I want to give a big thank you to Morena at Morena’s Corner for the photoshoot idea she shared for Mother’s Day here, and Father’s Day over at her blog. This is such a sweet idea, and we had our own little photoshoot at home on Saturday to try it out!
I prepared my photo props differently than Morena did, using some wooden letters I found at Hobby Lobby. I decided what I was going to have Raya wear, and I picked out different scrapbook papers from my stash to match. Then I just Mod-Podged them onto the letters.
Really, I planned to spell out D-A-D. But because I waited until Thursday to go pick up letters, they were all sold out of D’s. I must not have been the only one with the idea. ;) So I went with Morena’s original suggestion of L-O-V-E. (I can use the photos for more things this way, too – Grandma will certainly appreciate a few prints!)
I have never Mod-Podged anything onto a really detailed piece like these, so I decided to tackle it like this. Do share if you have an easier way? But I thought this worked well!
Rather than try to cut the paper exactly to fit the letter (I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to line it up well), I coated my paper with Mod Podge first, then also added a coat to the top of my letter.
Then I placed it upside down onto the backside of the paper.
I trimmed it down just a little, to make it easier to work with, and then I used a card to smooth out any bubbles underneath my paper.
Then I let it dry, and used a utility knife to trim the extra paper away.
Then, I put an extra coat of Mod Podge on the top, and let it dry.
Then, the next morning, we headed outside. I gave Raya different letters to hold, and we tried out different places in the yard. We has some good luck on a hill near the road, so she could watch the kids ride their bikes and see the cars. When she had something to keep her occupied, it helped her be a lot more patient with the whole process. For some photos, I used all the letters:
Others, I gave her one letter at a time, and just let her do her own thing. At 18 months, I couldn’t do much coaching, so if your little one is still pretty little, be prepared to take a lot of photos trying to get the right one!
I chose a variety, and got prints of each letter to put in a four-opening frame for my husband for Father’s Day. I don’t have a photo of that, I realized, now that my battery is back on the charger, but I used the collage at the beginning of the post!
In hindsight, I wouldn’t have put her right in the sunshine like this, because a lot of my colors looked washed-out in the photos (plus, even at 9:00 am, it was HOT!) But this was kind of a last-minute idea and we didn’t have a lot of time left to be ready for Father’s Day, so – we worked with what we had.
Overall, though – I think it was a success! My husband LOVED the photos, and we can share some fun ones with Grandma too! Did you all spoil the dads in your life yesterday?
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