5 Reasons to Get Valentine’s Day Photos Taken
Valentine’s Day is a funny sort of holiday; it’s looked upon with both great affection and great displeasure. Some get wrapped up in the act of spreading their words of love and care to others in the form of tokens, flowers, candy, etc. while others view it as an over-commercialized day designed to make people miserable.
Honestly, I love Valentine’s Day. To me, it’s a time when you can reflect on the years spent with those you love and remind them that you will always care about them. One way you can do that is by switching things up and instead of giving your loved ones flowers, get photographs taken. Here are five great reasons for getting Valentine’s Day photos captured this year.
1. It’s a holiday of ‘firsts’
First date, first kiss, first time trying a new activity...Valentine’s Day is a day full of ‘firsts’ whether we are single or taken. Just because you are single doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun either! You can make Valentine’s Day a ‘first’ for trying to bake a new recipe, or go someplace you’ve never been to before, and get photos taken of the end result or while you’re involved with your activities or travels.
A really cute idea if you’re stumped on Valentine’s date ideas with your spouse, fiance/fiancee, or long-time boyfriend/girlfriend is to re-enact your first ever date as best you can, and have photos taken of that too! Then you are free to compare and contrast how you’ve grown as a couple, and see how much stronger your love is now vs. then.
2. You want to do something with your family
Valentine’s Day seems a little too focused on love between couples, doesn’t it? I know the origin of the holiday was dedicated to that kind of love, but there is love that can be celebrated both on February 14 and all year round. There’s the love between you and your family; the love in your eyes when you look at your children, teenage and newborn; the love between you and pets; the love you have for life itself.
If you and your family are also tired of giving each other stuff, give the gift of photography for a change of pace and get some family photos for Valentine’s Day. You may find it’s something you’ll end up wanting to do every year!
3. You’re a very loving person
Like I said, not everyone approaches this holiday with scorn and bitterness. Some people are very loving and adore the holiday. In some people’s minds Valentine’s Day means celebrating a feeling that transcends materialistic objects. To them, things like Valentine’s cards are someone’s way of telling another person they care about them—and to a great deal of people, that can make a world of difference.
If this is why you celebrate Valentine’s Day, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t capture that loving side of you in photographs. You could get photos taken as you give out cards to your friends, or get your family to participate in a photo session with you as you celebrate your love for each other. Love is the ultimate triumph over hatred; a photo session is a great way to express that side of yourself.
4. It’s a great activity for February
February for some can be a disheartening month. Maybe you’re going through a difficult time in your life, or an awful experience for you took place in February in the past. Also, like January, February in BC’s Lower Mainland can be pretty grey and cold, which doesn’t help if you don’t like winter.
However you look at it, a Valentine’s photo session can be a great activity if you’re stumped on how to celebrate, or you feel down, or you feel like you need to do something different. Even if the weather is lousy, there are plenty of photo opportunities you may discover along the way that captures your best side—even if you feel like that’s tough to find these days.
5. It makes a sweet gift idea
If you’re really romantic, you may be considering getting your sweetheart something to remember you by. Photos as a Valentine’s gift may end up wowing your sweetheart since you’re skipping the cliche kind of gift and instead going for something more memorable. If it’s your first Valentine’s Day together, this could end up deepening your new relationship as a result. Even if you’ve been married for so long, giving this kind of gift can be a great reminder in terms of gifts that you still want to spend the rest of your life with your love.
However you approach this holiday, do so with a little love—it could be what you really need. Call me if you think I’d be a great fit to take Valentine’s Day photos for you and your valentine or your family!
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