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.