A lot of creative types claim they don’t enjoy planning, but gathering inspiration is one of the best parts of the pre-production process, I promise.
When I’m producing photo shoots, putting together the creative direction is not only fun, but useful: it helps me hone in on a vision, acts as a trigger for new ideas, and provides examples of lighting and composition, which make it much easier to communicate with the client and crew. Thank goodness the Internet gods have made all of this visual inspiration so easy to find!
These are some of my favorite resources:
Artist representative agencies host the best images of their clients’ work, and are great places to see the portfolios of big names and up-and-comers alike.
Editorials featured in the best print and online publications in the world provide endless inspiration directly from the pros. These sites do the hard work of hunting and gathering for you!
My current favorite social network is also one of the best sources of visual inspiration out there. Find one amazing account and let yourself fall down the Instagram rabbit hole, where all the pretty pictures live. I like to screenshot my favorite images and upload them to Pinterest.
Speaking of Pinterest, it’s the easiest way to collect and sort images from all of the sources listed above. It’s also a super convenient way to search for specific looks, artists, and brands, and I especially love it when I’m putting together beauty direction, like when I know I want a burgundy lip but need to show the makeup artist exactly how burgundy it should be.
What are your favorite sites for visual inspiration? Share in the comments!