In June people everywhere celebrate equality and love during the Pride Month. The identity of the LGBTQ Community is represented by the rainbow flag, with the seven different colours representing the many different gender and sexual identities in the community and to see them as equals. To celebrate Pride Month, we've complied seven different locations (one for each colour of the rainbow) around the world where you can take great photos together with your loved ones!
When you're in London, the colour red is very much present everywhere you go, along with dark blue and a touch of white. You can practically see red everywhere, from the Union Jack flag of the Great Britain, the St. George's Cross flag of England, the London Underground logo, the uniform of the Palace's Guard, and of course the iconic double-decker buses and telephone booth all around town. Red is a good contrasting colour that you can use as the lively focal point of your photos!
Probably the first image that comes to your mind when someone mentions Kyoto are these lines of orange-coloured tori gates. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the main temple of the Japanese god Inari, the god of rice and business in Japan, and one of the most popular shrine in Japan. The shrine includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.
Times Square, Broadway, Central Park. The buzzling megapolitan that is New York City is famous for many iconic things, and one of them is the yellow taxis of The Big Apple. Do take good photos with the distinctly yellow cabs, but do be careful with the traffic, for New Yorkers are also famous for their ferocious driving habits!
There is practically no better place to take some great, green photos than the magnificently lush green of Tegalalang Rice Terrace in Ubud, Bali. This surprisingly hidden charm of Bali offers a totally different, more tranquil experience compared to the usual fun tropical-beach holiday that Bali is world-renowned for. While you're there, you might even feel like Thanos after snapping half of all life in the universe, resting and content with all that you've accomplished so far.
Blue is the definitive colour that comes to everyone's minds when they imagine Santorini. This beautiful island is so blue, with the blue rooftops of the towns of Oia and Fira complementing perfectly with the clear blue skies and the blue of Aegean sea. Oh, do you know that the legend of Atlantis came from this beautiful island off the coast of Greece?
Marrakech is a beautiful and colourful city by itself, but if you visit Royal Mansour you'd definitely feel compelled to take some great photos around the colourful walls of the beautiful resort, including this pink section. The colours are complimented beautifully with the distincly Middle Eastern warm earth tones, which will make sure that your photos look magical and royal.
Arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Lavender fields of Provence, France, is a must-visit place to take your purple-themed photos! The Provence lavender fields are among the best in the world, and they’re certainly the most famous. Visit the fields early in the summer, when the spring poppies have all but disappeared, bright lavender flowers start to transform the already beatific landscape into a patchwork of colour.
Whichever colour you choose and wherever you want to take your pictures, let SweetEscape to make your trip memorable and long lasting in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's) #MakeLifeMemorable!
Back in early 2001, Maritoni Fernandez, a Philippine cinematic gem, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, Maritoni was very busy with her acting career and during a brief visit to the US to get a second opinion for her mom’s medical condition, Maritoni was surprised to find out that a lump she had noticed years prior, which she thought was benign, turn out to be positive for cancer. It’s 20 years later and she still tears up when she recalls the moment that turned her life upside down. But as surprising as the diagnosis was, her year-long struggle with a disease that could have taken her life, soon came to an end with her on top. Feeling very strongly about paying-it-forward, she’s been an iCanServe member for 19 years and has made sharing her story a personal advocacy; “The day I stop sharing my story is the day I’m no longer brave and I hope that never happens.”, she says.
Maritoni grants us an afternoon to share her inspiring story with the hopes that it gives others, going through the same experience, strength to overcome it.
Looking back, she feels blessed that she followed her instincts to have herself checked again despite getting initial medical advice that she had nothing to worry about. Admittedly, she was hesitant to bring it up again as having the thought of a possible sickness is something she didn’t want to verbalize. Being the strong and determined person that she is, soon after confirming her diagnosis, Maritoni set her mind to overcome the biggest hurdle in her life. “In hindsight, it felt like a wild roller coaster ride. It’s also a test of patience and grit.,” said Maritoni. She decided to create a relationship with her cancer to help prepare her for the long journey she had ahead of her.
During treatment, she went through 4 Chemotherapy sessions followed by 26 sessions of radiation therapy. She was then put on oral medication and was instructed to stay on it for 5 years but with the help of her medication complemented by natural supplements, her body recovered in just 3 years and was blessed with a miracle of being pregnant with her second child.
Despite the terrifying experience, her faith got her through the ordeal. She says “I knew the fight was not mine. I physically had to fight it, but the fight was really HIS. I was allowed to get sick because a lot of people are gonna learn from it. “ Her lovely daughter, Lexi shares the same sentiment saying that “The world can get to me but having faith keeps me grounded. And this is something I’ve learned from my mom’s journey.”
Ever since she was declared cancer-free, Maritoni has taken it upon herself to share her experience and inspire people to keep the faith and to not look at cancer as the end of one’s journey. Her advice to those who’ve been diagnosed? “Have faith, don’t lose hope, and pray as God is a mighty healer. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. Follow what your doctors tell you to do but don’t be scared to get a second opinion before getting aggressive treatment. At the same time, don’t just leave your prognosis to your doctors. Do something about it and research. Keep your chin up, keep going, and find something to live for everyday - for me it was my daughter Lexi. If you do get healed by the grace of God, pay it forward.”
For this shoot, Maritoni prepares for a charity ball which she supports. She believes this is worth remembering because she attended with her daughter and SweetEscape is the perfect partner to capture this moment in this warrior’s life.
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