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Having a professional photographer with you should be in everyone’s traveling essentials

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By KRISTELLE BECHAYDA

SweetEscape takes photos of Heart Evangelista on her Como, Italy trip

SweetEscape takes photos of Heart Evangelista on her Como, Italy trip

Nothing can ever beat the exciting rush that can be felt from visiting a new place. Ask anyone and they would most likely have a local or foreign destination in mind that they wish to check out on their next vacation trips.

While this indulgence is now made possible through affordable air fares, a lot of tourists still take for granted the value of taking good photos to document their trips. For David Soong, who is CEO of SweetEscape, capturing these once-in-a-lifetime experiences is a must, especially when one is traveling with his loved ones.

SweetEscape duo, Emil Etienne and David Soong

SweetEscape duo, Emil Etienne and David Soong

Having been a professional photographer for more than 20 years, David got the inspiration to start his
multinational business with the realization that even if he did take amazing photos of his wife and son during their travels, he was always the one absent in the pictures.

“People usually spend a lot of money to travel and discover new places around the world and then come home with amazing memories of the places they visited. Far more often, however, the images we take during our travels do not justify the places we visited and memories we have. What if we can capture those priceless moments? It’s because of that insight, SweetEscape was born,” says Emile Etienne, who is also the company’s cofounder and chief operating officer.

Since its establishment in 2016, SweetEscape has evolved from a two-man team with no official work
base to having professional photographers on standby in over 500 cities around the world. Due to popular demand, the company has also branched out from its pilot service of providing holiday photography and included shoots for special occasions for birthdays, weddings, baptisms, and the like
in its lineup.

With a keen familiarity on how the Philippine market works, Emile thought it would be a great idea to
bring the services of SweetEscape to the country. Sure enough, it became a big hit when it was launched here last year. The company has been consistently receiving huge influxes of bookings from Filipinos, including local celebrities like Heart Evangelista and Andi Manzano Reyes, for not just their local shoots but their international trips as well.

Andi and GP Reyes's family trip to New York

Andi and GP Reyes’s family trip to New York

Nico Bolzico and Solenn Heussaff on their Tokyo adventure

Nico Bolzico and Solenn Heussaff on their Tokyo adventure

David and Amanda Griffin Jacob for their 12th wedding anniversary celebration in Italy

David and Amanda Griffin Jacob for their 12th wedding anniversary celebration in Italy

“We currently have a small team of 10 people based in Manila who are working with local influencers, photographers, and are in charge of our marketing and partnerships. By launching our platform here, we cater to Filipinos who are looking for great photographers at affordable prices for their life moments.” Emile says.

Looking for a professional photographer to capture your adventurous moments is only a few clicks away through SweetEscape’s website or app. The company connects clients with available photographers in their chosen destinations and picks one who is best matched for them. Each session can last for either one or two hours, with the prices varying depending on the locations.

Getting the breathtaking shots is just as easy too. A range of 20 to 60 photos will be sent back to the customers within 48 hours after the shoot. “All images are color-enhanced by our inhouse editors. You can download lower resolution images through our app, which are perfect for posting on social media. And clients can download higher resolution images through the website,” says Emile, adding there is also an option for customers to have their photos printed and shipped to their homes.

Given this convenient setup, it’s easy to see why SweetEscape is in demand when it comes to its holiday photography services. It’s definitely a good investment for travelers who wish to have keepsakes of their journeys at a new place. When asked about what’s in store for their Filipino customers, Emile shares SweetEscape will soon launch its one-hour photo sessions in key cities around the Philippines.

“We want all our clients to feel the value we put into our product. Ultimately, our goal is to help create moments they can cherish. We want to capture moments that help them remember the best about their travels and whatever occasion they might have,” he says.

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