Amazing Photography Services Anytime, Anywhere with “Sweet Escape”

I had a quick photoshoot with renowned Philippine portrait photographer Dookie Ducay through his pop-up studio at the launch of Smart Signature in Makati City a few weeks ago. Needless to say, the resulting photos were no less than amazing.

Dookiie Ducay

Jonel Uy of Blogger Manila; Photo by Portrait & Fashion Photographer Dookiie Ducay

But we can’t always have these kinds of studio set-up anytime, anywhere we want; specially if travel a lot. This is where ‘SweetEscape‘ photography platform comes in – to address your need for photoshoots for any occasion, anytime, anywhere.

SweetEscape on Focus

The artificial intelligence (AI) -driven photography platform SweetEscape has recently picked-up attention worldwide for its innovation as it aims to transform the multi-billion dollar photography industry.

The business was first established to solve a very simple problem, which is to allow consumers to discover local photographers while traveling and to ensure the memories are captured by locally curated professional photographers. Today, SweetEscape has serviced thousands of customers across hundreds of countries and the bookings have more than quadrupled since launching in 2017.

Currently at the forefront of the increasingly dynamic travel and photography industry, a tap of a finger enables customers to book a photo session in less than a minute. Edited photos can then be downloaded through the app within 48 hours.


SweetEscape Photography Platform

In related news, they recently announced raising US$6 million in Series A round funding, co-led by Openspace Ventures and Jungle Ventures with participation from Burda Principal Investments and existing investors. The fresh round of financing will be used to develop its AI technology and to strengthen their presence across Asia. Headquartered in Jakarta, the Company currently has over 100 employees across Jakarta, Singapore and Manila and the Company plans to double the team size by the end of 2019.

SweetEscape was founded in 2017 by David Soong and Emile Etienne, who were also the founders of Bridestory, Southeast Asia’s largest wedding marketplace platform, which was recently acquired by Tokopedia. The founders’ vision is to build a global photography platform that will bring accessibility and change the way consumers appreciate memories and photographers globally manage their business. SweetEscape has managed to scale to over 500+ cities across 100+ countries globally with thousands of photographers in their network within the past two years.

Our ultimate mission is to empower the photographers’ community while providing consumers with affordable access to quality photos anywhere around the world. I have been a photographer for the past 20 years. 70% of a photographer’s time is spent not taking photos. Our platform makes their life’s easier – with us handling 80% of the photographer’s workflow and post-production – increasing photographers’ productivity and income and allowing them to pursue their passion. To do this, our goal is to leverage AI image processing technology to accelerate and automate the post-production process,” says David Soong, CEO and Founder of SweetEscape

Sweet Escape

Founders David Soong & Emile Etienne, CEO and COO of SweetEscape, respectively

Emile Etienne, COO and Founder of SweetEscape, said “We started SweetEscape to address a problem in the Travel photography segment but as we continue to scale, we started to observe a broader usage of our platform beyond travel. The growth in non-travel (birthdays, baby showers, graduations, family photoshoots and others) have consistently exceeded our expectations. With this new funding and the support of the investors, we will focus on strengthening our foothold in Asia while building our presence in new markets around the world”.

SweetEscape has started moving into the business photography segment, providing food photography, real-estate photography, headshots and more – servicing a growing portfolio of regional and global clients that includes WeWork, P&G and HSBC.

Hian Goh, Partner at Openspace Ventures, and Amit Anand, Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures have similarly expressed their optimisim on the growth of Sweet Escape.

David Soong

Sweet Escape are now focused on being the first AI imaging technology in the region to lead the innovation and the transformation in this US$80 billion photography industry.

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Moving forward, SweetEscape aims to continue providing a seamless experience for local business owners to create quality visual content for their businesses and allowing them to scale more efficiently through better imaging.

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