Let’s talk about inspiration!
Inspiration plays a huge role for me at the moment. Especially because I am still in the process of finding the right photographer, I get inspired by different online and offline ways for shootings and try to convert them into shoots.
It is important that it is never a question of copying an image style or a shooting idea. It’s much more about being inspired by other creative minds and talented photographers and finally creating your very own shooting from it.
Here are my top 4 sources of inspiration for photo shootings:
Pinterest is probably my biggest source of inspiration at the moment! The image database is just huge and so many talented photographers publish their work there. I find the search function especially interesting. Using the search field you can narrow down your search very precisely and then find countless ideas. If you click on a picture, many more pictures appear for the chosen keyword. I save my favourite inspirations on a pin board.
I have created the following pin boards for shooting inspirations:
Shooting Setup (for inspiration around the setup in the studio)
Portrait photography (for inspirations around posing, perspective, facial expressions etc.)
Fashion photography (for inspiration around fashion editorials, posing, scenes, locations, looks etc.)
Hair & Make Up
Shooting dependent pin boards depending on the order (mostly secret pin boards)
The more I photograph and the more I deal with the subject, the more I notice in which areas I still need inspiration. So there will certainly be many more pin boards to come. If you are interested in my pin board setup, you can find my profile here.
Instagram has become a very important platform to interact with your target audience and generate traffic to your website. Originally, Instagram was an image database and source of inspiration, similar to Pinterest. When I come across great profiles of photographers and bloggers, I also use Instagram as inspiration for shootings.
Did you know that you can save images on Instagram? Below each post you will find an icon on the right side, which you can use to save images. You can access them via the main menu in the upper right corner of your profile. There you can also create folders and save the pictures thematically.
Besides online sources I still like to use magazines to get inspired. Especially in fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or L’Officiel there are always fashion editorials.
I always think it’s nice when you also appreciate the value of print media and the work behind it. That’s why it’s not uncommon for me to tear out inspiring work from magazines and put it on my mood board – very old-school.
EVERY DAY LIFE
Of course I also get inspired in everyday life. Every day I walk past such great locations, people and scenes that inspire me for shootings. I try to record these ideas on my mobile phone so that I can fall back on them if necessary. Especially with locations it is always important to have a small repertoire of locations that are suitable for shootings. On my mobile phone I use the Evernote app, which synchronizes with my Mac at the same time.
Finally, I would like to say that it is very important not to get lost in all the sources of inspiration and not to forget your own style and work. Because you quickly get into this consumer mode and soak up the beautiful work of others like a sponge. Then you have to pinch yourself again and again and get to work on your own. After all, looking at your own results and being happy about your own pictures is still the most beautiful thing.
The next blog post will be about presenting inspirations for yourself – in other words, creating mood boards.