While prepping for my last engagement shoot, the bride-to-be was showing me some examples of what she wanted. We were huddled over her iPhone and I realized she was look at Pinterest.
If you don't know what "Pinterest" is, I can't say if I'm shocked, or jealous... Pinterest.com is an online collaboration of things you like. You sign up, create "boards," and "pin" images to these boards as you find them... both on Pinterest or the rest of the web.
"On Pinterest?" you ask? "What does this mean?"
You can choose to "follow" other people with similar interests and when you log into Pinterest, you initially see all the recent pins of the folks you follow. So if they have pinned somethign you like, you "repin" it. There is a function you can install on your browser that allows you to pin images you see as you are floating around the rest of the web, though there are some restrictions - ie: can't pin directly from Facebook.
On the down side... It's really, really easy to look up and find out that an hour has gone by and you've done exactly NOTHING. But you now have plans to mix your own homemade laundry detergent, redecorate the kids' rooms and will cook something amazing this weekend. Oh, and you've seen about a thousand images of exotic locations that you just repinned to your "Someday" board.
Makes my eyes hurt just thinking about the hours - no, DAYS I've killed flipping through Pinterest!
Anyway, cut back to my engagement session... I ask her to create her own board of pictures she likes and I will follow it so I have an idea of where to go once we get into our session. This was brilliant! I knew exactly what she wanted without having to translate her words and risk getting it wrong!
I will now instruct all my clients to utilize Pinterest to get the most out of their sessions. And I give many thanks to Photogenic Possibilities, from Sierra Vista AZ, for turning me on to it in the first palce! (visit her page here: http://photogenic-possibilities-photography.blogspot.com/