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Short Trips From New York City!
02 Apr 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Yellow cabs, cool cafés and restaurants, Times Square... New York City is the city that never sleeps and always leaves you in awe everywhere you look. There's always something to discover in the buzzing cosmopolitan. But guess what? There are 5 other places you can also visit from New York City - in under 3 hours! Check out our recommendations below.

Washington DC

Although more known as the political capital of the world, Washington DC is also a major tourist attraction, thanks in no small part to its many landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. There are plenty of historic buildings you will encounter throughout the city, as well as museums, including the National Museum of Natural History. The perfect vacation spot from New York City, it's time to get your arts and culture fix in Washington DC!

by Janice for SweetEscape in Washington DC


Take a short flight from New York City to Philadelphia, where you can snag a photo in front the famous Liberty Bell overlooking Independence Hall! Afterwards, take in the epic view of City Hall from South Broad Street and capture your memories in front of the LOVE sign that serves as the grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. End your journey with a wam Philly cheesesteak where fans of Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks pledge their loyalty everyday. There's nothing quite like the streets of Philadelphia!

by Miranthi and Adam for SweetEscape in Philadelphia


This NYC getaway is renowned for being home to two of the most prestigious Ivy league universities in the world, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Warrant a trip across the Charles River to Cambridge to get a full view of the two institutions! In the heart of downtown Boston, and along the Freedom Trail, shop the day away at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. With more than 100 shops and restaurants, we are certain you will not go home empty-handed!

by Christine for SweetEscape in Boston


Not unlike New York City, Chicago is all about the nightlife. There are plenty of nightclubs and dance clubs you can spend your nights away in Chicago, such as Smart Bar and The Mid. Chicago also has many ethnic restaurant districts, ranging from Mexican American, Puetro Rican, Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy to Little Vietnam. Feel like splurging a little bit? Head over to the Magnificent Mile and State Street, where upscale shopping establishments reside. Simply put, Chicago is the mini getaway from New York City you never knew you needed!

by Michelle S for SweetEscape in Chicago


You can even cross the Canadian border for your weekend getaway from New York City! One of the best cosmopolitans in the world, Toronto offers a multicultural experience unlike other major cities, with its many museums and galleries and national historic sites. The Royal Ontario Museum embodies this multicultural spirit, as does the Art Gallery of Ontario. For a more unique experience, head over to the Gardiner Museum of ceramic art, the only museum in Canada entirely devoted to ceramics.

by Oleg for SweetEscape in Toronto

SweetEscape is an online platform that connects you with local photographers around the world. Our mission is to capture your life precious moments, anywhere in the world! SweetEscape is available in over 300 cities around the world.

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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!