We heart Valentine’s Day at Pear Tree. We really do. Over the past couple years we have put together darling videos of how to take great Valentine’s Day photos of your little ones. Our Valentine’s Day photo ideas cover props, printables, and lots of adorable smiles from the kids at Pear Tree. To inspire you this year, we wanted to share with you our best photo ideas and then don’t forget to send the love with your favorite Valentine’s Day photo cards.
1. Glittery-gold backdrop. For this background, we used two sets of gold metallic curtains, right on top of each other. Inexpensive, and they come in many colors! Add cute heart-shaped sunglasses for an interactive shot.
2. Soft & Sweet. We used a soft, textured rug that can be found at TJMaxx for this valentine to lay on. We added a cut-out heart in bright colors and a heart-shaped sucker. The perfect amount of sweetness.
3. XOXO. This Valentine’s Day photo is one of our top pinned! We used a chalkboard background and colored paper to cut out the letters ‘XOXO’. We strung the letters with a thick, satin ribbon for added softness to the photo. Continue reading →
We asked our team members to tell us which Valentine’s Day card ideas they chose for themselves and their kids. Here are their picks.
Amy “These mini photo strips are so clever and great for handing out to kids. I picked out the Photo Paper Pink & Gold classroom cards for my boyfriend, who is a Phy Ed Teacher in an elementary school. The kids all love seeing pictures of our two growing puppies, Sadie and Pyxi. This photo strip is the perfect way to wish the students a Happy Valentine’s Day.”
Brianna I chose Long Distance Love Valentine’s Day photo cards to send to friends and family because I liked how the pictures looked on the card. I changed the text, and the colors of the card and tape to different shades of pink to match their shirts.
We invited a bunch of kids to Pear Tree for a photo shoot, and created this video so we could show you some fun photography tips for Valentine’s Day that you can recreate at home. We had the kids dress in Valentine’s Day colors of pink and red, then created three different white backdrops that would make them stand out. Then we put the photos in our favorite new Valentine’s Day cards to see how they’d look!
V-Day Banner Wall We chose a blank white wall and draped a simple banner across the top, made from our free Valentine’s Day printable. Set a chair or fluffy rug in front of it for kids to sit on and you’ve got yourself a set for the photo shoot. Props like heart-shaped suckers are sure to bring smiles. Continue reading →
From the adorable kids at Pear Tree Greetings, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! This day is about spreading the love so go ahead and give an extra smile to someone you pass by on the street today, an extra hug for your kids, and write a note to someone special in your life.
What a difference a good photo makes when you’re trying to pick your favorite Valentine’s Day card ideas! This adorable valentine caught our eye because the photo is just perfect for the card. Brooke, this little girl’s mom, agrees and adds that the card is also perfect for the family.
I love sending Valentine’s Day cards. And I love taking photos. So, we decided to have an office Valentine’s Day photo shoot with our own kids. Fun day in the office, right? Then, we decided it’d be fun to make a video to share the results with you—not just our cute Valentine’s Day photos, but also a few photography tips on achieving some of those big smiles we all love. For added fun, we threw in some behind-the-scenes video footage because, as a photographer, I always wonder what the real ‘set’ looks like! So check out the video and the tips below to make your Valentine’s Day cards sparkle.
Now here are some photography tips and ideas to help you achieve the actual photos you saw in the video.
For our main background, we painted a 4×4 section of plywood with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint wasn’t entirely necessary since we didn’t write on it, we just liked the black background against our garland. And speaking of the garland, you can get it as a free printable! It’s easy to cut out and a fun activity to do with your kids.
Photography Tip: Try placing something on your head and asking the child to blow it off. Just about anything works. I used a paper heart. It should either be something the child will physically be able to blow off, or that with a slight tilt of your head, they’ll think they did! Also setting the child on a box or a crate typically keeps them in one spot, long enough at least for a few quick photos!
For this background, we used two sets of gold metallic curtains, right on top of each other. Inexpensive, and they come in many colors!
Photography Tip: Giving kids a prop like sunglasses allows them to interact and play with something, which keeps them occupied long enough for photos. And even the motions of taking off the glasses can be really cute!
We all know what to do on Valentine’s Day for our spouses or significant others. But moms love to make the day special for our kids, too, just to let them know they’re loved. We’ve come up with ten Valentine’s Day ideas for kids that say, “Be my Valentine,” in a creative way!
10. Heart-shaped breakfast
Start the day right with heart-shaped pancakes, toast, or waffles. Make first, then use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them into a heart shape. (Or pack their lunch with a heart-shaped sandwich!)
9. Make it pink
Use red food coloring to make any light-colored food or drink pink. Whether it’s pink milk, oatmeal, or cream cheese on their bagels, making it pink makes it fun!
This Valentine’s Day photo card will be a big surprise for the family and friends of this soon-to-be family of four. They decided to use one of our heart-filled Valentine photo card ideas to announce a new baby on the way.
Jennifer, the expectant mom, explains, “I decided to do a Valentine’s Day photo card because giving valentines out as a child was always something I looked forward to doing. I have done it often as an adult for coworkers, friends and family, though a photo valentine will be a first. I think this will be my best ever! What could define love better than a growing family?”
Are you planning to send valentine cards that friends and family will love? Then you should spend a little time thinking about valentine photo ideas, first. There is one simple thing you can do to make your photos pop: use props!
Since most Valentine’s Day photo cards share a palette of pinks and reds, adding a shot of pink or red to your photo is a fun way to tie your photo into the card design. A cute prop, such as a big candy heart or a flower that matches the colors in your card, makes it look like the card and photo were meant for each other.
We love looking at the cards our customers create, seeing the ways you put your personal stamp on our designs and make them your own. So we decided it would be fun to feature a few each month as inspiration for all of us.
This month, love was definitely in the air. Valentine’s Day cards were very popular, and many of you seemed to agree with us that personalized Valentine’s Day card ideas are better at getting to the heart of the matter. This Sweetheart Photo Valentine’s Day Card is one of our favorites because it does just that, with style and personality. The unique heart-shaped design and the gorgeous photo of this card combine to create the perfect valentine message to family and friends. We would feel very special and loved if we got one of these beautiful cards in the mail. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about—making someone else feel loved.