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The real reason Style Me Pretty is Closing | West Palm Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

The photography community is in an emotional uproar as we hear about Style Me Pretty closing it's doors. I've seen about 30 photographers ask, "What is the real reason Style Me Pretty is closing?" There are a bunch of different reasons that people are coming up with, as we are all left in awe of it happening with less than a month's notice. Some are speculating that it's lack of funding. Style Me Pretty relied pretty heavily on money from their Little Black Book vendors. These vendors would pay a fee to have their business names come up when couples were searching for photographers in their local areas (or destination). It takes great customer service and visibility for photographers to want to keep paying for such a service. 

With the use of Instagram and personal blogs, others guess that this might be the cause. When vendors send their weddings to big name blogs, they are at the mercy of those editors. The photographs have to be perfectly in-line with the blog's vision and on top of that, the editors of said blog will be the ones to select which photographs will be featured (if any). With the use of Instagram and personal blogs, WE, as photographers, get to choose what we show. WE get to choose if we want a perfectly curated page or if we want to show pure emotion. Wedding vendors are wondering if this is going to be the case for all big-name wedding blogs. 

Regardless of the reason, the industry is shifting, and I believe in a positive way. I'm not happy that Style Me Pretty is closing it's doors, as I don't want to see any business go under. But, I do like the idea that we are taking weddings back into our own hands and returning to the simplicity of love and matrimony. It's true that none of what we are guessing could be the reason, is the reason. Though, what it has done is awoken something deep inside of us, as photographers. It has us questioning our own intentions and what we decide to show through our work. 

While the details of a wedding are beautiful and help tell a story, they are not the story. Maybe this will stop future brides from telling their photographer, "I really want my wedding to be published!" Maybe we will have conversations with our couples about the importance of the portraits and candid moments, and not that we need hours to photograph their invitations. 

While I thank Style Me Pretty for featuring my work several times, I am excited to see where the industry is heading. 

While this is beautiful:

 

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I would rather get back to this:

 

Tallahassee Boudoir | Erin

Erin's Tallahassee boudoir session is still one of my favorites. She came into my home a little unsure of how the session would go. She, like every woman, has insecurities and doubts. This is honestly why I believe that every woman should do a boudoir session at some point in her life (if not multiple times). She showed up with her sister who ended up being her biggest cheerleader. It was such an encouraging and empowering session. It was three women constantly praising Erin and letting her know just how phenomenal she is. It was something that radiated so far beyond her beautiful face and elongated body.

People joke a lot about me having the best job in the world being that I get to photograph women on a regular basis. I truly believe my job is stellar, but I'm also realistic about the reasons women come to me to be photographed in this way. Some are in a beautiful and healthy relationship. Some women are going through changes with their body and want it documented. I have mothers come to me who are unsure of how they feel about their "new"shape. I have women experiencing  divorces, breakups, engagements, marriages, babies, milestones, birthdays, and so much more. I have women who finish their session and tell me,"I've never felt beautiful before" or "That's me?!" How have you never seen yourself this way? The truth is you can be told this your entire life, by other people, and still not feel it or believe it.

 

IT'S MY JOB TO SHOW THESE WOMEN THEY ARE SO WORTH EVERYTHING WONDERFUL IN THIS WORLD.

 

If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that I love adding moving quotes to my images. I'm going to add empowering words to my boudoir blog post, as well; something I feel really paints a picture of each woman that dances in front of my camera. 

For the lovely Erin:

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” — Nancy Rathburn