I personally don’t get any emotion out of this either. Plain and simple, it’s the photo element and the drawn element not working together.
The photo element has a real human warmth type of emotion to it. The drawn part has an ethereal, almost cold (but not to say it isn’t loving) feel to it. It is also very abstract whereas the photo is very real. These two forms of expression aren’t working together at all, and in fact, they completely offset each other.
I must say too, and this is not a personal attack, that the image isn’t that creative, which really hurts the image. For me, the intertwining element is almost to the point of cliche, unless it is done in a most creative and brilliant way. The fact that it intertwines to a heart just gives it all the more of a generic feeling to me. To be honest, it reminds of those booths where you go in with your friends, select a border (for example, a heart) and a caption, it takes your picture, and a minute later it prints it out. Sure, your’s is a little more “complicated”, but I still get the same feeling (or lack of) of the photo booth example.
The emotion of love is already expressed in the faces in the photo, and the rest of the image that is supposed to convey love simply can’t be as powerful as the facial expressions unless it is extremely creative and evocative. And on the topic of the photo, while I couldn’t view the original, someone mentioned it is a boy. I completely thought it was a girl. That then also works against the image, as the mother-son bond is different than the mother-daughter bond. Sure, some people might think it’s a boy and some a girl, but I would hope it’d be a little bit more clear.
I sincerly apologize at this point that I haven’t given any constructive criticism (that is, I didn’t give any suggestions to improve it), but I feel the image and idea, at this stage are fundamentally flawed.