sometimes. I wanna punch Pinterest in the face.
I love Pinterest. I really do. It might be my favorite social media platform. It’s low pressure, inspiring and actually useful. In fact, I truly believe that it helped prevent postpartum depression for me because it allowed me to feel connected to an outside world of like-minded creatives while I was up in the middle of the night with a newborn. All that feels slightly dramatic when I say it now. But, truly. It gave me a place to go, anytime, to feel refreshed and inspired.
THEN, I became a photographer. And things changed. I was part of the problem. A HUGE part of the problem. I was using Pinterest as an encyclopedia of poses and family photography ideas instead of inspiration. I lost my way. Abandoned my ability to create new content through my creative brain and just copied someone else.
How sad is that? I cringe at the thought now.
Your family pictures are not a recipe. They are not a DIY bookshelf. Images, documenting your beautiful, unique family can’t come from a how-to board on family photography poses ideas. Well, they CAN. But, in my personal opinion, so much is lost when they are.
So here I am. Making a commitment to you, to be authentic. I promise to draw my inspiration from YOU. To forget about the recipe and create from my heart. To make pictures for you that mean something.
You are not a carbon copy. Your family pictures shouldn’t be either.