How To Use Pinterest for Photographers

August 4, 2011

in Photography Session Tips, Photography Tips, Rachel Durik

How To Use Pinterest for Photographers

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When you’re preparing for a photo shoot, it’s good to have a vision for what you want your final product to look like. What kind of setting and lighting will you use? What about the clothing? Props? Colors? Styles?

A good way to figure out where you’re headed in a shoot is to create an inspiration board. You can do this by ripping photos out of magazines and putting them on boards, or you can simply use Pinterest!

Pinterest is my new favorite addiction. When you see a picture on the web that you like, you can “pin” it to one of your boards on Pinterest. Pins will link to the website where you found them so that you can easily access them later. You can create as many different boards as you want. After you begin pinning ideas to your boards, you will start to see a visual representation of your ideas for a shoot.

Want some examples? This is a board I put together for an engagement shoot.
How To Use Pinterest for Photographers

The couple was from out of town, so using the board was a great way to communicate ideas. On the left, you’ll find the inspiration, on the right, the result.
How To Use Pinterest for Photographers

You can find this full shoot here.

This next board was a board I put together for one of my workshops.
How To Use Pinterest for Photographers

By using the board, I was able to communicate my ideas clearly to the model and to Gracylu Originals, who made the head piece.

How To Use Pinterest for Photographers

You can find this full shoot here.

Of course, the uses of Pinterest go on and on (I’m about to head there right now for some dinner ideas), but it’s an excellent photography tool. So what are you waiting for? Go over to Pinterest and sign up right now! (And once you’re there, you can find I Heart Faces and me here!)

Rachel Durik is a photographer located in Southwest Florida. You can learn more by visiting her photography site, Savor Photography, Naples Wedding Photographer, the Savor Facebook page, or by attending her London photography workshop or online Photoshop and Lightroom classes.

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Kat @ KaydeeBunz September 15, 2012

Great shots! Most of yours are much better than the original “idea” shot! I love using Pinterest and all the fun aspects it can bring to my daily life :)

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Jessica D'Onofrio February 23, 2012

Great ideas! I’ve been trying to utilize Pinterest for my business, as it’s obviously an amazing way to gather inspiration for brides. I’m using it to create individual inspiration boards for engagement competitions, for suggestions on what to wear to an engagement, props to bring, etc. It really creates a fun, useful, and ATTRACTIVE way to present these ideas to brides rather than sending them a generalized list in an email.. plus it’s interactive. And as much money as we spend on branding, it’s another lovely way to give this a nice presentation.

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Patrizia Corriero January 25, 2012

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GB Tammy January 5, 2012

I love pinterest. I love getting ideas for poses and set ups for shoots, especially with babies. I like the idea of getting those creative do it yourself projects and working those into my photo shoots! Gonna do that now! :)

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Jean-Luc Raymond October 8, 2011

How To Use Pinterest to Make Inspiration Boards http://j.mp/r3pTCz

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Hunter August 7, 2011

I love Pinterest! Inspiration boards have never been this easier and more fun. :)

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Rose August 5, 2011

Pinterest is a new find for me as well and am crazy over it . it is fun having all your loves at one place.love ..love ..love it!!!

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Mommyof2Girlz/StephD August 4, 2011

Great post. I am so addicted to Pinterest and your “results” came out beautiful!

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Dana Lane August 4, 2011

I have a serious addiction to Pinterest- I think I have around 18 boards, with a few of them dedicated to photography… I hadn’t thought about using them for specific shoots, so this was a helpful article! (Not to mention, loving some of your pins above!!)

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SthrnFairytale August 4, 2011

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Myra @ MyBlessedLife August 4, 2011

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Angie August 4, 2011

I love Pinterest for this very reason! –>RT @iheartfaces: How To Use Pinterest to Make Inspiration Boards http://t.co/TooP5Wv

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sabrina cook August 4, 2011

LOVE! How To Use Pinterest to Make Inspiration Boards http://bit.ly/qqdomO via @iheartfaces

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Shelly Doyle-Shuey August 4, 2011

How To Use Pinterest to Make Inspiration Boards: When you’re preparing for a shoot, it’s good… http://goo.gl/fb/h1sUy

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christa morgenstern August 4, 2011

Thanks a lot for sharing this. I just started to use Pinterest but haven’t gone very far yet. Your info helped me along particularly using it as inspiration board storage. Great idea.
Greetz from Germany
Christa

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Meghan Rickard August 4, 2011

Oh, and I’m also using it to plan my Son’s 5th birthday party this month :)

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Meghan Rickard August 4, 2011

I used Pinterest to plan my Daughter’s 3rd birthday party, and it was the greatest tool EVER!!
Here is my pin board: http://pinterest.com/meghanrickard/madalynns-3rd-bday/
and here is her birthday party: http://meghanrickardphotography.blogspot.com/2011/07/just-us-madalynns-3rd-birthday-party.html

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Chantal Bergeron August 4, 2011

Love pinterest! I’ve been using them for just this purpose (among other things!) and it’s so helpful!

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Mia Baker August 4, 2011

I’m obsessed with Pinterest! It helps so much with getting ideas for shoots!

My Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/miabaker86/

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Dana Suggs August 4, 2011

I am SO HAPPY you wrote this!! I really had ZERO idea what pinterest was or how to use it, and this really REALLY helped! Thank you Rachel!

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Gabby / En Route Photography August 4, 2011

I’ve just started to use Pinterest for making inspiration boards as well and I posted a very similar post on my blog just a few days ago! ;)

http://enroute-blog.com/

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