This is by far my favorite Valentine card we have created yet! We built, staged and captured this whimsical scene for a school Valentine card. Just look at the craftsmanship of that booth… I am one lucky lady to have a husband who can turn my imagination into a reality! Did I mention he built this WHILE he watched our 5 children? Seriously, he did! That is a talented man.
Okay so maybe we went a little overboard for this Valentine card, but I absolutely LOVE the way it came out! What a great memory we captured and will have for years to come to look back on. As I mentioned above, my husband built the booth. I did have to do a little convincing and think of other ways we could use the booth so his hard work wasn’t wasted on just one photo shoot. Currently we have this in our playroom as a puppet theater! I turned the top board around, painted ‘Puppet Theater’ on it and had some red curtains made. The kids love it and use their imaginations entertaining each other with their funny skits. We have also used it as a lemonade stand! See… we have gotten good use of it!
My son’s actual card was 3×5. Kinda large for a school Valentine, but oh well. I punched a hole in the top right corner and tied a little clear bag full (maybe 3 kisses) of 25 cent Hershey kisses to the card. Using a 3/4 inch hole punch and red paper, I cut out a bunch of 25 cent signs and then glued them to the bottom of each kiss. I think the candy added a super cute touch.
I borrowed many of the items for this shoot like the flowers, stuffed animals and crate. I made the “Be Mine” sign, bubble gum machine and cupcakes. The bubble gum machine was simply a clay pot I painted red and then turned upside down placing (carefully) a glass bowl with gumballs on top. We already had the letter V as part of our letter wall at home, as well as the red chair, piggy bank and mason jars. And as much as I wish this was our back yard, it’s actually at a local equestrian park near our house. It was the PERFECT location. I did hire my photographer so I could get quality photos. I’m sure she thinks I’m totally nuts!
Here are a couple more we took that day…
(BTW it took 3 adults to crouch over the kids and hold their legs/ankles/feet down while yelling “Toes to the sky!!”. Oh the things we do for a picture…)