I have a sweet and wonderful photog friend named Emily (of Emily Magers Photography). I was looking for someone to photograph my events and she was looking to develop her skills and promote herself. And thus began a professional collaboration that turned into a beautiful friendship. We spend a LOT of time together, and my son has started FaceTiming her because he’s so obsessed with “EmLeeee!”
Emily has done so much for me and become such a good friend. So when she told me about her idea to offer Valentine’s Day mini photo sessions, and asked if I would stylize it for her, I was thrilled to do so. We headed off to the local dollar stores to see what we could find and started loading up our cart. All together, I think we spent about $40 on decor and supplies. The rest we either had on hand or borrowed. Or was donated. Emily does some photography for Bake You Happy, a local cupcake shop and Cupcake Wars winner; they donated a dozen adorable (and delicious) cupcakes for the shoot. And Sarah from Cardboard Sheek donated the “Love” and hearts banners. To welcome Emily’s clients, we set up a little welcome table with snacks, drinks, favors, & coupons for future sessions. I have to admit that I lacked inspiration up until about 3 days before the shoot, but we were both really happy with how everything turned out.
There was lots of hugging, kissing, hand-holding, and general all-around love & affection going on. Just as it should be for Valentine’s Day.
Station 1: The Love Couch
The Love Couch was simply decorated with two banners made by Cardboard Sheek. I love her banners and use them as often as possible!
Station 2: The Kissing Booth
This kissing booth was a total DIY project. It was a piece of foam board duct taped (yes, I’m that classy) to dowels which were stuck into tins filled with rocks. I printed and cut out the letters and used paper I had on hand to decorate it. I also made up some giant conversation hearts from posterboard that were used as photo props. I LOVE how the conversation hearts turned out. They were such a fun addition to the photos.
Station 3: The Cupcake Shoppe
I was really happy with how this little table set-up turned out. Giant glitter hearts (from the dollar store) were stuck to the wall with sticky tack. The framed subway print was a free printable from Lil’ Luna. The cupcakes were donated by Bake You Happy and I bought the tulips at a local grocery store.
After our day of photo shoots, Emily and I decided to make sure of all our decorations and throw ourselves a little Valentine’s Day party in my back yard. Click here to see pictures from our Love Letters Valentine’s Day party.
Photography: Emily Magers Photography
Styling: Marigold Events
Cupcakes: Bake You Happy
LOVE & hearts banners: Cardboard Sheek
Love Subway Art Print: Lil’ Luna