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How to Have Memorable Holiday Moments Captured
08 Jun 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Do you know what actually makes a great holiday photo? Some would argue that it depends on the location, like a family photo on a garden full of Sakura trees or a memorable picture in front of the London Royal Palace. Some others would argue that a great family photo depends on the photographer or the camera. Even a photo on Iceland wouldn’t be a great one without a state of the art camera with a great eye behind it.

Despite of all those arguments, we truly believe that a great holiday photo depends on the person in itself. By that, we believe that a holiday photo should be able to capture the mood and the personality of the ones being captured. You can have a nice background for your holiday photo, but it wouldn’t be as nice if the subject stands still looking bored in every poses. That is why we compile some of our favorite holiday photos from London and Sydney that could be an inspiration for your next holiday getaway.

Exude your witty persona

Instead of looking cute or charming on your next holiday photo, why not be funny and witty instead? Rethink your angle and poses in such a way that shows the genuine fun you’ve been having in your holiday. Ignore all the Instagram posy photos and be your true self. Let loose, have fun and ignore all the watchers.

Interact with the other subjects in the photo

If you were usually behind the camera, this would come as something natural to you. But if you are the subject of a group photo, you might want to interact with the group instead of the usual smiling and posing style. Your little interaction with the peers will bring your photo to life. It might be awkward at first, but after a few times you will be quite used to it.

Take candid shots

Ask your friends holding the camera to take candid shots during the holiday. The best shots are usually spontaneous and unplanned. That’s why you need to have your camera ready at all times! It could happen when you’re eating or even when you’re packing.

Capture the surroundings

Try to capture a bit of the surrounding environment so the memories of your vacation, especially some particular places, can last a lifetime.

Wherever you go, make sure to bring home memorable photos that will put a wide smile on your face once you take a look at them again. Follow those 4 simple steps and we are sure that you will get those kinds of photos. For less hustle, talk to us and we will make sure of that!

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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!