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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Pittsburgh Date Ideas for the Hopelessly Romantic

These Pittsburgh date ideas are perfect if you’re looking to break out of the old dinner-and-a-movie routine this Valentine’s Day. (Though I’ll grant you, there is some food and film happening on this list, but it’s good food and film. Promise.) To that end, I wanted to throw together a little blog post to help my clients—both the newlyweds and the nearly-weds—come up with some great date ideas, either to de-stress during a time of hectic wedding planning, or to just reconnect. I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for both of you here! 1. Take a (free!) visit to the West End Overlook It’s free, makes for a relaxing walk, and the view is gorgeous. A great way to connect—both with your love, and with our city. 2. Take some cooking classes at Crate If you’re gonna eat, why not eat really awesome food you made? 3. Go back in time at Pittsburgh’s best vintage arcade From what I’ve heard, this place is HUGE. A great date for pop culture and gaming fans who like a little friendly competition! 4. Make something amazing at the Pittsburgh Glass Center So, I did toss a paint-your-own-ceramics place on this list, but if that’s a little too…

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9 Things on My 2016 Photography Wish List

Looking for an experienced Pittsburgh destination wedding photographer? Contact Palermo Photography now!   This is part wish list, and part my attempt at waving my arms wildly and saying, “Hey! Anyone looking for a great Pittsburgh destination wedding photographer?” Just saying—I know a girl who knows a girl with lots of destination wedding experience. Seriously, though, I love my city. I love our huge palatial churches and I love all the gorgeous and unique places I get to photograph weddings in every year. I especially love that, as a wedding photographer, I get to balance my love of Pittsburgh out with my love of traveling. I’ve shot weddings all over the country and traveled across the ocean, and I’m so excited to get to do more of that. Still, in addition to my travel goals, there are a few other things I’m dreaming of, too. Here’s what I have my eye on: 1. Lo & Sons Claremont Bag I absolutely love the exquisite craftsmanship of this camera bag—yes, a camera bag! 2. Photobooks like this from Artifact Uprising Artifact Uprising is a pretty incredible company that makes everything from wood calendars to these simple yet sweet little photo books. I’d love to grab a collection…

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