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Tips on How To Take Better Family Lifestyle Photo Sessions

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As you know, we are a family photography in Davidsonville, Maryland serving the Greater Annapolis area as well as Baltimore, Washington, D.C., the Eastern Shore and beyond. We are currently practicing self-isolation and social distancing and are camped out at our farmhouse home/studio during these uncertain times.  We decided to write a short blog on how to get great family photos while you are at  home with your family.  No doubt you have heard the words, “we are bored.” One activity that can keep your children happy and engaged is a lifestyle family portrait session.  Here are some tips on creating beautiful family memories:

  1. Dress code: try to keep the color scheme cohesive.  If you mix patterns with stripes, for example your eye won’t know where to look. Please click here for some samples.
  2. Pick a place that isn’t too distracting. (Make sure you tidy up first 😉
  3. Lighting is paramount that will make or break a photo. Instead of placing your children in front of the big window, make them face the window. The light will fall evenly and naturally on them and there won’t be dark shadows. Just make sure the background is not distracting. Watch where the light falls in your home. Light is best in the early morning or late afternoon.
  4. If you decide to photograph them in front of the window like the example below, make sure you have a reflector bouncing light back to your subjects. Click here for a tutorial on how to make your own reflector.
  5. Have them look at you for the first few clicks and don’t hesitate to let them cut loose. That’s when you will get goofy, fun photos of them.
  6. Place your subject slightly off center in the viewfinder. It is almost always a more pleasing photo and not so static.
  7. Have your children photograph each other.
  8. Photograph them during an activity such as playing a board game, playing outside, helping in the kitchen, making their bed (??), reading, brushing their teeth…the list is endless. As long as they let you!!
  9. Have them photograph you as you go about your day. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening…all these activities are worthy of being recorded. You need to exist in photos for them. What a wonderful memory you are preserving for years to come!!! Better yet, make sure Dad photographs YOU with your children doing daily activities and chores!

Have them write a daily journal about their experience. Doesn’t have to be long.

And finally print them out and create a beautiful pictorial essay with their own words for them to enjoy for years to come.

I would love to see your children’s creative work. Send your images to linda@visualconceptsltd.com and I will be happy to post them!!

And finally we are considering teaching a kids photography course via webinar. If this is something your children would like, please click here and we will get in touch. If we have enough participants, we will plan out a course designed for children ages 9 – 14.

 

 

February Headshot Special

Is your headshot over a year old? Are you leaving money on the table? A professional headshot tells your prospective client that you separate yourself from your competition. It is the first thing your prospect will see!!

Take advantage of our February Special!

PREMIER HEADSHOT SESSION:  Only $295 (regularly $395)

Includes:

consultation
studio session
makeup artistry
private reveal of your images
choice of 3 digital images
the session, makeup artistry, one completely retouched file of your choice.  Additional poses/files are only $99 each.

SCHEDULE TODAY – 410 353 3702  or click here.
 

A Gift for You . . .

Visual Concepts Photography is offering Gift Certificates for a Family Portrait Session to be used at any time in the coming year.  Purchase a session for a $100 fee and receive $200 in products !!!

Call Linda at 410-353-3702 for more information or email her at linda@visualconceptsltd.com .

Supplies are limited so order yours today !  Click below for a secure transaction.

Grab Your Gift Certificate Here!
$100.00
$6.00 (tax)
Total: $106.00

Headshot Special – 1/31

DETAILS

On Friday, January 31, we will be holding a headshot marathon at our farmhouse/studio located in Davidsonville, a short drive from Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  We are located on scenic 424 – a mere 2 miles from Route 50.

What makes us different from our competition?

We have a loft portrait studio as well as outdoor gardens and a southern front porch.  Many of our clients prefer both so that they have a variety of images to choose from when marketing themselves. Everything is custom designed with YOU in mind!!

Our headshot photography clinic offers you the following:

  • a 10-minute portrait session, the choice of studio and/or outdoor location
  • on-site preview of images for you to view and choose
  • 1 retouched high res images of your choice.

The cost is $99 (value $199!)

You have moments to make a good impression!  Make it a great one with a custom-designed shoot with you in mind in a Visual Concepts Portrait!!

To book your session, please click here.

ABOUT LINDA

Linda believes in living your life embracing your passion.  With that in mind, her purpose is to capture her subjects’ essence through portrait photography, creating powerful images through simplicity that speak to the soul.

Linda operates a low-volume, high-end portrait boutique studio conveniently located in Davidsonville, Maryland.  Linda specializes in family and children photography as well as elegant portrait sessions with a touch of glamour for women so that they exist in photographs for their loved ones.

 

BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW !

HOLIDAY THEMED MINI SESSIONS (back by popular demand!!)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Mini Holiday Sessions at the Farmhouse

Visual Concepts Photography located in Davidsonville, the Greater Annapolis Area!

(Our November mini sessions booked almost immediately! We are opening up two more days! This is the perfect holiday card photo idea for your family!!)

HURRY!! Book your session today! December 7 and 8

This time of the year is really busy!! Let us take the hassle out of holiday photos this year with a holiday themed mini session at our farmhouse. We can create wonderful snowy images for you and your family in a specially created holiday theme portrait at the farmhouse. We can even create snow for you!! 

We’ve got you covered in a Visual Concepts Holiday Mini Session at the farmhouse

$175 – includes 10-15 minute session + 3 digitals and snow 😉

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SESSION AND FOR MORE INFO.

2nd Annual Fundraiser to Benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

NOW BOOKING FALL FAMILY PHOTO SESSIONS

THE DETAILS:

 

We are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual fundraiser to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County for our family mini sessions at the farmhouse during the month of October.

Your session fee of $100 will be donated to the  Clubs and with every order you will receive 25 holiday cards as our way of saying “thank you!” for giving back to the community and helping those who are less fortunate.

Come on over to the farmhouse located in Davidsonville, a short trip from Annapolis and conveniently located off Route 50 between Baltimore and Washington, where you will have a choice of variety of locations for family portraits including our southern front porch, custom designed gardens, pond, tree swing and access to our neighbor’s strawberry farm where your children will delight in seeing the sheep and chickens and just may spot the farmer on the tractor.

Create beautiful memories for you and your family!! They will thank you for it!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

We will send you our What to Expect Guide, pricing and availability.

To learn more about The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, click here.

 

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Linda believes in living your life embracing your passion.  With that in mind, her purpose is to capture her subjects’ essence through portrait photography, creating powerful images through simplicity that speak to the soul.

Linda operates a low-volume, high-end portrait boutique studio conveniently located in Davidsonville, Maryland.  Linda specializes in family and children photography as well as elegant portrait sessions with a touch of glamour for women so that they exist in photographs for their loved ones.

 

Jennifer, Wakefield,Mrs. Maryland 2019

   

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Jennifer Wakefield, Mrs Maryland 2019 at our studio, Visual Concepts Photography located in the Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Such a great opportunity and honor to get to know her and to photograph her. Jennifer is an inspiration to me and all that know her.  She’s the REAL DEAL!!  In her own words:

Jennifer is the reigning Mrs. Maryland International 2019, having been crowned by her husband and Mrs. Maryland International 2018 on March 2, 2019…25 years and 14 pageants is what it took before finally being crowned!! She placed 1st runner up at IJM Mom, 2nd runner up to Mrs. Maryland United States 2018 and 3rd Runner up and Mrs. Photogenic at Mrs. Maryland International 2017. She is a pageant mom to her two daughters who have both won state/regional titles, she has coached, judged and is an avid pageant enthusiast.
Community Involvement/platform: As a 6 year breast cancer survivor Jennifer’s platform is Life after treatment…breast cancer is not the end. Jennifer lends her time to the American Cancer Society volunteering weekly with their Moving Forward Together 3 and Reach to Recovery programs. Jennifer volunteers for and donated $1K to the local Central MD charity For 3 Sisters and will be speaking at their annual fundraiser the end of April 2019. Jennifer appeared on and spoke at the USA television Channel 9 in October 2018 for their inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness day. Jennifer had the distinct honor of speaking at the National Press Club in May 2018 about her journey and now volunteer with breast cancer. Jennifer is passionate about giving back to the community that was there for her during her treatment and attributes pageantry for the many opportunities given to her to reach out to the public.
Professional accomplishments: Jennifer is an Administrative Assistant for a world wide non-profit where she plans and organizes her office events.
Hobbies: Jennifer enjoys exercising with her mini goldendoodle, is excited to have been personally invited to audition for DC Fashion Week 2018, Shopping, watching Netflix, going out to eat, spending time with her husband and teenage daughters.
Family: Jennifer has been married to her husband Scott for 16 years, they have two teenage daughter’s who are 15 and 19, they live in Laurel, MD with their dog Cali and cat Bella.

As of this writing, Jennifer is competing in the 2019 Mrs. International Pageant.  To watch the competition on July 19 and 20, please see below:

Internationalpageants.tv
Purchase on devise you watch on
Available an hour b4 show time
$20 each night
Prelims. And finals 730 pm
July 19 and 20

Congratulations, Jennifer! Know that Maryland is rooting for you all the way!! xxx

 

Headshot or Branding

Have you ever wondered whether you need a headshot photo session or a branding photo session? Let us tell you the difference between the two.

You own your own business and need a headshot for social media. Or do you? In order to separate yourself from your competition, you need to see your business from your prospective client’s point of view. Headshots are photos of head and shoulders only and used for business cards, social media, etc. It certainly has its place. However, I am finding that more and more small business owners need to express themselves more so that their prospective client can get a feel for who they are and their personality.

For example, here is a sample of a headshot that typcially shows the subject in a flattering pose. Great for business cards and social media profile pics.

 

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Now lets take this same subject and shoot branding portraits for her. She wanted to portray who she was and what she does so that through these images that show body language, personality and strong connection, the viewer will resonate with her.

 

 

Image of Kathrin Shenk of Free Your Space Organizing organizes people’s homes. Can’t  you tell? Don’t these images tell a great story?

Images like this are great for organizers, home stagers, yoga instructors, health coaches, musicians, real estate agents. Let’s look at a few different ones I’ve taken over the years:

Image of Gail Nyman Group of Remax United Real Estate and her team.  I particularly love this image. Why? Because they are connecting with each other. When I view this image I see a team that is committed, professional and passionate about what they do. Isn’t that the message you would want to get across to your prospective client?

 

Image of a Deb Goode, A Goode Start Decorating. Again, a branding session in an environmental location can go a long way, especially when you have multiple images to choose from to use for your marketing purposes.

When looking for a service, I want to be drawn into the story. Headshots have their place; however, a branding photo session shows body language, connection and pulls the viewer in to want to know more.

Marketing dollars are best invested in stellar branding portraits because it is the very first impression you will make when a prospective client is looking for your services.

How do you want to be photographed? Headshot or branding? How do you want to represent you you are and what you do?

For more information on our services, Visual Concepts Photography, located in Annapolis, MD and serving D.C. as well as Baltimore, click here.

 

MOTHER/DAUGHTER photo sessions in time for Mother’s Day!

When was the last time you had a professional photograph taken? With your children? Your mother? Or just you? We are currently conducting mother/daughter photo sessions in time for Mother’s Day in our beautiful farmhouse studio located in the Greater Annapolis area.

 

You are the center of the family. Celebrate who you are and put yourself first! Create images that will make you feel and look beautiful. Everyone loves a great photo of themselves. I can hear you say, “Nah, not me, I am too ________(fill in the blank)” You are not too curvy, too old, too tall, too thin, etc. You are beautiful just the way you are!!! Take my word for it!!

 

If not for you, do it for them. Your tribe. The people who look up to you and depend you on every.single.day. They deserve a beautiful portrait of their mom for one day this will become their most valued treasure for it is here they will say, “this is my mother,” “this is your grandmother” and look at her. Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she strong?

Once you have a glamour session in our Annapolis area studio, you will leave empowered, beautiful and you will greet the world with a renewed sense of spirit?

Our mother/daughter $99 session in time for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day includes the following:

 

-a complimentary consultation where we will review your portrait needs, go over our investment guide and give you a tour of our studio and gardens (we have a beautiful tree swing just waiting for you; think Jane Austen romantic)
-makeup artistry/hair styling
-bubbly and strawberries
-access to our beautiful wardrobe including a long romantic tulle skirt that will make you feel so beautiful and glamorous!
-a full portrait session that includes both studio and outdoor locations as well as multiple changes of clothing (add family members at no extra cost!!)
-a private viewing of your images via slideshow on our 60” plasma screen

-$100 gift voucher towards any of your prints

Total Value: $350 all for just $99

 

Click here for more information or call 410 353 3702! See you in the studio!!! Let’s glam it up and rock your session!!

Meet Bridget, a breast cancer survivor

Bridget breast cancer survivor

Meet Bridget, a breast cancer survivor who answered the call for a glamour session at our studio in Greater Annapolis area. Bridget came in for her consultation and told me the story about her Royal Cloak. I knew that we had to have it in our photo session. Here in her own words is what she had to say:

“What Queen doesn’t have a Royal Cloak?  I am fortunate enough to have a Cloak of Many Colors.  Several years ago (prior to my Breast Cancer diagnosis) my friends started referring to me as “Queen Bridget”.  I would love to speak in a British accent while I was sipping on a glass of wine. They said I sounded just like the “Queen”.  On one of my visits to the Eastern Shore at my sister-in-law’s home where I am always surrounded by an amazing group of friends, I was given the gift of a lifetime.  My sister-in-law had arranged for a coronation for me to make it official. (Official in the sense that we say it is). There was a scroll that declared that on that day I was officially to be known as “Queen Bridget”. I was presented with a scepter and a homemade crown. But the greatest and most precious gift was my cloak.  What I didn’t know was that several months prior my friends were asked to donate an article of clothing to one of the ladies in our group who is the most talented seamstress.  She worked her magic and created a cloak with the names embroidered on their respective fabric. It is truly a work of art and a keepsake to be cherished for the rest of my life. When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer I already knew that I was going to have the best support group a “Queen” could ask for.  They are forever my royal family”

I am reminded of the movie, “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood” a movie of 4 women who remained true and loyal to each other throughout their lives. What better gift than the gift of oneself to another friend. A girl who has many loyal and loving friends as Bridget does is wealthy beyond measure. But then again, I could see why! She literally lives up to her name. (I looked it up!)

Bridget or Brigid is a Gaelic/Irish female name derived from the noun brígh, meaning “power, strength, vigor, virtue”. An alternate meaning of the name is “exalted one”.

If you are a breast cancer survivor or know of a breast cancer survivor who would like to join our growing family of having beautiful images that will forever be cherished by loved ones, please click here for more information. We are looking for breast cancer survivors to be considered for a book project that will lift and inspire others who are traveling the same path.