Category: Valentine Photo Ideas

These valentine photo ideas will help inspire you to snap adorable pictures of your loved ones!

Let’s face it – 2020 was a tough year. And unfortunately, the winter of 2021 is shaping up to be equally hard. But – if there’s one bright spot about the pandemic, it’s seeing all the special ways people have come together while staying apart.

From dropping surprise treats on doorsteps to reading bedtime stories over Facetime, we’ve learned how to adapt and bring joy to those we love by connecting in ways outside of the box.

We see one very sweet holiday on the horizon that’s sure to get more love than ever! Valentine’s Day is going to look different this year, but sending wishes of love is about to get a lot more fun.

Snap a photo and create a Valentine’s Day card from yourself, your kids or heck, even your dog! Our newest Valentine’s Day cards were designed with Covid in mind and let you send a little socially-distanced love from coast-to-coast.

1. Air Hugs  

Until there are real hugs, there are air hugs! Add a cute photo to this pandemic Valentine card to create a greeting that will have everyone feeling the love.

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2. In Our Hearts  

Commemorate the winter of 2021 with this super-heartfelt Valentine’s Day card. The phrase “6 feet apart but still in our hearts” is displayed next to your own family photo. On the inside of this folded card you can add even more photos and a custom letter to your loved ones.

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3. Distanced Love  

This February, send a little love from a distance with this cute Covid-themed card. There’s really no better greeting for 2021 than “sending (socially distanced) hugs and kisses”, right?

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4. Love is All

A little sparkle is always welcome, especially this year! This cute Valentine’s Day card brings all the feels with the phrase “all you need is love” stamped in real metallic foil.

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5. Big Squishy Hugs

Don’t we all wish we could give REAL squishy hugs and slobbery kisses?! Everyone’s gonna love this totally adorable photo card.

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6. Just Love

The world could use a little more love right now and this design is a sweet reminder. The quote “what the world needs now is love” accompanies your cute little ones on this beautiful Valentine’s card.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, all! xoxo


Valentine’s Day is drawing near and we’re feeling the love! Here at Pear Tree, we collectively have, well, many school-age children and we cannot wait to personalize our newest Valentine Classroom Cards for our own little sweethearts. We hope you and yours will adore them too!

  1. Magical Unicorn Valentine
    The unicorn-obsession is holding strong and this mini card is bursting with rainbow love and wishes for a magical day. Bonus points if you have a photo of your child sporting a unicorn-themed outfit to add to the backside!


  1. XOXO Valentine
    Say it simply and sweetly with and little X and O style. The mauve, blush, rose, red and palette on this Valentine Card compliment your mini cupid oh-so-adrorably!


  1. Photo Friend Bookmark Valentine
    Fit for a bookworm, this bookmark Valentine pulls double-duty and will be used long after the 14th! Change the colors and message to suit your Valentine’s style.


  1. Out of This World
    Friends will love this Valentine to infinity and beyond! Spaced-themed, with room for a photo and personalized message, this design will rocket its way into your little one’s heart.


  1. XOXO – Valentine Glowstick Holders
    These are going to be such a hit with classmates! Literally glowing with style, these glow stick holder Valentines feature a photo of your child and pre-cut holes for a glow stick.


  1. Happy Heart Day
    Valentine’s Day is all about love and friendship! Deliver a message the exudes both with this classic little style. You can even update the colors to match the photo for a custom-cutie!


  1. Llama Fun Valentine
    It’s all about llamas, llamas, llamas! Tell their friend they’re a llama-fun with a bright and cheery Valentine card.

Pucker up, Valentine’s Day is gonna be here before you know it. While this super-sweet day is usually devoted to couples and sugar-fueled parties for the kids, we have a clever and heartfelt way to spread extra love to all your friends and family.

This year, snap a photo and send a Valentine’s Day card from your family. Whether you forgot to send a Christmas card, or are a stationery fanatic who loves sending custom cards for every occasion possible, our family Valentines are the absolute cutest!

Personalize yours with a family snapshot (or 12!) and even a custom letter.

So, snap a few sweet selfies and fill mailboxes with a bit of extra love this February. Here are just a few of our very faves…

1. Just Love

This one might give you goosebumps. The phrase “What the World Needs Now is Love” is a perfect message for 2021 and beyond.

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2. Shining Love

Snuggle up to take a few family selfies to make this photo-collage Valentine’s Day card absolutely adorable. The metallic detail on this card is foil-stamped in gold, silver or our fave – rose gold!

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3. Letterboard Heart  

This folded cutie puts your family’s love on display with a ton of photos and trendy style. Isn’t that letterboard detail just so cute?!

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4. Love is All  

It’s a classic. All you need is love!

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5. Hearts

We love this Valentine’s Day card, especially for families with young kids. The message “Our Hearts Are Full” have never been so true.

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6. Air Hugs

When you can’t see your loved ones in person on Valentine’s Day, air hugs are the next best thing!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Valentine's Day Photo Ideas

We invited a bunch of kids to Pear Tree for a photo shoot, and created this video so we could show you some fun photography tips for Valentine’s Day that you can recreate at home. We had the kids dress in Valentine’s Day colors of pink and red, then created three different white backdrops that would make them stand out. Then we put the photos in our favorite new Valentine’s Day cards to see how they’d look!

V-Day Banner Wall
Watch this! Valentine's Day Photo Ideas #peartreegreetings #valentinesdayideas
Watch this! Valentine's Day Photo Ideas #peartreegreetings #valentinesdayideasWe chose a blank white wall and draped a simple banner across the top, made from our free Valentine’s Day printable. Set a chair or fluffy rug in front of it for kids to sit on and you’ve got yourself a set for the photo shoot. Props like heart-shaped suckers are sure to bring smiles. 

Happy Valentine's DayFrom the adorable kids at Pear Tree Greetings, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! This day is about spreading the love so go ahead and give an extra smile to someone you pass by on the street today, an extra hug for your kids, and write a note to someone special in your life.

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Valentine's Day Photo Cards -- Glowing Love Horizontal Photo
What a difference a good photo makes when you’re trying to pick your favorite Valentine’s Day card ideas! This adorable valentine caught our eye because the photo is just perfect for the card. Brooke, this little girl’s mom, agrees and adds that the card is also perfect for the family.

I love sending Valentine’s Day cards. And I love taking photos. So, we decided to have an office Valentine’s Day photo shoot with our own kids. Fun day in the office, right? Then, we decided it’d be fun to make a video to share the results with you—not just our cute Valentine’s Day photos, but also a few photography tips on achieving some of those big smiles we all love. For added fun, we threw in some behind-the-scenes video footage because, as a photographer, I always wonder what the real ‘set’ looks like! So check out the video and the tips below to make your Valentine’s Day cards sparkle. 🙂

Now here are some photography tips and ideas to help you achieve the actual photos you saw in the video.

Valentine's Day Photo IdeasFor our main background, we painted a 4×4 section of plywood with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint wasn’t entirely necessary since we didn’t write on it, we just liked the black background against our garland. And speaking of the garland, you can get it as a free printable! It’s easy to cut out and a fun activity to do with your kids.

Photography Tip: Try placing something on your head and asking the child to blow it off. Just about anything works. I used a paper heart. It should either be something the child will physically be able to blow off, or that with a slight tilt of your head, they’ll think they did! Also setting the child on a box or a crate typically keeps them in one spot, long enough at least for a few quick photos!

Valentine's Day Photo IdeasFor this background, we used two sets of gold metallic curtains, right on top of each other. Inexpensive, and they come in many colors!

Photography Tip: Giving kids a prop like sunglasses allows them to interact and play with something, which keeps them occupied long enough for photos. And even the motions of taking off the glasses can be really cute!

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Valentine's Day photo cardsThis Valentine’s Day photo card will be a big surprise for the family and friends of this soon-to-be family of four. They decided to use one of our heart-filled Valentine photo card ideas to announce a new baby on the way.

Jennifer, the expectant mom, explains, “I decided to do a Valentine’s Day photo card because giving valentines out as a child was always something I looked forward to doing. I have done it often as an adult for coworkers, friends and family, though a photo valentine will be a first. I think this will be my best ever! What could define love better than a growing family?”

Valentine Photo Ideas
Are you planning to send valentine cards that friends and family will love? Then you should spend a little time thinking about valentine photo ideas, first. There is one simple thing you can do to make your photos pop: use props!

Since most Valentine’s Day photo cards share a palette of pinks and reds, adding a shot of pink or red to your photo is a fun way to tie your photo into the card design. A cute prop, such as a big candy heart or a flower that matches the colors in your card, makes it look like the card and photo were meant for each other.

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customer card
We love looking at the cards our customers create, seeing the ways you put your personal stamp on our designs and make them your own. So we decided it would be fun to feature a few each month as inspiration for all of us.

This month, love was definitely in the air. Valentine’s Day cards were very popular, and many of you seemed to agree with us that personalized Valentine’s Day card ideas are better at getting to the heart of the matter. This Sweetheart Photo Valentine’s Day Card is one of our favorites because it does just that, with style and personality. The unique heart-shaped design and the gorgeous photo of this card combine to create the perfect valentine message to family and friends. We would feel very special and loved if we got one of these beautiful cards in the mail. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about—making someone else feel loved.

Look for more Valentine’s Day photo ideas on our blog, or start shopping and personalizing your own valentine photo card ideas today.