Pinterest has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. Women and girls have been pinning ideas about parties and yummy food and Fitspo and ESPECIALLY about their dream wedding. All aspects are pinned meticulously to boards for wedding dresses, engagement rings, bridesmaid dresses, color schemes, table arrangements, floral pieces… the list goes on. I started my Pinterest account when I was a young teen and have found it to be very useful to plan big dances for the youth of my local church and for my outfit ideas. I loved to fantasize about what my wedding dress would look like and how in love I would be on my wedding day. Pin after pin would be posted as I hoped for the future.
Now, I am a married woman of 2 and a half months and I have deleted those boards about weddings. Why? You may ask? Let me tell you. I believe that marriages are meant to last forever. Its not a temporary union. And I decided that I didn’t want to have any regrets about my decision to marry my husband. I don’t want to be longing for a different dress. I don’t want to be wishing that our special day was better. I know it’s not about material things. Our relationship is about us and our support for each other and our love. But I also know that wanting something better can change your view of the past. I don’t want consumerism and THINGS to change or taint how I feel about the day I committed to love my husband forever. I absolutely love my wedding dress. Its totally me and it took some arm twisting to get the dress. I feel like a true princess when I wear it. The rest of the details of our wedding just fell in place. We chose our colors based on the invitations we sent out because we loved the combination. My wonderful aunt and cousin found the perfect bridesmaid dresses a couple days after I officially started looking for them. They were summery and inexpensive and adorable! Our wedding and reception fell into place and I really had minimal help from Pinterest, a lot less than I thought I would have. So that leads me to my decision now. I deleted my Pinterest boards about wedding dresses, rings, bridesmaids, table settings, and color schemes. I decided to stop fantasizing now about what could have been on that wonderful day and I decided to bask in the glory of our holy union and what actually happened because it was the best thing I have ever done. Our day was perfect just as it happened! I won’t have any doubts or wishes for something different. I am grateful for our wedding day, I am grateful for my husband, grateful for my family that made it possible, grateful for our happiness together now. I don’t want anyone or anything to take that away from us.
Thank you SpiceRack Photography for such beautiful wedding photos!
All of the listed links have to do with Photography and Visual Media. They are all helpful sites. Some are a little dated but are still high quality and great examples of nice photography.
- Some are students blogs and associations. These sites are helpful because they can give you, as a student, an example of what your work should look like and what is expected of you quality-wise
- These sites can give you ideas for future projects and assignments. Not plagiarism, but ideas to set you on the right path.
- The Photoshop World link can be a chance for you to sign up later in life to keep up on you Photoshop skills as technology moves on. Always be a lifelong learner.
- The Comm 300 blog can show you what to expect as you advance through the Visual Media classes and the Comm degree. There are many examples of great work on there and you can be prepared in knowing what will be asked of you in that class. The higher level classes get difficult and you need all the prep you can get!
- Deans Pics is a great goal to shoot for. If you are in a photo class, you can always set a goal to be featured on the page. This may take some work, but the dean always likes to reward fine work and feature it online. Its good to set goals and stick to them. Whether you are featured or not, it gives you a standard to rise to and hopefully improve your overall work.
Light 1: Outside
Light 2: Inside
Focus 1: Foreground
Focus 2: Background
Composition 1: Thirds
Composition 2: Lead
For the Light pictures, I couldn’t get too much light at the Rexburg LDS Temple but I thought it was an interesting take on the sky, how it is white against the greyish temple. The indoor picture was much better, I took it right after Devotional and there is a soft light set up to shine on the flowers so it worked out for a beautiful snap of the bouquet arrangement. I love the white green and color of the wood all in the same picture.
For my Focus pictures, I’m sad to say I couldn’t get a great shot of foreground/background blur. I tried and this was my outcome. Not much more to say, but it was another interesting take on the view of the temple nearby me.
For the Composition pictures, I took a picture of the statue in front of the Smith/behind the Manwaring. The eyes of the statue are on the line of the top third. The subject is also facing in toward the center of the photo. The second photo of the Temple shows the steeple in the first third coming from the left with part of a tree in the right third. Trees are offset from the middle also, to keep the photo balanced and throw some color in.
Overall, I learned how to better orient my photo subjects so they are more visually appealing and not awkward in the center or facing the wrong way. I was amazed with the quality of the PowerShot that I checked out so it was great to get some quality photos in my files.