When prepping for a photo shoot I look for inspiration in all kinds of places - books, blogs, magazines, even my own collection of stamps! You just never know where that element you're looking for will come from so always keep your eyes peeled.
For my most recent food shoot, for example, I looked at fashion for color inspiration. The story I was art directing was about getting children to eat healthy foods so I wanted the styling to be fun but not childlike. I wanted to bring bright happy colors, and maybe some patterns, so off I went searching.
A good reliable resource for color inspiration is the blog Color Collective. That's where I found the tear above. The clothes are from Jonathan Saunders Fall 2011 collection, and they had exactly the mix of patterns and colors I was imagining. This was the perfect starting point to create a moodboard to send to the photographer and prop stylist. When I got to the set, I was welcomed with the most awesome selection of plates, bowls and linens. Aren't they perfect? Way to make an AD very happy!
Check out Color Collective for tons more inspiring color combinations.