Ciril Mathew: Photographer

For a few hours a week, I am a lifestyle and portrait photographer, specializing in people and small event photography. The remainder, I remove my glasses and put on my cape to take on responsibility as a stay at home husband and father. I love to cook other people’s recipes but with a twist. Besides photography, I am a Geek by trade. I love anything technical, sci-fi tv shows and movies, and wear a hoodie with sandals.

I value my customers opinions, catering to be a client-friendly and service-oriented business. My business is based in the surrounding Philadelphia Metropolitan Area, although I am open to travel to any location (appending travel fees).

My style is about using both natural and studio light, depending on the location. My goal is to become a narrator for your story. I want your images to document your moments, which continues to remain vivid from generation to generation.

Session Information

Thank you for taking your time to look up more information about my sessions. My portrait sessions are priced differently depending on the type, and includes:

Step One: Pre-Consultation
Included in each portrait session, will be a consultation either through in-person, phone, or video chat. During this consultation, we will discuss details of your upcoming session. We will go over: what to wear, best locations, and the best times to shoot your session. We will discuss product expectations and how you would like your images displayed. Knowing your expectations helps us plan out the overall portrait session.
Step Two: Your Portrait Session

Portrait Sessions are usually scheduled for 1-2 hours (depending on the amount of people). We make each session relaxed and enjoyable for you and your children. As a father, I understand that some children may need to take time to warm up. The shoot will be a mixture of lifestyle and traditional portraits. My main goal is to capture your personalities into your images, which you will cherish.

Step Three: Post-Consultation
We will schedule to meet together in person to view your images from your portrait session for the first time. Here is where you will decide which images will be best to displayed in your home.


What happens if the weather doesn't permit us to take pictures outside? Do you keep the money and run?
No way! We will reschedule to meet the next available times for both of us.
Is there some type of deposit I need to pay?
Yes there is a $25 non-refundable deposit that needs to be paid prior to your session. This secures your session date.
What types of payments do you accept?
I service the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area, but not limited to here. I am willing to travel, if my schedule permits. (Please note, travel fees may apply.)
What about props? do you provide any? should I bring something?
Props are always great to have in your session. We do provide some props, but its very limited. I recommend bringing something closer to you or your child. For seniors bring in something you love doing (ie: musical instruments, cameras). For families, make sure you bring something that your child can identify which will make their time more calm and secure.
Do you own a studio?
No, at the moment I only shoot my sessions on location. This means I will either come to your house or at a location of your choice.
Do you use natural or studio lights?
I use both. As much as I love natural lighting, there are times where you need to use artificial lights in your session. When we take indoor, I will carry with me few artificial strobes to help light up the room. We will discuss this more in our pre-consultation meeting.
What is portrait and lifestyle photography? Why do you do both?
For portrait (non-event) sessions, the session fee is $1Portrait Photography (or Portraiture) are your traditional posed portraits. Yet, I don’t always shoot straight portraits. I actually like shooting a style which aims to documents real life events and people in their natural settings. This is called lifestyle photography.When do we get to see the images you took from our session?

Generally images should be edited and ready by two to four weeks. The amount of times depend on the type of photography we do together, and the amount of pictures taken at your session. We will schedule a time to meet together and see all the edited images.50.

What should I wear?

Wear outfits which reflects your personality and style. Families, though its not required, wearing similar tones of clothing is best and my recommendation. Make sure you also include some neutral colors (black, white, brown, or gray). What I strongly recommend is not wearing anything that draws away from your face (i.e.: busy patterns, logos, cartoon characters).

Here is a small list of ideas of what you should wear:

  • wear solid coloured clothing
  • choose muted tones that are a bit subdued
  • choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)
  • choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones. OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.
  • choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow
  • choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies
  • choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)
  • keep jewelry simple and minimal

Still looking for ideas? Click the following link to see more examples of what we mean above.

Can I bring more than one outfit to my session?
Yes this is not a problem, in fact its recommended, for Seniors and Engagement Couples, that you bring at least one other outfit. Please try not to bring too many, which would use up most of your hour session. Just remember to wear something that reflects your personality and style.


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