How to Take Valentine’s Day Photos of Your Kids

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I am THAT mom. I am the one who will use any excuse to take photos of her child. Christmas cards, schmishmas cards. We send Valentine’s Day and Halloween cards, too.

But sometimes, the little ones aren’t so cooperative when Mommy pulls out her camera. So if you’re like me and you’re looking for some fun ways to capture your kid in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some things that worked for us.

How To Take Valentine’s Day Photos of Your Kids

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Put something on their face. These sunglasses were the PERFECT distraction. I put them on him, he took them off. The whole time, I’m snapping away, getting some great shots.

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Give them something to reach for. These balloons gave Andrew something to concentrate on. As long as they were on the ground, he was bound and determined to touch them — and that’s ok. It kept him from running all over the place like a chicken with his head cut off, and I got a great photo out of it. 

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Stick a prop on the floor. I used cut-out hearts for the background in my photos, and threw a few on the floor for Andrew to play with. He had a great time trying to pick them up.

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Cover them in kisses. The photos of Andrew with lipstick kisses all over his face are some of my favorites from our photo shoot.

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Let them be themselves. This is my guy — drool running from his mouth, lipstick stains on his shirt, slobber covering his collar. Looking at me like, “Are we DONE yet?” This is real life, and it doesn’t get any better than this.

What are some ways you get your kids to sit still for photos?

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Oh! If you have a minute, please go check out my first post over at Dallas Moms Blog to learn how to make Valentine’s Cookie Pops with a Free Printable! It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your family, friends, or to bring to your child’s preschool party!



  1. Adorable!! I love the idea of the kisses all over him. Lots of great tips!

  2. Great ideas!!! But how did u get a floor so white? Is it those fake floors?

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