When you’re traveling to foreign places, there’s no better way to get a local insight other than first hand information from the people who know it best. And in our case, it is Kateryna - SweetEscape’s own Rome photographer. Check out all her personal Autumn tips in the making of the best fall holiday when in Rome.
“Rome is a unique city with a very special atmosphere and incredible energy,” Kateryna recalled. With stream of admirers and tourists from all over the world, countless have walked along its street for centuries while marvelling the intricate monuments, sunsets and majestic ruins. “Rome gives you a feeling of eternity,” Kateryna further said.
Rome is blessed with good weather all year round with long sunny days that are perfect for walking, be it during winter or autumn. “Just don’t lose yourself when you’re in the city and try to explore as much as you can.” With plenty of resting spots such as a bar or cafe, you can easily chill with a cup of cappuccino and a croissant just like any Italian would do. “I like also very much cute tiny streets with small cafes which can show the atmosphere of eternal city. That’s why I would recommend also the part of Rome which called Trastevere,” said Kateryna.
It is hard for Kateryna to pick one favorite place in Rome, because to her Rome is a place of constant beauty. “If I had to choose, I’d say that I love some streets - via Margutta, via Coronari, via del Governo Vecchio,” she said. Kateryna also loves the small backyards of the city which are mostly close for public. “So whenever one is open, I would love to show my clients these secret places of Rome.”
As for the best time to capture the magic of Rome, Kateryna personally loves the morning sunrise. “Rome is a pretty busy city, but in the morning you will find the charming empty streets and squares,” Kateryna explained. “The sunlight in Rome is strong, but in the morning it can get quite soft and lovely. So, it’s perfect for that romantic and warm feeling for photos”.
For sunrises, Kateryna recommends Gianicolo hill while her sunset spot is on Pincio Hill. There is also Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Navona which are excellent in the morning with the view from the terrace straight to where the Roman Forum is. Lastly, there is Coppede for a modern part of Rome with eclecticism architecture.
To find more beautiful architecture, Kateryna loves the ancient ruins which are located in the city center. “You can find medieval streets with small houses with green facades and balconies full of flowers, elegant renaissance squares, magnificent baroque fountains, neo classical palaces and modern ones too.” This is why Kateryna thinks that there is a place for everyone when in Rome. “Whatever you prefer, there are many symbolic spots that are impressive, monumental and absolutely beautiful such as Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, Spanish steps, Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo, Roman Forum, Vatican, Piazza del Campidoglio.”
Since there are so many unusual places in Rome, it can be difficult to select just one for the best cityscape of Rome. “Each corner of Rome is utterly special, so you need to decide what kind of image you have in mind, then you can finalize some of the best locations that you prefer,” Kateryna said.
Another way to pick the best location is by taking the photo shoot near where you live place to live. “There are a lot of hotels and apartment in Rome with terraces which has a wonderful view on the city, so make sure to check your hotel before booking and you may just have the best photo shoot location right where you stay.”
Kateryna illustrates Rome as a city with the color of warm sand. “You can expect some red-orange brick walls and a lot of buildings made with my favorite stone - travertine,” Kateryna said. Travertine is indeed the color of Rome because this stone is just everywhere in Rome. A lot of ancient and baroque monuments ( for example Colosseum) were built with it.
“Rome has a beige color with beautiful structures, so almost all colors of clothing will good here,” Kateryna dished out some fashion tips. “I always ask my clients to show me their clothing choices and then recommend the best places based on their looks.” She further says that pastel colors are her most favorite colors. “It looks good everywhere in Rome and creates such romantic mood.” Alternatively, Kateryna said that a little intensity from dark colors clothing will also do the trick in making the best photography results when in Rome.
SweetEscape is an on demand photography platform. Tired of hearing the overused new year, new me slogan from your circle of friends and acquaintances? Believe it or not... we are too! It's great and all in the sense that people would like to change within the new year (hopefully) for the better. But think about it, why wait for the new year to improve yourself as a person? At least, SweetEscape would like to (if we may) propose that improving, re-vamping and enhancing yourselves shouldn't be a yearly thing - if anything, it should be an everyday thing! "What? Are you serious?" You're probably asking. Life is short, escapists, and it's definitely too short to not make any changes in our lives so that we better ourselves for others as well. With that said, here are 5 things that you could do before the year finally ends:
As humans, we don't stop growing throughout our lifetime. The things we enjoyed doing when we were younger may differ from the things we now enjoy, and that's because we don't get any younger. Perhaps you adored your toy/figurine collection when you were in your teens, and was your number 1 prized collection in your entire room. Or maybe, you were the type to hang posters of your favorite bands and role models on the walls of your room, much like that of a late 80's or early 90's teen bedroom. Surely you've gone a long way from there, and if you haven't transformed your room that much... now is the perfect time to do so! Rearrange your furniture, or maybe even Feng shui it up - it won't hurt! You'll feel a thousand times better in a freshly organized room.
A whole year is a long time, 365 days long to be exact. When the same clothes are worn repetitively even over a period of 1 year, they can still become over-worn if worn too often. It's now time for you to, if not get a whole entire new wardrobe, re-vamp your closet and outfits. Do your clothes still fit properly? Are they still wearable in the times ahead? Can you still see yourself wearing your current outfits? If you answered no to all or most of them, then chances are that you need to toss them in the bin and purchase new ones. For future reference, go shopping for clothes that are more durable and timeless - that way, you wouldn't need to re-vamp your closet too often (hopefully). If your closet is mostly filled with bright and youthful colors, then try to balance it out by adding more neutral colors to your collection of items.
Have a careful look of your belongings, and recall whether were personally purchased or given by a certain person in the past. Perhaps you were in a committed relationship that just didn't last, and that's totally fine! People grow together while some just grow apart instead. In the case that you still have those belongings from your previous partner, or simply any item that brings back memories of your time together - let those items go and head on to a new chapter of your life. It could also be items that remind you of a certain time way back when, and perhaps you were a lot happier then than you are now. Having those items could really make you stuck in the past and eventually hinder you from moving forward. You wouldn't want that, would you? SweetEscape believes in you!
One of the most important things people tend to forget, is to pause for a moment and reflect upon what they have received in life. Often times we would forget about the things we have in life, and even the little things that matter are often missed. We don't blame you, life can get really tough at times... and during those times it's especially hard to sit back and be thankful for perhaps anything. Clear your mind and start from the smaller things. Do you have a roof over your head? Put aside the fact that your toilet is often clogged, or that your wooden floor is not the kind of wood that you prefer. Be thankful that you actually have a home - be thankful you aren't homeless! Do you have access to enough food and water on a daily basis? Then that's another simple thing to be thankful about. Remember, start with the little things. You'll be surprised as to how fortunate you are compared to many lives out there.
For as long as we're living on this planet, we will be making human errors - and it's inevitable. Mistakes aren't bad because you're expected to make them to be able to grow as a person. The more mistakes you made, the more you learn to avoid repeating the same mistakes again. If you have siblings, you probably have memories of their toddler days. Babies are curious beings, and chances are that you and your siblings were as well. Perhaps your parents told your kid sibling to not touch fire, but as expected, they did anyway. What happened next? Your sibling screamed in shock and pain, and your parents would give them the "I told you so" reaction. After this incident, we would like to believe that your sibling never repeated that same mistake again.
Growing up is hard, we'll give you that. But adult-ing is even harder! Think about it, first it's the school, then your first job, afterwards fall in love with your special someone, but you forgot to learn about taxes, then you'd have to learn about taxes, and don't forget the bills - electricity, water, and your groceries. We're not even half way done listing all of the adult-ing activities, but you generally get the idea. Since adults live such stressful lives, it's necessary for them to relieve from stress, de-stress and escape from the usual burden-some routine. Not to mention, adult lives seem to attract so much nuisance and irritating people almost on a day-to-day basis. For you and yourself alone, you should remember to take some time for yourself. In this case, we suggest for you to take a solo trip somewhere nice and serene where you can be free of all of your worldly problems for just a little while. It'll help you refresh your mood before the end of the year and beginning of a new year.
Last but not least (pay very close attention to this one) is you should release all feelings of anger, grudges and resentment towards anyone who have wronged you. It ain't easy, we know! But the thing is, having all of those pent up negative emotions are far from good for your mind, body and soul. You might not realize it now, but you'll slowly start to see how everything unravels as you prolong those feelings within you. If you'd like to let go of those negative feelings, try activities such as yoga and mediation. They're highly beneficial for your well being. If that happens to not be your cup of tea, then you could start a journal of all the things you feel. Trace it back, and find out why you feel those things. Once through, ask yourself, "Is all of this anger worth my time and energy?". Chances are, the person whom you have pent up emotions towards have long forgotten about their bad deeds to you, so why waste your time? They too, will get their taste of life later on. Life is short, don't waste it on negativity!
Doing something special before the year ends? Whether it’s a little solo trip somewhere beautiful, or as simple as spending some time with those in need, book a session with SweetEscape to capture those memories for you. 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!