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In Australia, Sometimes The Snow Comes Down in June
26 Mar 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

The word "winter" probably conjures up images of abundant, incessant snow somewhere in a North American or European city. But have you ever thought about what winter might look like in Australia? The large ocean areas in the Southern Hemisphere prevent winter from getting too cold, and this is why the snow only falls in high and cold places, such as the Andes and the New Zealand Alps, where there is also abundant moisture supply from the ocean. Consequently, an Australian winter - which typicalls takes place during June, July and August - offers not only unique, one-of-a-kind views, but also experiences. We picked the best attraction that each of the country's 6 main states has to offer in their respective capital, ready to cater to your different interests and wishes!

Glenelg - Adelaide, South Australia

Despite its status as the capital of South Australia, Adelaide is probably less renowned compared to Gold Coast. We say give a chance to the city for Glenelg, its famous beach-side suburb, rich with attractions, hotels and restaurants. There are plenty of things you could do in the winter here, from going to The Beachouse and having fun at the amusement complex with your friends or family, learning about the region's culture and heritage at Bay Discovery Centre and the Glenelg Beach area offers plenty of eateries to satisfy your frequent craving in the winter, particularly at the famous Jetty Road.

New Farm Park - Brisbane, Queensland

The heritage-listed New Farm Park is perfect for a picnic or just a lazy sit-down marveling at the lovely jacarandas. Situated right next to the park is the historic Brisbane Powerhouse, where you can enjoy live arts, weekend farmers markets and moonlight cinema. Alternately, you can stroll along the modest yet charming neighborhood of New Farm, and see the beautiful sunset, bathed in purple, pink, yellow, orange and red - we promise Brisbane's sunset is unlike any other cities in Australia! Pop in to one of its cafes, Bitter Suite, for have a good glass of hot chocolate mixed with peanut butter and whipped cream - what a way to treat yourself after a long, cold day.

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) - Hobart, Tasmania

Feel like getting cultural? You can discover what's happening Australia's buzzing art scene at Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art, otherwise known as MONA. The largest privately funded museum in Australia, MONA presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the collection of renowned art collector David Walsh. The museum is also located in the Moorilla winery, which offers ultra-premium wines made using small-batch winemaking techniques. You can taste them on site! On the weekend, the museum also hosts a jam session where you can enjoy a variety of musicians playing jazz and other types of music.

The Light in Winter Festival - Melbourne, Victoria

A celebration of art, music and performance in the heart of Melbourne, The Light in Winter brings together local and international artists for free events, performances and exhibitions, culminating in the Solstice Celebration on the Saturday closest to the true winter solstice. It's quite simply the liveliest time of the year in the city! There are plenty of attractions during the festival ready to spoil your sight, from light installation, dance to music performance. Definitely the place to be if you happen to swing by Melbourne in winter time.

Perth Hills - Perth, Western Australia

Scattered throughout the wide ranges of the Darling Scarp and only 45 minutes east of Perth City, you will find the Perth Hills and its country charm, not to mention breathtaking views! There are many things you can do at Perth Hills, from swimming at Lake Leschenaultia, relishing the splendor of Araluen Botanic Park or exploring the Mundaring Weir Precinct. If you don't feel like being outdoors, you can browse through the region's arts centres, studios and galleries, or learn more about its colorful history at museums such as the District Museum and Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum.

Blue Mountains - Sydney, New South Wales

Bet you never saw blue like that before! Only in Sydney's Blue Mountains can you marvel at this wilderness region from the cliff top. Don't forget to explore its many waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands, such as in the Jenolan Caves, where you will discover limestone crystals and underground rivers. If it rains or even snows (as it does sometimes), make a leeway to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden for authentic Aboriginal paintings, artefacts and sculptures, or the Everglades Historic House & Gardens for an exquisite art deco house design and homemade refreshments by the fire. For a livelier affair, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre presents a concert series every Friday evening.

So while you're enjoying your winter down under, don't forget to capture your special moments like these winter wonderland escapists!

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! 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!