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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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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