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5 Tips On How To Take The Best Family Photos!
05 Jun 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Taking good family photos can be quite the challenge, especially when you have little kids in tow. Just ask SweetEscape photographer in the Philippines, Carlo Cecilio. Even though both he and his wife, Heidi, are photographers, he continues to encounter difficulties when taking family photos. "Sometimes we struggle to take a decent photo of our family, especially having a complete one when there is no around to help us take a picture," he said. With this in mind, he is offering five tips on how you can take amazing family photos, any time, anywhere.

by Camilla for SweetEscape in Gold Coast

1. Plan and research for your shoot

Preparation is key when having your family shoot. You need to have a vision of how you would imagine your family photos to look like. Here's a tip: browse the internet to see what kind of images you prefer. Do you want it to look more traditional/classic and posed? Or do you prefer a more natural, interactive and "a day in the life" kind of shoot? Look at the family photos that appeal to you and this will serve as your guide!

2. Consider the time and location

If you have small children, keep in mind that their attention span for a photo shoot is limited; it usually lasts about 30-40 minutes before they get distracted or tired. Also, consider the best time to shoot your children. In the morning or afternoon, you can avoid them being not in the mood for a shoot since they feel sleepy/fuzzy.

Meanwhile, for the location, determine if you want it at home, outdoors or during your travel. If you plan to do it outdoors like a beach or garden, keep in mind to check weather conditions. The best time to shoot outdoors is between 6am to 10am or around 4pm onwards if you like to have a nice sunset. If you plan to do your shoot on-location like a restaurant, park or resort, please check if the venue requires a fee or permit to shoot in order to avoid problems.

3. Have a list of shots

Now that you have decided on what kind of shoot and where. make a list of shots you want to take. it can be as specific as to where you want the shots to be done and the sequence of who you want to be included in the picture. For example, we can divide by areas or scenes: solos of kids and kids playing for scene 1, mom and kids/dad kids for scene 2, and complete family for scene 3. This will help you save time and be more intentional in what you do.

4. Hire a professional

Once you're all set, the next best thing is hiring a professional photographer. With a little investment, a pro can help you save time and help you focus on creating fun memories with your spouse and children.

by Joan for SweetEscape in Sydney

5. Have fun!

It's very important to preserve memories through your family photos. You may not realize it at the moment, but it is really heart-warming to look back at important milestones in the lives of your children and as a married couple. Having a family photo shoot also creates a wonderful bonding time between your children and you. So be silly and have fun! Remember it's the time together as a family that matters the most.

by Adi S for SweetEscape in Bali

Some of our favorite photos taken by Carlo in Manila

by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila
by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila
by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila
by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila
by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!