In the past, I’ve purchased Valentine’s Day cards for my kids to hand out to their school friends. Last year, I actually designed some Valentine’s Day Cards for my kids to take with them. My oldest is now in middle school, so she sadly won’t be needing Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates this year. But, I’m super excited that I had the opportunity to order some Valentine’s Day Photo Cards for my son this year from Pear Tree Greetings. Pear Tree Greetings has a huge selection of gorgeous Kids Valentine’s Day Cards and Valentine’s Day Photo Cards . I let my little guy select his own card and, of course, the baseball obsessed little man chose this card:
Before I could order Valentine’s Day Photo Cards for him, I had to take some Valentines Photos. I am not a professional photographer or anything remotely close to that. My photos are not perfect – they are a little more blurry than I’d like and the lighting isn’t always just right. But, I do love taking pictures of my kiddos! Like most moms out there, my kids are my favorite subjects. There are a few photography tips that I’ve picked up along the way that have been helpful to me. If you have some great tips, please leave them in the comments section below. Here are a few of my tips for Valentines Day Photos to remember:
1. Go outdoors
It’s always easier for me to get the most natural looking light if I shoot outdoors. It can be tricky even outside, though. Too much direct sunlight and the kids end up squinting and they look completely washed out (especially this time of year). I try to pick a spot that is facing the sun, but is actually just in the shade. If the weather this time of year prevents you from going outside, try taking your pictures indoors next to a big window.
2. Try some Valentines themed props
Kids tend to relax and look less posed when they have something to do. A simple little Valentines heart garland or other prop can help achieve a more natural photo.
You could also hang a garland behind your subject for a subtle Valentines theme for your pictures. I had Sam step a few feet in front of the heart garland so it looked a little blurry and buttery behind him. It also makes the Valentines prop a little less prominent so the picture works year round.
Older kids may not be so into using a photo props. My daughter wasn’t crazy about the heart garland, but she gladly agreed to wear a heart sweater that she had for the pictures.
3. Take a ton of pictures
Getting a picture of both of my kids actually looking at the camera with a half way natural smile takes a lot of patience. There are probably 40+ pictures that I took to get this one decent one. Shooting many pictures increases your odds of getting that great one!
4. Take pictures both close up and far away
While I was taking pictures, I made sure to get several full body shots, like the one of my daughter, above. I moved in close for some tight shots of the kids’ faces, like my son’s above picture. I also took a few pictures that were from the waist up, like the one of my daughter and husband. Varying your pictures will give you more opportunities for that perfect shot.
5. Use black & white photo editing
I really liked the smiles that my son and husband had in this picture, but the coloring in the picture just wasn’t right. To fix the lighting, I just used a photo editor to make the picture black and white. I can now print the picture without having to worry about the coloring being slightly off.
If you’re looking for some adorable Valentine’s Day Photo Cards to go with the great Valentines pictures you take, here are a few more of my favorites from Pear Tree Greetings:
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*This was a sponsored post by Pear Tree Greetings. All opinions are those of Mirabelle Creations*