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"It's OK To Make Mistakes. Moms Are Humans Too!"
14 May 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

It's no secret that we at SweetEscape is crazy about Meira Anastasia. We have featured her not once, but twice, and now for added charm, here is the third time. Warm, humble and engaging, you just can't help but be drawn to Meira's charm. We caught up with her for a chat about the ups and downs of being a mother before the public eye, writing a book and making peace with past demons. Read what she had to say below!

"I never did think of myself as a public figure. But since my husband is one, I ended up becoming a public figure too. I was inspired to share my life as a parent on social media because I wanted to be honest about it. I thought it was the only way people would be able to relate to my going-ons and not feel so alone. I wanted to share what's real. If other moms want to share only the good stuff, that's great; but in my case, I wanted to show that I'm also struggling as a mom with two different types of kids although both came out of my womb. I have to handle and nurture them differently, and that is a challenge in itself.

Not long after I had my second child, I developed post-partum depression and began feeling mentally unwell. There was just a lot of burden in my mind. So I decided to work out. I picked out the right apps to help my workout, designed my own workout pace and I started feeling better physically and mentally. As moms, we are expected to handle it all: children, husband, home, work... we have to be a Wonderwoman in all these areas. I think it's important to realize that it's OK to make mistakes. Moms are humans too!

Don't be so hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Focus on moving on from the situation and improving it. I think it's very important. We also need a good support system. It's not just the moms that have to take care of the children and the home - the dads will have to step in to as well as other family members. Don't be afraid to ask for help whenever it gets tough! And don't forget to take care of yourself. It will be beneficial not just for you, but also your husband and children, because that means you can take better care of them.

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Sharing my life on social media does come with its own risks. People can say anything they want. We just can't keep people from making comments, whether they are positive or negative. So far, though, there hasn't been a lot of negativity in my feeds. People who take time to read what I have to say usually share the same feelings, they reach out to me in the comment section and feel like they found a friend. And it's not just them; I also feel like I'm not alone in my struggles. It's useful for everyone. It helps me deal with things. It's a very good feeling.

I decided to write my book, Imperfect, as a way of making peace with myself. I've been dealing with a lot of insecurities ever since I was a kid, especially in terms of body image. Those feelings eventually went away when I started working out frequently. I thought doing the book would help me better in spreading the word on positive body image. So I went ahead and did it. I talked about the idea with my husband, he was very supportive. When I discussed the idea on my social media, a publisher reached out to me and offered a deal. So I jumped on it.

The book is my way of reaching out to women - whether they are moms or not - and letting them know that they're not alone and that their struggles are not the end of the world. I want them to know that I am here to give them support to be better. You don't have to be perfect to be happy. Now that I have a good support system, it allowed me to do things for myself and make my own achievements.

I feel much better now. I feel complete. And I respect myself better. Keep in mind your children will grow up someday and leave you, so you also have to prepare for that and know what it is you want to do with yourself and your own life!"

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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!