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2.04.2010

{photo} valentine ideas

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share some ideas for photo valentines!

This is the valentine I made for my daughter's classmates last year. This idea has been all over the web in different variations, but it's always a hit! Take a picture of your child holding a fist, glue your print to scrapbook paper/cardstock and use a utility knife to cut slits above and below the fist so that you can insert the sucker. I embellished my print with some digital scrapbook elements, which can easily be found for free. Another variation on this would be to use a silk flower instead of the sucker. Even a pencil would be cute!


Here we used construction paper to cut X's and O's.


I went looking for some inspiration in the {tml} flickr pool. As always, tons of good stuff to be found there!!!

Here ~paula~ got clever and hung paper hearts in the tree in the background. How cute is that!?

{be mine} by ~paula~.

Aaryn with a Y called in the dog for help! The heart shaped wreath makes a great prop and sometimes the puppy is easier to work with than the kiddos!

I heart U by Aaryn with a Y.

Candy and lollipops always make for great props. They can also help to keep your model happy and still! This great shot is from Catherine Halsey. She also threw in a tutu, which is a timeless sweet touch!

{So Pink} by cmhalsey74.

How about some hand gestures? Great for grown-ups as well as kiddos. This lovely shot is by keli_h.

25.52 // blanket love by keli_h.

Who wouldn't love some heart shaped hair? This darling take on the idea is from
violet tintype.

I Heart You So Much by violet tintype.

This time of year, you can find heart shaped accessories everywhere - why not use them for your valentine image? How cute are these glasses of Madeline Bea's? She has a mama shot to match in her stream!

sweet child of mine by Madeline Bea.

One more idea (I got it from our very own TML mama, Megan!) is to draw a heart tattoo on your kiddo. Works great for boys or girls!


Of course, you could skip the kiddos altogether and play it safe with a nice still life heart shot. You can find all sorts of them in the {tml} flickr pool.

Many designers are offering valentine card templates for photographers, or you can make your own with digital scrapbook elements and papers for a totally custom look. A quick search on flickr or google will bring you tons of options.

Have any other great photo Valentine ideas? Leave us a comment - we'd love to hear about it!

Happy shooting!


4 comments:

  1. Omy gosh!! I love them all!!!! Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. My goodness these are adorable!

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  3. LOVED THEM! Thanks! Oh, and Jackie Jean rocks too!

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  4. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! I created a lollipop card of my son! Photos of it are on my blog if you'd like to take a peek!

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