Meet Sarah




Recently, I received a phone call from Sarah, a recent graduate of Arundel High School, inquiring about senior photographs.  After talking with her for awhile, we set up a consultation date with her mother to meet me, review her senior portrait needs, go over my portfolio, review our investment guide and give her a tour of our gardens.  So what's unusual about this?  I will tell you!  I have been photographing high school seniors for many years and this was one of the rare times that a high school senior actually called to schedule her own senior portrait session!

It was during our consultation that I learned that Sarah was chosen "Teen of The Week" for the upcoming issue of the Capital and not knowing what was written about her, I anxiously awaited the delivery of my newspaper.  And, here is what I read (I paraphrased and condensed the actual version, but it tells her story).  My first impressions were confirmed. I was, indeed, photographing a very special high school senior.


Sarah was President of the National Honor Society during her senior year and was also active in the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  In addition, she was involved in the Student Government Association at the class and school level for all four years.

Arundel High has a child development program called, The Little Wildcats Preschool, where students study the growth and development of preschoolers attending the preschool.  Teens interact with the 3-5 year olds and in the course of interacting, learn teaching skills.  Sarah had the opportunity to teach a class to the preschoolers for a semester.  It was at the end of her Junior year that she coordinated a project called, "Summer Learning Bags" which had each child's name printed on the front.  She mangaged to get Scholastic Books to donate books for the project that filled the bags for summer activity so that the little ones could use them during the summer months.  In addition, when it came time for the youngsters' graduation, Sarah planed the cermony from picking out the songs, to preparing a slideshow showing their accomplishments.  This landed her the Little Wildcats' Student Teacher of the Year for 2013 and again for 2014.

Sarah attended a Best Buddies International Leadership Conference at Indiana University where she learned leadership skills and methods to communicate effectively with individuals who are intellectually and developmentally disabled.   Armed with this information, she was very active in the school's Best Buddy Chapter.  "Everyone is inclusive and unified.  Part of our Wildcat pride is welcoming everyone, even if they are different."

In addition to her school activities, Sarah was involved with the school's annual Holiday Sharing Drive.  Through her and other volunteers' efforts, every child attending Odenton Elementary School received a gift containing a hat, gloves, socks, a scarf and a book for the holidays.  In addition, Sarah coordinated a Pennies for Patients drive and raised $1500 in pennies for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

If that were not enough, in her Freshman year, she landed the lead role portraying Tracy Turnblad in the school's production of the musical "Hairspray", which she considers one of her favorite performances.  In addition, she landed signigicant roles in "Cats," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Sound of Music."

Sarah has been accepted into the University of Maryland, as part of the College Park Scholars program, where she is considering early education, dentistry or psycology.   She will have the best of both worlds; the benefits of a big university within a small college environment.

Here is what her AP psychology teacher, Andrew Cizek had to say about Sarah:

"Her kindness and generosity always shined through the most.  It sounds so cliche, but Sara is the reason why the phrase "people person" exists.  She radiates a warm benevolence, which makes her leadership skills so unique.  All of her freshmen that were in my homeroom really benefited from that presence, and I'm sure that's true in regards to her role in SGA and Best Buddies as well."






Sarah is indeed an incredible young woman destined to accomplish so much in her lifetime!  In addition to her intelligence and beauty, Sarah is very compassionate and loving and mature beyond her years.  I have photographed many seniors over the years and have loved every session.  However, Sarah had me at "hello!"  It was a pleasure and an honor to be able to capture her senior portraits at this time in her life when she is on the threshold of an amazingly bright future.  I look forward to hearing all about her progress over the years.  My advice?  Look out, world!  Sarah is going to make a difference!  Thank you, Sarah, for choosing VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY to create your senior portraits!!







Categorized In: annapolis | crofton | davidsonville | high school senior photography

Meeting Up With the Storeys

Sometimes you meet people in your life who just make you feel good, make you smile all over and you are just so glad to be in their company.  Well, let me introduce you to Brad and Tricia whom I had the pleasure (along with the awesome Jamie Roberts!) of photographing their wedding at the Naval Academy five years ago.  They subsequently moved out to CA and then moved to the Great State of Nebraska!  So you can imagine my delight when I found out they would be just a stone's throw from the airport!!  In the meantime, they just had a baby and I was going to meet Leah and have the opportunity to do a quick baby portrait as my gift to them!!  It was a terrific reunion (albeit too short).  I hope our paths will cross again soon!




What a treat it was to see my framed wedding photograph on their wall!



It was a perfect ending to a perfect getaway to beautiful Nebraska!  I look forward to next year's MAP Program and seeing the Storeys again!!!!

Categorized In: annapolis | crofton | davidsonville | grambrills portrait photographer


  • Published February 6th, 2012 by Linda McCarthy, Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville, Maryland
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Hi Readers:

It has been a busy 2012 year, mostly due in part to our L'il Angel Fundraiser which is now in full swing!  We are having a blast and the angels are rocking the studio!  Here is the newsletter with all the details and if you or anyone you know who might qualify, please let me know.  Sessions are filling up fast as we have nearly 50 angels who are participating!!  Check us out on Facebook for the latest updates!

Here are some of our beautiful angels being considered for the 2013 L'il Angel Calendar:







Categorized In: annapolis | baby | crofton | davidsonville | family portrait photographer | grambills

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Published November 22nd, 2011 by Linda McCarthy, Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville, Maryland
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This is a time for family and for creating family memories that will be enjoyed for years to come!  I hope this finds you amongst your loved ones this Thanksgiving and that you are blessed with great company, great food and great photos!  I have put together my Thanksgiving photo tips for you to get you in the mood.  Actually, it is more for me as I rarely photograph my own family.  This year, we are having our children here along with Rory's girlfriend so it will be a house full of young guns and I am so looking forward to it!  I will post images...



Here are some tips for you for some memorable Thanksgiving photo pics!

1.  Be sure your camera's batteries are recharged (do night before) and make sure you have plenty of cards.

2.  Photograph guests as they arrive...spontaneous shots!  Esp. if they are bringing a dish.

3.  Photograph your children throughout the day..helping prepare the table, helping with meal prep, playing with Grandpa/Grandma and cousins and aunts and uncles

4.  Get everyone outside for a group shot and then lots and lots of action shots.  BIGGEST MISTAKE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE?  Images are too far away.  GET IN CLOSE!

5.  Photograph the table before everyone sits down.  Pay attention to details!

6.  Photograph everyone sitting at the table.

7. And, of course, photograph the cleaner uppers!

8. And, finally, photograph the know, Grandpa snoozing, Dad watching TV...

9. Get in some photos yourself

10. DELEGATE, DELEGATE, DELEGATE..all day long..nothing to do with photography but give everyone a job so YOU are not doing it all!  It's your Thanksgiving Day as well..





Categorized In: annapolis | children | crofton | davidsonville | family portraits | photographer


  • Published November 22nd, 2011 by Linda McCarthy, Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville, Maryland
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Do you want to avoid crowds, the mall, waiting see Santa?  Here is an alternative.  Book an appointment with VISUAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY in Davidsonville, on December 10 (16 spots only starting at 10 a.m.) or 11 (12 spots only starting at 1 p.m.) and watch your children delight in seeing Santa come down the stairs to meet them!  {photo op!}  And, then watch them as they share their wishes with Santa {photo op!} and then join us for cookies and milk.  All in the warm glow of a farmhouse setting!

Packages start at $49.95 for 3 sheets/3 different poses and you will have the option to purchase the CD of images!!!  What a wonderful way to create Christmas memories with your child without stressing over parking, long lines and crowds!!!  And, your little ones will cherish the memories for years to come!

This offer is by appointment sessions.  So, ACT TODAY by e mail OR call 410 626 7474 to reserve your spot!

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November News {Greater Annapolis Family/Baby Portrait Photographer}

  • Published November 7th, 2011 by Linda McCarthy, Visual Concepts Photography Davidsonville, Maryland
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November 17 - December 31 with reception on November 20 from 2 - 4



Is it possible that November is already here, and that we experienced our first snowfall and it isn't even December yet?  You know that time is just going to fly by and it isn't too early to start thinking about holiday gifts.  We have FIVE suggestions for you that will save you time, money and will delight that special person in your life!
1. $100 gift certificate towards a family portrait session, yours for $50 if you purchase by November 30. 
2. $250 gift certificate towards our Baby Plan...which includes: a complimentary consultation, a maternity session, a newborn session and 3 more sessions up until the baby turns 1! It also includes $150 towards any products. Purchase before November 30 and pay only $150.
3. Our Fine Art Divison has a limited number of fine art images for sale, custom printed on canvas and ready for display.  Our fine art images range in price according to size and during the month of November, we are offering 10% off any print in stock! 
Do you have an old photo you would like restored and framed in time for the holidays?  Combined with FastFrame of Annapolis, we can help you achieve the results you want for that special person in your life!
to benefit AAMC NICU..$12.99 (makes a great stocking stuffer!)


In December, we are considering setting up a Santa nook for your children to come visit (to avoid the Mall and other crowded areas).  However, we would like your input..if you are interested in having a Quick Take Session (Breakfast w Santa), please e mail me.  If there is enough interest, we will set something up in our living room, using our very own tree and having Santa visit with your little ones!

CRCC Fundraiser
We are still accepting portrait sessions during the month of November and December.  $50 donation to portrait session and 11x14!  Call today 410 626 7474 or e mail here for more info.

Limited spots available for November
Don't forget to ask us about holiday cards!







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Fall Photo Session at the Farmhouse

  • Published October 25th, 2011 by Visual Concepts Photography
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Last Saturday, the G Family took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and commissioned Visual Concepts Photography (serving the Greater Annapolis area) to create beautiful, natural family photographs.  When they came in for their complimenatry consultation, I immediately fell in love with this family!  Their boys are adorable, very bright and curious, so I was very anxious to get started and creating their memories to last them a lifetime!  When we met again for the portrait session, their oldest boy immediately wanted to set out for the barn!!  He remembered our conversation at the consultation and I promised him I would take him to the barn because there was a tractor there!  And, boys being boys, love tractors and Ms. Linda was held to her promise.  However, our first stop was at the split rail fence with the trees as a beautiful backdrop.  This image held promise that we were going to have a great session! 



As luck would have it, Farmer Tim was getting ready for a party at the barn that evening so you can imagine their delight and surprise when he graciously offered them a hay ride!  Every child's dream! 



Here he is seeing the tractor for the first time!  His look says it all!!!



Here they are at the end of the hayride!  Pefectly impromptu, perfectly remembered!


Next stop was our garden full of wonder and suprise for two curious minds!





And, then...the pond!  How beautiful is this image of two boys fishing???  They didn't catch anything but they did have a lot of fun trying!






And here is a timeless image of them running and playing!!




In years to come, when mom and dad look at these photos, what do you think they will remember???  Memories..beautiful memories of two little boys magically transported to a story book farm scene where they were able to use their creative imagination and play to their hearts' content!!!

Categorized In: annapolis | children | crofton | davidsonville | family portraits | photographer