BRIANA: Balloons seem to be everywhere these days. Design blogs, magazine shoots, entertaining spreads, even engagement photography. (Especially engagement photography.) It’s starting to feel a little bit like the movie Up out there. So, are balloons fun or overdone?
Otherwise, balloons outdoors freak me out a little. They remind me of the 1982 World’s Fair when I tragically let go of my red balloon and, through tears, watched it float to heaven. Plus, they always end up getting popped and becoming litter.
MARIANNE: Oh yes, everyone and their sister is all about those Geronimo Balloon Company-esque balloons and tassels. Me? I feel like it’s been done to death, but there is something so childlike and just plain fun about a huge helium balloon. I still love the giant number/letter balloon trend (this one is from Lu’s second birthday):
GRANT: I’m pro-balloon! They’re an easy way to add whimsy to photos. I enjoy that kid-like sense of excitement they bring. Of course, as I expressed back in September – a bunch of balloons evokes a “Let’s pop ‘em!” urge.
LEANNE: Old trend, new stylists. Fly away, balloons.
I think they’re especially cute in shoots, like this (overdone but still-makes-you-smile) gender reveal photo idea.
DAVID HAYNES: http://www.virtual-bubblewrap.com/popnow.shtml
ALYSSA SPARACINO: I think there’s something inherently childlike about balloons, no matter the occasion. This can be perfectly heartwarming in one situation and completely misplaced in another. So, I suppose I’m on the fence. The one exception: when the balloons come attached to a delicious bouquet of chocolate-and-cinnamon covered fruit and are used as a congrats for your new job at HGTV. Thanks, Mom! [Ed. Note: Welcome to HGTV, Alyssa!]
JESSICA: I will support balloons until the end of time. There’s just something magical about a balloon that nothing else can replace. I also have seen Up a dozen times, wore out my copy of The Red Balloon as a child and currently have a Happy Birthday balloon still floating around my house (my birthday was weeks ago), so it might just be me.
FARIMA: I love balloons, especially when they’re floating above you. I took this photo above a “ceiling” of balloons. It was like floating on clouds – magical!
LIZ: Are balloons super-fun? Yes. Does the balloon-n-tassel combo need to be a fixture in every photo shoot? No. I am, however, in full support of balloon fights, like this one that happened at Alt Summit! Hating that would be like hating life itself.
LILI: This whole thread is giving me the creeps! SO many balloons that will potentially POP! Loudly! Squeakily! Make it stoooooooooop!
JESSICA: You remind me of one of those kids that refuses to go into the ball pit at McDonalds, Lili.