How to use Pinterest for your photo shoot

Pinterest is my go to for any kind of inspiration and if you aren’t using it you are seriously missing out.  I have boards for my style (well the style I would love to have one day), creative projects I want to do, my own photography, things that motivate me and wayyyyy more. I am a visual person and Pinterest allows me to collate all things “me” visually.

One of the first things I ask my clients, from personal branding through to boudoir, is if they have a pinterest board for their shoot and usually it’s a no. That’s when I give them some homework.

This is the homework task I assign (it’s fun I promise, you may even get addicted):

  • Log into Pinterest. If you haven’t created a Pinterest account, do it. You can thank me later.

  • Create a “secret” board and title it “My Photoshoot”. This a board you can then pin ANYTHING you want without the public seeing what you’ve put in there.

  • Invite me to the board (lovemetruenz) so I can see what sort of style you like and want to achieve.

  • Then, start pinning! Search on Pinterest for keywords appropriate to you session (boudoir, personal branding etc) and pin images you are drawn to on your secret board.Don’t think too much about it, just pin images that make you say “I LOOVVVEEEE that!”

  • Once you start going through the millions of images, you’ll start to realise which ones you like more and you can try some more specific search terms like “moody boudoir” or “colourful branding” or “elegant glamour” etc etc. Keep it up until you have at least 50 images pinned to your board.

The purpose of this task isn’t to find images to replicate. It does a couple of things 1) It will start you really thinking about your shoot and what you want to achieve as well as getting you super excited. 2) It gives me an idea of what images you are drawn to. Do you like more colourful images, or maybe dark and seductive? Do you like full body or details? This is really helpful leading up to your shoot.

Here’s a sneak peak at my secret board for my style:

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By looking at this very briefly, it’s obvious I am more of a rock/goth chic kinda girl at heart and love black.

Sounds like fun right? Go ahead and create your own secret board (even if you aren’t planning a shoot RIGHT now) and you can even invite me to it. It may spark some inspiration and find you are ready to shoot sooner than you realised.

"I HATE having my photo taken"

“I hope you’re good at photoshop”

“I may break your camera”

“I hate having my photo taken”

If I had a dollar for everytime someone told me they hate having their photo taken I’d be rich. Honestly this is the most common thing I hear from people when I say I’m a photographer or they come in for a shoot.


I get it, I really do - I also struggle to have my photo taken as it feels weird. Forcing a smile or expression is unnatural and looking at yourself in a photo is even worse, because you are used to looking in a mirror or taking a selfie, which is a reflection of you vs being shown a true depiction of yourself. It can be confronting especially if you have had a bad experience in the past.


The good thing is, I have a skill set that I bring to the shoot. I have a degree in photography and I’ve been actively working and training as a photographer for several years now.  I know how to pose you so you will look the best you have looked in a photograph.


After a shoot with me, my clients usually say something like, “wow that was painless, you made me feel so comfortable”. My clients end up enjoying their experience and (with great surprise) LOVE their images, whether it be a simple headshot or a boudoir portrait.

How can you start to feel comfortable in photos? First thing to do is relax - just breathe.

If it helps, tidy yourself up a bit - wear that favourite top that makes you look great, put a bit of lippy or mascara on and have a once over in a mirror. Other than that, trust your photographer and do what they say - it may seem silly or out of your comfort zone, but we know that in camera it looks AMAZING.

Remember we are both after the same outcome - an amazing photograph of you!

Self-love Sunday - Meditation

Everyone these days seems to be getting on board with things that will help create more balance in their lives and one such way is meditation.

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I was very much in the camp of “I know it’s good for me but I’ll get round to it one day when I have time” and frankly a little like yeah whatever/ skeptical about it actually working. I’m definitely a workaholic and not a hippy, I need to see results and the feel good attitude is all great but just not really my cup of tea.

Now I have done mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises before for a medical condition I have (I will be writing about dealing with this in the future) and it kind of worked but I gave up.

However having been recommended a meditation called holosync by a good friend of mine who also runs a business and seems to be doing very well at it, I figured, why not give it a go and see what it can do for me. I mean at the end of the day no harm in trying right?

So the first night I lay on my shakti mat, popped on an eye mask (like for in planes) and my headphones and listened to the sound of the rain pouring on a roof (Which I love normally and find so peaceful) mixed with the sound of Tibetan singing bowls (I had to google metal sounding bowl to find its actual name). It was an incredible space to exist in for 30 minutes. The Shakti mat, which I use to relax muscles after pole dancing, is usually unbearable but I managed to lie on it for the whole time and afterwards found it amazing. The best part though - I GOT A FULL NIGHT SLEEP for the first time in what must be years. Usually I wake up multiple times through the night, and sometimes spend a good hour awake.

Truth be told, meditation isn’t a fad, in fact it's been around for millennia and has an impressive list of benefits like reducing stress (check), improving concentration (check, hell I’m even writing a blog without getting distracted), increasing happiness and self-awareness and even slowing aging (yes please) and improving immune health. I mean who doesn’t want a piece of that??

However, even with its benefits it can be hard to figure out how to start - it's easy to get overwhelmed and think you don’t have the space, money, time or attention span so throw it into the too hard basket (I did for sure)

To get started, I honestly think the best thing to do is schedule it in. Schedule some time (it can be 5 mins, an hour, or whatever time you can make work for you) in your diary each day (I find it easiest to do before bed, just get off your damn device 30 mins earlier than you would.. Looking at your electronic devices before bed is bad for your sleep anyway) and when that alarm goes off actually do it.

The easiest way to start meditating is to sit in a chair or lie on the floor (get a pillow for your head), set a timer for how long you want to meditate for, then close your eyes, take three deep breaths from your belly if you can and pay attention to the breath as it flows in and out. Let yourself concentrate on the breaths, and if you find yourself getting distracted, clear your mind and just bring it back to your breathing. Concentrate on the in and the out of the flow of breath and there you have it your meditating!

If you find yourself struggling to start on your own, there is a world of guided meditations you can find on youtube to help you out.

With a little planning and consistency, you can integrate a simple meditation practice into your daily life so you can reap the rewards of what it has to provide.

Let me know below if you have started or are thinking of starting meditation and what your experiences were.

Jessie xo




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