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Star Wars Valentine with Glow Stick Tutorial

I love putting together photo cards for any occasion – and Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to do something a little fun and silly. I wanted to have my son give his Kindergarten class a little something, but wasn’t sure if candy would be allowed or appreciated, so I chose the next-best-thing – glow sticks.

After some serious Pinspiration-seeking, I really liked this tutorial by Stitch Craft on making a Star Wars photo card that makes it look like the kid is holding a light sabre.  She had the genius idea of having the child hold a flashlight in the photo, which ends up looking like the handle of the light sabre after the glow stick is added.

Of course, we have a few Star Wars costumes. The clones may not have light sabres, but it was fun for my son to be “in character” so we went with it. I photographed my son wielding his imaginary light sabre and selected a shot where the angle of the “beam” was such that it would not have the light beam actually crossing his face.

Then, I laid out an 8.5×11 page in Photoshop to be cut into 3 identical Valentines (keep in mind that the cards have to be somewhat tall because the glow stick bracelets are 8″ long.)  Then I put his image on a pure white background at the bottom. I used the free Star Jedi font to write “May the Force be With You This Valentine’s Day”, and left a place at the top for my son to write his classmates’ names.  I printed them on card stock and gave my son the stack to write the kids’ names on.

I cut the page into the 3 individual Valentines. To complete the cards, I punched a couple of small holes in the card at the top of the flashlight so I could thread the glow stick through without having to bend it to aggressively and accidentally activate it (learned that the hard way – good thing I got a 100-pack!). I used a piece of tape on the back of the card to secure the glow stick into place, and put a connector on the end of the stick on the back side, in case the recipient wanted to turn it into a bracelet.

I bought Wonder Glow Stick Bracelets from Amazon – they had the best reviews for glowing brightly and arriving in good condition. The boys got green and orange sticks, and I used the pink ones (which glow purple) for the girls. I put the Valentines in a box for my son to transport them to school, so they wouldn’t accidentally get activated on the way… but to be extra-safe, I put a few extras in the box too.

Here is the end result!  Pin it for next year :-)

Star Wars Valentine

We set off several sticks during this process, so what did we do with the “testers” from tonight? Put them in the bath with the kids and turned out the lights! Getting clean by the neon glow of mini light sabres was super fun for my 3 and 5 year old! The 1 year old wasn’t a big fan, but he will be in the future, I’m sure. :-)  May the Force be with YOU this Valentine’s Day!!

Sweet Valentines

I have a little tradition of photographing my kids’ playgroup each year for Valentine’s Day. Well, the group has continued to multiply, so there were a total of 18 kids to shoot.  I knew it would be crazy – but I also knew it would be worth it.  So I took the kids by ones and twos, and we had a lot of laughs in the studio while the rest of the kids and parents kept chaos (barely) at bay in the house. I was the best kind of tired when it was all said and done – and I can’t help but smile every time I look at all these happy faces!

 

adorable collage of kids for Valentine's day

Anticipation

This little lady is so excited to to become a big sister!

Belly Kiss

Anybody in there?

Telephone

Love the sparkle in her eyes!

Peek a boo

I can’t wait to meet your little baby when he or she arrives!

 

 

 

School Days

I had a great time photographing this guy in advance of a very important milestone – his first day of Kindergarten!

School-1  School-2  School-3  School-4

Chickadee Photography wishes all the children a great school year!

Peaceful

I had an amazing time photographing this little baby and his big brother for a dear friend. Doesn’t big brother look proud?

Peaceful brothers

 

This newborn baby boy was so tiny, so cozy and so sweet. Peaceful baby in a basin

The lips! The soft neutral colors and soft textures. Sigh, I love this one. Peaceful sleep

 

I love the dramatic simplicity of this black and white portrait. You can imagine exactly how the baby might have been cocooned in the comfort of his mama’s belly! Peaceful

Double Blessings

I always love seeing the children I photograph grow and change over the years, and celebrating new milestones with these special families.  I met the C family when I photographed their 2nd son for his First Communion, and it was a pleasure to meet all 4 boys in this family – check out the photos here!

So I was more than pleased when they contacted me to do First Communion portraits of their twin boys. Although they are not actually identical twins, they are quite similar not only in their handsome appearance but in their good manners and sweet personalities, as well.

Congratulations and thank you for including me in your special celebration.

Personality

I had such a BLAST during this shoot. Love these two kiddos. Perhaps just as special as the kids’ sweet spirits was the mom’s kind comments after our session:

The photographer, Gretchen Murcott, was amazing! She created a fun and comfortable atmosphere that made the kids open up immediately and revealed their true personalities. She has mastered the delicate art of child photography. I highly recommend Chickadee Photography!!!

I’m so flattered! But I have to agree that every parent I know would want a photo of their two kids like this.

The tie, the shorts, the suspenders… his outfit and timeless charm called for a prop with a vintage appeal…

With a sparkle in his eyes and sweetness in his smile, I have a feeling this little heart breaker will get anything he wants!

Big sister was equally charming and full of personality. In fact when I see this picture, the song “Personality” comes to mind…

And lastly, she was more than happy to sass it up in this adorable tutu and coordinating headband from Fia Bella Boutique. I have to thank them for sending these pretty things my way!

This family is super special to me, and I’m so happy I was able to capture the kids’ personalities. Their Mom told me that the kids were asking about me on the way home and wanted to spend more time with me, which is the ultimate compliment!  We’ll definitely do it again soon. ♥

Rising Star

This little lady is multi-talented and pursues acting and modeling.  I met her when we did headshot portraits last year.  Because children change so quickly, her agent wanted her to have updated images, and I was excited to see her again. She makes a photo shoot lots of fun!

Sweet Siblings

I really love seeing the same families over and over. Recently I got to see another one of my very first newborns looking all grown-up as he welcomed his new baby sister to the family!

Here is Mr C when I first met him:

And now, quite the personality!

He was very sweet to his new little sister…

She is perfectly adorable in every way!

Don’t you love these beautiful neutral tones? She looks so angelic.

Congratulations, N Family, on these two beautiful children!

A is for Adorable

One of my favorite little models is now a big sister!  Remember this little beauty?? She’s really growing up.

I was not surprised at all when her new little brother was also a perfect poser. Isn’t he adorable?  Loving the little foot peeking out. xoxo

And finally – I love this little face and tiny fingers. I had so much fun snuggling you, Mr. A!

Congratulations and I can’t wait to see you all again soon.