and beautiful and wonderful and special that is. Part of that involves no longer succumbing to the pitfalls of Pinterest (myself included) and paying close attention: Over the last few years, I’ve noticed more and more couples requesting very specific images to be recreated on their wedding day. The thing is, over and over, each of these clients request the same handful of images–ones I have absolutely seen pinned again and again on Pinterest. I love to make every wedding photo experience as fun and unique as possible, so I am all for creative photos, and Pinterest has been a tremendous resource for gathering inspiration! But… …unfortunately many of the most highly-requested images at weddings have already become *gasp*… …cliché. So, for your protection—…

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