10 Valentine's Day DIYs for your next photoshoot


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to start gathering some props and crafting tools to create amazing Valentine’s Day images for your client's! Whether you are shooting a Shutterstock Custom assignment with a Valentine’s Day theme, or shooting romantic couple (or singles!), photographs- having a few good backdrops and props on hand will make your images pop against the rest. 

We’re sharing some of our favourite Valentine’s Day DIY’s that are easy and inexpensive to do. Whether you’re looking to make a Valentine’s Day DIY backdrop or a prop for your next photoshoot, this list of 10 Valentine’s Day DIY’s should help spark some inspiration to create unique custom content. We selected these DIY’s for their creativity, cost-effectiveness, and simplicity to create- so here’s to crafting before your next photoshoot!


Source: A Beautiful Mess
This DIY should be at the top of your list for your next interior home shoot. A perfect DIY for a backdrop to an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner, or for hanging over the couch for a romantic evening in. Using inexpensive faux flowers from a dollar store, this is an easy-to-do DIY with huge visual impact. 


Source: Treasures & Travels
Easy and inexpensive are two of our favourite words when it comes to DIYs, and the lovely ladies behind Treasures and Travels have surpassed all DIY expectations with this amazing no-sew heart pillow DIY. Lindsay (one of the sister’s behind Treasures & Travels) is a talented photographer, Shutterstock Custom contributor, and DIYer who constantly inspires us with her work and endless creativity. Check out her blog for some serious lifestyle inspiration! 


Source: Little Peanut Mag
When it comes to festive photographs, the first thing you think of is a beautiful themed backdrop. We absolutely love how grand this heart backdrop’s impact is, and how surprisingly easy it is to create! Make a huge statement in your photographs with this stunning DIY backdrop. 

Heart-shaped bokeh

Source: Globetrotter Diaries
Perfect for photographers of any skill level, this simple DIY gives your photographs huge romantic impact. Bokeh is a photography term that essentially means blur, and blurring your light. For Valentine’s Day, create a heart-shaped cut-out, but repurpose this DIY for virtually any shape you’d like in the future!



Source: Design Love Fest
We love decorating spaces for themed briefs, and this super easy to make mobile can be placed nearly anywhere in your home. From over the table, to above your bed frame- add this mobile to your next romantic propping shoot.


Source: Lovely Indeed
We’ve already said how much we love custom photo backdrops for our photoshoots, and this super easy square photo backdrop is perfect for any brief! With 3 materials and 10 minutes to create, make this a priority for your next Valentine’s shoot. Pro tip? Use this DIY with different colours to match any theme or holiday. 

hanging flower heart diy

Source: A Pair and a Spare DIY
You might automatically think of flowers when you think of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to just limit them to a vase! Make a hanging flower heart for your next photoshoot for a creative way to showcase floral arrangements. Bonus? This DIY looks just as good dried as it does fresh! 

paint chip heart garland

Source: Lovely Indeed
Super simple DIY project for any backdrop photograph, and nearly free to create! Pick any colour that matches the brief theme, go by your local hardware shop, and you’re good to go!


Source: Studio DIY
Perfect for cute couple photographs, or as food props for your next food or product photoshoot. Add some sparkles, and create a unique Valentine’s Day glitter message! From X’s and O’s, to messages of love- you can put these on the wall, attach them to dowels, or hang them as a mobile depending on how you want to style them. 

love statement garlands

Source: Brit + Co
Similar to the glitter photo props, create a unique love message for a garland backdrop! Pick your favourite Valentine’s Day message, and craft it to this garland to have huge visual impact to your next photoshoot.  

We hope these DIY Valentine’s Day props and backdrop projects help spark some inspiration for your next romantic shoot. Have any other Valentine’s Day photo tips you’d like to share? Comment them below!

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