When we are brainstorming ideas for your portrait session, I make a point of trying to get to know my clients. What moves them? What hobbies or interests do they have? It’s through those discussions that we get our biggest “ah-ha” moments of creativity.
Along with picking out a wardrobe and jewelry, we can figure out other things to incorporate: a beloved couple books? A family heirloom? Maybe even your favorite sporting gear or musical instrument?
What is it that brings you joy? What is it that reminds you of a beloved family member? The ideas are endless! I had one client who posed with an antique shoe-stay, the kind used by cobblers in the last century. Those props might seem kind of dorky but they’re a tried-and-true way to connect with something you love and tell people who someday view your portrait a little bit about yourself.
We see these techniques a lot in senior portraits but they’re just as compelling in a portrait for the adult you.