I got an email from Evelyn and I really liked her question:
I am just smitten over how amazing your pictures are. You are so creative and I love how you give your pictures character!! Where do you get your ideas from? I am shooting a little boy for his spring pictures and would like to get some ideas so that his pictures are not boring.
I get my inspiration from lots of places, but the place where I get the most inspiration is from my clients themselves. I take the time to get to know my clients and find out what inspires them. What they love. If you make it personal for your clients the pictures are going to be that much better because it will be their personality that is reflected.
I also get inspiration from print work (magazines and catalogs) as well as from other photographers. While I get inspiration from other photographers I never copy another photographers idea. No matter how good it is. If I didn’t think of it first then it’s not mine to take. It’s totally fine to get inspired by another photographer, but make it your own!
Last year a lot of photographers were doing engagement shoots with one big balloon. I loved the idea, but I didn’t want to do the same thing. So, I had the idea to use those same big balloons, but use several of them to announce the sex of my friend’s baby.
Lo and behold a bunch of people started doing the same thing to announce the sex of their baby’s or their clients baby’s. I’m totally flattered that people liked the idea so much, but do I get annoyed? I’m not going to lie. A little. I don’t lose sleep over it. But, it is what it is and you put yourself out there that’s what is going to happen.
I have an “Inspiration Book” that I can put all of my ideas into. Whether it’s pages that I ripped out from a magazine, pictures that I print out from online, or an idea that I want to jot down it all goes in that book. That way I can take it to a shoot with me and look at it in my car before I’m ready to start. It helps me focus and make a plan of what I want to accomplish on that particular shoot.
Try it! Start your own!