July 8, 2014
I’ve always been extremely open and honest about my Pinterest addiction. Not nearly as strong as many but I find myself on it more than any app or social media site. I made a decision early on and have stuck with it – to have ONE Pinterest page which hosts boards for both personal and business needs. Why (despite several strong recommendations from business “experts” to keep them separate)? Easy – ability for me to manage and quickly post to a board of choice regardless if it’s personal or business related… one never knows what they might stumble upon nor what sparks an idea. Boards are titled super obvious so if you’re not interested in my landscape project ideas – don’t view or follow that board. Simple! Also – I am a personal high service (low volume) custom portrait photographer which translates to: when you hire me you hire me. Many clients enjoy the windows into my personal pins and what makes me tick. I’ve booked photo shoots based on similar personal interests and love for the fall season, how to capture the innocence of a child, obsession for black and white images, etc. I have nothing to hide – everything about me is part of what makes my business. So – you will find boards ranging from photography ideas, what to wear inspiration, recipes, home decor projects, fashion, & anything in between. Follow the board that interests you, peak into what is new, or follow everything that I pin. Whatever floats your boat. See, I’m actually the person who becomes slightly annoyed when I find an image online & I’m unable to “pin it”. I want everything in one place for ease of organization & reference. Pinterest is that place for me. It can be accessed on any device at nearly any moment… super useful when standing in the middle of Lowes & my husband is not understanding my explanation of the latest project (could be the 2 kids running around, maybe that I talk in circles, or that I often have so many projects going on that he can’t keep track) – out comes my phone, click on Pinterest app, find board, locate image, show husband, BAM… he’s on the same page!
Now, Pinterest is a collection of THE BEST OF THE BEST with (as time progresses) junk spread around. This can make it’s use from a photographers standpoint a “slippery slope” – expectations can sometimes become unrealistic. To replicate any photograph is super tough and really… when having a custom professional portrait of yourself created – don’t you sorta want it to be about you? Inspiration is one thing and has been around forever (the most popular magazines in the world still create photo spreads based on inspiration from past photo spreads) but down right copy is another. I encourage clients and photographers to utilize Pinterest as a jumping point of Inspiration and means of visual communication. Please don’t expect to copy something exactly – it’s simply not realistic and it removes your personal touch. Below is one of my most pinned images – the image of this beautiful young lady has been likes, shared, & repinned hundreds of times over. This is my very own image & I couldn’t copy it exactly even if I had the same girl, same gear, same settings, same location, etc. – I could get darn close but to copy & capture something now that happened a few years ago… sorta unrealistic, right?
I love Pinterest. It’s a game changer so with that said… For The Love of The Game – visit me on Pinterest and have a look around. Utilize pinning to fit your style. All images on Epic Edge Photography site are Pin friendly ~ we’re in the game!
Peace & Happy Pinning!!!