Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a playful little photo shoot of your sweethearts. I love to take pictures of the kids for grandparents as a personal keepsake for them to enjoy each year.
Capturing photo card worthy pictures of your kids is a lot easier if you have a few tricks up your sleeve. As part of the Capturing Childhood series, I’m sharing my favorite idea for a sweet Valentine card that is just perfect for the grandparents and family in your life!
The best part?: The kids are involved in more than just posing for the photo!
How to set up a “Photo Booth” in your home:
1. Look for the light: Look for a window that offers bright but indirect light. You don’t want the sunshine falling directly on your subject or it will cause harsh shadows. If you look on the floor in my pull back, see the spot where you can see the shadow of the blinds on the floor? I was sure to put my girls in the little crevice just outside of that spot so the sun wasn’t hitting them fully.
2. Have fun with backdrops:There are tons of adorable ideas on Pinterest for photo booth backdrops, but the easiest one by far? Wrapping paper! This red and white polka dot paper was from my Christmas stash. I simply rolled out a super long piece and taped it to the wall! Easy peasy.
Last year I had fun with a few rolls of crepe paper strung, twisted, and taped to this same wall spot. Check out the photo at the bottom of this post to see for yourself.
If your chosen window doesn’t have a good wall near it, try taping up a large piece of poster board in black or white to the back of a straight-backed chair. Simple and clean is always a classic choice!
3. Crop in closely!: This is the most important tip with a photo booth shoot, you want to be sure that the edges of your background cannot be seen in the photo. This may mean that your photo only captures a chest and shoulders portrait vs. a full body but the final effect will be much cleaner. It is helpful to err on the side of “too big” when it comes to your backdrop to make this part easier on yourself.
How to make a personal Valentine:
Our Valentine recipients have special frames they like to use for photos so I wanted to send full 4×6 prints vs. a traditional photo card.
I found plain white photo cards at our local craft shop that had a border for slipping a photo into that was just right.
I had my girls decorate the front and inside using stamps and colored pencils. The butterfly and hearts stamp set was perfect for the thin border around the photo on the front. The friendship stamp set has larger designs for decorating the inside of the cards.
Each girl wrote a sweet letter to the grandparents on the inside of the card which will be even more treasured than the Christmas cards we send using traditional photo card templates. I know my mom loves watching their handwriting change and improve over the years, simply precious!
For helpful posing tricks for photo booth sessions, check out my hysterical outtakes and lessons learned here!