Last October, the Annapolis Capital Gazette featured Visual Concepts Photography’s breast cancer awareness project on its front page!
We began breast cancer awareness project in 2016 when I met Maggie, the Bald Ballerina. At the age of 23, her doctors diagnose Maggie with metastatic breast cancer. When I met Maggie and heard her compelling story, I decided to photograph her. Since that time, we have had several shoots together, and I have reached out to other survivors as well. My aim has always been to show these beautiful human beings exactly what I see in them: their strength, their tenacity, their beauty.
This last October, Visual Concepts participated in a breast cancer awareness project art in conjunction with Corks for a Cause at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian, MD, where we helped raise funds for AAMC.
In the next phase of our breast cancer awareness project, we will be working with survivors to a book feature their stories along with their photographs. We hope their stories and images will uplift and encourage others who are experiencing the same journey.
We need breast cancer survivor models to help us with this book project. Please click here for more information on how to sign up.
If you join with us in this new breast cancer awareness project, you will find yourself looking and feeling beautiful as you are being photographed, and you will also help others like you on their journey. Why not make a date for yourself afterwards and celebrate — celebrate you, your life and your family!
You will be so glad you did.
Join us on October 4 for a night of celebration as we recognize and honor breast cancer survivors. The night will feature live music, fundraising games, wine tasting with complimentary suggestive food pairings, photo booth area, “Real Men Wear Pink”, Tito’s Bar, showcasing of photographs highlighting survivors, wine charm making and our feature guest speaker, Maggie, the Bald Ballerina. All proceeds will benefit the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center of Anne Arundel Medical Center.
To reserve your ticket now, please click here.
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Check out the dates:
OCTOBER 6 AND 20
NOVEMBER 3 AND 19
and book your session today!!! 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 experience fall days at its best with the changing of the colors, a visit to the strawberry farm where your children will delight in seeing the sheep and chickens and just maybe spot the farmer on the tractor!!
Create beautiful memories for you and your family!! They will thank you for it!!
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8 GREAT REASONS TO UPDATE YOUR HEADSHOT
Is your current headshot up to date? Is it contemporary? Does it separate you from your competition? If you answered “no” to any one of those questions, you may be leaving money on the table. You have only seconds to make a good impression to a potential client.
Make it a GREAT one with a Visual Concepts portrait!
Some reasons why to consider investing in an updated headshot:
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 role…
2. SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM YOUR COMPETITION
A clean, contemporary portrait will set you apart 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 you.
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 at 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 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 headshot 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.
HEADSHOT MINI MARATHON
On Wednesday, June 27 we will be holding a headshot photography clinic 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:
- consultation, makeup artisty by Natural Looks by Victoria,
- a 20-minute portrait session with 2 outfit changes and the choice of studio and/or outdoor portraits and
- 2 retouched high res images of your choice.
The cost is $199 (value $350!)
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.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
On, THURSDAY, MAY 24, we are hosting a one-day headshot photography clinic at our contemporary farmhouse studio which includes the following:
-complimentary telephone consultation to discuss the branding look you want to achieve
-Pro makeup artistry by Victoria of Natural Looks by Victoria
-1/2 hour studio and/or outdoor garden portrait session
.slideshow to view your images directly after your session
.2 high res digital images
Regular pricing is $350. However, for this one day only headshot clinic, the price is $199, a savings of $151!!
Why update your headshot?
1. Personal branding is a very important part of your business and a professional portrait of you is what will make a difference in your business. It is the first impression that a potential client will see and most often decisions are made on that basis. I will give you an example. Recently, I was recommended for a commercial project and ultmately was awarded the job. The deal breaker? My image and my work shown on my website. In my client’s mind, she already knew that awarding this project to my company would be a resounding success. My branding spoke for itself. Images play a crucial role in deciding whether or not someone will hire you. I’ve heard potential clients say, “Oh, you are too expensive.” Think of it this way. IF investing in a professional headshot would award you just one job, one client, one sale would you not agree that the investment paid for itself?
2. You will save money and time in the long run
Let’s say that you are asked to be featured in a local magazine. This magazine needs a full-page image of you and has it’s own photographer/makeup artist that you need to book. However, you already have your own branding images and can submit one. This happened to one of my clients recently. She is a high-end personal trainer and was sought out for an article in a local magazine that wanted her to use their photographer. She said she already had an image that we had done for her and thus it saved her time and money.
3. You can use your images in a variety of ways
Your branding images can be used in a variety of ways from social media to marketing pieces to beautiful displays used at conferences, expos, etc. Once you have the digitals, they are yours to use for your marketing purposes. Remember, you want to separate yourself from your competition and the first thing your potential client will see is your image. It is a deal breaker
4. You can use it in an e-mail signature
I had a client who asked me to photograph her on her Harley Davidson. Heck, yes!! She uses it in her e-mail signature and it gets noticed all.the.time!!! That’s what I call separating yourself from your competition.
Take advantange of this special! Spots are limited so book early!! To reserve your spot, click here.
We recently did a beauty portrait session in Annapolis with Paula and Scott at Mahan Hall, USNA, Annapolis, Maryland. We started out at the piano where I learned that Scott actually plays so he serenaded us to beautiful music as we worked. Paula is one of those wonderful people who puts her trust in me and allows me to create whatever comes to my mind. It’s a rare combination. As you can see from these images, Paula’s love of ballet comes through, her love of life and self are evident and I do believe she really enjoyed her time with me while I in turn enjoyed my time with her.
I’ve often said in my motivational speeches that you are beautiful just the way you are. Acknowledge the noise in your head but stop it. Say to yourself, “I hear you. I don’t believe you.” And look in the mirror and say, “I am beautiful.” Once you have done that, you will see changes in you and the people around you, for who can resist someone who truly loves herself. By doing so, you allow others to do the same. It’s an amazing transformation and one that once you get it, you will never lose it.
You exist in portraits for your loved ones for one day they will become their most valued treasure and what better way that a stylized beauty portrait session at our studio in Greater Annapolis area or in a location of your choice. How many times have we poured over photographs of relatives long gone and marveled at them. In this day and age, digital has taken a new form and there is a growing concern that no prints will be handed down to the next generation. Think about that for a second. Don’t you want to exist in portraits so that your grandchildren will one day marvel at you and your own greatness? We all have it. It is waiting to be discovered.
I urge you to think about how you would like to be photographed? How would you like to be remembered? What is it that makes you uniquely you. You are an original. If you would like to have more information on how you can have your very own stylized photo session, please click here. I would love to chat with you and help you create beautiful memories for you and your family. Don’t delay. Life is fleeting. I cannot stop time but I can freeze it in a moment that will forever be remembered in a beautiful portrait of you.
MOTHER/DAUGHTER PHOTO SHOOT ~ MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL
Mother’s Day is around the corner and what better way than to celebrate with a mother/daughter photo shoot at our contemporary farmhouse studio conveniently located in Greater Annapolis, MD serving Anne Arundel County, Eastern Shore, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.
MOTHER/DAUGHTER PHOTO SESSION
We are offering a $99 special that includes the following:
- -a complimentary consultation to discuss your portrait needs
- -a full portrait session
- a professional makeup artist, Natural Looks by Victoria
- -lite fare and bubbly
- -up to 5 different outfit changes, background changes and outdoor sessions (weather permitting)
- -a reveal to view your images via flat-screen TV and choose the images you like
- -a beautiful video-fused slideshow with every order. Check out our Elegant Women video
- -a $100 gift voucher towards any collection
- -one social media digital file
Visual Concepts Photography prides itself on being a small boutique studio located in a contemporary farmhouse in Davidsonville, MD that caters to your needs. You purchase only what you want to purchase.
APRIL BOOKINGS ONLY
This event usually sells out fast!
DON’T DELAY..CALL TODAY 410 626 7474
to set up your complimentary consultation or email us here.
HISTORY BEHIND THE MOTHER/DAUGHTER PHOTO SHOOT
Some years ago, I approached a client and asked her if I could photograph the 4 generations of women in her life. She readily agreed. I photographed her grandmother who was a Zegfeld girl in New York City, her mother, my client and her daughter. I went to their house because her grandmother wasn’t too mobile at the time and created beautiful, lasting images of them. At one point, my client realized the enormity of that session. She got it! She knew that we were able to freeze time and capture an amazing series of photographs that will forever be cherished and handed down to her own daughter. Her grandmother has since passed, but the images will forever be a part of their lives and my client will forever remember a day that was filled with family, love and joy. I urge you to create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime for one day they will become your children’s most valued possession.
I met Sara and Keith 15 years ago when they were searching for a wedding photographer to cover their Naval Academy photography in Annapolis MD. It was during the time that digital was finding its place in the photographic world but Sara wanted someone who still shot film, which I did at that time. A trusty Bronica was my workhorse coupled with a Quantum flash. Sara, Keith and I set out to discuss what they wanted in wedding portraits which included a timeless wedding album with 30 8x10s. I’ve always loved photographing a wedding at the Naval Academy because it lends itself to beautiful backdrops and there was something magical about the rotunda that reminded every little girl of fairytales long ago. It was an image like this that was hanging in the Naval Academy office that drew Sara to Visual Concepts Photography. And, thus, we were able to create one for Sara and Keith. It is one of their most treasured images of their wedding day and one that still speaks to me. It is timeless, classic and tells a story.
Time went by. I moved my studio from Annapolis to my home in Davidsonville and set a new life for myself while Sara and Keith were busy with a family of two beautiful children. Sara and I reconnected through Facebook and we were able to capture her family through portraits on a couple of different occasions. On one such occasion, Sara brought along her wedding album and we poured over the photographs and immediately I was brought back to that glorious, happy day when two beautiful people were united in love.
When I last photographed Sara and Keith and their beautiful children, she told me that they are coming up to their 15th wedding anniversary. Immediately, I thought of doing a gorgeous, updated Vanity Fair photo shoot in Mahon Hall at the Naval Academy in Annapolis where I photographed Sara and her family before the wedding ceremony. Sara and Keith agreed, and on a cold, foggy Saturday morning we managed to meet up and create an updated photo session that was unique, contemporary, exciting and so much fun!! We created wonderful memories that day that will forever be remembered in beautiful images to be handed down to their children one day.
We put together a short slideshow to capture their wonderful day together. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed creating it. To Sara and Keith, Happy Anniversary and I wish you many, many years of happiness.
For more information on how you can have a Vanity Fair photo shoot or other Naval Academy photography shoots, click here.
Visual Concepts Photography located in Greater Annapolis area and serving Annapolis, Washington, D.C. northern Virginia and Baltimore as well as the Eastern Shore specializes in contemporary, custom-designed headshots and branding photos with YOU in mind.
The first step in creating your desired photo session is a complimentary consultation where we will review your headshot portrait needs, review our portfolio and investment guide and we will give you a tour of our studio and gardens. We feel that getting to know you and what you are all about is paramount to a successful photo session whether it is done in our studio, outdoor gardens or on location. Because of this, the day of the session will go smoothly and we will have you in and out in no time!
Why A Consultation?
A great headshot and branding photo session will be detailed and involved. The consultation will be a meeting of the minds to come up with ideas that will put you ahead of your competition.
On the Day of your Branding Photo Session
On the day of your headshot or branding photo session, you will be greeted at the door and escorted to your makeup station where you will be greeted by our very own makeup artist, Victoria of Natural Looks by Victoria. You will be treated to refreshments and pampered, so sit back and relax and let us do all the work! You will look and feel so good!! While you are having your makeup done professionally, your studio sets will be custom designed with you in mind so that when you are ready, so are we!
Your headshot photo session or branding photo session will last anywhere between 1-3 hours depending upon what you are looking for. We will utilize the studio, our southern front porch with its white pillars, our custom-designed gardens and pond and, of course, our neighbor’s farm. If you desire on-location in the Annapolis area, we will have already discussed the location and various areas and will be good to go!
Within 10 days of your portrait session, you will be called back to view your images via slideshow. Sit back and relax and be amazed at how great you look in your headshot photos. The difficult part is choosing which images you want to keep. But rest assured, we have a system in place that will make the process very easy. Collections include a beautiful folio box, 8x10 prints in an 11x14 mat and a high-res image of each print ordered. All work is retouched, enhanced and 100% guaranteed.
For more information on our headshot portrait special running during the month of March, click here. We have a few spots left so hurry and take advantage of this great savings!!! For more images, check out our Facebook Page.