Happy Thanksgiving

• November 24th, 2016 •

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It all started with my wanting to photograph something for a Facebook Thanksgiving card.  I grabbed my camera and went out to explore in my yard.  Then I saw it, lying on the ground face up.  The light was hitting it just right.  The perfect maple leaf.  And, then the memories flooded back to me of days gone by: my Canadian childhood in a pulp and paper mill town in northern New Brunswick, Canada where maple trees adorned the streets everywhere.  It’s what brings me back home to a care-free time, a time that was innocent, fun and adventuresome.  Some would say we were poor, some would say we were rich, but all would say we had a fabulous life growing up on a street that welcomed so many kids.  It was just before the television era so we made up our own entertainment as we went along.  We played Cowboy and Indians in the local wood, we spent summers riding our bikes to the local river where we swam for hours and hours and we made mud pies from the banks of the creek that ran behind our houses.  We stayed out until it was dark and heard our parents calling out for us to retreat to the safety of our home and the hot suppers that awaited us all.

When I see the glorious colors of the maple leaf, I am always reminded of how my favorite season was upon us and my next favorite season was soon to follow with the promise of cold days and lots of ice skating at the local lagoon and later an outdoor rink within walking distance of where I grew up.  Whenever I smell a wood-burning stove, I am always reminded of the little hut where we gathered to thaw out our frozen fingers and toes.

We never wanted for friends.  They were always there whenever they needed someone to hang out with.    We all knew each other’s families; we visited each other’s homes often.  We knew who made the best donuts, the best pies, and the best candy apples and had the best garden to steal a carrot or two.  Our parents treated each of us like their own.  We looked out for each other.  We felt safe, we felt loved, we felt nurtured.  We had little, but we had so much.  We were so rich.

So, on this Thanksgiving Day, I thank my family, my Chaleur St gang, (you know who you are!) my friends’ parents..all who helped shape me into the person I am today and to say “Thank You” for the memories that I treasure with me all the days of my life!

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8 Effective Photography Tips

• November 7th, 2016 •

I saw this article, “8 Effective Photography Tips” on Facebook recently and thought as a viewer whether you are a seasoned photographer or not, you would certainly appreciate these simple tips in getting the great photograph you want.  #8 has always been THE most difficult one for me as patience is not my virtue.  Which one resonates with you!  If you are living in Annapolis, you will find many wonderful areas to photograph but that could be said of any place, big or small!

 

8 Effective Photography Tips for Any Photographer Using Any Camera

Children photography sessions

• October 27th, 2016 •

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Children Photography Sessions

Visual Concepts Photography in Davidsonville, MD (Greater Annapolis area) is in full swing!!  In this video, fall is celebrated in this family by William’s annual photo session at our farmhouse.  I have had the privilege of photographing William since he was a baby and every year brings a new milestone!

This year, William was very chatty and insisted that the tractor really and truly belongs to him but, of course, it’s on loan to me for safe keeping.  We are both in agreement on that one so when he happens to see a photo of a tractor on my Facebook page, he will claim it truly belongs to him!!

This was the first year he saw the swing so that was a huge hit.  In the video, you can see him exclaiming, “I am having so much fun!”  We traveled up to the barn and explored the areas and then settled back in the garden.  Here is where William is happiest for he can explore our pond for frogs and visit our Secret Garden!

I hope you enjoy the video of William’s photo session and I hope it will entice you to make memories to last a lifetime!!

Visual Concepts Photography in Davidsonville, Maryland is well known for its children photography sessions.  To schedule your session, please call 410 626 7474 to set up your complimentary consultation where we will review your portrait needs, go over our Investment Guide and give you a tour of our custom-designed gardens and loft studio.  Your session will be tailor-made just for you!! To view our website, please click here.

 

 

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Fall Mini Portrait Sessions to benefit the Bald Ballerina

• September 3rd, 2016 •

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PRESS RELEASE
August 22, 2016

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER HELPS CANCER PATIENT WITH HER MEDICAL BILLS and DONATES TO METAVIVOR

Davidsonville, MD  –  

 

Linda McCarthy is seeking families to photograph in time for the holidays at her portrait gardens in Davidsonville, MD.  

In lieu of a portrait session, a $50 donation to www.youcaring.com/baldballerina will give each family

 

a 20-minute complimentary portrait session in one location plus a $50 gift voucher towards any products, a value of $225.00! 

PLUS

10% of proceeds of orders will benefit Metatvior, Maggie’s charity of choice.

SUPPORT THE CAUSE

Registration is underway for our family portrait sessions scheduled on the following days

OCTOBER 2, 9, 16 and 23

{A variety of portrait collections will also be available for purchase.}

 

LIMITED SESSIONS AVAILABLE

to receive information on the portrait sessions, please email linda@visualconceptsltd.com

ABOUT LINDA

Linda has owned and operated Visual Concepts Photography for over 20 years and is best known for giving back to the community.  She has raised over $120,000 for AAMC NICU through her L’il Angel Calendar fundraiser and she has raised over $6,000 for SPCA through the Posh Pet Calendar fundraiser.

ABOUT MAGGIE (in her own words)

I was 23 years old and a ballet dancer with the Joffrey Concert Group in NYC when I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer which put my career on hold
Bio
I was a member of the Joffrey Concert Group in NYC when I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in June 2014. I was only 23 years old and had no risk factors for breast cancer other than being female. Results from a subsequent genetics screening showed that I did not carry the genes linked to breast cancer.

I had a large, aggressive tumor that grew very quickly and spread to my bones and lymph nodes. I moved back home to be with my family and began treatment at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Fortunately, my type of breast cancer (positive for Her2, ER & PR) responds very well to the drug Herceptin. My tumor began shrinking after my first chemo treatment on 7/1/14 and continued to shrink until it was completely gone. The pathology report following my double mastectomy on 12/26/14 found no cancer in either breast or lymph nodes. I had a pathological complete response. Six days after surgery, I was back in the studio working to regain my strength, stamina, and technique. I hope to return to dance in NYC again.

Once breast cancer metastasizes to another body part, it is very, very difficult to know if all the cancer has really left the body after treatment. Tiny, undetectable cancer cells could be lurking dormant in the body. If these cells come to life, the cancer will return. That is why metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer is considered incurable. To keep the cancer cells dormant, I will remain on medications for the rest of my life or until a cure is found. The cost of these medications is enormous: $4,000 to $9,000 per dose, per drug. I receive two drugs every 3 weeks, and a 3rd drug every 4 weeks. I hope to join a clinical trial testing a treatment that will keep my cancer from returning.

To donate $50 to help Maggie offset her medical costs, click here.

To learn more about the Bald Ballerina, go to her Facebook page. 
To learn more about Metavivor go to Facebook
To learn more about Visual Concepts Photography, click here

To view “Her Light Shines Through”, click here

 

 

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The Art of Home Staging

• August 17th, 2016 •

   Selling a house is a big deal!  You want to sell it and sell it for the right price.  However, most sellers don’t consider a stager.  The value of a stager in this writer’s opinion is paramount in this day and age.  That is why I am so passionate about my friend, Deb Goode’s recent article that appeared in the latest issue of “Annapolis Home.”  You will agree with me once you read the article and view the photos that Deb is the BEST stager in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County!!

 

Annapolis Home Article:  The Art of Home Staging

by:  Deb Goode of A Goode Start Decorating and Home Staging

You ask, “What’s the difference between interior design and home staging?”  Although these two professions seem to have similarities, they are, in reality, worlds apart. An interior designer’s role is to create a home that reflects the owner’s style, tastes, and preferences. A home stager aims to turn your property into something that lots of people will like so that it will sell faster and for the best price possible!
Home staging sometimes involves reducing or reorganizing the owner’s belongings and rearranging them. It’s not a mystery that potential buyers like to see clean, well-defined spaces, so clutter and the owner’s personal effects must be removed.

When a home is vacant, a stager provides furniture and accessories that will “show off” the best qualities of the home. The home stager’s objective is to transform the property so that it appeals to the widest range of prospective buyers.

Most buyers find vacant homes challenging because only 10% of us have the ability to visualize a space once furnished. To further complicate matters, today 97% of home buyers begin by searching the internet where empty rooms all look alike. Staging helps identify the purpose of a room, shows potential furniture placement, and most importantly, gives the room life!

My “before” and “after” pictures show an empty room and the same room that’s been “staged.” Here, I’m working with existing window treatments and wall color, so I designed the room around that color scheme.  Here’s how I designed this Great Room.

First, I establish a “focal point” (the one area in the room that draws the eye); in this case, it’s the fireplace and magnificent artwork.  To embellish the fireplace but not overwhelm the art, I added topiaries and gold accessories.

Second, I placed a seating arrangement across from the TV – still close enough to the fireplace to enjoy the warm ambiance of a fire.  I also created a conversation area by placing the loveseat against the wall and flanking it with slipper chairs.  I added the neutral “eyelash” area rug to unify this area.

Third, I used a monochromatic color scheme to add elegance and accentuate the gold and black silk window treatments and pale yellow walls.  Typically, I use neutral-colored furniture for staging because it blends best with variously-styled homes.  In this room, I chose a cream loveseat and beige slipper chairs.  The black and gold accent pillows, as well as the leopard throw, coordinate with the drapes and add contrast–all of which contribute to the room’s unity, rhythm and balance.

Finally, for finishing touches, I added tall, iron candlesticks, a tray on the coffee table and a few topiary balls to coordinate with the topiaries on the mantel. Then, I added accessories on the other table to give the room a complete look.  The starburst mirror over the loveseat reflects light and color but doesn’t detract from the other pieces in the room.

Remember, a well-staged home helps buyers envision themselves living in the property which will lead to a faster and more profitable sale.

SAMPLES OF BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

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 To view more of Deb’s work or to set up your consultation, please visit her website and Facebook page.  If you are thinking of selling, please consider using A Goode Start Decorating and Home Staging to showcasing your home and setting it apart from your competition.  You will be so glad you did!

 

 

The Value of A Portrait

• August 9th, 2016 •

The Value of a Portrait

“No, I don’t think so, I am too {fill in the blank}.  Is this you?  Is this what you say when it comes to portraiture?  If so, STOP the nonsense and listen to your words!!   Believe it when I say to you, “You are beautiful just the way you are!” 

Let me show you in a Visual Concepts Elegant Portrait Session.  It all starts with your personal consultation.  I will ask you, “How you do see yourself being photographed?”  Your session is tailor made for you because it is my job to empower you through beautiful elegant, classic timeless portraits so you will see what I see; a portrait of a beautiful, strong woman that will reflect back at you and you will fall in love all over again.

Consultations are complimentary.  Call 410 626 7474 or e mail linda@visualconceptsltd.com to set yours up today.  Exist in portraits for your loved ones for one day these images will be their most valued treasure.  

Meet our 2017 Senior Reps

• August 2nd, 2016 •

MEET OUR VISUAL CONCEPTS 2017 SENIOR REP TEAM!!

(in Davidsonville, Maryland)

serving Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Greater Annapolis, South County and beyond….

Meet our Visual Concepts 2017 Senior Reps by watching the video below showcasing our beautiful reps from Archbishop Spalding High, Arundel High, South River High, Bowie High and Annapolis High.  These gals not only rock the camera but have big plans for college studies from medicine to engineering!!  I am amazed at the talent but also at the humbleness of these beautiful models!

The studio showcases the loft studio, the southern front porch, the brand new swing that hangs from the magnolia tree. our custom-designed gardes and, of course, our neighbor’s barn which we have exclusive rights to use.

This is a milestone in your child’s life as he/she is about to leave home and embark on his own.  Don’t leave these photos to the school portrait photographers who, quite frankly, don’t have a vested interest in your child.  We would love to sit with you during a consultation, meet your senior and get to know him/her.  From there we will discuss the best photography options that will represent your child.  You will say, “Yes, you caught her spirit!”

Consultations are complimentary.  Please call 410 626 7474 to set up your consultation today.  You will be so glad you did!

 

 

 

ACCEPTING SENIOR PORTRAITS

• July 31st, 2016 •

 

ACCEPTING SENIOR PORTRAITS..

 

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She/he is leaving soon…this is the time to capture those special moments in a Visual Concepts Portrait Session.  Don’t leave it up to the school photographer who doesn’t have a vested interest in your child.  Let us meet with her/him to establish a rapport and let us photograph your child so that in years to come you will remember the wonderful moments through beautiful, thoughtful portraits.

Book your session and we will give you a complimentary family portrait session before your child leaves for college!

Please call 410 626 7474 to set up your complimentary consultation today!!!

The Power of a Photograph

• July 14th, 2016 •

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My son recently posted this photo of him and all his cousins on his father side that I had taken many years ago on a beautiful, happy day in England when all the family gathered around for a reunion.  It was my goal to take a series of photographs of the family and one great image of all the grandchildren together under the tree in their grandmother’s back garden where they had all played together for many years. They all showed up in jeans and white shirts (the uniform back then) and gladly let me direct them as I saw fit under that very special tree.  Mission accomplished, I made sure copies were given out to everyone and as an added bonus, I had a deck of cards with that image on it made for their grandmother.

As time went on, the family reunion became a distant memory.  Their father and I had divorced and I went on with my life with no more excursions to England.  Their grandmother passed away, her belongings packed up and dispersed and that lovely old home stood empty and silent until a new family took up residence.  Most likely that tree is now making new memories with a new family (at least I hope that is how it played out).

But what is so significant about that photo is that it is most likely the one and only photograph of the complete set of grandchildren on my son’s father’s side.  You see, years later one grandchild from that photo was tragically killed in an automobile accident. In a split second, one family’s life was changed forever, one extended family’s life changed forever and this one photograph is all that remains of a complete set of grandchildren photographed under their favorite tree on a warm, sunny happy day at their grandmother’s house.

The power of a photograph….never underestimate it.  It is what sustains us, brings us back to a happy place; if only for a moment.  Cherish your moments, create your memories, take lots of photos and embrace your family’s love…photographs will freeze time for you to reflect upon the happy memories you created on a lazy summer day a long, long time ago.

For His Eyes Only in the Secret Garden

• June 29th, 2016 •

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You are cordially invited to a

FOR HIS EYES ONLY PORTRAIT SESSION

in our

SECRET GARDEN

on July 17 ONLY

For more information, please call 410 626 7474 or

email linda@visualconceptsltd.com

~surprise the man in your life with a beautiful outdoor boudoir session ~

and give him a little black book all wrapped up in a bright red bow (addt’l cost)

$99

includes professional makeup “Natural Looks” by Victoria, a 20-minute portrait session and one digital image of your choice.