Meet Theresa, Premier Real Estate Agent in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

• February 9th, 2018 •

Since I get to photograph the most amazing clients at my studio located in the Greater Annapolis area, I thought it would be a great idea to share with you a little of their background and some of their images so you the reader can get to know them! Look for my “Client of the Month” which will feature some great women and men in our area!  Should you reach out to them, please let them know that you read about them here!

MEET THERESA!

Meet Theresa, Premier Real Estate Agent in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County!  Theresa is an extraordinary woman who will take care of all your real estate needs from the time of the consult to the closing. I am sure you will enjoy the interview as much as I did.

In order for her to separate herself from her competition, we did a branding photo session at our studio located in the Greater Annapolis area and the first item on the agenda was Theresa with her bike!  Yes, she rides.  This has become her trademark image!!

Theresa Kurtz Real Estate Agent serving Anne Arundel County

Annapolis Anne Arundel County Real Estate Agent Therea Kurtz

Let’s talk about your journey; tell us something about yourself and what led you to real estate.

As a young child I was surrounded by general contractors, builders and engineers. I tease and say that I grew up with Dirt People! On many Sunday afternoons it wasn’t uncommon to drive by a job site that my grandfather was working on or to take a walk with the family on a property my father was designing to be used as a commercial building site. Family gatherings always ended up with the men sharing crazy stories about foremen and their crew doing something outlandish on a project or the shenanigans of business owners as their buildings were being constructed. Blueprints covered our dining room table and like children in “time out” rolls of blueprints stood in the corners waiting to be red lined with revisions and comments.

One year of college in North Carolina made me realize that I enjoyed working more than studying so I came back to Maryland to work for my father’s civil engineering firm. Dad was a demanding employer and also had a reputation for being a “hot head” with the building inspector’s office at the county offices. One day he sent me in to the Fire Department with plans to be reviewed and approved, and the gentleman reviewer went on and on about how it must be tough working for such a hot head boss. I smiled and agreed with him, and he continued to make snide comments while reviewing the drawings. He finally gave his signature for approval with one final comment about Dad. I looked at him with my approved drawings tucked under my arm and said, “Yes, you’re right. He IS a hot head, and the worst part is he’s my Dad!”. If you could’ve seen his face. Shall we say it was a hilariously funny moment? I didn’t care what he said because I needed that signature, and I got it! That job taught me how to have grace under fire, in the office and out.

Working for my dad gave me great experience designing commercial buildings, exposure to different types of properties, an understanding of zoning ordinances, how to research properties in land records and geographic familiarity of Prince George, Montgomery and Anne Arundel county subdivisions, neighborhoods and their unique demographics.Through the years, I have watched fields become neighborhoods, shopping malls and townhouse communities, and I’m proud to say some of them are the result of my work! I love this area and the people who live here, and because I’ve lived here all my life I know quite a few folks. My friends call me the “Kevin Bacon” of Anne Arundel County!

As children do, I had to leave my father’s employ and experience other things. Almost every job I have had since has been in sales. My last job was selling advertising for a small local paper where I sold almost a half million in ads in one year. I love a challenge, but truly love helping people get what they want by educating and coaching them along the way which is why being a real estate agent is a perfect fit for me.

What is the one thing that people should know about buying and selling their home but don’t?

There are over 180 things an agent has to take care of in a regular transaction. It’s not surprising that Buyers and Sellers become so emotional during the sale/purchase of their home because there are so many things that can go wrong. It’s our job to orchestrate the transaction to ensure it runs smoothly, and most people don’t realize the importance of the timeline. EVERYTHING relies on the next person in that timeline doing their job to ensure that the appropriate paperwork gets where it’s supposed to be, inspections and reports are delivered in a timely fashion, repairs are made, etc. There are so many moving parts – it’s like a paper symphony!

There are many agents in the area. How do you separate yourself from your competition?

This business is relational and trust is everything. My clients tell me things that their mothers don’t even know! It’s easy to relate to me because of my journey. In my lifetime, I’ve held blue and white collar jobs, owned a few businesses and have been involved in my community. I’ve raised 3 children, gone through the throes of divorce, moved several times and downsized after the children left. As a military mom I have endured the sadness, fear and stress as my children enlisted to become soldiers, and watched as they packed their belongings into a few duffel bags to board a carrier plane to travel thousands of miles away to fight overseas in a foreign land. So, I ask you, wouldn’t you rather work with someone who has walked down the same roads you have?

If someone wants to reach you, how would they go about doing it?

Luckily my exposure to marketing and advertising with the newspaper gave me enough business savvy to have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and my website www.TheresaKurtz.com. You can reach me by texting or calling me at 443-254-1072 or e-mail me at TheresaKurtz@remax.net. It will be an honor to serve you and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you have a business in the Annapolis area and would like to be featured in our monthly client spotlight, please contact me here or send me a message through my Facebook account! 

Check out this 23 second video featuring Theresa.  Images were taken at our studio conveniently located in the Greater Annapolis area off Route 50 serving all areas including Baltimore, Eastern Shore, DC, Virginia and surrounding towns.

 

Family Portrait Sessions Annapolis MD

• February 5th, 2018 •

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO ANNAPOLIS

Visual Concepts Photography is well known for its family portrait sessions located in Annapolis, MD. We are a full service studio serving Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington and surrounding areas. Our studio located in Davidsonville, MD is conveniently located off Route 50.

This past January we had the honor of photography the Grays. Scott is being deployed soon so we wanted to make sure that a family portrait session was done. It was bitterly cold that day so we decided to get the studio shots done first and then venture out into the cold.

The Studio Session

The studio session was great fun! From a high-key look to a very low-key look for Scott and Paula’s formal images, we managed to get a lot done in a short period of time.

Visual Concepts Photography Studio Family Portrait Session

Family studio portrait session Visual Concepts Photography

 

Visual Concepts Photography serving Annapolis MD and surrounding areas

Couples Portrait Session Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville MD

 

 

THE OUTDOOR SESSION

The outdoor session started out at the barn. I loved the light because it was so contrasty and perfect for a great black and white series.

We ended up in the gardens and took advantage of the low light to get a flared sunset shot ending a perfect day with a perfect family.

Visual Concepts Photography serving Annapolis MD, Davidsonville, MD and surrounding areas

Outdoor Family Portrait Session Visual Concepts Photography Annapolis, MD

Our family portrait sessions are definitely an experience for everyone to enjoy!! There is no rush, no set amount of time or images. It’s all about creating memories and having a fun experience that will be remembered for years to come.  Not sure if you want to be in the photos?  Read all about “Out Of The Mouth Of Babes” here.  It will change your mind!

ABOUT US

If you are interested in having your family photographed, the first step is a complimentary consultation.  It is here where we will go over your portrait needs, our portfolio and investment guide.  We will round it up with a tour of the studio and gardens.

For more information, please call Linda at 410 626 7474 or email here.  Another way to reach Linda is through Facebook.  You can always send her a PM.

 

Headshot Photos Crofton, MD and surrounding areas

• February 2nd, 2018 •

Visual Concepts Photography headshot studio serving Crofton and surrounding areas

Headshot Photos Crofton, MD

 

HEADSHOT PHOTOS CROFTON, MD

Headshot Photos are an integral part of your branding image. Is yours up to date? Is it a professional photo? Does it separate you from the rest of your competition? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it is time you update your image.

When a prospect is looking for your service, he will check out your website and ultimately your image. It’s a deal breaker. You have only seconds to make an impression and your professional headshot can either turn a prospect into a client or not.  Do not underestimate the power of a professional headshot. 

Why update your profile image?

You can read here on 8 Reasons to Update Your Profile Picture.

CROFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HEADSHOT CLINIC

Visual Concepts Photography is participating in the first annual Crofton Chamber of Commerce Headshot clinic on February 21, 22, 23. It costs $80 for members and $110 for non-members and includes one social media image. For more information, click here and then click on Events.  It’s a great deal!!  Your participation supports the Chamber and the photographer and in turn you get a great headshot for social media purposes.  You are allotted 20 minutes. I suggest that you bring a couple of different looks to try which will increase your chances of getting a great look just for you

VISUAL CONCEPTS DAVIDSONVILLE, MD

Are you interested in a full headshot experience at Visual Concepts studio, located in Davidsonville, just minutes away from Crofton, MD?  We offer a complimentary consultation to learn more about you and your portrait needs, to review our portfolio and investment guide and to give you a tour of our studio.  What separates Visual Concepts Photography from our competition is that not only do we have a full-service studio, we offer gorgeous outdoor venues such as our southern front porch, our custom-designed gardens, our pond and the use of our neighbors strawberry farm!! Set up your complimentary consultation and you can see for yourself all that Visual Concepts Photography can offer you!! Our February special is $99!

Please click here or send us a PM message on Facebook.

Annapolis senior picture session Visual Concepts Photography

• January 26th, 2018 •

ANNAPOLIS SENIOR PICTURE

Ally chose Visual Concepts Photography located near Annapolis MD for her senior portrait session in Annapolis as well as at the track.

Ally is a cross country and indoor and outdoor track star for Arundel High School, located in Crofton, MD. Here is a partial list of her accomplishments:

•State Championships for Track in 2017 – 8th in the state for the 4x800m
•Penn Relays for the 4X400min 2017
• Cross Country State championships in 2017
•PR for 800m 2:29
•PR for 5K 20:55
•PR for 400m 1:04
• PR for the 500m 1:27

(PR means personal record and indicates her best time ran in a race).

Ally wanted to do two sessions; one on the track, and one in Annapolis, MD. Visual Concepts Photography to the rescue!!

A SESSION AT THE TRACK

We met at the track on a gorgeous summer evening and got to work creating dynamic high school track photos to depict the amazing athlete she is!! It was such a fun session!!

Senior Picture Annapolis Visual Concepts Photography

Annapolis Senior Picture Visual Concepts Photography

A  SESSION IN ANNAPOLIS, MD

Senior Pictures in Annapolis MD

Annapolis Senior Picture

Our next senior portrait session was in Annapolis, MD. Our goal was to show Ally, the high school senior who is very urban so we went for an urban look. Annapolis, MD has gorgeous places to photograph from the alleys to the streets and ultimately at the dock. It was a very, very busy active day in Annapolis but that didn’t stop us from creating gorgeous looks that made Ally look like she owned the city if only for a couple of hours.

For your Annapolis high school senior picture session, look to Visual Concepts Photography for your portrait needs. Check out our blog post regarding our senior model portrait session and click on our Facebook page to send us a private message or call us at 410-626-7474 today.

Branding beauty headshot portrait session Visual Concepts Photography serving Annapolis, Baltimore and surround areas in MD

• January 25th, 2018 •

BRANDING BEAUTY HEADSHOT PORTRAIT SESSION VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Annapolis Baltimore MD

BRANDING BEAUTY HEADSHOT

Leslie needed a branding beauty headshot portrait session for her portfolio and consulted Visual Concepts Photography studio conveniently located in Davidsonville, MD, near Annapolis Baltimore MD area.

Instead of using her fitness training gear, we brought it up a notch or two and decided to do a beauty portrait session . We called in Victoria of Natural Looks by Victoria who did a fantastic job with her makeup and is skillful at concentrating on her best features to stand out for her branding beauty headshot portrait. I wanted a beautiful look all the while making it look natural. Leslie’s trademark is her hair. It is thick and luxurious. All she needed was a blow-out and she was good to go!!

CUSTOM-DESIGNED PHOTO SHOOT

While Leslie was being pampered by Victoria, I set out to custom-design her backgrounds according to what she was wearing.  Leslie wanted a clean look so we opted for black and white backgrounds as you can see here to create the branding beauty headshot portraits she was looking for.

Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville MD Branding Beauty Headshot

Branding Beauty Headshot Annapolis MD Baltimore MD Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville MD

headshot Annapolis MD Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville MD

Branding Beauty Headshot Annapolis MD Baltimore MD Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville MD

I wanted to portray the beautiful 50-something year old Leslie who also happens to be a personal trainer. When a woman is looking for a personal trainer to get into shape, she is looking at the trainer herself; is she in shape?  Is she confident?  Is she good at what she does?  In Leslie’s case, she is all of the above.  She exudes beauty from the inside out and has a personality that makes you want to hang out with her.  She is the real deal; natural, fun, down-to-earth but don’t let that fool you!!  Leslie is a trainer and will get you into shape, especially in time for beach weather!!

 

Leslie has been a certified personal trainer for the past 12 years and is currently a trainer at Edgewater Fitness, located in Edgewater, MD in the Greater Annapolis area. She is certified through the Athletic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

She enjoys helping her clients reach their goals and is able to create a specialized training program for each individual.  Leslie has a lot of experience working with those who are new to exercise and has worked with a variety of clients from ages 10 to 92.

Leslie can help motivate you, whether your goals are weight loss, cardiovascular fitness, strength training, or overall functional fitness.
To schedule a consultation, email her at lesliel@edgewaterfit.com

For more information on setting up your complimentary consultation, click here or message us on our Facebook page!  We look forward to meeting you and creating beautiful images that will empower you!

 

 

 

 

 

Headshot and Branding Portrait Studio Annapolis Baltimore MD

• January 23rd, 2018 •

Personal Branding Portrait by Visual Concepts Photography Annapolis MD

Headshot and Branding Portrait Studio Annapolis Baltimore MD

Visual Concepts Photography is the premier headshot and branding portrait studio in the Annapolis Baltimore MD area as well as South County and the Eastern Shore. What makes us different from our competition? We are conveniently located in Davidsonville, MD off Route 50 with easy access from Baltimore, Annapolis, Eastern Shore and Washington, D.C. Our farmhouse studio has many options to choose from when deciding on what type of  headshot and branding portrait you are looking for. We have a beautiful natural light loft studio, a killer wardrobe and many backdrops to choose from. Want to have something different? Our southern front porch is always a hit with its gorgeous white pillars and wicker furniture and our custom-designed gardens are waiting for you as a great backdrop should you desire something that has an outdoor natural look. And, if that wasn’t enough, we have a secret garden with a wrought-iron gate, a pond and our neighbor’s farm at our disposal. You can mix and match your looks in a variety of settings and have a number of different headshot and branding portraits to choose from when marketing for different purposes.The convenience of having all these options under one studio without traveling anywhere makes us the premier branding head shot studio in the Annapolis Baltimore area.

We are a headshot and branding portrait studio that caters to your branding needs and we make sure that the images you receive are the best images taken of you! Our clients love the care and attention they receive from the moment they are greeted at the door to the makeup station where they are greeted by our exclusive makeup artist, Victoria of Natural Looks by Victoria. There is always lite fare available as you are pampered exclusively before your portrait session. In addition to your own outfits, you have the use of our haute couture designer gowns should you want to have a fun, glamorous portrait session in our natural light studio. You will be guided throughout your entire portrait session on various poses and looks tailor made with you in mind.

Headshot for a Real Estate Team by Visual Concepts Photography Annapolis MD

Headshot Branding Portrait Studio Annapolis Baltimore MD

We cater to Annapolis, Severna Park, Davidsonville, Odenton, Crofton, Edgewater, Gambrills and South County as well as the Eastern Shore.  We are conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington making it very easy to reach us.

For more information on our headshot branding portraits, call 410 626 7474 or message us on Facebook!

 

 

 

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!!