Still in the spirit of Mother's Day, we feature inspiring moms with a story to tell us about her parenting style and a message on motherhood. We caught up with Stephanie Angelia - or more popularly known as Cinfung - who frequently shares about parenting and documents her experiences as mom to daughter Ashley Faith Soetanto on her Instagram. Having racked up a strong following online, Cinfung told us about how she loved taking photos of her daughter, the challenges she faced parenting a toddler and the importance of collecting memories. Read it all below!
"I think everyone wants to capture beautiful moments that happen in their lives since we are forgetful creatures. This is how we remember things; in my case, I use photos to look back on the birthdays that my own parents threw for me growing up. I guess this is why I decided to capture every moment I share with Ashley. I figure no major life moment will happen twice, such as when your child learns how to stand up or to eat for the first time. I would like for Ashley to be able to look back on the first time she got on the bike, for instance, when she graduates from college. I don't want to miss any moment!
A lot of people would comment that it's useless to take Ashley on trips at such a young age, since she won't remember anything. But I will! I started taking her on trips when she was 5 months old and since then she's been to different places in the country, from Bali, Jakarta, Solo to Yogyakarta as well as Singapore, Japan and Europe. Europe was especially a challenge since we moved around between 7 hotels in 4 countries. To say I was tired was an understament. But even that didn't stop me from taking her on trips! I can't wait for us to go again, since it helped us share a deeper bond as a family and cultivate a sense of independence for Ashley, knowing that she has to look out for herself too and not being troublesome for her parents. At the same time, the experience taught me to be more patient with Ashley since there wasn't choice but to do just that. It was tiring, but I did it all with love.
*As a mother, it's important to do the best you can to make sure that your child grows up with good manners and morale. I think that's how you should define your success as a parent. Don't compare your child to someone else's child! Be a happy parent and you will have a happy child. *
If I could send out a message to other moms who are planning to take their children on a holiday, possibly involving a long-haul flight, is to prepare themselves physically and mentally before they go, and to capture every moment when they're on the trip. Believe me, a photo has so many stories to tell. Collect your moments and you will be happy when you look back on them."
"I definitely think everyone should use SweetEscape for their holiday photos! The process is simple - all you have to do is download the app, pick your location and your photography. And the rest is easy peasy! Even my husband who usually doesn't like being photographed said all of our photos were great. We ended up uploading everything! Thanks so much SweetEscape for the amazing photoshoot - can't wait for another one!"
SweetEscape is 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 400 cities around the world.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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).
"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.
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.
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!"
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!