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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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
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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.