Vintage photo via Pinterest
Where does an idea for a shoot come from?
An idea can come from the client, a piece of clothing, a location, an old photo, a film or history. Inspiration is everywhere.
Today I will talk you through the process I use to put an idea for a portrait shoot together and give you a little sneak look into one of the things I will be teaching at the Picture This Workshop.
In this case the idea for a shoot I am planning came from a seaside location and grew from there.
Love this perspective and feel – those legs! Photo via Pinterest
The location is by the sea, there are old boats and a wonderful wooden yacht club and so much inspiration.
Love this pose Vintage photo via Pinterest
We borrowed a vintage swimsuit from a friend and started to build ideas around the swimsuit including props, poses, hair and make-up and accessories. If the client is up for it so am I!
Location idea photo via Pinterest
The club has a wonderful old bar and I could just see the vintage costume at the bar!
Prop Umbrella idea photo via Pinterest
Props are wonderful to take your subjects mind of the camera and give them something to do with their hands and give your photos a more authentic feel.
Love a big beach umbrella as prop photo Pinterest
Hair and make-up idea copyright Carla Coulson
Like with all moodboarding images and ideas they are just starting points. I take inspiration photos to show the hair and make-up artist as initial ideas but always trust their judgement on what will work with different face and eye shapes and hair texture.
Love the graphic quality of this shot and the pose – Photo via Pinterest
Poses and mood are important especially when you are inspired by something vintage. Check out the ways models sat, posed, walked and moved in old photos! There is so much to learn.
Each shoot is an organic process and has a life of it’s own. Even if you wanted to copy an idea it is almost impossible as you will never have the same light, model, location and emotion created by another photographer or model so your shoot will always have your stamp on it.
I gather the inspiration photos together to have with me on the shoot to show the client ideas and the shoot finds it’s own legs and then away we go….
I love everything about the shooting and planning process.
“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity”. Bo Bennett