Creative Valentine's Day Photography Ideas

Take a Picture and Create a Custom Gift of Love

© Liz Masoner licensed to About.com, Inc.

Valentine's Day is a day devoted to love and affection and photography is a great tool to celebrate and showcase that love. This is the time to pull out the red, pink, and white props, grab a few roses and maybe a bunch of balloons. Then you simply let your imagination fly free with your camera in hand, of course.

Whether you're looking to create a glamorous portrait, a quirky photo card, or a hand-crafted scrapbook, we have a few ideas  to share that are sure to spark your creative side....MORE Take one or two of these concepts and put your own spin on them. They're sure to make this one of the most memorable Valentine's days you've had yet.

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    A fantastic way to incorporate photographs into a family craft project is to get out the scrapbooking supplies. Valentine's day just happens to be a perfect excuse to get a little crafty and create custom gifts, cards, and scrapbook pages.

    Let your creativity run wild with these ideas. Maybe you'd like to recap the year of family events in a love-themed page or you'd like to send grandma a homemade accordion card with the kids' pictures. You can even create a miniature scrapbook...MORE celebrating your family's love. 

    Also, think about converting your pictures into black and white photos before printing them out. You can create a very dramatic and memorable layout by pairing black and white photos with the pinks, reds, and whites we use for Valentine's day decorations.

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    © Liz Masoner licensed to About.com, Inc.

    One of the easiest and possibly most dramatic photos you can create for Valentine's day is a simple portrait with a soft focus. The subject can be your child in front of a beautiful tree, your family walking down a wooded lane, or even a romantic scene you set up in your home.

    Traditionally, photographers would put a soft focus filter on the camera lens, but the digital darkroom has made the effect even easier to obtain.

    Using your favorite photo software, look for the soft focus or blur...MORE filter and adjust it to your liking. Be sure to work on a separate layer that you've duplicated from the background photo. This ensures that you can fine-tune the effect, soften it, and adjust the opacity, brightness, and other blending options as you see fit.

    One popular technique for creating dreamy, fairytale-like photos is called the Orton Effect. While it was created using Photoshop, it is possible to recreate it in other programs as well. It's very easy and with the right photo, it can create the most glamorous images.