8 Great Photos Capturing LOVE

Valentine’s Day may be over, but here at Elephoto we don’t want to stop celebrating love just yet! We went around the web to dig out some great love-themed photos. Check them out! Each and every photo captures love in a unique way.

You can find love captured in the simplest of ways.

Mother Teresa is quoted for saying: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”. Nothing articulates this more then the above photo.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/buzzymelibee/8458872819/

Dogs are well-known for being able to show owners how much they love them.

A common turn of phrase states that dogs are more loyal to you than themselves. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that photographers are able to find plenty of opportunities to capture this love.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/noelzialee/233883651/

Love is mysterious, but it can be revealed in a simple gesture.

Seeing a couple in a field can seem like a generic image. Despite this, you can find real expression between the two people concerning how they feel when they embrace.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birterohden/5960867762/

Capture the look of love in their eyes.

When someone cares about you, you can look into their eyes and see this without needing to hear any words uttered. An extremely deep message is rendered in the photograph when the model is overwhelmed emotionally about their love to the point of getting misty-eyed.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/renneville/2948809965/

Sometimes true love is hidden in plain sight.

A big part of the experience of love is secrecy in private moments. In some cases, one of the best ways to make a big statement about your love is to make it apparent and yet invisible in plain sight. This is especially true if you place the secret message on her ring finger.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutenadevil/4403245440/

The love some children have for pets radiates in the purest way.

Little children love showing affection for their blanket, dolls and stuffed animals. As they grow older, it is fascinating to watch them try to express their love with more emotion each time they get a chance to hold an animal in their arms.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yashna13/6755028929/

Life moves fast, but you can capture love in the small moments.

Take time to enjoy the small moments with the person that you care about. You never know how long those final moments of holding each other will last.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/benurs/5140213820/

Nobody loves our country more than our soldiers that risk their lives every day in peacekeeping missions all over the world. 

Much more than saying goodbye to someone going on a business trip, feelings of horror and love are intertwined when military personnel say goodbye to their family. With an uncertain future ahead, the images photographers capture of these moments wrench the heart of those that view them.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2008/09/05/soldier2-home-edmon-584.jpg
 

5 Romantic Canadian Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a unique getaway this Valentine’s day? Canada is full of romantic places! From East to West to North, every region of Canada has its charm and appeal. Let’s look at 5 destinations that can make your Valentine’s day the most memorable yet!

Québec City, Québec

Perhaps it is due to the “French” in its French-Canadian heritage, but Quebec may be the most romantic of all Canadian cities during the Valentine’s Day season. With the Carnaval de Québec offering sleigh rides and a dozen other ways to connect with your love, and the famed Hôtel de Glace providing unique getaway packages, there are few other places that can compare as a destination for people celebrating love. It’s Europe without the price tag!

Toronto, Ontario

Large cities can always be counted upon to have plenty of romantic activities for couples, but few can boast as many options as Toronto. From a wide variety of fine food restaurants to theatres and plays, Toronto has everything you need to spend a memorable night.

Nova Scotia Wine Country

If you would like to enjoy the beauty of nature and the finer things in life at the same time, take your significant other to the scenic wine-producing areas of Nova Scotia. Between Windsor and Kentville lie at least half a dozen Canadian wineries, with several more near other outlying towns. Sip their nectars and (if the weather permits!) take a stroll hand-in-hand with your love across the lovely rolling vineyards from which ice wine and other vintages arise.

Whistler, British Columbia

If you really enjoy nature and the outdoors, however, perhaps Whistler will better suit you and your partner’s tastes. The area is host to a wide assortment of resorts and spas, featuring snow sports, hiking trails and even zip-lining. It is a great place for more adventurous couples to have fun together.

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

While there are many romantic things to do in Whitehorse, including a Valentine’s Date Night at the Canada Games Centre, the most romantic thing to do is actually several miles north of the city, at Lake Laberge. This lake in the middle of the wilderness provides a wonderful viewing place for the northern lights. What could be a more romantic way to spend a special evening than watching a natural light display in the sky by the side of a shimmering lake?

What other Canadian destination denotes romance to you? Comment below!

6 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

With Valentine’s Day less than 3 weeks away, it is time to get started searching for the perfect gift to impress your love. On this special day, everyone enjoys celebrating the love and romance they have in their lives by spending time together and exchanging gifts that represent how they feel about their partner. Therefore, you will want to ensure the gift you choose is as unique and exciting as your loving relationship. Here, are the top 6 unique Valentine’s gifts you can give your partner to ensure your day will be filled with romance.

A Romantic Getaway

If you can afford it, this is a gift idea that is rarely a miss. Think of a romantic destination that your valentine would love. For example, you could rent a chalet or cabin by a lake or mountain for a weekend. If your lover enjoys skiing and you really want to impress them, think of a weekend in Banff, Whistler, Tremblant or any popular ski destination in Canada. If your love is more of a summer person, there are always some great deals for Mexico or Cuba this time of the year. Check out Groupon, LivingSocial or any other group buying site to find some travel deals from your city.

A Useful Gadget

There once may have been a time when an electronic gift might not have been considered romantic, but now there are many types of electronics that a person will be happy to receive on this special day. This is especially true if you put your own unique touch on the gift. For instance, if the one you love enjoys reading, you could get them an Amazon Kindle and load it with a few ebooks that they would love to read.

Edible Sweets

Chocolates and other delectable treats has always been a traditional Valentine’s present; however, there are several unique ways to give this gift. Personalized cookies, fruit arrangements and candied flowers are just a few of the different twists that you can select from when sending this romantic gift to your significant other.

An Heirloom

Instead of giving flowers that fade away, considering giving your partner a gift that can be cherished for many years. Although jewellery is a classic heirloom gift, a person may also enjoy other presents with sentimental value as well. If you are talented, consider painting your partner a portrait. If painting is not your style, then an antique piece of furniture or sculpture can also offer years of enjoyment.

A Personalized Card

On Valentine’s Day, one of the most common gifts to be exchanged is a traditional card. Whether a Valentine’s card is store-bought or handmade, they should always include a loving sentiment. If you are torn between the thoughtfulness of a handmade card and the professional design of one sold in a store, then a personalized card can give you the best of both worlds. Not only is a personalized card printed on fine paper with quality ink, but it will also enable you to personalize the card with your favourite photos, colours and even include a personal message that will make your love smile.

A New Experience

Finding the perfect gift for someone who has everything can be a major challenge. For that person who is hard to shop for, consider giving them an experience they will always remember. Experience gifts can include anything that your love enjoys (or might enjoy!)… cooking classes, opera tickets, a day at the spa, a hot air balloon rides or a day at a sporting event are just a few of the ways you can surprise your partner with a new experience that will generate some excitement.

In 2013, the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is one that includes a personal touch. Impressing your partner does not have to be difficult when you select a gift that reflects your truest feelings. By choosing a gift that is both personal and romantic, your Valentine’s Day is sure to be filled with loving moments that will lead to many treasured memories.

Do you have any other Valentine’s Day gift ideas you’d like to share with us? Share them in the comments below!

10 Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Elephoto! This is the day that we tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. Remember, it’s not just about couples!

Here are a few fun facts about V Day that you probably didn’t know…

#1 – 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day

#2 – 64% of men DO NOT make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day (“Duh!” you say?)

#3 – Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers and wives

#4 – California produces close to 60 percent of North American roses

#5 – About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets

#6 – Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the 2 biggest holidays when it comes to giving flowers

#7 – Men in Japan receive more Valentine’s Day chocolate than women

#8 – Men are more than happy to go without a gift on Valentine’s Day, as opposed to women who may say they don’t want something, but secretly do. 🙂

#9 – The Taj Mahal in India is the greatest structure built in the name of Love. The building was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife.

#10 – Statistically speaking, more home pregnancy tests are purchased in the month of March than any other month. 🙂

5 Things to Do With Your Valentine and Kids on Valentine’s Day!

I am a hopeless romantic, what can I say?

So, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I go all out. I’ve been known to send huge bouquets of balloons to my husband’s work if we can’t spend the day together.

Yep, I’m a sap.

Even though my husband and I have been together for years, the romance and that butterfly feeling never goes away. It takes a bit of work, a lot of thoughtfulness and some chocolate never hurts.

So, if you are stuck on ideas of what to do with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, look no further!

Top 5 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day:

1. Make Something for Your Sweetheart.

I know that it seems a bit juvenile and something you would do in high school while writing your lover’s name and circling it with a million hearts. But, it takes the right type of hand made gift that will take their breath away and that will really make them appreciate the effort and time that you put into it.

The perfect gift that I know anyone would love is a scrapbook/photobook with pictures of you as a couple, places you’ve been and unforgettable memories that you made together. Made especially for them and put officially in print in a beautiful book to keep for always.

Our very own Elephoto makes fabulous hand made Valentine themed photobooks that they are sure to treasure forever.

2. Give Them Coupons.

Now, some of you may find this to be cheesy and you know what?

It probably is but, I’ll tell you one thing.

Guys (especially, but girls too) sure love using them when THEY want to. So whether it’s a coupon for a free foot rub or full-body massage down to whatever your wildest imaginations can conjure.

It’s win-win.

Have fun and believe me, he’ll love the fact that he has control! And ladies, we can use those coupons for spa-days and them washing a sink full of dishes.

Like I said, win-win.

3. Take Your Valentine Out On a Night On the Town. Or Stay In.

It depends on who really plans Valentine’s Day in your household. I usually alternate and when it’s my turn, I take him out to his favorite restaurant. Get him steak and beer and whatever he likes. Same would work for that special woman in your life, take her out to her favorite restaurant and get her a glass (or 3) of her favorite wine.

For a lower key evening, cook him his favorite dish at home with lots of candlelight, champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Or just relax in your favorite jammies, order a heart-shaped pizza, play video games and enjoy one another.

4. Reminisce.

To make it extra special, re-enact your first date. Remember the details and re-capture that feeling you had on that special day. Afterwards, go out and do something fun and active together. Go skating or something you both haven’t tried. Maybe a spa day, a day of swimming or a trip in the hot tub can jump start a romantic evening.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to look into booking couple’s treatments at a spa and can get you in the mood!

5. Make it a weekender.

If you two don’t have kids yet and if it’s within your means, book a ritzy hotel. Whether it’s in town or out of town, you decide. If you do have kids and can get a sitter for the weekend, go all out.

Enjoy it.

You deserve it and it can do wonders for your relationship.

If you like to play the odds, choose a fancy room at a casino and try to win some cash! After some responsible gambling, go to the spa and then a fancy dinner.

For a lower key getaway, opt for a cozy and quaint bed and breakfast.

Anything that gets you out of the day to day norm.

Get primped up, indulge in a nice dinner, top it off with dessert, wine or champagne and even a night of dancing. Return to your room which you should have previously decorated with rose petals, candles and iced champagne waiting for a night that’s just between you two.

Most importantly, whether you paint the town together or stay at home in your jammies. Or if you order Chinese and watch your favorite movies.

As long as you are together and enjoying each other’s company, you’re winning.

After all, it’s the day of love and friendship.

Top 5 Things to Do with Your Kids on Valentine’s Day:

1. Give them your heart.

Start off their day with heart-shaped pancakes, add a little red dye and make them pink! If you want to stay away from artificial dyes opt for normal heart shaped pancakes and top them off with fresh strawberries and a strawberry-banana smoothie!

2. Get Crafty!

Make Valentine’s Day cards for your little Valentine! Kids love working with glue, stickers, cutting and pasting and SPARKLES. Having pre-cut cards that you cut out earlier helps and they can just let their creativeity flow! Print out some family photos from your computer and add them to the cards. You can also make magnets for the fridge, the possibilities are endless.

3. Make it a movie night!

Pop that popcorn, add some butter, get your favorite jammies and get ready for a love-inspired movie marathon. Kid-friendly of course! Animated films about Princes’ and Princesses never disappoint.

4. Make them a Heart-y Dinner.

Another favorite activity to do with your kids is making pizza.

They. Love. It.

Pre-cut and prep before hand so that you only have to set up the little work stations for them. Cut out the pepperoni or ham into heart shapes using a cookie cutter, take out their favorite toppings and let them go to town.

5. Make their day SWEET.

This is where you bust out the treat bag! Ones that are full of their favorite chocolate, a Valentine inspired plushie and a card just for them. You can use the card that you made earlier with them.

Valentine’s Day is a day of indulgence and treats and you can celebrate it with your kids too! They will always remember it.

Remember it’s not what you give kids, it’s the time you spend with them.

Don’t worry parents, they will probably crash after all those treats leaving you the evening to enjoy each other’s company!

Happy Valentine’s Day!