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Andra & Tanya: Making Friendship Last
26 Aug 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

According to psychologists, if a friendship lasts for more than 7 years, then it’s likely to last a lifetime. Andra Alodita and Tanya Larasati have almost doubled that number... and their friendship is still going strong!

Both beauty influencers are adept in their field of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Many of us have heard about their story of friendship, and some of us have even been touched by it. Andra and Tanya's sisterhood began thirteen yeaars ago, when they were still teenagers trying to figure out their places in the world. The friendship has seen both of them through endless dates, marriages, and now motherhood.

Needless to say, the special bond they share only gets stronger through the years. Despite their busy schedules and packed activities, it’s amazing and empowering to see these two girls transform into very capable and highly resourceful ladies, with a career and a family to manage, and at the same time, still putting priority on their friendship along the way.

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

Curious how these babes do it? Check out their tips for keeping their friendship strong through the years:

1. Set regular quality time

If there’s anyone with a schedule busier than many of us, it’s these two. Yet amidst their hectic life, Andra and Tanya always manage to arrange for a quality time together. They set a special time aside, dedicated to reconnect and get to know what’s going on in the other person’s life - not just a quick meet-up for a coffee, but a heart-to-heart talk with no distraction and to give each other their full attentions. The key is to make an effort, because life passes us by so quickly that if friends don’t make the time, then the friendship might as well never persevere.

2. Keep it real

For Tanya who is really more like the big sister between the two, Andra is someone that she can always count on for tough love and honesty. “It’s important that we keep it honest and real, because love doesn’t just come from sweet or sugar coated words, but positive criticisms as well," Tanya said. That’s why she can always rely on Andra for her rare candid virtue and vice versa.

These two are also known for being open and ready to talk about any issue that might come up. Nothing is more important than making sure that friends stay on the same page, so take it from Andra and Anya who prefer to always put honesty and transparency above anything else.

3. Remember that the little things count

Just a simple hello, a quick call, a short message - anything counts! It’s the effort that matters.

For Andra and Anya who have a lot of similarities in life, there are things that set them apart too. But they never let differences be the wedge that drives friends apart. It only takes 5 minutes of your time to greet your friends and ask how they are doing, just to show you care and that you’re thinking of them. This little trick is definitely what keeps Andra and Anya inseparable through the years.

The best of friends don’t always have to be glued on the hips 24/7. They can grow apart, but as soon as they are together, it's like they have never left.

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

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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!