After that 1st Valentine's Day, we never really put emphasis on the day. Maybe because we couldn't top the no budget perfect night that once was or that our "dating" anniversary was two weeks prior. We just never got caught up in the Valentine's Day hype. And I am totally fine with that. However, having kids changes it a bit. They love holidays. All holidays. Especially those filled with candy and hearts and love! We still keep it small, but we buy Valentines, and candy, and a cute treat for them. They love handing out and receiving Valentine's at school and I love the innocence the holiday is for them, especially as I know the simplicity of the holiday is short lived. I hope they always love it for what it is...a day to celebrate those that love you and those that you love.
This year, Todd is out of town and I wanted to send him a little something. We always agree not to give gifts to each other, so this year, the kids and I had a photo shoot. I was a little out of my element trying to take pictures in a makeshift family room studio. I prefer working with natural light outdoors and prefer lifestyle photos, which I did capture a bit. I took what we had and put it together in a slideshow set to music and he was able to see it in Bogota, Colombia! Here are some of the photos I used for the slideshow...you can see the love in their eyes. They knew they were doing this for Daddy! This is for Todd, and for all those that show their love to our children everyday - their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Happy Love Day!
|Trying to get an almost three year old to pucker up on command!|
|I had an idea in my head of what I wanted this to look like. It took many attempts and I don't know that I really accomplished it. I'm not used to shooting indoors and the lighting was not my friend. Eventually, we took it outside!|
|I love the sweet moments captured when they think you turned the camera off.|
These pictures and this style are a work in progress for me. But, we worked too hard on them not to share them with those we love!