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The Best Pre-Wedding Portraits Are Done Casually
14 Jan 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

When you think of pre-wedding photography, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Let us guess, you’re thinking of extensive, exhausting planning and back-breaking poses under the sun. And, maybe the hassle of preparing the matching outfits, putting up a fancy up-do, and applying elaborate make up - all of which were preferably done by professionals!

That does sound like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

Let us offer you a way of capturing pre-wedding portraits - with a promise of minimal effort and maximum results. SweetEscape brings the idea of a casual yet stylish approach to pre-wedding portraits that you can capture while you’re sharing a moment with your fiancé, perhaps during a holiday. Even in a casual pre-wedding portraits session, the key is preparation. Consider these 6 tips to make your pre-wedding session with SweetEscape a memorable one:

1. Less is More

While the element of appearance is important, casual-themed pre-wedding session requires very little makeup on your already pretty face. Go with light makeup, such as soft-colored lips and cheeks or slightly bold eye makeup look.   The same goes with hairdo. You want to look made up but not too prepped. A gorgeous blowout that shows your lustrous hair, simple curl or bun adorned with little pins will be more than enough.

2. Stay fashionably comfortable

When it comes to fashion, comfort should be your top priority. Match the clothes you’ll wear to your travel needs. If you’re heading somewhere cold, bring outfits that can accentuate yourself and still keep you comfortably warm. If you’ll be somewhere warm, think of wearing outfits that allow you to move around with ease.

3. Match your color to the city

When you’re in your favorite destination with your favorite person, you will want to make the best of it! You don’t have to wear twinning outfits (because that’s clearly not for everyone) but match the colors, to each other and to the city you’re in too. Think white and khakis on your tropical getaway or a lush materials with a burst of vibrant colors on your winter holiday.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

The best thing about casual-theme pre-wedding photo session is you both get to be yourselves. After all, you are out and about enjoying the fresh air in a foreign city, not cooped-up in a formal photo studio. Still, you can try to practice some poses with your partner or brainstorm the kind of posing expectations that you’d want to see in the results. Our photographers are always ready to direct you too, without you feeling too overwhelmed or rigid.

5. Get in the mood

To be honest, it’s not that hard to get in the mood when you’re adventuring somewhere new with someone you love. We’re sure that you’d agree, traveling does have that laidback and carefree effect that easily translate to gorgeous pre-wedding photography results. If you ever find yourself stuck though, just take a few minutes to calm down, catch a few deep breath and look around you. The surrounding beauty (and your loved one too) will instantly inspire you to be in the best of mood.

6. Talk to our photographers

Last but not least, selecting your trusted photographer is just as important. Instead of hiring a photographer to bring along ( yikes, think of all the cost!), go with SweetEscape photographers who already know the city like the back of their hands. Simply meet your photographer at the best location in town and be confident in knowing that your portraits are in great hands! Before the session, take the time to chat with them about the kind of pre-wedding portraits you want, such as the tone and feel of it, so that they can point you to the best places in the city.

by Tommy for SweetEscape in Sydney

by Chelsey for SweetEscape in Cape Town

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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!