Be it a good thing or not, Pinterest has essentially turned everyone into a Peeping Tom. How so exactly? Consider this. Not only are you able to see the things that people pin, your able to see the names of the boards that they are pinning into. These very names give you clues into what a person likes, doesnt like, thinks is funny, wants to emulate, create something like and so on. Without even realizing it, you’ve become a cyber peeping tom.
Now that I have pointed this out, understand, I LOVE Pinterest & I have zero problem with all this. I only bring it up as there is something I see pretty frequently that I would like to address with my lovely brides-to-be. There is a common board name/theme I see all to often & the gist of it is…. POSE. Aye ye ye… No bueno kids. I am sure your asking yourself why I think this is not good. Let me break it down for you.
I am sure most of you at some point or another have watched America’s Next Top Model. Whether you realize it or not, all those bridal portraits your going to be taking, those are going to be taking on a form of modeling. Now, back to ANTM, no model walks on set with her single game changing pose in mind. Her exact pose. Her nail it or it didnt work pose. Her drop her face, meaning shes working so hard to react that very image she thought of, she forget to model with your face, that it all ends up looking angry, a bit funny, awkward, just…wrong. Actually I take that back! If you have seen ANTM you have seen the results, and there are times, quite frequently, when the judges explain to the models how they have forgotten their faces. It is this very thing I speak of. Your so busy in your head trying to remember if your doing it right, if he is on the right, your on the left, if your hand goes here, and so on that it all comes out no where near that pic you coveted for so long.
While gathering images of other couples that you admire, in effort to understand photographic style is absolutely wonderful and a great proactive step, its the ones labeled ‘Pose’ that worry me. The thing I think a lot of you brideys tend to not realize is that it is that spur of the moment, that raw emotion, that ‘pose’ you just naturally fall into with your honey, that really make those images something you connect with so strongly. Striving to recreate something you saw, can only lead you down a path of disappointment. I encourage you to be in the moment, do what feels right, right then and there. Kiss, dont kiss, hug, laugh, dance, jump, look around, do a hand stand. You get my point. This my dear friends is the exact path to absolutely covet worthy imagery. Wouldn’t you rather covert your own wedding photographs?! While I totally encourage image collecting of all kinds, for all sorts of reasons, please please dont get laser locked on….THE Pose. I want you to be as happy and gleefully surprised as you can be by your stunning wedding photos, not worrying about how you ‘Didnt get it quite right’ Know what I mean?