7 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On!

• February 13th, 2017 •

HOW TO MANAGE ANXIETY AND STRESS
SELF-CARE IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY:8 WAYS TO KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
by:  Eviana Hartman for VOGUE

HOW TO MANAGE STRESS

1. Get back to nature

“Just go sit in a park for a few minutes with your phone off, or drive to the beach, or go for a walk or hike in the woods if you have access to that. It’s scientifically proven that you’ll feel a lot better.”

2.Don’t forget to breathe.


This advice isn’t new, but it is particularly relevant right now. Blades has lately taken to prescribing a basic breathing exercise, which takes just minutes, for busy clients: With the tip of the tongue resting on the tissue ridge behind your front teeth, inhale through the nose for a count of four. Then hold for a count of seven, and exhale through the mouth for a count of eight. Repeat for a total of four cycles. “They say it helps you fall asleep in one minute,” she says of the practice. “You can do it before you go to bed, or just for oxygenating the body. It’s so simple, and it rewires you.”

3.Self-indulgence is a form of activism . . .


“Sometimes self-care means that you bought this beautiful new body lotion, and it’s the process of opening the box and opening the jar and applying it, taking in the scent and the texture, and finding the beauty in that,” Blades says, noting that the right products feel good in more ways than one: “Make sure you know who made it, and support brands that are socially and environmentally conscious—most of those companies are women-owned. That is also an act of resistance. If you want to change things, shop differently.”

4. . . and so is DIY.


“It’s not always about the consuming. There’s plenty to work with in your pantry cabinet or fridge—treating yourself can be as simple as getting some sugar and some olive oil and mixing them up to make a body scrub, or mixing some raw organic honey with organic whole milk yogurt and making a mask for your face. Or heat up organic olive, sesame, or coconut oil—double-boil it so it doesn’t get too hot—and do a self-massage. It’s one of the most relaxing things you can do for your nervous system.”

5.Aromatherapy is therapy.


“This is a nice moment for adding essential oils to your life. They are a really potent, easy-to-travel-with self-care tool. They change your mood, relieve pain, wake you up. They’re antifungal and antiviral as well, if you’re going to clean with them or spray them in the air. Choose one, or a few, that make you feel relaxed—lavender, clary sage, and petitgrain are some nice ones—get a little spray bottle, fill it with distilled water, add a few drops, and you have a sleep or stress or travel spray.”

6.When it comes to your wellness plan, add, don’t subtract.


“All this talk about New Year’s resolutions and detox and cleansing—that rhetoric right now is too much for our hearts and minds to handle. I’m not saying binge only on fondue and brownies, but think about what is delicious, what is sensual—look at adding that in, rather than being like, ‘I’m so freaked out that I need to work out for an extra hour.’ Can you cook with friends for an hour instead? Or go see some art? Rather than depriving yourself, what amazing delicious roasted veggie soup can you make that is really nourishing and grounding? Look at adding things that make you feel good, rather than focusing on feeling like you’re toxic or bad.”

7.Let go of guilt—and embrace fun.
“Something that’s really coming up with my clients recently is guilt around feeling good. It’s like, ‘oh my God, I went to a friend’s birthday party and ate cake and drank a glass of wine, and I’m sorry to the world.’ It’s feeling selfish for letting your mind not be totally focused on what’s going on. But the power of fun and the healing of fun, whatever that means for you, is so needed right now. Go see some friends and laugh together.”

And I will add one more:  As a photographer, I see so many young mothers who are dealing with raising children, carpooling, schedules, timetables, meal planning,…etc.  You know what I mean.  It’s all about your family.  Sometimes, you need to make it all about YOU!!  I urge you to take time out for yourself and go to lunch with a girlfriend, go away for the weekend to recharge but most of all be selfish, if only for a day.  You will find that taking a much-needed break if all you need to recharge.  One of our genres at Visual Concepts Photography in Greater Annapolis area is to pamper you with a beautiful portrait session where you get to be a Vanity Fair model for the day.  It is here that your makeup artist will pamper you and get that look that you always wanted; you will be treated to champagne and chocolate covered strawberries and you will have the photo session that you always dreamed about!!  Take it one step further..have a Girls’ Day Out just for you.  The best part?  You will have gorgeous images of YOU that will be cherished by your family.  You are their heartbeat, you are their center, you are their world!!  Celebrate that by giving them images that will one day be so valued.  For it is then that they will look at these images and say to their children..that is my mother, that is your beautiful grandmother.  What better gift can you give, than the gift of portraits. 

If you live in the Greater Annapolis area, we would love to hear from you.  Check out our video and contact us HERE for your complimentary consultation.  Prints start at $89, collections start at $1500 and wall portraits start at $600.

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CALL FOR BALLET MODELS

• February 7th, 2017 •

Step into MARCH with our Dance Model Call !

MONTH OF MARCH 2017

by Linda McCarthy Greater Annapolis Portrait Photographer

We are looking for DANCE MODELS for a personal project..any and all ages invited to participate!

The session fee is $99 and includes a 20-min portrait session which includes our very popular 8×12 metal print!! 

AND, with a folio box portfolio, you will received a custom-designed slideshow with fused video!!

Below is the pricing for your information!!  Please don’t delay..  Please call 410 626 7474 or click HERE to set up your session.

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PERSONAL BRANDING PHOTO SESSION SPECIAL

• January 30th, 2017 •

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BRANDING PORTRAIT SPECIAL – FEBRUARY ONLY

If you are not sure you need an updated photo, check this out: 

EIGHT REASONS WHY YOU NEED AN UPDATED IMAGE

1.  FIRST IMPRESSION
It is the first impression your potential client will get.  You must look the part; you must look professional.  That image may be a deal breaker that could either cost you or win you the job/the client/the part…

2.  SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM YOUR COMPETITION
A clean, contemporary portrait will set yourself from your competition.  Your potential client/employer will more likely want to know more about you when they see a professional, up-to-date portrait of yourself.

3.  GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY
You don’t like being photographed.  Your don’t like your image.  Let the professional do the job of creating an image that you will like.  That’s what you hire a professional for; every professional photographer should guarantee that you will love the results.  If not, then you need to find a good professional photographer who will listen to you and create the image that you want.

4.  YOU ARE SINGLE
Dating sites are the “go to” place to find a potential partner.  Your professional image will put you to the “top of the list”!!  Anyone who goes through the process of hiring and paying a professional photographer for a professional portrait for a dating site says that they are serious about finding a potential partner.  That alone goes a long way.

5.  SOCIAL MEDIA
Have you looked lately at some of the images that you see on social media?  If not, take a look.  Get yourself noticed by having a professional portrait done of yourself to represent who you are. and fulfill #1 on this list..create a good first impression.  Do you want to be photographed in a casual setting?  In a studio?  Are you an actor and want to portray that?  Are you a customer service rep?  A real estate agent?  Convey to your photographer the look you are going after; check out images that appeal to you and share them.  The more you communicate with your photographer on the look you are going after, the more likely you will get an image that will separate you from your competition.

6.  UPDATE YOUR IMAGE
Let’s face it; time doesn’t stop.  You are getting older; therefore, make sure that your image reflects who you are.  If you are still posting that image done 10 years ago, you know it’s time to update your image.  Getting older simply means your facial features have changed.  A professional photographer should bring out your best qualities and create a beautiful image of you that you that reflects who you are.  Images should be updated at least once a year.  This goes hand-in-hand with #3..get out of your own way.

7.  LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD
A great head shot will make you feel good about yourself.  It boosts your self-confidence which will affect how you feel and look on a daily basis.  Don’t believe me?  Look at your current headshot?  Love it?  Hate it?  You decide.

8.  FOR OTHER USES
Let’s say a company wants to feature you on their blog and ask for a professional portrait of you.  Do you have one ready to give them?  If not, you will be scrambling at the last minute to find a professional photographer who may or may not deliver.  Don’t be that one person who leaves it up to chance; you many never know when opportunity comes knocking on your door!  Make it a priority each year to have your professional portrait updated.

 

Now that you have checked the 8 top reasons for a corporate head shot, the month of FEBRUARY is corporate head shot month in our studio. 

 

We are offering a $99 special which includes:

-a telephone consultation to discuss your branding and how you would like to be photographed

-a 15-min portrait session with one background and up to 5 different posts

-a private viewing of your images in which you choose your favorite one; one retouched digital file to be used for social    media and marketing purposes.

(Professional makeup is extra; addt’l images are $99 each.

 

To sign up for our  FEBRUARY $99 special, call Linda at 410 626 7474 or click here.

 

VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY located in Davidsonville, Greater Annapolis area prides itself on personalized contemporary corporate head shots for the business person. 

Vintage Valentine Limited Edition Portrait Sessions

• January 22nd, 2017 •

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE VINTAGE VALENTINE LIMITED EDITION PORTRAITS

HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 10!!

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VINTAGE VALENTINE

LIMITED EDITION PORTRAIT SESSIONS

Welcome to our first annual Vintage Valentine Limited Edition Portrait Sessions conducted at Visual Concepts Photography in Davidsonville, Maryland!!! 

As you know, for years we created the L’il Angel Calendar to benefit AAMC NICU.  We retired from the project last year not realizing that we would have many requests to continue photographing babies and young children with angel wings; thus the Vintage Valentine Limited Edition Series was borne.

These sessions are open to children who can sit up on their own all the way up to young adults.  We have beautiful vintage clothing and accessories in our studio and encourage you to bring your own. (Angel wings are optional)  Time is so fleeting..what a wonderful way to capture your children in time for Valentine’s Day!!

SESSIONS wil be conducted Jan25-29 by appt. only.  $10 for each extra child.

Please click here for more information or call 410 626 7474 to schedule your appointment today!!

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New Year New You

• January 22nd, 2017 •

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CHECK IT OUT!!  ASHLEY GRAHAM IS THE BRITISH VOGUE COVER MODEL!!!

 

Over the holidays, I was checking out what was on Netflix and came across a documentary on British Vogue.  It’s a fantastic 2-episode documentary following Alexandra Schulman, British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief as she goes about her day making Vogue the successful magazine that it is.  She is my new hero!  If you love fashion, love England..this is a must-see!!! (I won’t spoil it for you)

Fast forward to this past weekend, I visited Barnes & Noble for inspiration and found the latest British Vogue was on the newsstand and there was Ashley Graham the cover model for January!

She is a 29, size 18 and works out 3 times a week; a mixture of weightlifting, Pilates and shadow-boxing which she claims is good for her waist.  She does not apologize for her size!!  Woot!  Woot!!!

British Vogue’s message is undeniable EXIST IN PORTRAITS for your loved ones.  It doesn’t matter what size you are! Ashley Graham maintains a healthy lifestyle by exercising 3 times per week and by eating healthy.  She is embracing who she is and because of that, she is a trailblazer.

We, at Visual Concepts Photography in Davidsonville, Maryland,  believe in empowering the every-day woman and making her look and feel like a VOGUE model!! Celebrate who you are by existing in portraits for your loved ones!!!  For a limited time only, take advantage of our $99 special which includes:

-a complimentary consultation to review your portrait needs, our portfolio and investment guide and give you a tour of our studio and gardens

-a 20-minute portrait session with one background and 2 changes of tops.

-a digital file to use for marketing purposes. 

Click HERE to receive more information!

 

So let 2017 be your year of light and love!!!  Exist in portraits for your loved ones!!

You can check out Ashley’s preview interview here!

 

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FOR HIS EYES ONLY Boudoir Session-Jan 22

• January 1st, 2017 •

FOR HIS EYES ONLY
in time for Valentine’s Day

PORTRAIT SESSIONS HELD ON JANUARY 22, 2017 ONLY!!

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Hi Beautiful!!

Surprise the man in your life with a 20-minute FOR HIS EYES ONLY boudoir session $99 at our studio located in Davidsonville on January 22 only.  LIMITED SESSIONS AVAILABLE

You will receive:

a    A complimentary consultation to discuss your style, our portfolio and products.
b.    The session includes:
        -lite fare
        -Your personal makeup artist, Victoria from Natural Looks by Victoria
        -a 20 minute studio portrait session to include various poses and 2 outfit changes
        -a private viewing of your images in the comfort of our projection room
        -a special pricing menu designed with you in mind
        -one web-sized digital file

For more information, please click here or call Linda at 410 626 7474.  You will be so glad you did! 

Your personal consultation is complimentary

Check out our video:

 

 

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Gift Cards including a makeover and Portrait session

• December 13th, 2016 •

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a gift card from Visual Concepts Photography for a Makeover/Portrait Session just for me or my family…

Do you have a budding ballerina in your family? Or a musician?  How about a branding makeover for you?  What about a beautiful professional family portrait session in our custom-designed gardens that features a Secret Garden? 

Give the gift that will be treasure for years to come with a Visual Concepts Photography session custom-designed with you in mind. 

Please call 410 626 7474 to order your card today!

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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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