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Valentines is right around the corner! You know what that means: it’s time to start planning! Here’s 5 Romantic Idaho Falls date ideas to help you out.
As a cinematic wedding photographer, I specialize in the romance department! And, no huge shocker, Valentines is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to show your love. But that doesn’t mean just to your partners! It’s also a great time to show your love and appreciation for small, local businesses. So in this list, we’ll only be looking at true Idaho Falls date ideas; things that you can only do in IF!
If you know me, pottery is my love language. So no wonder this was the very first place I thought of! Possibly Picasso is where you can pick out ceramic pieces, paint them, and get beautifully glazed items back! The great part about this is that there’s two ways you can make this a gift. You could either go by yourself and surprise your sweetheart with a plate or cup you painted. Or, you can go together and make it a whole experience by painting together. Either way, it’s one of my favorite Idaho Falls date ideas.
You don’t have to actually leave town to feel like your on vacation. Most of the time, just packing your bags and leaving the house is enough! But if you have a hankering for traveling to Hawaii, Paris, or Rome, I know just the place. Destinations Inn is a hotel in Idaho Falls with themed rooms, all based on romantic places around the world! They have 14 location themes to choose from so you’re sure to find one you like!
Holidays can be stressful. But that’s one of the great things about Valentines day, you can celebrate by going to a spa together! It’s a fun yet relaxing date that’s sure to become one of your go-to Idaho Falls date ideas. A little side note, not only is the Xhale team talented, they’re also really kind. They have such a beautiful location, they’ve even let me shoot group wedding photos there!
A nice dinner date is a classic. Stockman’s has great menu, with some valentines day favorites such as steak and lobster, fettucine lobster, and a decadent 8 layer chocolate cake. Honestly, I’d go there for just the cake. It’s delicious!
A shameless plug 🙂 But I genuinely think that a Valentines Day couples photoshoot is by far, one of the best Idaho Falls date ideas! Imagine this: you get dressed in your favorite outfit and have a perfect excuse to kiss and be all cutesy with your partner! It’s honestly so much fun. And that’s not even the best part. Afterwards, you get beautifully edited photos that you can keep for the rest of your life. Pro tip: Do your shoot before Valentines day, get your favorite photo printed, and write a love letter on the back of the photo. Your welcome.
Honorable Mentions: Heise Hot Springs
Grab that swimsuit crammed in the back of your closet! Winter is actually the perfect time to go to Heise Hot Springs. Although this is technically out of Idaho Falls, it’s still pretty close by. So if you don’t mind a 35 minute drive (and smelling like eggs), this is a great choice! Okay, yes, there is a sulfuric smell. If that ruins the romantic experience, I recommend Lava Hot Springs.
I hope this helps you lovebirds this holiday season! But honestly, you could really do any of these Idaho Falls date ideas at any time. Let me know if you ended up doing any of these!
P.S. Did you notice that you could do all of these for one mega date? Optional, but definitely a great idea if you want to blow your partner away.
Happy Valentines day! xo, Kaylee
I’m in love with Grand Teton Photography and you should be too.
I always get so excited whenever someone asks me for a photoshoot near the Tetons. So imagine how thrilled I was about an inquiry for a photoshoot for two couples at my favorite national park! It was for a newly married couple (we’ll call them Haylee and Mason) and Haylee’s parents (we’ll call them Sean and Jennifer). They wanted to have a photoshoot to celebrate both anniversaries. Isn’t that so sweet and romantic? After doing this photoshoot, I’m convinced that Grand Teton couples photography is peak (pun absolutely intended).
The key to a perfect photoshoot: Prep and Planning
It’s very important to me that I make every photo shoot feel as special as possible. I never want my couples to feel like I do the same thing for every one and that they’re getting a ‘copy and paste’ experience. That’s why I always make sure to get to know my clients before the shoot. Understanding their needs, wants, and personality is crucial in their overall experience. As I got to know this family, I learned that Sean and Jennifer weren’t that adventurous and preferred traditional poses. They also can be a little camera shy (which is one of my specialties). Haylee and Mason, on the other hand, were a little more adventurous.
We originally planned on doing the photoshoot in Schwabacher Landing, a beautiful location that’s really popular with photographers and tourists alike. However, that popularity is a problem. Often times, Schwabacher Landing is packed, the likelihood of distracting people in the background is pretty high. So we did some scouting and found the most perfect spot for Grand Teton couples photography. As usual, I got there extra early and began to plan out where I wanted to pose them and got my camera ready. They came nice and early and we started our photoshoot!
I always like to start out with the biggest group and then break out into smaller groups. This family wanted just a few group photos; they’re main focus was getting couple photos. And, like always, I adjust the session for my client’s needs.
Haylee & Mason
Beautiful, right?! The Teton mountains are the perfect backdrop for any photoshoot. I can’t imagine a better location. From now on, I’m going to try convincing everyone to do Grand Teton couples photography.
Sean & Jennifer
I couldn’t stop smiling while I was editing these photos. Both couples are just absolutely stunning. This is, by far, one of my favorite couples photoshoots, and I’m looking forward to my next one in the Grand Tetons! If you were having an anniversary or engagement photoshoot, where would you want it to be? Let me know in the comments!
xo chat soon, Kaylee
I shot the most beautiful winter engagement photoshoot in Idaho!
Idaho is a beautiful state. Living here means that there is a ton of amazing photoshoot locations. I recently shot the cutest engagement photoshoot in Melba, Idaho! Here’s how it went.
Getting to Celebration Park
The couple (let’s call them Keith and Millie for anonymity) actually lived in the Boise area. However, after discussing photoshoot locations, we decided on Celebration Park in Melba, Idaho. It’s about a half hour drive from the Boise area and offers really diverse background options. But getting there can be tricky. Google Maps took me to a really weird route to get there. I arrived at what Google told me was my destination. However the “private property” signs and lowing cows told me otherwise. Thankfully, I always come to my shoot locations early. After looking at a map, I was able to get to Celebration Park with time to spare.
After getting all of my camera gear ready, I met with Keith and Millie to start our engagement photoshoot in beautiful Melba, Idaho!
The Guffey Butte Bridge
Whenever I’m doing an engagement photoshoot in Idaho, or anywhere really, I always try to get diversity in my photos. No one wants to get there gallery and see the same bush, river, or mountain in every single photo. It’s important to get angles! We first started at this beautiful bridge called the Guffey Butte Bridge. I really wanted to make sure we got some photos of the bridge from a bunch of angles.
I first started by taking some photos inside the Guffey Butte Bridge, then I moved to outside the bridge. The sun was setting in just the right place to make a beautiful glow coming through the bridge. It was so beautiful!
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do candid engagement photography. Many photographers make the mistake of just letting the couple roam and just hope that they’ll get some cute photos. Over the years, I’ve found that to get gorgeous candid photos nearly always start posed. I always pose my couples, give them a prompt, and let them take it from there. So, for these photos, I first posed them. I arranged their hands, angled them, and then I prompted them to kiss. Millie broke off the kiss, laughing. And I was in the perfect place to click away!
My favorite location for engagement photoshoots in Idaho: Snake River
The last two photos gave you a little sneak peak of the beautiful river that runs through Celebration Park. It’s called Snake River and it creates stunning engagement photoshoot locations all across Idaho, Oregon, and even Yellowstone! Rivers give such a beautiful touch to any photo, so I try to add them whenever I can.
The river is subtle in this one but it adds something really cool to this photo. Can you see it? The reflection of the sun in the water is creating a beautiful sun flare right below Keith’s arm. I love using light like this. It gives this photo a sort of out-of-this-world look, almost like the background is flipped upside down.
I always add black and white images in my galleries. It gives my photos such a soulful artistic look that I’m obsessed with!
Angles are super important, not just with backgrounds. In this photo, I had Keith and Millie look out and imagine their future.
Okay, maybe Celebration Park isn’t part of the Rocky Mountains but it does have some rocky mountains. That counts, right? I absolutely love these mountains. They are so beautiful!
Keith and Millie, you’re amazing! Thank you so much for choosing me as your engagement photographer.
For those reading and looking for an engagement photographer in Idaho, let’s talk! Tell me all about your love story, your vision for your shoot, and let’s make magic.
xoxo chat soon,
Kaylee from LaShay and Light Wedding Photography