It's been 5 years since I went got my Bachelor's, and while I had pretty good relationships with teachers at the time and had very good grades, five years have caused me to lose a lot of essays and may have caused them to forgot just who the heck I am. When requesting letters of recommendation, should I (slyly, of course) include some sort of reference picture? Also, if I don't have any work from that class to remind them that, yes, you did give me "A's" on papers, should I send stuff from another class? Finally, should I send my creative work to them or are they there for the strict academic side?
when i was applying (six years post-undergrad), i was advised not to use recommenders who couldn't comment on my creative work. if the potential recommenders are strictly academics, it might be better to get recs from people who you haven't necessarily taken college classes with, but can comment on your creative work. this includes any post-graduation workshops or conferences you've attended. even though i did well in undergrad and had people to recommend me on that side, i ended up getting recs from people i took adult education classes with.