How To Photograph A Fun Valentine’s Card

I love making Ian’s Valentine’s cards. We usually do something simple. He lasts through about four and then I finish the rest. This year I decided to try something different. I found the idea online, showed him the photo. He got a trip to the park for a little posing and I took care of the rest.


Settings and camera mode aren’t as important for taking this photo as getting really close to his fist to achieve the fun distortion.

  1. Grab your widest lens (smallest mm # on the lens). I used my Canon 17-40mm L.
  2. Shoot in whatever mode you like, even Auto will work for this!
  3. If you choose a wide aperture (small f/ number) his face will blur.
  4. If you choose a narrow aperture (large f/number) more of his face will be in focus.
  5. Have your Valentine outstretch his fist, a bit to the side so his face isn’t blocked.
  6. Get as close to the fist as you can while still maintaining focus.
  7. Shoot.
  8. Shoot again, just in case!

I resized mine to 4×6″ and added  Jesse Edwards Doodles Hearts Brushes and a little text. I had them printed at Shutterfly and added the line, “Happy Valentines Day 2011 Ian Kennedy” on the back. I love that the date is included.

A quick two cuts along his hand, the addition of a Tootsie Roll Lollipop and Valentine’s Day cards are done! He loves them. I love them. And we’re done!

I think he was pleased!


6 Comments

  1. Marie Meeder

    I love this idea, and just got photoshop for Christmas. Is that what was used to create this?

  2. Katrina, that’s so cute. I love it and am feeling inspired this morning. Thanks!!

  3. Too adorable, Katrina!

  4. This is delightful, Katrina! Such a fun idea 🙂

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