Annapolis Senior Picture

• January 17th, 2018 •

Annapolis Senior Picture Models Needed for 2019 graduating classes in the Greater Annapolis, MD area.

Annapolis Senior Picture Models Wanted

SENIOR PICTURES

Annapolis senior picture models wanted! We are looking for Annapolis area senior portrait models for Visual Concepts Photography, conveniently located in Davidsonville, MD.  Want to earn $$ by being a spokesmodel for Visual Concepts Photography?

Then this is for YOU!!!

We are accepting 2 models from each high school in the Greater Annapolis Area including Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park.

Fun Model Senior Picture Sessions in the Greater Annapolis area!

We will reach out to everyone and choose 2 applicants from each school in the Annapolis based on why you think you would be a great spokesmodel.

In turn, you will receive the following:

-a complimentary personalized, custom-designed senior model photo session and when weather permitting fun outdoor senior portrait session.

-a private viewing of your images in the comfort of our studio. It is here that YOU will choose your favorite images that you will share via social media, including one image for your rep card.

-You will receive 50 custom-designed rep cards to distribute to your friends.

-You will receive a $100 gift voucher towards your very own senior portrait session PLUS any credits you’ve earned for every qualified referral.

-Continued complimentary photo sessions throughout the year so you can share your images via social media and be the talk of the town!!

 

SO WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Annapolis Senior Pictures

Annapolis Senior Picture Models Wanted

For every qualified high school senior referral, you will receive $50 cash!!!! Yes, that’s correct! If you bring in 10 high school senior referrals, you just made yourself $500. Good deal!!! It’s that easy! All you have to do is hand out your cards to your friends and tell them why VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY is the place to go for their senior portrait session!!!

We are looking for junior models who attend South River High, Arundel High, Annapolis High, Broadneck High, Severna Park High, St. Mary’s High, Archbishop Spalding High and Southern High Schools as well as Key School and Severn School.

Sound good?  Great!

Click HERE and tell us why you would make a great spokesmodel for VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY!! OR contact us on FACEBOOK!!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!!!

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911 Memorial

• January 9th, 2018 •

 

 

Footprint/water fall Tower #1 North Tower

(photo courtesy of Rory Etherington)

 

In September 1980, I moved to New York City. I didn’t have a work permit to work in the U.S.; however, I was able to work off-shore so I hit the pavement and applied at various consulates. Much to my surprise, upon return that day I had an interview set up to work at the Australian Meat and Livestock Corp. at the WTC, specifically the North Tower, 32nd Floor, the tower with the antenna, I used to say. I got the job as office manager and because I also lived downtown, I could walk to work every day. Little did I know back then that life would change so drastically in a few short years.

I loved living in New York City. It was so alive and so vibrant. I walked every day past the stock exchange and Trinity Church. As long as the towers were within my view, I knew I was going the right way.

Working for the Aussies was quite an experience. I learned everything I needed to know about lamb and good Fosters beer which was always in supply in my boss’s office. Many times we would be taken out to lunch at Windows of the World. I had a hard time with heights and would plaster myself against the wall and put up a brave front. But, for a Canadian girl from a small town, this was pretty exciting, to say the least!!

One memory I have while working in my office was a distinct sound. A long creaking sound, then silence followed by another long creaking sound. Finally I asked my boss what was making that sound. It was the building swaying when the wind kicked up…7 feet one way, 7ft the other way.

I loved the twin towers. I loved eating lunch outside and marveling at their gorgeous presence in New York City and I was so happy to be a part of living there. Anyone who visited us was always treated to the overlook in the south tower. I felt like I was giving them a tour of my buildings. And, of course, who could resist a nightcap at the Windows of the World. Living a stones throw away from it all had its perks even though downtown New York was very quiet back then.

Fast forward to 911. I was in the living room in my home in Edgewater watching Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer when the news reported a plane hit the tower. I saw the 2nd plane hit the other tower. I was numb. How could this possibly be? By this time, the Australian office had shut down and I knew of no one except my dentist who I hoped was able to escape since his practice was on the ground floor. Words cannot describe the horror I felt that day as did so many millions of people.

I visited Ground Zero and my reaction was of heavy heart. It hit me hard. The towers were gone and I could not find my way to them. That was crushing. But seeing the work being done gave me faith that we will persevere.

 

I wanted to go back and visit the 911 Memorial with my son who I would take up to the observation deck when he was less than a year old. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel. The memorial was breathtakingly beautiful and done in such a tasteful manner and to see hope rise again in the Freedom Tower released me from all the pain I had felt all these years. And, I could find my way around town again because all I had to do was look up and see the Freedom Tower.

 

 

Downtown New York has changed quite a bit since my day and it is all for good. Take time and visit the memorial. It will restore your faith in humanity and make you a proud American citizen. I know it did me!

10 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

• December 13th, 2017 •

10 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO KEEP IN MIND (credit:  HABITNEST)

2017 is coming to a close so I thought it fitting to share 10 inspirational quotes to keep in mind for 2018.  My wish for you is that the upcoming year is filled with love, happiness and joy!! xxx

 

1. Go after dreams, not people

Follow your dreams; ask yourself, “what is your passion?” And pursue it. Be true to yourself.

2. Love yourself and the rest will follow

Look in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk! You are beautiful! You are worthy!! You are made of substance. Once you believe it, the rest will follow.

3. Never lose your sense of wonder.

Take time to appreciate the small things in life. Really take the time. Laugh at silly!! Be silly..Crack yourself up. When you do, others will join in, every single time!

4. You are capable of more than you know.

Look back and you will see that in instances when times were tough, you made it through. You realize that you are capable and you will continue to be so.

5. It always seems impossible until it’s done!

When it becomes overwhelming, break it up in small tasks and tackle each one independently. When done, you will pat yourself on that back.

6. Nothing worth having comes easy

7. Sometimes plan but sometimes wing it.

8. No regret in life. Just lessons learned.

9. Your only limit is you.

10. Don’t wait, life goes faster than you think.

OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

• December 4th, 2017 •

 

OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

I scheduled a photo session with 3 siblings. The middle child asked his mother to join in the photo. She declined. I looked at him and said, “Why do you want your mother in the photo?” “Because”, he replied, “she is never in any of our photos.” “And,” I asked him, “how does that make you feel?” His reply? “It makes me feel sad.” Moms…exist in portraits for your loved ones for one day they will become their most valued treasure. I have been sending out this message continually but to hear it from a child’s point of view spoke volumes! Mom never realized until then how important it was for her children that she be present in their photos. It was a powerful moment. (permission was given by mom to tell the story!)

 

I posted this story on Dec 1 on a local moms closed group. To date, it has over 350 likes and 30 very positive comments!! I hit a nerve!! I especially loved this one message sent by a mom. I could not have said it better. “This is a beautiful message. The picture turned out so cute. And we as women need to stop being so critical of ourselves. Embrace the beauty our children love us for us.”

We as women need to stop being so critical of ourselves. Embrace the beauty our children love us for us. This should be a mission statement for every mother, young and old. You are beautiful just the way you are!! Your children love you and appreciate you. Get in there and have a photo taken with them. Each and every time!! Life is so short; life is so precious. And do you know what your children will remember when they see the photo of you? They will have the memories that you took the time to exist in portraits for there. The photographs will one day become their most valued possession.

I challenge you to have Christmas/holiday photos with them. And, furthermore, print them out and put them in frames all over your house so your children will see them. You are telling them they are important.

This little boy opened my eyes because I’ll bet if I looked back at my photos, there are not many with me in them when my boys were young and now I regret it. So, what am I going to do this holiday? You bet!! Make sure I am in a photo with my two boys, my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter. She will one day cherish the photos. It’s time I start taking a little dose of my own medicine!!

 

Meet Kara, a breast cancer survivor

• September 25th, 2017 •

 

Meet Kara, a warrior, a survivor, a giver of the best kind!

Kara answered my call to photograph her as part of our Survivor project to benefit AAMC. Her positive energy, beautiful smile and remarkable tenacity was amazing to witness!! Life gave her lemons and she made lemonade of the best kind. Kara started a beautiful non-profit, called, “Pinked Perspective.” Here is her story, in her own words. I encourage you to check out her links. If you know of anyone who is going through this journey, PLEASE consider reaching out to her to request the kit.

My Breast Cancer Journey:

My Breast Cancer Journey

Everything started for me just before my 34th birthday when I found a lump in my right breast. After a mammogram and Ultrasound, I was quickly but carefully taken through all the steps of diagnosis at AAMC’s Breast Center. Following those initial grueling days of diagnosis, treatment involved a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction using expanders and 18 weeks of chemo.

The Breast Cancer Kits:

Breast Cancer Kits

Because of the love that was poured out on me and our family, as well as so much key practical information that was provided at what seemed like the perfect time through each step, I realized that I wanted to be one of those people that offered that same kind of love, support and practical guidance to others going through similar journeys. This was where the “Kit” idea started. I decided there were a few key things that someone going through the mastectomy should have so I put them together in one package. You can see again what is included in them in the link above. There is a form on the website to request a kit for someone, mastectomy or non-mastectomy. The kits are valued around $50 each and we appreciate the person requesting to sponsor the kit for their loved one but it is not absolutely necessary.

Think Pink Event:
http://www.pinkedperspective.com/events/

Donation or sponsorship for kits is not absolutely necessary because of the generous donations made by so many during the month of October when we hold our main fundraiser called the Think Pink Family Fun Run/Walk. This year it is scheduled for Sat, October 28th at 8:30 am at the Severna Park Community Center~Holy Grounds. Registration for the event will be coming soon to the website. It is a free family event but we ask those attending to bring donations of items needed for the kits for the following year.

While my breast cancer journey was not something I would have chosen to walk through, I have tried never to question why it happened. It grew my faith and belief that we are all here to love and support one another through whatever hard hits us. There is certainly plenty of hard in this world but God is still faithful to walk with us through the hard. That is what I hope to share with anyone receiving the support of Pinked Perspective.

FALL FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

• September 19th, 2017 •

 

We are conducting fall family portrait sessions at our farmhouse in Davidsonville (greater Annapolis area) to support the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

For a $100 donation to AAMC, you will receive a 15-20 portrait session at one of our many locations available to you and with your order you will receive 25 holiday cards as our way of saying, “thank you!” Create beautiful memories with your family that will be cherished for years to come and help a breast cancer survivor by supporting our local hospital!!

For more information, please click here!!

 

Community over Competition

• July 13th, 2017 •

COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION
shootout at the farmhouse

Davidsonville, Greater Annapolis area

 

Recently I hosted a shootout with two other photographers, Mina Habbi and Tamzin Smith at Visual Concepts Photography studio located in the Greater Annapolis area.  We invited a makeup artist/hair stylist and 4 models. Our goal was to be creative and practice new ideas, learn from each other and reach deep down into our creative souls!! Four models, three photographers, all different looks, all different styles!! For me, it was an amazing experience because I learned to look at my outside portrait studio in a new light! There were areas where I had never thought to photograph, there were new poses that were contemporary and interesting but most of all, it was a genuine collaborative effort between the models and three photographers.

We started out on the southern front porch, made our way to the swing, the secret garden, the pond, the rustic shed and finally found ourselves at the barn photographing four beautiful women in gowns, all with their own unique gorgeous look.

At the end of the day, the 7 of us sat out on the front porch enjoying good food, drink and relaxing!! We started out as strangers and ended up as friends as the day started to unwind. It was an experience that I will always treasure as I cherish nothing more than having community over competition. We are all in it for passion. We all have our own talents. We all have so much to share and to learn. And the best part? Creating memories for people to last for generations to come!!!

Shootouts are a great way to collaborate, to share and to learn!  I am really looking forward to the next one!  If you are interested in participating, I would love to hear from you!

For more information on a dream shoot, click here!

 

 

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JUNE IS FAMILY PORTRAIT MONTH

• May 29th, 2017 •

TIMELESS EXPRESSIONS OF FAMILY
JUNE IS FAMILY MONTH AT VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Family portraits have an important role in building family history.
They are a gift you give yourself, your children and generations to come.
EXIST IN PORTRAITS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

Outdoors is one of the most beautiful and visually exciting environments for photographing people, portraying the warmth and special bond between them. Capture and preserve the love, affection and expressions that are uniquely your family.

Come explore our gorgeous custom-designed gardens where we have a Secret Garden for little minds to explore, a pond with a waterfall where frogs are spotted and a resident rabbit who may just make an appearance.  Our southern front porch with its white pillars make an outstanding setting for a very southern look with the added textures of white wicker and pots of blooming flowers.  We have it all here from our loft studio nestled in our 100 year old farmhouse to our gardens to the use of our neighbor’s strawberry farm.  What child doesn’t love a country setting with sheep, lambs at play and a coop full of chickens against the backdrop of a gorgeous red barn.

To view a video of our gardens, click on above collage and enjoy!!!

Portraits of family members play an important role in building a family. Portraits are a gift you give yourself, your children, and generations to come. They tell the world how much you value your loved ones, and they grow more precious as time goes by.

Please contact us for a complimentary consultation where we will review your portrait needs, go over our portfolio and investment guide and give you a tour of our loft studio and outdoor portrait gardens.  Come see for yourself why so many of our clients become friends who return year after year.  It’s all about the experience and creating beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

 

TO BOOK YOUR SESSION TODAY, PLEASE CLICK HERE OR CALL 410 626 7474 TODAY!

 

 

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2017 Design Trends for Your Summer Decorating and Home Staging

• May 17th, 2017 •

 

2017 DESIGN TRENDS FOR YOUR SUMMER DECORATING AND HOME STAGING

by:  Deborah Goode, A Goode Start Decorating and Home Staging

(written for the Capital Gazette)

Summers are a time of rest and relaxation. When you think of summer you conjure up images of relaxing beaches with crashing waves, walks through lush meadows filled with flowers and nights spent around the fire pit with family and friends. Summer is a time where can reconnect with our family out in nature.
The things described above are great for places to go and things to experience. But how can you create the same relaxing feel and comfort into your everyday living. Decorating for the summer is all about creating an escape, a soft and relaxed space that is casual and not too fussy. Here are some of the 2017 Design Trends that you can incorporate to create the perfect summer space.

Color:  
Pantone announced Greenery (Pantone 15-0343) as the color of the year for 2017. It is a soft yellow-green color that feels fresh. It looks like sunlit grass in a vast landscape. The color of flourishing foliage and meadow grasses. It is a refreshing color that will pair well with bright yellows and neutrals. The color will work well in interior spaces as well as outdoor living spaces.

“With summer’s arrival people naturally gravitate to the clean greens of the season. Verdant yellow-greens gain popularity and pair well with the popular grey toned neutrals of the past several years. Additionally many of the current fabric houses are introducing new lines that coordinate with Pantone’s “Greenery” (15-0340) color of the year making updating your decor a snap,” said Interior Designer Yaron Linett, owner of Formal Traditional.
Texture:
Designing a room is like creating a work of art. Many different techniques and layers are used to create the finished product. The goal is to create something that looks effortless but is visually interesting. Texture plays such a big part in any kind of design. Our eyes and brains get bored easily, so to avoid having a flat look, it is essential to incorporate different elements of design into a space to keep the eyes moving from one side of the room to the other. This year, texture comes into play in every aspect of a space and design–from the wall covering to small nubs on a glass candle holders.
These glass candle holders, available at Pottery Barn, are the perfect way to add a little bit of texture and color to your table tops. But don’t stick with just one texture or style, mixing textures can create a visually stunning and interesting vignette.

 

Natural Elements:
Bringing nature into your design can spark a memory of your favorite destinations. If you prefer the beach, then add coral, shells and drift wood to your design. If you prefer the woods or mountains, then use leaves, foliage prints, or stone accessories.
This natural wooden stump, purchased at Pier One, can really bring nature into your space. It is a versatile piece that could be used as a stool for seating or as an accent table next to a comfy chair. If your space is more modern, then you can drastically change the feel of a natural element by finishing it with high gloss or metallic paint.
Weathered wood is a new look that is also becoming very popular in decorating, especially items that look like driftwood or natural wood that is old and weather beaten. This natural element can look great in a variety of styles and spaces.
In the tablescape pictured here (most items purchased at Pottery Barn),

 

you can see all of the design elements mentioned above being used together to create a cohesive look. Texture and natural materials, such as shells, can all be found in this example.  Shells have been repurposed to create a plate charger and a starfish has been used as a napkin ring. The white plate includes a raised shell and starfish design around the rim which adds another element of texture. And lastly color, while the place setting is monochromatic, with mainly whites and accents of blue, the green color (Greenery) mentioned above is found in the flower arrangment. The small addition of the color really works to brighten up the vignette.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

• May 12th, 2017 •

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
(what I learned from my own mom)

Visual Concepts Photography Annapolis photographer

My mother, Marguerite, better known as “Maggie”

It’s around the corner; that special day set aside for Moms, to celebrate who she is and what she does for you.  I’ve always enjoyed Mother’s Day with my own mom and knew how much it meant to her. In the days without Facebook, social media, the arrival of a Mother’s Day card via snail mail meant so much to my Mom and, of course, the expected long-distance phone call from all her children.

Years went by, I moved away and celebrating with my Mom on Mother’s Day became a thing of the past.  But, we always talked on the phone and a card was always sent home to her.  She was my rock.  She knew how to make me feel better with her wicked sense of humor and she seemed to be able to take any problem I had and make me see that it was going to be OK.

The last time I saw my Mom, she was battling lung cancer.  She wouldn’t let it get to her.  While visiting her, I remember vividly when she took her laundry to the washing machine.  Once a hearty, robust woman who had amazing strength, she could no longer lift the basket of laundry.  Instead of asking for help, she tied a belt to the basket and dragged it along as she determinedly walked to the washing machine.  My heart sank.  In that very moment, I saw reality hit me in the face and then I saw sheer determination.  I dare not ask to pick up the basket for her.  She wasn’t going to give in.  I think I smiled and cried at the same time.  She, on the other hand, took it all in her stride as if it was something she always did all the time.  No words were spoken between us.  None were needed. I learned a lot from my mother in that moment.

My mother loved to dance; it was her passion and what she lived for.  She was determined to take me dancing with her (I have two very large left feet!!).  Someone took this photo.

It was the last photo taken of us together.  It is framed and sitting on my bookshelf where I see it every single day.  It is my most cherished photo.  I love the way she is looking at me, her youngest child of 6.  In spite of the fact she would only have 3 months left on this Earth, she was going to make the best of it.  That’s my mom.  That’s Maggie.  Her glass was always half full.  Ask anyone who knew her and they would say the same thing, “she had a joie-de-vivre about her that made you smile.”  I am reminded of the song, “You are Amazing Just the Way You Are”, by Bruno Mars, “When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while, because you are beautiful just the way you are!”  And, she was beautiful, just the way she was.

So this Mother’s Day, honor the woman in your life, be it your mother, grandmother, step-mother, sister, aunt…whoever it is who inspires you, lifts you up and makes you feel that much better!  As you can see, I only have ONE photograph of my mother and me.  Me, a professional photographer!!  Imagine that!  My secret is out!!  Exist in portraits for your loved ones for one day they will become your most valued possession!

Below is a video of a mother/daughter photo session that was done recently in my studio located in the Annapolis area.  One day, these images will be these children’s most valued possession!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to everyone out there.  I especially applaud those who are not mothers but act as surrogates to those who are in need of mothers and I especially applaud those who are soon-to-be mothers.  The best is yet to come!!!

 

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