Whether you’re looking for modern, fantasy, or lifestyle photo examples, it’s really easy to use Pinterest for portrait photoshoot inspiration.
CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON PINTEREST
There are ton of other sources out there on how to create an account and if you’ve created one on any other social media site then it’ll be a piece of cake for you.
I will warn you that you will need an account to search, pin, and create boards. Otherwise, you may as well use Google image search.
Browsing Pinterest without being logged in is a pain. The site will stop you halfway through scrolling to tell you to register an account.
ORGANIZING YOUR PORTRAIT PHOTOSHOOT INSPIRATION
The great thing about Pinterest is that you can organize and group your inspiration into categories. For example, Fairy/nature portrait inspired pins can go into one board while creepy and dark portrait inspired pins can go into another.
To be honest, we just started really getting into using Pinterest. Our main social media platform has been Instagram for its ease of use. That said, it makes sense women looking for portrait photoshoot inspiration are more likely to find us through Pinterest than Instagram.
ONE TIP BEFORE YOU START PINNING
I just have one tip before you start pinning like crazy.
Slow it down and just pin your favourite images. On the Made by Ten Pinterest boards we try to inspire women such as yourself with our artistic photography. That means we pin a ton of portrait shots including the ones that are quite similar. The reason is that everyone is unique and will gravitate to even slightly different looks.
When you’re creating your board into anticipation for your photoshoot, the less inspiration you have the better. The more you have, the more confused you’ll be.
Listen, I understand how fun it is to see so many amazing and creative images out there. You pretty much want to do it all! However, if you have time and money constraints, you won’t be able to and it’s better to limit yourself now than face disappointment.
WHAT AND HOW TO SEARCH FOR INSPO ON PINTEREST
Here are the top ways to find and save your favourite inspirational images to your boards:
(1) Search for the exact thing you’re looking for:
If you want boudoir then search boudoir, if you want an old Hollywood pinup style, then search for that. Pinterest has gotten a lot better these past few years. Searching using multiple keywords has become much more robust and accurate. Take advantage of this.
(2) Search for celebrity images:
If there are celebrities you admire and would want the same look, then just search for their pins. This is a especially great for fashion portrait inspiration. You can find images of them taken from magazines as candid shots or as posed editorial shots.
(3) Search for pop culture images like shows you like:
If you want a medieval themed photoshoot (maybe even a castle and dragon fantasy), then you can search for images from shows like Game of Thrones. This is a great alternatives to just searching “medieval”.
(4) Search for specific clothing and accessories you want to wear:
If you want to be inspired by all the different ways you can wear your outfits for a photoshoot then search for the pieces individually and together.
(5) Search for hair and makeup looks:
If you can’t find the hair and makeup looks you’re envisioning from the previous search methods then you’ll have to gather them directly.
BEYOND PINTEREST FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOSHOOT INSPIRATION
We’ve got boards for our creations to inspire women, but we also repin others. That’s important to us because we just want women to find what they’re looking for and get in front of a camera. Even if that isn’t ours.
On that note, all of our photos are on our website. Searching for websites that would have a ton of inspiration like ours is a great alternative or complement to using Pinterest.
Jonathan How is the photographer behind Made by Ten and calls Milton his home. He specializes in creating beautiful, creative portraits of real women. He uses photography (and this blog) to help them build confidence and love for themselves and creates artistic images for their homes and offices. You can see him driving around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada from portrait to fashion shoot and back again.