The Magic of a Mood board to help you decide what a successful portrait session means for you

I understand that making the decision of booking a portrait session is not what you have in mind right now, if ever you do though take control and decide how you want to be photographed, how much make up you want to wear, the type of clothes. You are in control! What you want when you look at the pictures is recognise yourself but also have a glimpse of the woman you didn't know existed inside you! 

The magic of a moodpboard is to help you decide what a successful portrait session means for you.

Pinterest is undoubtedly my favourite "social media". I use Pinterest as a tool for inspiration, creating ideas for personal, editorial photo shoot and working with clients on every portrait shoot.

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With the emergence of digital photography, the idea of setting up a photo shoot might seem easy peasy. Don't be fooled by the convenience of taking a camera and just starting shooting, if you want to create a photo shoot with YOU in mind; you need to have a vision with some ideas of how you would like to be photographed so preparation is key.

This doesn't mean that you can't be photographed unplanned when travelling or offered an incredible opportunity to be photographed on the spot.

Let's go back to make the most of a mood board for a photo shoot.


1. Choose a theme for the shoot

By setting a theme and mood for the photo shoot, you will be able to limit your focus, pick a style a location, choose a mood and a colour theme.

2. Create a secret board

You will be able to share the board with your photographer, makeup artist, stylist.  Exchange ideas with your photographer and start pinning.

3.Create a vision

Before Pinterest, to create a mood board you would tear pages from magazines and pin them to a wall. The principle of Pinterest is the same you choose images that fit your ideas. Select images from your searches for location, clothing, colour themes, props, accessories, photographers, designers, movies that inspire you.

4.Step back

Like standing in a museum in front of a painting, display your board on a computer screen and step back, what jumps to minds, let yourself permeate with the mood, colour tones, the images. Write down a plan and scenario for your shot from this mood board.

5. Pin regularly

Keep your inspiration going by pinning on a regular basis, browsing magazines, watching movies, wandering in the city, travelling. Whatever springs to mind pin with your ideas and keep them for a future photo shoot.

If you have a photoshoot in mind but still unsure book a complementary consultation with me below follow me on Pinterest account.