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I Left My Heart in San Francisco
17 May 2017STORIESBY SweetEscape

San Francisco is special to many, including to this family. Meet Melissa, a lovely mom of a sweet little boy. Her heart was bursting with love when she got to spend some quality time with the two men of her life in the city that she adores.

"My husband and I love traveling. For us, traveling means exploring new places, discovering new delicacies, and most importantly, spending quality time together. After Jaden was born, we decided not to let having him change our lives in terms of our travel enjoyment. Having a child couldn’t really stop us from going to places, could it? We took Jaden many places since he was a baby, and when he’s four, we took him to one of our favorite destinations: San Francisco.

To both of us, San Francisco has always been a special city. There’s something about it that makes it beautiful yet quirky. I’d love to take the MUNI across the town and enjoy all the people watching, or explore the uniqueness of many neighborhoods have to offer. And the fog, oh the way it drifts through is so dreamy. I love the city so much but mostly because it marked important milestone of my husband’s life, and held some of our sweetest memories of our honeymoon. So when we had the chance to go back to San Francisco with our son, I was so excited.

I’d be lying if I said that traveling with a kid is always easy. We’re blessed with a good little traveler like Jaden, but there were a lot of learning moments in each trip. We learned and understood the importance of packing carefully – what’s important: first aids, snacks, travel-friendly toys, and extra layers, and what’s not important: bulky toys. But the most important lesson that we learned was that he deserves to explore the world too.

Because of that, we never want to rush around. When all that he wanted was to running and rolling around in the grass, in the foggy, chilly, San Francisco-typical morning, we just let him be. We also took Jaden to watch basketball game from a seat in the stadium. Jaden and his dad love watching basketball and for Jaden (and for me), it was our first time watching a game live and turned out to be so fun. Jaden must have been thrilled too!

I admitted that travelling with our little boy has forced us to slow down, but I’m proud to say that being able to see the world through their curious eyes has given us some of the most rewarding moments we’ve ever had. San Francisco did it again, and this city will always have a special place in my heart.

-Melissa Stevani, Mama of Jaden

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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!