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How Melissa Karim Rocks Turning 40 In Her Own Way
03 Jun 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

There is always a reason to celebrate a milestone in your life. Whether it's graduation, being a newlywed or in Melissa Karim's case, turning 40.

Much has been said and written about turning 40. Just what is it about this age that makes it special? To many women, the 30s are about self-development, building a career as well as cultivating my skills and successes in personal relationships. This is perhaps why the 40s are regarded as the refinement and the enhancement of these successes and developments. After all, it is true that age is a good marker for one's achievements in life.

The same thing could absolutely be said about our favourite gal, Melissa. The host, actress and mom extraordinaire spoke to us and shared her insight on feeling like a 14-year-old girl in a 40-year-old body. Wanna know what she has to say? Read on below!

"To be honest, turning 40 was kind of shaky. I think any woman approaching this age feels the same way, whether she admits it or not. When you were in your 20s, you would think your 40s are still light years away but then you hit the big number. You think, "Where did the years go?", and it kind of caught me off guard.

For some reason, I felt reluctant about entering a new decade in my life. I was like, "Can't I be 36 forever?". It got quite heavy, honestly. I realized that I needed to do something about it, so I decided to pack up and travel instead of getting stressed out about getting older.

I went to Barcelona and it changed my point of view. Being in a new place did bring a change of pace and with it came a new perspective too. I didn't really know what to expect, I just knew I had to go so when the whole thing turned out to be extremely good, I was quite surprised! It gave me that much-needed boost of confidence and just general good feelings, it made me feel good about turning 40 and right then and there I thought to myself that, hey, turning 40 isn't so bad after all.

During my travels in Barcelona, soaking in the city's modern yet soulful vibe - the city has been around for thousands of years - opened up my horizon. I came to realize that age is not just a number, it's simply a marker of how much you've been molded by life. And it was such a revelation! I knew I had made the right choice. The whole experience just made me feel good.

But at the same time, I wouldn't say other people have to travel too to come to this realization. If you're turning 40 and feeling hesitant about it, let me say this: entering the big 40 means that you are now stronger, smarter and wittier - thanks to everything that you have proudly survived in the years prior. Take it from me, it truly is a blessing! Being a petite girl, I wasn't always confident about my size, but now I can say that I'm happy to be 40 but still looking 14. Life is good. I feel good. There's nothing to complain about!" - Melissa Karim

by Sara for SweetEscape in Barcelona
by Sara for SweetEscape in Barcelona
by Sara for SweetEscape in Barcelona
by Sara for SweetEscape in Barcelona

What Melissa Said About SweetEscape

"I love using SweetEscape! I would absolutely recommend it especially if you're going on a trip and want to make sure that the trip is well-documented. I loved the fact that I got to work with a local photographer, who ended up showing me around and made me discover cool local places!"

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.

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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!