written by Marta Hewson
Online resources for Inspiration
Inspiration can come from many sources and sometimes can even catch you off guard, where you weren’t looking for anything, but there it is, and its beautiful and now you must capture it.
I find myself going back to certain places of inspiration from time to time, and thought it would be helpful to share some of my top sources with you. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what inspires you as well, so don’t hesitate to leave your top online inspirational places or people, in the comments below.
- Pinterest – This site is now the be all end all of reference resources, and the main Go To for my mood boards and research.
- Instagram - Instagram is great place to get inspired by people you know, as well as famous photographers, models, magazines, and others in the industry.
- The Breed - A membership based site for fashion photographers, makeup artists, models, etc. It has podcasts, interviews, tips and techniques.
- Issuu - A website for just magazine browsing, like an online news stand. Our clients look at magazines so maybe we should too.
- 500px - Galleries of photographs for browsing. The images on this site seem to be a little more fine art and less commercial.
Photographer who inspire:
- Paolo Roversi - This is my number one. Every image I look at, I drool over. The quality, the technique, the glances... his images are like a dream.
- Chris Nicholls - In my opinion he is the best fashion photographer in Canada, and one of my favourites ever, whom I worked for many moons ago.
- Richard Avedon – His fashion images had so much movement, expression, and tension... They tell such stories.
- Lillian Bassman - Her images were classy and dreamlike, almost paintings... sometimes they were painted. They were a marriage of art and fashion, amazing darkroom work and posing. She was known as the Mistress Of The Darkroom.
- Peggy Sirota - Her Editorial images are modern, fun, very high energy, and full of emotion. Wide angle lenses and expressive characters are an accurate description.
- Ellen Von Unwerth - Another high energy photographer. Ellen's images are about high fashion, parties, and high class boudoir.
- Sue Bryce - A classy portrait photographer, with both talent and business sense. She takes portraiture to the next level.
- Miles Aldridge - Colour and Graphics! His fashion images are all about visual intensity and geometry. Now throw in a great expression, and you have yourself a killer image!
- Tim Walker - The man who builds insanely elaborate sets. Every images is an entire fairytale, from costumes, to props, to locations... and so on. He's in his own world.
- Annie Leibovitz - An Iconic celebrity photographer, who photographs her subjects either like fashion models, or effectively brings out their character. Or both at once...