If your home is anything like mine this week, you’re stuffing your child’s backpacks with Valentine’s Day cards and sweets to take to school. Often that’s as far as the festivities go and we let the perfect family photoshoot opportunity slip right through our fingers. Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day photo ideas for your family and kids comes down to two parts playfulness and one part advanced planning. Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite ideas in the hopes that they’ll inspire a little happy snapping in your home this weekend.
Pick up some photo props
For themed photo sessions, such as a a cute Valentine’s Day family photo shoot, using props is a great way to communicate the sentiment of the season. If that sounds like a headache waiting to happen, remember that practically anything and everything can be used as a photo prop – there’s no need to spend a ton of money or spend sleepless nights fashioning one-time-use toys. Take a peek at Pinterest and you’ll see numerous Valentine’s Day photo ideas that use items such as large cardboard letters, streamers, confetti, and balloons.
Turn around for a hug
This is perhaps the easiest way to create a Valentine’s Day photo that you’ll keep on your wall for years to come. Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the people in our lives that love and support us, the people we keep close and wrap our arms around. Rather than primping and pruning for the perfect family portrait, forget about perfection and scoop everyone up into an impromptu bear hug. Snap a few pictures staring straight at the camera, but then snap a few from behind. It may sound quirky, but the resulting images will be understated and truly heartfelt.
Collect some sibling hugs and kisses
Nothing is sweeter than witnessing two children sharing a peck on the cheek or walking hand in hand. That may be true, but every mom knows that between the ages of 4 and 15, “sibling cooties” make that idea nearly impossible to negotiate. If that’s the case, grab a few of your favorite shades of lipstick and plant a few kisses on your children’s cheeks. Then, get snuggly with the whole family in one frame, share a kiss with your spouse, and snap a family portrait before anyone gets the chance to run off.
Create an impromptu cupid costume
If you’ve got a little one in the house, nothing is more adorable than strapping on a tiny pair of white angel wings and creating a spur of the moment cupid costume. Whether you’re dressing up a newborn, toddler, or child, you’re sure to create some spectacular snapshots. In case your cupid is running around at high speeds, remember to adjust your camera’s shutter speed (or use continuous shooting mode) to ensure your images don’t come out blurry.
Cut out heart shaped lights
This is an adorable Valentine’s Day photo activity that every member of the family can enjoy. It involves a simple little trick to change your camera’s lens shape and manipulate the way it filters light. Technically speaking this is known as a Bokeh, or blur, and it can be manipulated to create any light shape that you like. All that’s required is a piece of construction paper, some scissors, and tape. For a step-by-step tutorial about how to create this lovely effect, visit DIY Photography.net
These are just a few Valentine’s Day photo ideas to get you started. Pitch the idea to your family and kids and I’m sure you’ll find enough playful inspiration to fill up an afternoon of photography fun. Just make sure to share your images with me in the comments below or on my facebook page. I’d love to see what you’re up to!
About the Author:
Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!