So, if you're like me and still have a tree and holiday lights up, why not get a head start on a fun valentine?! (Disclaimer: I'm not usually very quick to "undeck the halls," but this year I had a reason to keep them up. We had one last holiday gathering left to host on Saturday...)
Every year I see many versions of a 3-D Photo Valentine, and this year is no exception. I thought I'd share our version with you today.
What You Need
- Camera & Wide Aperture Lens
- Heart-shaped Bokeh Filter/Hood (Buy one from PhotoJojo here or make one here)
- Background Draped with Mini-Lights (a lighted Christmas tree works well)
- And, if your subject is a child, grab some flowers, a teddy bear, a doll, or anything to stand in while you check settings and take some practice shots. Save your child's patience for the real thing, trust me:)
- 4x6 print of Your Favorite shot
- Small scissors or craft knife
- Valentine Pencil (or other treat for the finished Valentine)
- Cutting mat or something to protect your work surface
Once you have a shot you love, add "You're All Write Valentine" or a similar message to your photo. I used Photoshop Elements to edit my photo and add titles. When you're done, print a 4x6 print for each Valentine you will be making.
Use a craft knife or small scissors to make cuts above and below your subjects out-stretched hand. Slide pencil through the slits; adjust the length of the cuts as needed.
That's all there is to it! Have fun and share your shots with me on Instagram. Tag them with #LeftonPeninsulaRoad. (If there's interest, I will make some free downloadable 4x6 overlays for this project. Leave a comment or shoot me an email.)
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Getting decent photos for a blog post can be difficult enough. Add a Kitty that wants to help and...