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Friday
May042012

How Pinterest is Ruining Weddings and Making Us All Suck

I recently stumbled across an article on how Pinterest is ruining weddings. In it, there’s a little tale of how some chick attended a wedding and it all looked eerily similar to….PINTEREST. *GASP* The Mason Jars (can we please STOP bitching about Mason Jars?) and the hippy-chic-boho-vibe was a been-there-pinned-that moment for the guest.

[Insert my *SHOCK* face]

Then I read another article about how a photographer was so busy trying to recall all his cool e-shoot pins that he was too distracted to get his shoot right, creatively speaking.

Boo Hoo.

I kinda get it. Pinterest is one of the rare social media platforms I was on before folks knew what was what. Now that it’s hotter than gallery seats at the John Edward’s case, it’s tough to find truly unique pictures to share on the platform, or even here on this blog.

I recently got in an email tete-a-tete with a photog whose photo I found on Pinterest. I used it here as a reference for a vintage hair-do post. I had found it on Pinterest and simply linked it back to that forum. The photog, obviously peeved about his work on Pinterest, was able to take those pictures off of Pinterest. Then, he left a message on my post that the picture should be properly linked. Well, technically it WAS until he moved the damn photo. Because I thought it was a douche-bag move on his part, I simply took the picture down. It wasn’t a necessary picture for the post, and it really wasn’t all that great anyway.

So then there’s that to deal with.1

Then I saw this and nearly pee’d myself.

The point here is Pinterest isn’t ruining a damn thing. It’s just hyper-visual and new and since it’s at the height of popularity, it just seems like it’s spilling all the creative secrets of the world.

And here’s another news flash: Weddings aren’t original. No yours. Not mine. Not the hipster chick on SMP. Everyone ends up married in the end (we hope!). The road to getting there can be intimate, stereotypical, highly personal, cookie-cutter or a glamorous event ripe with letterpress, Lily of the Valley and Monique Lhuillier.  Whatever your personal style, you’re going to be able to find pictures of what you want, like and can afford either in a magazine, blog and yes, Pinterest. We live in a highly visual world these days. Pinterest is a fantastic medium to collect and share the eye-candy you love. Nothing wrong with that.

I would say that if you are a bride happily pinning, do be aware that your friends and family might be following your boards just like they follow you on Facebook. If you want your 4 foot chocolate fountain to be a surprise for you guests, it might be best not to pin and exclaim, “LOOK AT WHAT WE JUST BOOKED FOR OUR WEDDING!” You know, common sense and all that.

So I say pin away. Those crying about their “ruined” weddings? Um…stay off of Pinterest.

So what do y’all think about this Pinterest bitch-fest?

1And if you’re a photographer or anyone who has something to say about the legality of using pictures on blogs, websites, etc – I really don’t care what you’ve got to say. It’s an on-going debate between photographers, bloggers and lawyers. There’s highly conflicting and highly debatable legal arguments for and against the whole copyright thing. I will say this: if the people who chase down their photos put as much effort doing that as they did into their work, they probably wouldn’t care about the free publicity.

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Reader Comments (6)

I hate it when people take pintrest so seriously. I feel like it should just be what it is- a place for idea sharing and inspiration. I've learned a lot of practical things, done crafts, and created a posing guide for myself ( yeah, I'm a photog). I don't care if my stuff gets pinned with or without credit- that's really not the point. The point is sharing visual ideas. As for ruined weddings... I think Pintrest definitely is perpetuating the WIC ideals and I feel really bad for all the brides out there thinking that their wedding has to look like that... Before Pintrest they probably wouldn't have come up with the burlap and mason jars and chandeliers in a barn. Although, for the non-creative bride it could be a serious help... in moderation of course.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

God, I wish everyone would SHUT UP about Pinterest and copyrights. My stuff has been pinned many times without credit (even by a MAJOR bridal blog) and I'm just thrilled people want to pin it in the first place. How could it possibly hurt anyone's business? So dumb. Also, who complains about seeing someone's wedding decorations somewhere else? Does this person complain when she sees streamers and balloons at a birthday party? Everyone just be nice to Pinterest - I love it so.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

I think that lady was drunk.....

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMom

And that is why you put your website or logo on every photo you put online, if you don't do that-- DON'T COMPLAIN! You put your stuff on the internet with no info.

I also think Pinterest actually diversifies weddings because instead of seeing the same faux boho weddings you see on every big blog you see different stuff depending on who you follow.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Wynne

This pin combines both the evil tool of Pinterest with the dreaded and unoriginal mason jar decor idea. The world is coming to an end!

http://pinterest.com/pin/127086020705157190/

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlara

I have to say I disagree with your stance on pinterest when it comes to creators' work. I feel like creators should have say over how their images are used. People who share images only should only do so under fair use guidelines.

Free publicity doesn't mean squat when the image is the product. If someone isn't paying to use an image, that photograph could very well be losing money. And if the copyright holder asks for an image to be removed, you have no right to be upset about that if you are using it for free.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjacqueline

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