Corporate or office team headshots | Armato Photography, Clarksburg, Maryland Headshot and Portrait Photographers

Good morning! Its not even 8am yet and here I am getting to grind. I get a few requests asking about team headshot sessions so I thought I’d quickly bring that up here.

Your headshot is going to be the first impression that you make on potential clients (buyers) or potential employers. These folks, once they find you online, are going to form an opinion and expectation for you before they’ve even gotten to the handshake.

It’s more important than ever that you have a fresh, modern, professional headshot that elevates you and your brand so that you make the most kickass first impression you can. This is your chance to customize that impression. We tend to hire and want to work with people that we like so creating a headshot for you or your team that shows confidence, approachability and likability is your key to standing out.

If you run a corporate, medical or law office or have a team of employees that your clients will interact with, it’s imperative that you all have consistent branding and headshots.

One of things we offer that some other folks don’t is that we can bring the studio to you. You have enough to manage in a busy office as it is, I’m sure you don’t need or want to orchestrate 20 peoples headshot sessions. So, we’ll come to you. We have a mobile studio set up that we can bring to your office and set up in a corner of the office or in a conference room. You make a sign up sheet with times, everyone signs up for a spot, and I make you all look amazing, and more importantly, consistent.

We’ve worked with some great corporate, legal and medical offices such as Mindoula Health Care, JFW Construction, Bethesda Newtrition and Wellness, Ameriprise, Cassaday & Company, AMS Law Office, American University and a few others.

If you’re interested in having your team headshots done and you want to make it as easy as possible, call us and request a free quote for your team. Our only stipulation is that your group must be larger than 5. If you have a team smaller than 5, we’re happy to offer a group discount on our individual package and have you come to our studio. If you have a small office space and would like to shoot outdoors, we can also plan on that. If you’re ready to get rolling, click below and let us get a quote out to you!

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3 Steps for a relaxed headshot session | Armato Photography, Clarksburg, Maryland Headshot Photographers

One of the things I hear the most when consulting with a client is “just to warn you, I hate having my picture taken”. This is the most common reaction that I get when talking to people about what I do, or when I’m booking a session with someone. So, I thought I’d give a few tips here on how you can come in for a relaxed and fun session with Armato Photography.


  1. Pick your wardrobe a head of time. To help reduce the stress of your shoot day, have the clothes you’d like to be photographed in dry cleaned, ironed, pressed and ready to go at least one full day ahead of time. This way you can grab your clothes and head out the door. I do see a lot of men come in with 3 or 4 outfits jammed into a backpack, then they start getting anxious as they see that their dress slacks and shirt look like an accordion. When picking out clothes for your session choose clothes that fit really well and that you feel like a million bucks in. If you’re trying to suck it in so you don’t bust a button, you are noting going to be able to relax. Choose clothing colors that are not too close to your skin tone. Stay away from super busy patterns or emblems that might date your wardrobe. Lastly, if you’re not sure of an outfit or two, bring em in, we can sort through together and try things in front of the camera to see how they work. Bring in what ever you think will be a great look even if you’re unsure.

  2. Get plenty of rest and hydration. Be well rested the few nights before your session. This will help keep your mind at ease and keep you in good spirits with plenty of energy for the session. If you’re exhausted your going to drag through session waiting for the finish line. Hydration is super important. Drink plenty of water the week headed into your session. You’ll feel great and your skin and complexion will thank you! Try and not drink coffee the morning of your session. This will help keep your teeth nice and white for the camera. If your teeth are not as white as you’d like, we can do some digital whitening so don’t freak out and try and jam a weeks worth of whitening treatments into two days.

  3. This is probably the most important factor when being in front of the camera. Come in with an open mind and be ready to have some fun and laugh. We’ll probably both be making silly jokes and laughing at ourselves. I believe interaction with my clients is the best way to get natural looking expressions. I hate posing people and then saying smile! If you’ve booked a session with Armato Photography, you didn’t just book a great photographer, you’ve booked a headshot and expression specialist. Together we will learn some new skills that will make you look confident and approachable in every photo you take whether it’s an Iphone vacation photo, a selfie in the mirror or you’re on the red carpet. I’m going to arm you with some new skills you can pull out every time you step in front of the camera. Keep an open mind to the skills we learn during your session. Some of them seem and feel a little silly but look amazing! This is why I shoot to a laptop during the shoot, so we can see whats going on with certain types of expressions. This also helps me gauge the direction we’re going and making sure you’re stoked with the images. The last part of this is to keep in mind that it’s my job as your coach and photographer to get you where you want to be. It’s not your job to get it right, it’s my job to nail it when it is right.

All right, so these are just a few tips that will help you prepare yourself for a relaxed and fun session with Armato Photography. Rest assured that if you keep an open mind, are willing to try a few silly techniques and let me coach and guide you to some killer expressions, you’re going to be the envy of all your colleagues when they see that killer new headshot. So if you’re ready to get rocking and get some new headshots, give me a call or book a session here,

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We offer in studio or outdoor sessions. If you’re part of a larger team and would like to consider having us come to your office for larger groups we can do that. For group rates, there must be at least 10 individuals in the group.



Why should I have prints made when I have the digitals? | Armato Photography, Clarksburg, Maryland Family and Newborn Photographers

This is something we hear ALL of the time. Why spend money having prints made when I have all the digitals? Well, I don’t know about you, but we still don’t know exactly where our wedding photos are. They were given to us on a thumb drive and probably stuck in a box, or drawer somewhere. We had a few prints made and had them framed. Those are hanging on the wall near the stairs for everyone to see.

I can’t stress enough the importance of making prints, albums and canvases of your images. Technology changes so fast and who knows if the DVD you have is going to be readable in 10 years from now. I look back at tape drives floppy disks. For the longevity of your images, have prints made! Have your photographer make the prints with a professional color printing lab. Our lab uses archival quality inks and papers which means these images are guaranteed for 200 Years! They are more expensive than going to Wal-mart or CVS, but, things that are of high quality do cost more. Our labs have all or our color preferences in our profile and know exactly how I’m calibrated. They wont make any color corrections without me asking for it. This means that the colors we see at the shoot and during the editing phase are the exact colors I get in my prints. Your local store or pharmacy often have sharpening filters and color corrections that are made automatically by someone that was sort of taught how to push the green “GO” button on the printer. The lab has professional lab technicians working with my clients work and they take as much care with it as if it was their own. Making prints is the best investment you’ll ever make.

The other reason I love having prints of our images is so we can enjoy them together. Our son has sat with an album loaded with pictures from his birth to present day. He loves sitting and looking back at the “old house” or when he was still in the hospital. My family enjoys seeing them on the walls in our home and looking at linen books and albums on our coffee table. These albums and prints will be handed down as the kids get older and start their families. I just got 3-4 old albums from when I was born and really enjoy sitting with them and looking back in time.

So here are a few of my favorite reasons for making prints. We work closely with two of our favorite color labs in the U.S and take great pride in making products that will be hanging on ours and our clients walls. We offer all the standard print sizes and canvas gallery wraps. We also off linen and leather bound albums. Don’t hesitate to ask us about odd sizes if you have specific sizes that you’d like to make!

Come and check out our family, newborn and headshot photography and let us know when you’re ready to

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Some Of Our Favorite Locations To Shoot In | Armato Photography, Clarksburg Family and Portrait Photographers

We do the vast majority of our shooting on location. For headshots that can be in a clients home office, or a corporate office shooting a team of 20. For our families, engagements or seniors, this can be from the elegant Glenview Mansion in Rockville to the more rustic barns of Gaithersburg Agricultural Farm.

The best way to show why we love the Gaithersburg Agricultural Farm is to just let the photos do the talking. If you like open fields, gorgeous gardens and rustic hay filled barns, this is the spot! The best part is that so far, I’ve never run into large groups there. We’ve shot a small family-engagement and a separate engagement session there and just had an amazing time. End of the day when the sun is starting to get low is the best time to shoot here. As the sun goes through the trees the light is like magic!

Glenview Mansion is another favorite of ours. We’re suckers for stones and archways. This spot has several smaller areas that are all a bit different. The front of the mansion, the stone walkway and grand staircase on the side, with a fountain, and the small wooded area at the rear of the property. There are plenty of small intimate nooks for couples and plenty of open space to shoot large families, especially with kids!

We had the pleasure of traveling out of our area to meet a family in their neighborhood of Piney Orchard. We photographed their session in a small park area where we found some really lovely backdrops.

So these are just three of our favorite spots to travel to, our last spot we really enjoy shooting, OUR OWN HOME! We have two boys and have done the majority of our family portraits, right here in our house. We’d be happy to come to your home and capture your family or newborns in the comfort of your own home. If you’re just starting your family and very newborns, let us come to you. We have a small set up that allows to create GORGEOUS, timeless portraits right in your own home.

When you’re ready to create some timeless portraits of your growing family or 3 generations of family, give us a call and lets start creating something beautiful.

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For you camera tech folks, all of our digital images are shot with Nikon D610 and Nikon D4 with Nikon 85mm 1.8G 50mm 1.4D or 24-70 2.8. All of our film images are shot with a Hasslbad H1 and Kodak Portra 400 or Fuji 400H with an 80mm 2.8. I also shoot Nikon F100 35mm with the same films and add Ilford Hp5 or Koday Tmax 400 for black and white. Film is processed and scanned by The Find Lab.

What if I told you we could guarantee that your first impression, is kick ass!

In todays highly digital and online world your first impression is made far before you ever get to shake hands with your potential clients. We use LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to market ourselves and our companies. According to Linked in, users with a photo get 21x more views and 36x more messages. You can bet too that prospective employers and clients are checking you out on your social sites. So what could I possibly be talking about? YOUR HEADSHOT! Stop the cell phone selfie madness! No more webcam selfies either. These are terrible introductions to you and your brand. You need to have a professional, high-end headshot that represents you and your brand perfectly. You need to show confidence and approachability in your headshot while also letting your unique personality through.

It’s not enough to go to a good photographer to get your branding photography and headshots done. You need to work with someone who specializes in headshot photography and expression coaching. I love working with my clients to get really killer expressions that are loaded with confidence and approachability. This just means that you look like you, you look confident, but you also look a nice person. We want your clients to look at your image and not be able to wait to click on your profile. We also want to make sure that all your imagery across your brand is consistent.

Your headshot on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and the like is the very first opportunity you have to make an impression on your prospective clients and employers. So, lets make sure that the headshots you’re putting out in the world are the very best and make the best impression every time.

For more information on our headshot sessions please CLICK HERE! The give us a call and lets get you some headshots that you can’t wait to show off! We also have group rates for offices of more than 5 people so be sure to ask about us coming to you!

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How to Prepare For Your Family Portrait Session | Armato Photography, Clarksburg Family Portrait Photographers

We wanted to give you a few simple tips on how you can reduce the stress that might come with planning a family photoshoot. You’ve been pouring over all your local photographers, you’ve landed on Armato Photography, hope this is your last stop, you’ve researched all your favorite locations and now it’s time to get it rockin! Well here are a few things you can do to make the big shoot a total breeze.

Planning the time of day. This may seem obvious but it’s sometimes not. You’re in touch with the kids and how they are throughout the day so choosing a time of day when the kiddos are well rested and in good spirits is key. If you know your kids start to get cranky right before having dinner, maybe best to skip the golden hour time slot. If your kids are like mine and comatose in the mornings, then aim for some afternoon slots. We’ll have some advice for you on when the light is the best, we can schedule around your best times to make sure we’re getting everyone at their best!

Choosing clothes. So this is an important step, but not one to over think. We love to see family members coordinated, but try to avoid looking over matched. Your clothing choices should help show off and express you and your families personalities. If you’re a spunky group, go for bright bold colors. If you’re more into the pastel colors, think soft creams, light greys, light blues and oranges. If this is the look you’re going for we’ll shoot with Fuji 400H film, this tends to push towards the pastel colors and is absolutely stunning! If bolder and spunky is your style, we’ll shoot kodak Portra which tends to be more contrasty and bold. Have clothes chosen in advance, have things dry cleaned and ready to go a few days before.

The biggest consideration when choosing clothes is to pick things that you feel amazing in! You should feel super comfy and feel like a million bucks! This is no time to drag out the “I wonder if this still fits” dress or suite. Go with what shows off who you are and makes you feel great!

Get some rest! Take care to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water a few days before your session. Coming to the session rested and with plenty of energy will make for some really killer images. If exhausted, you’re going to look exhausted. I know, I know, I hear all the parents right now, RESTED? What does that even mean! Do your best to get everyone to bed early the night before.

Plan something you like to do as a family. This one can be super fun. Do you all like to play board games together? Bring your faves along with you. Do you all play music together? Bring your guitar! Or what ever instrument you might be able to bring. Having an activity that you all can engage in together is great way to get some candid moments of your family all engaged with one another.

Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous! You don’t all have to be staring at the camera the whole time. In fact, we tend to be more documentary style photographers and prefer not to pose every single shot anyway. But don’t be afraid to pick up your little one and set him or her on your shoulders, or toss em up in the air. Just be relaxed and be yourself, do what you would do on any other day and that gives us the ability to capture some really timeless images. We don’t go in to our shoots with pose lists. We love catching natural, candid moments. Though we will do some light posing, we then give you space to interact and let us create some beautiful portraits.

We hope these few tips help make your portrait session fun and relaxing! Portraits don’t have to be a drag so let us take the lead and help make your session stress free!

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In the spirit of portrait sessions not being a drag, check out these great candid moments. You can really get a feel for what kind of family this is by how much fun they have with each other.

Why I shoot Film | Clarksburg, Maryland Family and Newborn Photographers

A lot of the work you see on our site has been shot on film. That’s right, good old analog film. I absolutely love the look that film produces. Shooting film forces me to be a better more thoughtful photographer. I don’t have a memory card that has a 12,000 image limit. Each roll gives me 16 shots. So, I slow down, look more carefully, meter my lights and compose more thoughtfully.

The other great thing about shooting film is the security of images. I know that I have all my clients negatives stored properly and can re-create prints for them at any time. If my hard drives fail, the cloud vanishes, or the whole grid goes dark, I still have negatives.

Film inspires me to look around at my environment. Sometimes I’ll see the sun hitting something just right and think, “that would be beautiful on Fuji 400H”. For me, film gives my images that timeless look I love so much about looking through my old family albums. I get excited knowing that I get to create that for our clients.

While I’m tending to shoot more film these days, if you work with us, you’ll see Liz carrying a digital camera. She loves her Nikon and has found her voice with it. I edit very carefully to make sure that our digital images have the same look as our film images.

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What's is documentary style photography | Clarksburg, Maryland Family and Newborn Photographers

What is documentary style photography? 
Chances are if you're planning a family or newborn portrait session you've been searching your local area for photographers. You've probably seen the terms "lifestyle, documentary, photojournalistic" when photographers describe their style and you may or may not understand what this even means. 
All of those terms really point to the same thing. Documentary means that there is less posing from the photographer and more interaction between the subjects.  One of things that people love when looking back through photo albums is remembering moments. Not poses. It's fun to re-live why everyone is doubled over with laughter in a photo, or to remember a beautiful moment with a loved one, or maybe a cute face that your little one used to make when he or she was just a few weeks old. 
We love to create portraits that are natural and beautiful. Portraits should really show you or your families unique personality and make you want to relive that moment when you see the image.   That's exactly what we do.  Armato Photography likes photographing you and your family in the moment.  We guide our clients into positions but we let you do the rest.   We want you comfortable in the moment and interacting with your loved ones like you do every other day. We are still able to capture some amazing candid moments while creating timeless portraits that everyone will love. We definitely like to interact with you and even have a few tricks up our sleeves to get those big laugh moments and to keep everyone comfortable in front of the camera.
When you're ready to start creating your family portraits, give us a call and lets create something that generations will love!

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How to Prepare For a Headshot Session | Clarksburg, Maryland Headshot Photographers

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your upcoming headshot session with Armato Photography.

If getting in front of a camera makes you anxious, or more like you want to catch the next flight to the arctic, there are a few things you can do make your session smoother. I'll outline a few tips that will help you be relaxed and ready for a rocking headshot session.

1. Clothes. If you have multiple outfits that you'd like to shoot, have them dry cleaned, ironed, pressed and ready on a hanger by at least the day before. The last thing you want to do is scramble all over the house looking for your favorite shoes or  tie.  Have all your makeup in your bag ready to go, or better yet, schedule to have our stylist at your session, then you don't have to worry about it at all. Jus come in and be taken care of. Men, PLEASE do not shove your clothes in a backpack. Yes, even if it's just a T-shirt.  Have your suit cleaned and pressed and in a suit bag for protection.  For clothing selection, if you're not sure if you want to bring something, bring it. Better to have it and not need it. Keep clothes simple and classic. Stay away from busy patters and colors that are close to your skin tone. Since the classic headshot is generally from the mid-chest up, you can often get away with just wearing a formal top and comfy pants or shorts. I will say that there can be a difference in the way you feel when you're in a complete suit and not just the top half so I suggest coming in with the complete suit.

2. Facial Hair. Men, make sure that beards are trimmed the way you like before you come. If you prefer to be clean shaven, do it in the morning before your session.  We can take out little missed beard hairs but we can not "give you a digital shave".  Ladies, if you plan to have eyebrows plucked, remember that plucking can leave red marks behind and that can add to the post production timeline.  If you're planning on a haircut before your session, plan it for 1-2 weekd prior to the session. That way your hair has a chance to settle in and look natural.

3. Skin. Drink plenty of water during the week before your session. This will help keep your skin healthy and clear. Stay away from fried or super salty foods as this can lead to bloating and water retention. Hit up Chik-Fil-A on the way home! Be careful in the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause redness, sun-burn and other irritations. Lastly, get plenty of sleep! You want to avoid circles under the eyes and you want to be fresh and rested for your session.

4. Teeth. Avoid drinking anything that may stain your teeth. I know, I know, what!? No coffee! Just for the morning of your session. If you have time and your teeth already slightly yellow or have some discolor, consider having them professionally whitened. If you don't have time, don't sweat it, we can deal with that with a tiny bit of editing magic.

5. Know what you want to get from your headshots. Are these for your LinkdIn, your website, are they acting headshots or modeling headshots. We can approach all of these slightly different so it's helpful if you know going in exactly what you need your headshot for. For actors, I like to have brief conversation about what kind of roles you are reading for and getting called for now versus the kinds of roles you'd like to be getting called for. This will greatly influence how we shoot and what outfits we choose. With actors I like to run a wide variety of looks and expressions anyway 

Okay, here are a few guidelines on what not to do.

1. Stress out. I know that getting in front of the camera can be a stressful experience for a lot of people.  As a musician I understand this kind of stress and take great pride in being able to help clients relax and be themselves in front of the camera.  We take our time and interact, get to know each other and have a good time. This is not the JCPenny stuffy uptight portrait posing center. 

2. Practice. I know, practice makes perfect right. Not always. Practice makes permanent. There is quite a lot of litterature on the web saying that you should spend a day practicing your smiles and expressions in the mirror. I don't like memorized, practiced expressions because they are never natural. NEVER! I like to interact and extract real, honest expressions from clients. I will never say "okay smile" to get you to smile. I might however say something like "okay, thats gorgeous, now just a little less manson like and we're in business". I love big natural smiles that come from laughter. I work hard to make sure our smiles are genuine and really show off what kind of personality you have. You can relax knowing that you don't have to get it right, I do, and I have to capture it. It's not up to you to bring in expressions and be able to throw them out when I ask. It's my job to elicit them and capture them. 

One more thing to consider when booking a session.

Our portfolio has both studio styled and outdoor environmental headshots. Take some time and consider which of these best sells you and your brand. What matches your personality better.

Here are some recent outdoor sessions.

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If you have any questions about our headshots or our sessions, please reach out and ask! We are available for both individual and group headshot sessions. If you have a team that you would like to have photographed, call for our group rates. Looking forward to working with you!  

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Is Newborn Photography Worth It? |Clarksburg Family and Newborn Photographers

Is taking the time and making the investment for newborn portraits worth it? I can't say ABSOLUTELY enough times here. I don't give that answer as a photographer, I give that answer as a father. We had our oldest 4.5 years ago. When I look back, I can't believe that much time has passed and how different he is now than he was as a newborn and then a baby. 

I'm sure as a new parent you probably here "well, time does fly by" about a billion times! Now I look back and wonder, where the heck did the time go? So, a billion and 1 times now, time does fly by, and fast! You get so wrapped up in the details, the sleep deprivation, and all the other little things that you forget to take time and just stare at them and soak all the little things in. Like the tiny spiral on the top of their head, their tiny little toes, the death grip that a newborn can manage when they get a few fingers around your finger, or hair! 

One thing I'm really thankful for was that we had the means to capture every little thing and every last minute of his growing up in photographs. I can't, and don't want to even guess at how many images are on our hard drive of our little guy. Now we have a second boy, 5 months old, and we're adding to the hard drive everyday. Now we're investing in prints and canvas wraps to put on our walls. This makes walking my little one to sleep a lot of fun. I get to do it while going down memory lane from the first one.

Once these moments are gone, they are GONE, and they will be SO different the second time around. Our boys are very different indeed. I remember thinking, "I'm going enjoy X even more with the next one". Come to find that he doesn't do X. So that moment is now just a memory. A very good memory. 

I can't stress enough the value of documenting these times with your newborn. Have the formal portraits taken professionally so you and your family can enjoy them for decades. Have the linen books made so you can pass down real photos and not hard drives. Drives and technology fail. I still have albums from when I was born in 1977. I even have pics of my great great grandparents from over a hundred years ago. These will never just disappear or fall off the grid, or get erased by accident.

Here are some favorite images from recent sessions. I'm sure these parents will love looking back at these and saying "gosh, it seems like yesterday that you were this small".

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