FYI, ↑ these cakes ↑ have got me by the balls.
First things first – happy weekend, folks! An early Saturday morning post is happening right now. Yes, literally. It’s like midnight. This is happening, in part, because I feel like communicating with you all before we inevitably lose power this weekend, but mostly because something happened yesterday that blew my Friday RIGHT UP. So, among other things, here’s that story.
All I’ve been able to do is think about two major situations that are impacting the virtual world, and the physical world, respectively: One has to do with Pinterest, and the other is this goshforsaken Hurricane Irene that’s about to slam into my face. And that’s when I realized something.
I realized I could perish this weekend… even if not really. But that’s what the news is telling me. The fear mongering is strong in them. Truthfully speaking, I could see death coming from two potential sources; 1) aggressive rain peltage to my person causing internal injury. But I’m not a hipster wuss with rubbery ribs and a troubling addiction to Ambien during the daytime causing me to sleepwalk and use tractors in various places unbefitting of tractors, like city streets and severe storm zones. So that’s out. Which leaves me with: 2) death from the emotional aftermath of what I expect to be the sound of rain drops pummeling our a/c units with the fury of a thousand suns. This, could happen. (Seeing as we haven’t gotten around to throwing a towel on either of the units yet for sound muffling purposes. It would solve the problem but, meh. You have to open the window and everything.)
But then, THIS HAPPENED TO MY WORLD, mere steps away from our apartment on Friday:
As far as we know, no one was exiting the building when that M A S S I V E chunk of stone crashed into and crushed the stone walkway beneath it. Chain reaction of stone-toppling-over occurred down the walkway, because of course it did. The neighborhood thinks it’s linked to the earthquake we just had the other day. Isn’t that GREAT??!
So now, we’re left with the feeling that the earthquake we had this week has rendered the city’s infrastructure unstable, just as we’re expecting a visitor this weekend that goes by the name of A Massive Hurricane. So please, wish us luck… I mean I guess? As for the hurricane, please… don’t Come On Irene.
Ok, getting back to it now… the realization I had: if this hurricane’s gonna slap our tushies somethin’ fierce (ugh, I just used the word “fierce”)…. how can I go out not having let them eat cake (with only their eyes of course, thus leaving them feeling hungry, but now also angry, as cake wasn’t supplied as per the cake party invitation that is the start of this sentence)? That would be insane in the membrane, insane, got no BRAIN (← who’s with me, Cypress Hill, the 90s, nobody, ok).
How ’bout dem apples, eh? Eh? AMIRITE? Ok alright ok cakes and jokes aside. As you know, there’s a stronger purpose for this post, which I’m finally effing getting to now. I just didn’t want to make this post a “Teaching Moment” and be all pedantic right from the get-go.
So here we go, I’m devoting this post to photo crediting. ’Cause one of the coolest things about Pinterest is how great it is for cultivating the most amazing assortment of images to inspire your most perfect wedding. I adore that about Pinterest, and know a lot of brides out there are using it for that very purpose. In fact we recently featured a wedding that was Pinterest-driven. It’s awesome. But it also means the occasional image is likely being ‘pinned’ without proper crediting. ’Course, I’m not a photographer, so I haven’t been personally affected by the lack of linking back, but knowing more than my fair share of professional photographers, I do know that it’s incredibly frustrating for them to find an image they created, just *out there* in the ether, with no credit, no nothin’ to bring the viewer back to their website.
Please know that this post is not aimed at anyone, it’s so not about that. I’m not the police, and I’m not interested in “reporting” anyone who doesn’t credit properly. That’s not my bag. In fact no one I know personally has even done it, to my knowledge, so seriously, this isn’t a ‘you better shape up’ yell-down-from-up-on-my-soapbox kinda thing. It’s soapbox-ey - I can’t help that, since I’m dedicating an entire post to it – but I urge everyone I know and don’t know to take this post as a straightforward refresher on proper ways to get your crediting on, like a BOSS. This excessively wordy post is solely about creating a better world with regard to source crediting.
Ok, here we go. Let’s go ahead and take those cakes up top, for example.
The following is my cake trail of credit (I’m writing it in full sentences just to ensure clarity; you do not need to do it the way I’m doing it):
I saw one of the cakes here on Pinterest, commented on that bidniz, repinned it (repinned images within Pinterest automatically link back to their previous pins), then visited the source – an article written by the lovely Shira Savada, a very stellar gal over at The Bride’s Guide, where I discovered that all that cake loveliness was photographed by Jen Huang, that the cakes themselves were created by Lael Cakes, the florals by Poppies and Posies, and that the scene was styled for the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.
Whew!!! Lots of linking going on there, eh. Which is why it can, on occasion, feel bothersome – I get that. Especially in this fast-paced world, and with our fast-paced lives. But (and I know you guys will agree – you guys know the deal, I know that) it’s also the super nice, right thing to do. … In bed. (Trying to break the tension with a little fortune cookie levity back there. Hope it worked.)
As I get down from my soapbox, I’d actually love to know your thoughts. Have you found this to be an issue? Does it bother you?
Oh, and on a final note, I’m already disappointed in myself for the fact that I’m probably going to end up watching the Kardashian-Humphries wedding special coming up this weekend. Hurricane Irene is coming, so what else are we gonna do, right. Besides, like I said, I’ve never seen a porn star in Vera Wang before. Should be a treat. And in three separate Veras, no less!
… Should I resist turning on the E Exclamation Point channel this weekend? Or give into the inertia of the tushie.
xoxo! - Alison
P.S. – Have you ever seen the photo credit poster Erin Loechner made, in coordination with Pia Bijkerk (with fonts provided by Yvette)? You can see the large format here. It’s hella useful if you’re ever in a bind about what to do.
P.P.S. – Bambino is such a supporter of credit graciousness, that he’s even willing to lend his likeness to it…
Feel free to grab the Bambino badge and use it on your blog, if you’d like. He doesn’t mind; he enjoys meeting new people.