Three kids, two parents, on one sunny afternoon. Kids love playing at the beach (and so do I), so if you can’t think of a location for your session, consider Crissy Field!
My dear friend, whom I’ve known since grade school, was expecting her second son. She wanted to do a session to capture their family of three with one on the way! It worked out so well doing a combo family + maternity shoot to get a little of everything–maternal glow, toddler cuteness, paternal strength, couples’ romance, and family bliss.
Custom photo valentines have become a tradition at our house–. You can view past years here and here. I didn’t post from 2010 so I’m going to show that one later in this post. Anyway, this year I streamlined the girls’ classroom cards by using the same concept. So here’s what we did:
Here is the original picture:
As you can see, the background (my kitchen wall), although white, looked more gray. Which is fine, but when I went to place the text, I didn’t have enough “white space” to make a nice composition. So I dodged the background to bright white in Photoshop and extended it out on the right to make the text fit better. I used the same concept for London’s. (Let’s be clear: the older they get, the more say they have in wardrobe and hairstyling.)
I also wanted them to get their hands on these too, to have some fine motor skill development and such. After printed them out six to a page at kinko’s (excuse me, Fedex Office), the girls’ helped me cut them out and mount them on valentine-themed paper:
The first year we started this process, I used a concept I got from Martha Stewart. Here is the starting image:
London (age 4 then) placed the little heart stickers on the front, and wrote her name on the back. Here is the finished product:
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope this gives you some inspiration for your kids’ valentines!
My twin boys just had their first birthday, and it’s been quite a year! A little slow on the photography business side of things while I tried to get my head back above water, but I’m back on the saddle now. I wanted to do a fun smash cake shoot with these guys in honor of the big day, but I must say, they didn’t get as messy as I anticipated! Maybe sugar and fat just isn’t their thing. Which maybe makes sense because when I was pregnant with them, I didn’t care much for sweets. Then I started breastfeeding and holy moly. The cravings kicked in and I made up for lost time. Anyway, it’s pretty fun to have not one but TWO adorable, squishy, happy, sweet baby boys to love on. And two just as darling daughters to be my mama’s girls. Whenever I’m out with the four of them (just about daily) and someone makes the comment “You’ve got your hands full!” I just reply, “I am so blessed.” Honestly.