Hi everybody! Today is the first day in a new series on my blog offering helpful hints. I hope you enjoy and if you have any burning questions or any ideas for posts, please send them on! And, since I’m starting to branch out on the blog a little bit, I’ve made it easier to find my most representative images, just click on the portfolio link in the menu bar!
Today, I’m going to talk to you about Pinterest. I’m a little bit obsessed with Pinterest and have been since I first joined (I even wrote a loving ode to Pinterest on my personal blog … over a year ago)!
If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it is a collection of virtual pin boards (e.g., colour schemes, flowers, cakes, centrepieces, attire). When you see an image online of, for instance, a beautiful cake, you no longer need to think about how you are going to catalogue that image, instead you pin it to your “cake” board. It takes about 5 seconds (instructions here), and not only do you now have an easy place to find that image, but you’ve also got a great inspiration board for your consultation with your baker.
Pinterest is more than just an image repository, it is also a social network. This means that you can follow other pinners (if you love all their boards) or follow just certain pin boards. When you see an image you love on pinterest, it is simple to repin it to your own board. You can follow brides, grooms, photographers, wedding planners, wedding bloggers, your friends, me, and the list goes on and on.
I use Pinterest for inspiration: photography, design, diy projects, branding, recipes, and quotations. I also use it for my business: scouting locations in Vancouver and San Francisco, preparing style guides for shoots, “planning” a dream yellow and gray wedding, and keeping a record of some of my very favourite wedding details!
Making any kind of design decision is tough, as we are constantly bombarded with visual information. Pinterest can show you what you love and help you make decisions. Case in point: I’ve been hatching a plan for a new office/studio space for about a year and have been pinning office spaces like crazy. A few days ago, I looked over the board and I couldn’t believe it. Almost every office space has common elements (glossy white desk, glossy white shelving, and a pop of colour – usually the chair). Before I was feeling overwhelmed with all the choice. Now, I’ve got a clear idea of where I want the space to go. I’m certain this same type of “ah-ha” moment will translate into your wedding planning as well.
If you don’t have an invite, Pinterest is currently waitlisting new members. However, any current Pinterest member (including me) can invite you to join, so send me an email, I’ll send you an invite, and you can get pinning right away!
Let me know in the comments how you are currently using pinterest, how you plan to use pinterest, or why you aren’t using pinterest
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