Our Photobooth Picture Tradition

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We hope you all have special, fun, quirky or otherwise lovey-dovey plans for the weekend to show your other half how much they mean to you. Sherry and I are just about ready to exchange gifts over breakfast (stay tuned for those details on Monday) and then we’re off to enjoy our special occasion tradition: hitting up a photobooth at a local restaurant to mark the day (and enjoy some dessert while we’re at it).


Even before we incorporated a photobooth into our wedding, we’ve been going to the New York Deli here in Richmond on anniversaries, birthdays, and any other momentous occasion to capture the moment in four black and white frames. We inevitably walk away with a mix of goofy expressions, sweet poses and (my personal favorite) the stunned “caught off guard” stare. We’ve got the photostrips displayed in random spots all over the house, including this little cup on the floating frames behind our dining table (and also in a white leatherbound book, which is a favorite among our guests since it also includes over 100 photstrips from our wedding).


After our trip to the photobooth I’ve promised to take Sherry to see Confessions of a Shopaholic and then we’re off to a group Valentine’s party this evening. What do you guys have planned? Any special traditions to share? Whatever your day has in store for you, here’s hoping that cupid’s good to you!

And no that’s not another ceramic animal in the picture above, it’s a puffin candle from our Alaskan honeymoon. But Sherry has her eye on a certain ceramic mammal so stay tuned…


  1. says

    I love the photo booth pictures, especially displaying them around your house. I don’t think we even have one around I will have to keep an eye out. This would be fun to have the kids do on a regular basis.

  2. jbhat says

    Sherry, you look like a model. John, you look like a cute guy who happens to be dating a model. Happy V Day, Youngsters. Love your traditions.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Really? We just thought we looked crazy! But we keep ’em around because they always make us laugh, especially the first pictures that are often taken before we’re ready so we’re caught stunned and staring at the camera. It’s corny, we know, but so is V-day. And we’ve decided to just embrace the day and be sappy together.

      Hope you’re all having a lovely lovey-dovey day!

      Sherry (& John)

  3. says

    I like the photobooth flower idea. And nice product placement for shopaholic :)
    I started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago when my boyfriend and I made an offer on a foreclosure. Our offer was accepted and if everything goes ok we will be closing around March 6th. I’m completely scared. I’m 24 and he’s 28 and this is our first big purchase together. I was so psyched to find your blog.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Marcela,

      If you scroll through the comments of that post you can see the sources for many items in the room (including the pillows) thanks to Jessica! Happy hunting…


  4. says

    That is a super cute tradition. We had a heart shaped pizza. All the crowds make us crazy so we decided to stay home. I love the photobooth idea, I wish I knew where one was around here.

  5. says

    Your photo booth picture collection is so fun and unique :-) And the puffin candle is so cute!!

    Our Valentines Day involved making homemade ravioli (not pretty, but pretty yummy!!), and then putting together and eating an Italian dinner with a couple of friends. Then the four of us played Rock Band :-)

  6. Camille says

    k, so we just happened upon a photo booth last night on our way out of the movie theater at the mall… of course we hopped in there and took some fun photos!
    and guess who came to mind?? haha… would love to make this a tradition and take our boys now and then… now we know where one is!
    thanks for the idea~

  7. says

    Love the photos! The hubby and I always hit up a photo booth when we come across one. Great memories! We got together with a bunch of friends and all cooked dinner together, it was a lot of fun.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Mary,

      I’m a serial hardcover-book-sleeve-taker-offer. Why hide the gorgeous hardcover books beneath those terribly bright and chaotic paper covers? All I did was remove the printed paper cover from my hardcover copy of Shopaholic and voila- a pretty white book for my floating shelf. Hope it helps!


  8. Judi B says

    I will confess though I’ve been in Richmond a long time now I don’t think I’ve ever eaten in New York Deli. I love the idea of capturing occaisions on film like this and before I go I’m wondering if you tell me how much this type of stop will set me back. So I can keep it a surprise from the hubs. Do you only get to use the photo booth if you eat there (the hubs already has the meal plans made)? THanks for the tips.

    • says

      Heck no! You can always just run in and use the photobooth (even stopping to ask for quarters in exchange for a few dollar bills at the bar). We usually head over there and make a photo strip and stay for dessert, but sometimes we just snap and run. They don’t mind at all!


  9. says

    I also love photobooths! I was just wondering if you two ever found a good photobooth in Manhattan/New York City when you both were living there? I’ve been having lots of trouble finding one that is most like the traditional long strip of four photos!

    • says

      Hmm, I don’t think we ever did. We usually found them on vacation and then were lucky to locate one here in Richmond when we moved. Anyone know of one in NYC for Stefie?


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