I'll admit it, I typically ask my couples if they have a Pinterest board geared towards wedding photography. Pinterest is such a powerful tool for wedding planning (and anything planning) that so many of today's couples use it, and it helps me get a really good idea of what the wedding will actually be like when I can see the style of decor, dresses, cakes, etc. that a bride or groom pins.
But ... when it comes to the wedding photography part, please don't hire me to recreate other photographers' images.
There. I said it. I know the wedding industry is trend-based, and I swoon over all the wedding magazines I get, too, but please, please, please don't hire me as your wedding photographer if you're wanting images that look exactly like another photographer's.
"So you mean you won't photograph my spouse and I in the one pose we really want?"
Of course I will! I'm not going to ignore what you want. My best work comes from collaborating, be it with brides, modes, H/MUA, etc. What I am NOT interested in doing is trying to make your wedding look like someone elses.
"Oh, so you're more interested in capturing us, our personalities, and what makes our wedding unique?"
Exactly! I have yet to photograph two couples, two weddings, that are the same. I'm inspired by the personalities of my couples, and I live to create genuinely unique work that represents who you are as a couple, on your wedding day. So, please, show me your Pinterest boards. Let's discuss what is and isn't important to you. Most of what I learn from my couple's boards ends up influencing their wedding day timeline (light is one of the most influential factors in how a photograph looks, and the light changes drastically through the day), and sometimes it's all about one or two poses.
Let me just close with this. If you've looked through my blog and can't see yourself putting a single image onto your Pinterest board, maybe we aren't the best fit for each other! My work is my work, my blog and website show exactly what my work looks like, and it's far better for you to choose a photographer whose website matches the style you're looking for than hoping I'll produce something completely different than I ever have! And yes, I do have my own Pinterest board. Shush. Repin my work all you want, just don't ask another photographer to try to copy it!