Ahhhh my first DIY blog about some of the homemade props I made for the Kissing Booth Valentine's Day session I held last weekend in my in-home studio! I have always been a crafty person, so it is just in my nature to combine my love of photography and crafting. As I posted in my New Year's Resolution blog, I wanted to start customizing my sessions more, so what better way than a Kissing Booth for Valentine's Day!
Of course I set out to Pinterest to start gathering some ideas! One of the first things I saw was a Kissing Booth. I showed my husband and he was right on top of it. He asked for measurements and started ripping apart pallets in order to create my vision. Within 3 days, I had a six foot Kissing Booth made. All I had to do was stain it and come up with some awesome decorations. (btw---this booth can be made into soo many things, a lemonade stand, a harvest stand, or a carnival booth....the ideas are endless so if you have one, contact me and we'll set something up!). The kissing booth was made with all recycled wood and the only thing we purchased were nails and stain! A photo prop that can be used over and over for under $10.
Now that the booth was made and stained; I started thinking of ideas on how to "set the scene". I always gravitate towards a rustic/vintage look, so I pulled out one of my 1930's White Cross Beverage Crates that I picked up at a garage sale for $15. These were made in Paterson, New Jersey; so vintage and local! I also used a small rustic little chair and a red sequenced pillow that I picked up a Home Goods! A little sparkle is always a good thing!
The Kisses chalk board was painted on a piece of wood with Chalk Board Paint purchased at a local craft store. This is another prop that was very inexpensive and can be used for so many different things! (Do you see a pattern here...inexpensive and can be used again and again....LOVE it!)
Some of the props I had on the Kissing Booth's ledge were paper straws I found at Target, a fishbowl filled with Conversation hearts and some printable lips and mustaches. I found the pintables online at Fox Hollow Cottage and put some sheen on them to make them glossy; attached them to skewers and had fun photo props! Super easy and super cheap! The "Sweet Love" banner was purchased for a couples session in the vineyards, but fit perfectly for this session also! Check out Before You Say I Do on Etsy for some really nice banners!
On the other side I had french macarons that I purchased at a local bakery, Asalt and Buttery. Talk about AMAZING! I could have eaten them all up (I kind of did after the shoot....hahah)! I also used the macarons as little Thank You's for my clients.
My friend and I designed little Thank You bags with mini bunting banner flags and a hand stamped "Thank You". I think a thank you gift can go a long way, and again, it was just paper, bakers twine, and rubber stamps; all things I already had in my craft room!
And lastly, the fabric garland! I have a new love of all things fabric. This was the second garland I made and I just love the way they look. I picked up fabric at my local fabric shop, cut it into strips, and tied it onto a rope....and voila, a perfect photo prop that adds color and texture to any setup.
And this last picture here is a pull back (behind-the-scenes) of what the set up really looked like when you walked into my natural light, in-home studio. You do not always need a ton of space to create an awesome scene! I am so happy I have this space in my home and I cannot wait to create more memories for clients in the future!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY blog--- and if you ever have an idea for a customized session, please contact me and I can help make your ideas become a reality for you and your family!
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved one! <3