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Northern Virginia Fine Art School Portraits

Timeless images that capture a child’s unique personality, benefit schools, and provide artistic quality at school portrait prices

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WHAT IS FINE ART SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY?

Do school photos have to have busy blue backgrounds with deer-in-the-headlights lighting? Instead, what if you could have something that celebrated their milestones, yet was timeless, classic, and beautiful? If you are paying a professional photographer for your child’s images, wouldn’t you want photos worthy of displaying on your walls?

Our boutique fine art school photography provides a kind and encouraging environment that allows children to relax and be themselves. Photos are taken against a black or grey backdrop with flattering lighting.

Moreover, there is no cost to the school, and parents pay nothing up front. Families receive online galleries with different options to order. They can choose which image or images to order, instead of one image selected by the photographer.

A PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE

I am a mom and the photographer behind my business name. So, I take great pride in providing a better level of personal service than the large corporations. In addition, I love children. They are my favorite subject to photograph. I think they can tell I like them too. They deserve an experience where they can relax, be themselves, and stand in front of a photographer who is smiling at them.

BENEFITS TO YOUR SCHOOL

  • I work with schools personally to provide you with custom services to fit your unique needs.
  • In order to simplify the experience for school staff, I also handle all questions from parents and all payments.
  • I provide all equipment during your picture day.
  • I photograph staff for your website and provide a complimentary class print for them.
  • I am licensed and insured.
We loved working with you Robin! The process you use for taking school photographs really captures the children’s personality and almost guarantee a great shot of every student. You also made it super easy for us in the school administration – you have so many details covered that typically could have been missed. We loved having you this Spring and are excited to work with you again in the Fall!
Abby McMillan
Harrison Street Academy, Leesburg, Va
1. What ages do you photograph?

I specialize in preschool photography.

2. Do you take class photos?

Yes! Depending on your class structure, I can take group photos or create composites.

3. Will the photography take a long time?

Young children have short attention spans, and I understand you will not want to cut into education time. I do take a bit longer than the few seconds most school photographers take, but generally not longer than 1-2 minutes per child. I work hard to be a calm and encouraging presence, and that takes a little more time. But I believe those few extra seconds will show, and your parents will be thrilled with the results.

4. How many images will be available to choose from?

I present parents with an online gallery of a variety of images, generally 2 to 5, in both color and black-and-white. Some children will be a little more reserved, while others will show a variety of expressions, so some children’s galleries may have more images.

5. Will parents receive order forms?

To keep things simple and environmentally friendly, I handle all orders online. Your school will have a private, custom website page that explains the entire process step by step for your parents. I also receive all payments online so that schools are not handling order forms and checks. I keep things as streamlined and simple as possible for my schools.

6. How much does it cost?

My rates are competitive with large chains and administrators receive a price list before signing up. I do not require payment up front before picture day. Parents will have the option of purchasing a variety of prints and/or digital images. I will never pressure parents to make a purchase, but your families will be so grateful to have multiple images to choose from, the ability to choose all their options after the images are presented to them, and a classic look and quality that they don’t usually expect from “school photos“.

Dear Robin and team, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! The photos are absolutely beautiful and you did a magnificent job capturing little personalities with so much love and care. We will cherish your work forever.
Sarah Beth Wood
Arlington VA
7. What areas do you serve?

I photograph schools in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties. I will occasionally travel outside these counties for a small fee.

8. How do I start?

Administrators, please click the button below to fill out the inquiry form. I’d certainly love to answer any questions you have.
Parents, if you are interested in boutique fine art photography at your child’s school, please share this page with your school administrator.

Thank you Robin! I am blown away by these school pictures!! I’ve also had numerous parents indicate how pleased they were with the photos this year. Please let me know when you are booking for next year... we will definitely be signing up!!
Renee Williams, BEECC, Reston, VA
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I took a little time to go through some of the photos, and Robin, I am stunned! They are amazing. I mean really beyond adorable, you really do capture their personalities. I can’t tell you how much money I have spent on “portraits” of my kids growing up. I wish I could have just had one portrait of them from you! You have a gift, and I am so glad you are using it!
Kathy Dallessandro
Director, St. John Neumann Catholic Preschool
We loved working with you Robin! The process you use for taking school photographs really captures the children’s personality and almost guarantee a great shot of every student. You also made it super easy for us in the school administration – you have so many details covered that typically could have been missed. We loved having you this Spring and are excited to work with you again in the Fall!
Abby McMillan
Harrison Street Academy, Leesburg, Va
Dear Robin,
I want to put in writing how much FUMC Preschool values your skills and professionalism. It can be so difficult to find a photography solution for small children. Ideally, you need someone who is able to:
-see and capture on film that special moment when a child reveals their uniqueness,
-deliver beautiful, meaningful images to our families,
-ease any worries a child may be feeling about picture day,
-make the administrative tasks as painless as possible by virtue of being ultra-organized and shouldering much of the “to-do list”,
-actually make the whole process positive, even fun!

You are able to do all of these and more. I effusively recommend Robin Sgambati Photography. Just please keep room in your schedule for us because you are the one we choose to trust with our beautiful students and to provide the opportunity for our families to treasure images that will bring pleasure and emotion for lifetimes.
Laurie Seaton
Director, Fairfax United Methodist Preschool, Fairfax, Va
Dear Robin, You photographed my son at [a McLean preschool] recently, and I have to say, the photos of him are GORGEOUS. We don’t often do professional photography, but we really fell in love with those photographs. Just wanted to say we were really delighted by them. Thank you for being able to capture him and so many of his most natural expressions! Thank you!
Natasha V.
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Good afternoon, I have just purchased my son’s school photos. I haven’t purchased school portraits before as they have always been awkward, posed shots and not something I would be proud to show anyone (never mind paying for). But the photos you captured of [my son] really are amazing. I can’t get over it. I mean, I always knew he was the cutest kid in the world (well one of the two cutest – he has an equally cute older brother), but now I have photographic evidence!
J.K.
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Thank you! I am beyond impressed with the quality and style of your photos. I had no expectations going into my daughter’s first preschool photos, except maybe a cheesy backdrop. But I love the subtle grey background! Your website for ordering photos is also great. Thank you again. It’s obvious how organized and detail oriented you are, and I very much appreciate it.
Heidi Segal
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Hi Robin – The photos are wonderful (just like last years) and we love them. Thank you so much! You are really very talented and we appreciate all the extra precautions you had to take this year while still getting beautiful photos of our children.
Erin, McLean, VA
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Thank you so much for the photos. I am so shocked and impressed with the result. I did not have any expectations, because school pictures never turned out great with my boys in the past. But, wow…  Thank you so much. You really captured those moments that I was only able to see with my eyes.
J. Jeun, Fairfax, VA
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Thank you for taking such beautiful photos of our little guy! I absolutely love your style and the pictures you captured completely enchanted us! Often, school pictures mean those cheesy backdrops, so I was so pleasantly surprised to see such a timeless backdrop & photo!
Lindsay Teich
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
I love the photos you took of [my children] last week! Amazing how you were able to capture their personalities even on the first time meeting them!
Sarah K
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Omg you are amazing!!! All of the pics of [my daughter] are so gorgeous and you totally captured her personality! Thank you so much.
Alison Webber, Fairfax
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Best photos ever!  Thank you for capturing my boys’ personality.  We couldn’t pick just one so we bought them all.
Claire W., Sterling, VA
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Dear Robin and team, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! The photos are absolutely beautiful and you did a magnificent job capturing little personalities with so much love and care. We will cherish your work forever.
Sarah Beth Wood, Arlington VA
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
I just ordered our preschool pictures. I wanted to tell you that when I opened the pictures, I happy-cried. They are beautiful and you managed to capture their sweet personalities and faces so amazingly! I can’t tell you how happy they make me.
Erica J.
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Morning Robin, Welp, you have done it again 🙂 I am OBSESSED with ALL of these pictures. You completely captured their personalities in beautiful photographs. THANK YOU!!!!!
Erin Moreno, McLean, VA
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
You did an amazing job by the way. I am in love with these pictures! You truly captured so many expressions of my heart (James)!
Diana
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Thank you! You did such a fantastic job. We are thrilled with all of our sons photos!
Lindsay Alukonis
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
Wow Robin! Super cute – Thank you so much for capturing our children’s personalities!  We love them all!
Tim and Lisa, Reston, VA
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
We got [our daughter’s] school pictures and LOVE them! The expressions you captured are priceless.
A parent in Arlington
A Fine Art School Portrait parent
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