If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I do fashion photography on the side. Fashion photography was one of my first ventures into the creative field, right after I started Drifter & the Gypsy (it was actually born out of my being inspired by the photography I would post here on the ol’ bloggity blog). And it’s been a part of me ever since!
Lately I haven’t been able to shoot as much as I’d like to with my focus being geared toward school, but I try to do at least one photo shoot during every school break I have. During winter break I shot Guardian and you bet I’m already planning a shoot for the summer!
One of the most important aspects of conceptualizing a photo shoot is research. “I LOVE doing research!” said no one ever, right? I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my idea that I forget to start off basic and build from there. By starting off basic I usually come up with a few keywords that speak to the aesthetic I want to shine through in my photographs (you can read more about how I organize photo shoots here and here). The last shoot I did was inspired by the Alanis Morissette song Guardian (don’t judge). From there I came up with a few words that related to guardian: child, protector, fantasy, friend, mother, etc.
Enter Bing: my newest way to do online research. I got an email about Bing Rewards right when I was planning my photo shoot. Bing is easy to use like any other search engine, except it’s better because when you join Bing Rewards (for free!) you can earn gift cards to places like amazon.com, Starbucks and Sephora just for for using the search engine.
Since I needed to do research for my photo shoot, I thought why not give Bing a try? Bing is also available for all web browsers and Apple iOS and Android products, which I love (ain’t nothing as cozy as doing research on your iPad from your bed).
After I brainstorm keywords and phrases, I create a mood board of images I feel embodies the look I am trying to achieve. I generally use a variety of websites for this part, but this time I used Bing to search for photos to include in my mood board. One noticeable difference? I was able to pin directly to Pinterest from the search results, making it incredibly easy to create my mood board.
Thanks, Bing, for helping me do research for my photo shoot. It was a success! Even the model said it was one of the most organized shoots she’s ever been on. You can check out the full series on my website here. All in all I will definitely continue to use Bing to rack up points for gift cards and for its pin-from-search-results feature.
A few of the final images from my photo shoot…
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PS. My Great Gatsby t-shirt is c/o Out of Print clothing.