January 2013 Archive

Using Pinterest (in a positive way) to plan your wedding

Hello there friends! Well, if you haven’t read yesterday’s post/rant about Pinterest you should check that out first. I really hope I didn’t offend anyone. I had quite a few people saying they felt the exact same way but part of me feels like maybe I should clear a few things up:

  • By no means do I hate Pinterest. I think it can be an awesome tool and a great place for learning some really cool stuff, gathering great ideas, etc.
  • I also want everyone to know I love weddings with tons of details, and all those perfectly planned and executed ideas. I just want to urge people to make sure that whatever you’re doing that you’re being true to yourself!
  • I also don’t want our clients to feel like they can’t show us things they like on Pinterest. Please do! Just take the time to really think about what you like/want from your photography and why you feel that way. Is it a picture you genuinely connect with or just a shot you feel like you have to have because everyone else is doing it?

With that said, let’s talk about some great things to remember when using Pinterest to plan your wedding:

Gathering a big picture board of inspiration. Obviously there is no shortage of ideas, photo shoots, and real weddings to gather inspiration from. During the beginning stages of planning your wedding you might not know exactly what your vision is. Go ahead and pin everything that you like! The great thing about having everything on one board at first is that it allows you to see everything in a big picture way. Then you can start narrowing down your ideas and making your vision come together. This is so fun! Maybe once you have this ‘big picture’ board done with a few pictures then you can start building more detailed boards for each area of your wedding. Revisit this board and edit it (delete pins) to really narrow things down to what you want.

Narrowing down the things you want for each category of your wedding day. Maybe once you have your big picture board done then you can start building boards for each category. You’ll be able to use these to show your wedding vendors your ideas, things you love and hope to have. I just urge you to use what you see as inspiration. Don’t feel like you have to completely replicate everything you see! Make it your own.

Start following other wedding vendors and experts. You’ll be able to see what these professionals think and it’s a great place to start when looking for ideas. These wedding vendors do this for a living and can offer you a unique perspective. Hire a wedding planner. You won’t regret it. Then allow them to use your boards to help you plan a wedding that is unique to you as a couple!

Try not to micromanage. I know this is going to really ruffle some feathers but I want you to know- your vendors really do care about your wedding. We’re professionals at what we do and we want your wedding day to be absolute perfection. If you’re picking true professionals for your vendors then you don’t need to worry about each and every last detail. Use pinterest as a way to make sure you and your vendors are on the same page. Once you know they understand your vision, take a step back and allow them to do their job. You’ll be so happy when you just trust your vendors and enjoy your wedding planning process!! 🙂

Be realistic about your budget. Let’s face it. Some of the things you find on Pinterest are totally over the top. Just be mindful of this if you’re on a strict budget (most of us are!).

Turn. It. Off. Once you’ve pinned what you need for inspiration and you’ve shown your vendors what you want them to see…it’s time to take a break. Seriously. Turn it off. If you allow yourself to just keep pinning you’re going to drive yourself crazy (your fiance and your wedding planner too ;)).

I know wedding planning can be totally overwhelming. Please please please though- enjoy the process! It really can be fun if you just stay true to who you are as a couple, hire the right people and take a step back to enjoy it!

Looks like I’m not the only one with these thoughts. I love these ideas from Emily Humphries on Ashley’s Bride Guide. Check out her post: The Pinterest Affect: Don’t Let Pinterest Ruin Your Wedding. Amen Emily!

Happy Planning friends!



My love/hate relationship with Pinterest

Well, I’ve written and re-written this post about 100 times now. I’m a little nervous to put this out there into the world for fear that brides, moms and wedding industry people will beat down my door for saying what I feel. But it’s been on my mind for a while and it’s time we discuss the elephant in the room…. That giant anxiety-inducing, envy-inducing elephant named Pinterest.

How it all began. I’m not sure if it’s still like this…but even signing up for Pinterest was like getting into some sort of elite club. You had to get an invitation from a friend to get in. Like everyone else, I signed up for a pinterest account and immediately pinned every recipe, diy project, gardening tutorial, paint sample, nursery, bathub cleaning tutorial, chalkboard paint how-to,  and decorating must-do that I could find. I was hooked and addicted. I was going to diy everything. Our house was finally going to look like it came out of a magazine. My office was going to become a space that would make Martha Stewart envious. I was going to make our laundry detergent. Our baby was going to live in a nursery like the one Frank designed on Father of the Bride Part II. I finally had a place to save all of my creative ideas.

And then I realized. None of these ‘creative ideas’ were my ideas. In fact, most of everything I had pinned wasn’t even me. I’m sorry… I’m just not going to put 3 drops of essential oil on my toilet paper roll so that the scent of jasmine fills the air when I need to…you know… wipe. And that is something I literally pinned. It’s still pinned. Here’s the thing… Pinterest is great for a lot of things. But you have to be careful with how you use it. I just truly thank God that Pinterest wasn’t around when I was planning our wedding. I’m quite sure Dusty and my room mates would have had to give me an intervention. I know there are some of you that have a ‘Someday’ board. You know the one…’Someday I’ll get married and I have to have my wedding planned out before that happens board’ and you’ve started pinning every bouquet, engagement session, invitation and dress you can find. When did we become obsessed with making our weddings these giant productions?

Being a bride right now is not easy. There are 7000 decisions to make and 1 million beautiful, creative things you can do for your wedding. If you don’t make your centerpieces by hand and include mason jars you feel like your wedding won’t be as amazing as your best friend’s. I’m totally going to sound like a crotchety old woman right now…but here goes…All that should matter is that you’re marrying  the person you’re supposed to be with. Right? Isn’t that the whole point of getting married? Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE all the details. I love the flowers, the centerpieces, the banners, the jewelry and the ring bearer pillow just as much as the next person. I love taking pictures of all those details! But I’m just saying it can also become too much if you’re not careful.

Being a mom right now isn’t easy either. You feel like people are judging your every move as a parent. If you don’t dress your child in the best clothes, cut their sandwiches into shapes, teach them Mandarin and feed them kale then you’re a failure. God forbid their birthday party isn’t perfectly themed and color coordinated. They might grow up and hate you!

My point is. Just be true to yourself.

I feel like this most of the time.

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Can we just give ourselves a break? And each other a break?

If you’re not a DIYer. Can I just tell you that’s OK? 🙂 It really is!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m amazed at what some people have done. Pinterest can really be a place to gather some great ideas, spark your own ideas and help you clear the clutter in your life. But you have to take ownership in how you use it. Don’t get addicted. It can really give you anxiety and make you feel ‘less than’ if you’re not careful. I love Pinterest for many reasons and I’m absolutely using it for business related things and personal. I don’t hate it. I just hate how it makes us feel sometimes.

There is no win in comparison. We are who we are. God made us all different. And instead of embracing that we all struggle each day to try to become more like everyone around us. We’re constantly looking to our left and to our right to make sure we’re measuring up to everyone else. Andy Stanley calls it The Comparison Trap. And it’s just that– a trap.

Whew. It feels good to get this off my chest. I know I can’t be the only one that feels this way! In fact, I know I’m not because I’ve talked to many people about this who agree. Come back tomorrow for my thoughts on how we can effectively use Pinterest. As always, these thoughts are just my two cents. Would love to hear what everyone else thinks!



Leslie & Dusty Photography collateral pieces

Happy Friday everyone!!

Yes, we’re continuing the Friday Favorite series but it might be a little different than it’s been in the past 🙂 We’ll be posting recent work, our thoughts and ramblings, personal work and thoughts from our daily lives. And you can also expect to hear from us more often! We hope you enjoy!

Today we’re excited to show you the gorgeous collateral that Emily Ley designed for us. We love everything about our new note cards, business cards & gift tags. Everything fits us perfectly. And you can’t go wrong with letterpress. Ever. I seriously feel bad writing on these note cards because they are so gorgeous. Emily provided us with such a pretty, exciting color palette and we had such a great time using it to prepare everything for our launch. We had stickers printed and other fun gifts using our logo and other design elements. We don’t want to share everything here though. Some things need to stay a surprise for our clients!

Check out our printed pieces:

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Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Leslie & Dusty Photography

The guy’s perspective. Why Dusty loves shooting weddings
I (Dusty) absolutley LOVE this job!  First of all working with Leslie is AMAZING.  My parents ran a family business when I was growing up so it’s always been a dream of mine to run my own business one day.  Now it’s a reality and it couldn’t be more perfect working with Leslie.  I’m a big believer in doing work that means something and doing what you love. We plan to instill these principles in Davis so he can grow up and one day do the work he loves.  Relationships have always been very important to me.  I love getting to know our clients.  I love hearing their story and what brought them together.  Building genuine relationships makes our clients feel at ease and gives us a better opportunity to capture natural pictures.  Living these special moments with people is something that never gets old and delivering beautiful images is simply icing on the cake.I love shooting weddings with Leslie.  It’s so fun to hang out with the guys while Leslie is spending time with the girls.  I love getting shots of the groom and his buddies a few hours before the big moment.  I love getting shots like this of the groom before the ceremony. It’s a moment I remember from our wedding- writing Leslie a letter. I try to stay out of the way so the groom can feel comfortable.
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I love getting “guy” detail shots that Leslie might not notice.

For some reason, I really like shoes…..I literally have more shoes than Leslie does…..I know it’s weird and I hate to admit it but it’s true…..that being said….I really like getting a shot of the bride and groom’s shoes together.

I love seeing grandparents on the dance floor at a reception.  I love capturing this for the family to enjoy!

In my opinion, the band makes or breaks the reception.  A great band knows how to get the party started.  I love taking shots of the band in action.

We’re just really happy we get to do this for a living and get to be a part of people’s big celebrations!



iPad Mini Giveaway Winner!

On Thursday we announced our Ipad Mini giveaway!! Thank you SO much to everyone who commented, shared and helped spread the word! We are blown away by the encouragement and support and can’t wait to mail this thing to a very special winner.

Drumroll please…

We used a random number generator to pick which comment would win. 🙂
The winner is:
Allison S.

We’re about to email you Allison so we can mail you your ipad & special goodies asap! Thanks for entering!!