When I work with my parents and grads designing their senior session, one of the things we talk about are what sports, activities, clubs or hobby's they have to see if there is something unique to naturally incorporate into the session. While I try and create organic, authentic moments (I don't use "props" per say) but if they love wakesurfing; or play an instrument like the guitar; or cheer or a gymnast; or maybe they're a book enthusiast, etc, we work together to see how we can incorporate that special something.
Well, when Elliot shared he loved his record collection, I was stumped on how to organically capture that when our session was set to be downtown Winter Garden (see his DTWG session >>HERE<<), without it feeling forced or cringe (as the kids say, lol). Then it hit me, it only makes sense that I go to where he actually listens to his music! As I move to start offering in home sessions for families, I thought, why not offer that to my seniors as well! While we could have found a record shop, which would have been super fun too, what a perfect way to capture him authentically than in his own space. I mean I wish I could have some lifestyle shots in my room! Most teens safe havens and chill spaces—where they put their personality and make it their own—is their bedroom. I guarantee these will be some of his favorite images to look back on, as they will most definitely spark so many memories from all the little details only he will pick up on. That are uniquely special to him, like why did he love the posters on his walls; or what is the story behind the LAX head dream catcher, to laughing about a funny story and the ukulele. Not to mention, I'm sure the technology will have changed in the next 10-20 years, so he can get a laugh as he looks at his "ancient" cell phone and laptop too. Images are the real time capsules!
Thanks Elliot, for allowing me into your space and capturing these really awesome memories for you! I am so excited to offer this as an option for my seniors moving forward!