Posted by Beck
A bit belated, but I promised my mom a glimpse of Valentine's Day Photo Shoot 2013. If you have a hankering to view any of our previous Valentine's Day photo shoots, click here for 2012 and 2011.
Basically I had a really elaborate plan in my head that involved chalkboards, the outside fence and a super adorable Valentine's Day bunting. None of that happened. At this stage in my life I'm pretty lucky if I clean the kitchen every night, so making bunting sounds like a good idea in theory, but usually winds up kind of low on my list. So I mulled photo backdrop ideas over in my head throughout the day, each "design" getting less and less intricate as the day went on.
Finally, around 4pm, I knew it was now or never time as the natural light was fading and we had to leave the house in 30 minutes. I busted out some tan scrapbook paper, a fat marker, and my go-to ball of twine and made my sign; pulled the fun polka-dot fabric out of my fabric drawer and tacked it to the wall; threw a red pillow in this wooden crate that sits in the living room; dressed A in an acceptable outfit and called it good.
I learned from my years as a television producer that patterns tend to "move" on camera and these tiny multi-colored dots are no exception, but I still love it! *
Originally LJ told me he didn't want to be in any pictures and wouldn't let me "stage" him. Then at the last minute he jumped into the crate, told me he wanted to hold A and decided to be a team player. Luckily I had the foresight to dress him in an appropriately colored shirt should this very thing happen. Do I know my kid or what?
Then he gives me a gem like this:
Fortunately, he's a pro.
I didn't, however, have time to fix his hair or wash his face. Fortunately you can't really see that in these pictures.
Your guess is as good as mine on this one.
XOXO to you all!
*Fun Tip: If you're planning to be photographed or on television, solid colors, particularly brights, are your best bet. Tiny patterns tend to look like they are moving on camera, and white and black have their own issues, particularly in a setting where the camera is moving between subjects and has to adjust to the lighting each time. Black is okay when paired with a solid color and wide prints or plaids are usually okay. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but one that will definitely help you look your best for your 15 minutes of fame!