Frequently Asked Questions

Family and Children Sessions

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Family Photography

Using your gallery

Your online gallery is where you can view, share, and download images (if your package allows), and also order prints! If you need help ordering prints, or downloading your images, please have a look at our extensive knowledgebase or give me a call at 99938358.

Where do portrait sessions take place?

Our sessions are either indoor or outdoor. The choice between Indoor or outdoor is yours.

Indoor sessions

Indoor sessions are held in Sweetmama’s Natural Light Studio. Our Studio is ideally located in the outskirts of Larnaca so as to cater for our clients from all major cities (30 minutes from Limassol and Nicosia and 10 minutes from Larnaca). Our studio is the only professional studio in Cyprus where the key light is natural light, which is the most important ingrednient in the soft, natural look of our portraits.

Outdoor sessions

We use specific outdoor locations around Cyprus. We have preferred locations we photograph in all districts. We are always open to suggestions about new locations.

Pickup service

Especially for our clients from abroad we can arrange a pickup service to and from the photo-shoot’s location.

What are the best ages for children portrait sessions?

There are so many opportunities for children sessions! In fact, we have a whole page dedicated to this! Have a look here.

Do you edit (retouch) your photos?

Yes we do! We strongly believe that retouching can transform a good picture into a masterpiece! In fact we have a  whole section dedicated to our retouching process, where you will also find some before-and-after demos!

Before-and-After retouching demo by Cyprus Photographers Andreas and Alexia - Cyprus Children Photographers

Click to view a Before-and-After retouching demo

What should we wear?

Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your clothing simple, by avoiding busy patterns, bright colors, logos, and writing.
  • Stick to earthy, neutral tones.
  • We find that cotton camis, knit tops, jeans, airy shirts, plain t-shirts without patterns, are all great for timeless photos.  The same advise applies for your shoes.
  • Please do not mix casual and formal attire.
  • Most essentially, make sure everyone feels great and comfortable in their outfits!  Talking about comfort, remember to dress for the weather!

Do I need to make my hair and makeup?

This is up to you! Our advise is, whatever you decide to do, make sure you feel good and comfortable. If you decide to go for makeup, please keep it simple and natural.

Do our clothes need to match?

Of course. Really, that would be a little bit boring! However, do make sure everyone’s clothing is coordinated in both style and color.

Can we bring our pet?

We are glad you asked. You can definitely bring your pet! They are part of the family, after all. Please do mention this during our pre-consultation session.

How can we best prepare for the shoot?

Here are a few tips:

  • For outdoor shoots in the summer please bring an insect repellent spray appropriate for the whole family.
  • Please bring plenty of snacks and drinks for the kids.

If you have younger children, consider bringing a toy or two to keep them occupied.

We have plenty more tips to share with you during our pre-consultation session.

What is your payment policy, and other Terms of Service?

You can read our Terms of Service agreement, which also includes details about our payment policy here:

Can other members of the family take part in the shoot as well?

Siblings and grand-parents are welcome to join the session! Please do inform me before the session so I can better plan poses. Make sure they are dressed in solid, neutral colors, with no patterns or logos on them.

I suggest bringing younger siblings either at the beginning or the end of the session. When they are not being photographed, you might consider arranging someone taking them away from the area where the session is taking place. A calm environment is essential and only those taking part in the session should be present at any time.

What is a “pre-consultation session”?

Once you book your session, we will have a a pre-consultation session by email or over the phone during which we discuss props, styles, favorite colors, how you can best prepare baby for the shoot, outfits and clothing, and any special requirements you may have. Specifically for Newborn sessions, you will receive my Preparation Booklet with plenty of useful information on how you can best prepare for the session.

How should I backup my high-resolution image files?

Backup on physical devices at home

We advise that you copy your image files on multiple storage devices such as DVDs, external hard-disks, and flash-drives (USB sticks). Keeping your images on a single device is extremely risky, as both DVDs and hard-disks fail very often, and USB sticks can be lost. The average lifespan of DVDs and hard-disks is between 5-10 years. With regards to external hard-disk drives, we advise using external drives with dedicated power cord (also called non-portable external hard-disks, or AC-powered), as they tend to be more reliable than the portable ones that do not have an AC plug.

Backup on the cloud

You may also consider an online backup solution such as dropbox, or (both of which offer a free account) or crashplan, which offers a yearly subscription package for unlimited storage. If you plan to backup the images online, please make certain the service you are uploading to does not process the images in any manner that reduces their file-size or strips out ICC data, as this will alter the colours and quality of the photos. (As an example, at the time of writing this, Google drive strips out ICC-data, and as a result changes the images’ colours).

Keep a print for every image file

You might also be interested in this post on our blog discussing prints as the ideal archiving method:

Personal vs Commercial license: What you can, and cannot do with image files

Kindly note that the high-resolution image files are given to you under a Personal use licence, and for archiving purposes. Personal use means non-commercial use of the images for display on personal websites and computers, or making prints for personal use. The images may not be used for commercial purpose of any kind (such as to create advertising material or any other marketing collateral for your business, or any other businesses). This also includes other businesses involved in your event, such as cake and candy-table designers, event planner, florist, decorator, and the restaurant/venue. Therefore, please do not give any of these images (especially the un-watermarked high-resolution image files) to any businesses.

Please do note that in the spirit of collaboration with other businesses we will allow use of our images by other businesses granted that they themselves ask permission from Sweetmama Photography describing the intended use and agreeing to crediting Sweetmama Photography as per our policies. If a service provider in your event requests use of any of our images for promotional purposes, kindly ask them to contact us directly.

The EU intellectual property law
Under the European Intellectual Property Law the copyright of images remains with the photographer, who licenses these images under a personal usage license. This means that regardless of what or who is depicted in the image, title and ownership, and all rights now and in the future, of and for the images remain exclusively with Sweetmama Photography.

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