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Carline & Ria: Mixing Friendship with Business
28 Aug 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

They are the co-founders of probably the most successful local women clothing brand, Cottonink, in Indonesia, and the very best of friends! It’s quite impossible not to feel a bit of jealousy upon seeing the dynamic duo empower each other and the local community as well.

For the longest time, Carline and Ria is the epitome of female friendship. Not only does their business is put on public display (10 years and counting!), but their friendship too! Everyone has grown to know them and perhaps wonder, "how do they do it? What does it take to strike a balance between being good friends and business partners?"

Reminiscing back to their days before the birth of CottonInk, Ria told us that their friendship was different at the time. To Ria who didn’t buy into the whole idea of “BFF”, the idea was just casual t-shirt business with Carline - not an empire of clothing brand that now becomes a staple in any girl’s wardrobe.

by Hutama for SweetEscape in Jakarta

“I have never expected CottonInk to be a long term project with Ria, but I’m glad it became what it is today," Carline said. She further claimed that they have both grown, personally and professionally, while learning more about their dynamics which made them stronger individually and as a team. But their friendship is not without challenges. Communication is sometimes the hardest for the two friends. For Carline, being friends help with the communication, but at the same time, it’s never easy to put out criticism. That’s why both of them agree on better communication in everything. Ria avoids pushing Carline’s button while Carline simply knows how to differentiate the friends and business sides of things with Ria.

It also helps that they both share the same vision, despite each being a strongly opinionated person. “Different opinions don’t matter, as long as you can talk it out, lay some ground rules and still be on the same page of what your business vision is at the end of the day," they both said.

Business is always about professionalism, so Ria and Carline always put their best self to work and never take each other for granted. Communication is key which will allow them to develop a strong dynamic, focus better, make the right decision and grow bigger. All of these strategies have allowed CottonInk to reach quite a significant growth, with more hiring and branching out all over Indonesia.

After all the hard work, confettis, all life’s ups and downs, how do these two see each other now?

“She’s the entire package: a friend, business partner, and sister for life," Ria speaks of Carline. To which Carline replies, “And she’s my anchor and inspiration."

Yes, we’re 100% jealous now. All the best to Ria, Carline, CottonInk and whatever creative projects they may have in the future. May every girl be as lucky to have found a sister soulmate as you both!

by Hutama for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Hutama for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Hutama for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Hutama for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Hutama for SweetEscape in Jakarta

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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!