I know you shouldn't make fun of people, but it's really hard not to when the Internet gives you endless material. But here at Breakfast at Target, we're making fun of the "pinners" of Pinterest - and let's get real. Pinterest is a representation of what you'd like your life to be if you had all the money/talent/confidence in the world. So this "O-PIN-ionated" Feature is really about making fun of the alter egos of people behind the computer screens.
In which case: GAME ON.
I love Pinterest. It's my favorite time-waster that actually leads to productive and creative outcomes in
most several a few instances. I use it as my visual search engine. I enjoy the inspiring tips, tricks, and ideas that come along with it. I love getting lost in the sea of pretty outfits and places to travel.
It IS, first and foremost, a social media outlet. "Social" means there are other people. "Other people" people floating around the internet waiting to unleash their unfiltered thoughts. OTHER PEOPLE who further remind you that for all the wonderful, inspiring, beautiful, and creative things you can find on Pinterest... they are not safe from the horror that is the hoard of nincompoops ready to ruin a good thing in a single push of the "Submit" button.
Let us take, for example, the most
obnoxious excessive popular use of Pinterest:
|NOTE: This is cute, but "pinky swears" are NOT legally binding. |
You know what are? PRE-NUPS.
I would go off about this topic for DAYS, but let me just say the Pinterest wedding craze only further enhanced my brewing anxiety regarding wedding planning. I love beautiful soirees celebrating special couples - heck, I even love the off-beat, festive nuptials. But I couldn't scroll through my daily Pinterest check without seeing horrid bridesmaid dresses and tulle-laden monstrosities and cheesy ideas that turn romantic nuptials into "My Super Sweet 16" parties.
|UM YEAH, it's cool if you're the |
But, as a photographer, I have a REALLY hard time stumbling on wedding boards and finding lists of "wedding photo ideas"...
|You know what really says "True Love"? Displaying the new Mrs.'s dairie-aire against a dirty brick wall in a pile of dead grass. |
And you know what really says "Classy?" Cliche Photoshop accent colors.
I know there are classic and cute photos every bride longs for - secretly, I had several images in my head I prayed made our album (and of course they did because our rock-star photographers did a BANG-up job). But I have major issues when 1) photographers actually go through with/produce really atrocious work, and 2) newly-engaged, starry-eyed brides think they're actually good ideas.
I know photographers are constantly at the mercy of a flooded market and have to get creative to stay competative.
But sometimes, y'all, people tread that very, VERY fine line...
|So glad you're "signing your life away" to what seems to be a quality d-bag.|
And IF we're supposed to be more and more skilled with bigger and crazier ideas, you'd at least think we'd be conscious of the small details that can really make a shot, um, awkward:
|Good grief, did people have to climb a bean stalk to attend this wedding?|
I have to admit, I thoroughly entertained myself with the thought that the mother-son "dance" was actually this lug swishing his helpless mother around to a Celine Dion ballad.
And for all the less-than-lovely photos floating around and the people who wish to recreate them, you think it just possibly couldn't any worse, right?
|From "I Do" to "We Did It"... now THAT's one for the album.|
Wait, are they in the woods?
Wait, can you wear coral 'unmentionables' beneath a white dress?
*palm to face*
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I guess when it comes down to it, you can do whatever you want when you're paying oodles of money for friends, family, and even strangers during your "big day."
Because, obviously, there are plenty of people out there just waiting to steal your "brilliant" ideas for their own classy affair.