How I Use Pinterest For Portraits
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04/20/2016
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I love Pinterest!  My friends always know what's going on in my life just by my recent "pins".  I actually had a friend email me last week wishing me good luck on our upcoming housing move.  I had not told her we were moving.  She just saw all of my recent pins on home decor and refinishing furniture!  Yes, Pinterest is one of my favorite tools for everything from home decor to parenting, from fashion to workouts to party planning.  Pinterest is my planning partner.

And that goes for Portrait Day planning too!  Here are a few ways that I use Pinterest when preparing for a portrait session.

 

1. DECIDING WHAT TO WEAR

This is one of the first pieces to consider when planning a portrait session, and Pinterest is a great place to begin organizing this.  There are endless pins and pages on great outfit combinations, how to dress your kids, your husband, yourself, in whatever season, and in whatever style.  I often send moms to my "What to Wear" Pinterest board as a starting place for them to get ideas on outfit choices.  What better way to begin planning for portraits than by actually visualizing wardrobe options?  And by the way, this idea goes TENFOLD for planning senior photo sessions!  

 

 

2. CHOOSING A COLOR PALETTE

Beyond just choosing what to wear, it's sometimes difficult to consider whether orange really works well with green, or blue, or pink.  Pinterest is a great way to see for yourself.  There are endless pins of different color palettes, so that you can actually see color combinations.  Who would have thought that rust went so well with bright pink?  And for the record, these color palettes inspire me in my wardrobe planning, my home decorating, and even my business brand planning!  Seriously, I am in love with Pinterst color palettes!

 


 

3. BEING INSPIRED BY THE WORD

I love reading great quotes.  And apparently so does everyone else on Pinterest, because newsfeeds are flowing with inspiring and empowering quotes.  Often times, I find a quote about family or a quote about beauty will coincide wonderfully with the idea behind a portrait session.  And so I collect quotes.  I keep quotes about beauty, or family, or service.  I love to collect quotes from inspiring women like Eleanor Roosevelt or Mother Teresa.  Sometimes the right words will go a long way in putting the finishing touches on a portrait session.  Quotes often help me get to the "why" behind my portraits, and when I understand the "why", all the rest makes sense.

 

4. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

I have a lot of great boards to help lead my clients in their decision making.  But not every mom has the time to search through my forty plus Pinterest boards.  Not every senior has the interest in searching through all of my pins for those that inspire her.  That's why I create special boards for my clients.  This is so fun, especially for my high school clients.  What I do is ask each girl (or mom) to share a few words with me that describe her or her family.  Is she edgy and wild?  A bit quiet and thoughtful?  Does she like bold colors or muted colors?  Does she have a favorite color?  What activities does she do at school, or with her kids?  Once I have an idea of the woman behind the portraits, I head to Pinterest.  I create a board which I name after her, and I invite her to join the board and pin with me.  I begin filling the board with color palettes, clothing options, posing ideas, lighting styles, and other pins that speak to what speak to her.  This is such a fun experience for us both, as the photo session begins to take shape in our minds, and in front of our eyes.  By the time we step out with my camera, we have a clear idea of what we each want from the session, leaving little room for uncertainty and maybe nervousness too.  These are probably my favorite boards to create.

 

Any woman who has spent time on Pinterest can tell you that it's dangerously addicting!  But it can be so useful too!  Are you on Pinterest?  What boards inspire you?  How do you use Pinterest to organize your business?  Or your home?  Or your brain?  Share with me!  I always love new Pinterest ideas!

 

And if you want to see more of my crazy Pinterest boards, follow me on Pinterest HERE or HERE!

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