A Dozen Creative Ideas to Inspire Your Next Photo Shoot
Speaking of creativity, design and color, there's another medium we turn to for inspiration on a daily basis: the art of the photo series. Some photo series take years and years to create, some a month, and some just a day. There's a reason the well-propped and decorated photo booth has became standard at weddings and events of all kinds. It's basically a photo series! And when we say “photo shoot" we mean any event where you take lots and lots of photos. :)
Whether you’re a professional photographer capturing neon colors in the sky or a creative dad taking crazy photos of your daughters, the act of committing to a series lends itself to all sorts of creative expression. It’s like giving yourself a homework assignment. Try to fit this specific thing into your daily, weekly, or monthly creative practice and see what happens. As is our nature, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up 12 of the most creative photo series seen around the web today, as well as a few bonus ideas for creative inspiration and participation.
: Not a recent photo series but one that we always love to check out, ZeFrank’s Young Me / Now Me asks for photos where you pose as your younger self. Every image is user submitted, so the photography is less polished but more personal. Personal stories are included on the, including the holiday one above submitted by none other than yours truly!
Jump Because: Jumping photos are awesome! They infuse life into any photo shoot, and always come out completely different. Submit jumping photos to this site, and keep on jumping.
No matter what, you don’t need professional photography equipment to have fun with photo series. Grab your point and shoot or your smartphone, and get creative with props, backdrops, daily captures, etc. Check out two examples from my personal snapshot collection:
A Day at Alameda Antiques Faire in Mirrors: Taken with an iPhone, this was a one day project inspired by all the gorgeous and unusual antique and vintage mirrors at the Alameda Antiques Faire just east of San Francisco.
Superimpose Yourself Everywhere: Take a silly picture of you and your significant other and drop it into ridiculous backgrounds. This was a fun project we did for our holiday party. The original photograph was taken on a Thanksgiving trip to Mexico. With a little help from photoshop, our brightly colored selves have really been getting around.
And just because it’s so silly and so well done, an honorable mention goes out to this guy who is crazily masterful at Photoshopping celebrities into his holiday party photos.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!