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!

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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.

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.
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