Would it be a retro style shoot or a Victorian setting photo session, it's up to you and what you have at home. You can make a scrapbook, or a digital picture frame slideshow, or a personalized card, you name it. Whatever it is, it will blow your better half's mind, I guarantee. So, how do you pull this off? I say, use whatever you have at home. If you are up for spending some extra money on this, sure, go ahead and buy stuff. But you can absolutely make the most awesome photos of yourself without a trip to the store. BE CREATIVE!
photo collage with drawings like this one.
Here are some things that might help you:
1.Light - get every light you have in the house. It is best if you use daylight but if it is not possible, anything will do. Just remember- you need a lot of it! Make sure that you have a light behind you as well as facing you. It is better to light your face full frontal, since light from above or under will produce shadows that if you are not a professional photographer, you will have a tough time controlling and might not be very flattering at the end.
4. A mirror- When I am taking pictures of myself I find it very useful to be able to see how the shot is going to look like and adjust accordingly the light, the props etc. Not that it always works, but imagine how many pictures you will have to take if you are not able to see yourself until you achieve the result you want.
6. Camera- ANY camera would do. You just need the option to set a timer on it to take the picture, but now even phone cameras can do that, so no worries. If you have a camera remote, even better ( that's what I use, it is very inexpensive one and it works just fine for me).
Happy Valentine's Day!