You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this issue of Carroll Magazine we’re taking that to heart. We want to take our readers on a visual journey – offering up Carroll County’s stories in pictures. We tasked our award-winning photographers with capturing the people, places and things that make this county what it is.

When I was younger I was shutterbug. My dad bought me a really nice camera when I told him I wanted to become a photojournalist. I took it everywhere and I have the bins and bins of photos to prove it. And it wasn’t cheap – at that time snapshots still required film and developing. Today, technology allows us to take thousands of pictures, view them immediately and then store them away on a digital cloud somewhere. We don’t have to do the work of worrying about lighting, don’t have to stress that there are only a couple pictures left on this roll, don’t have to wait a week to see if your face was actually in the frame in that selfie. We really don’t have to think about taking the picture, we just push the button.

But there is still something to be said for the value of an image. An image can tell an entire story, can trigger the recall of poignant memories and can document important moments in time. I can spend hours upon hours tearing up looking at photos of my kids over the years, reminiscing over pictures of trips I’ve taken, marveling at shots of my house as it has transformed with my family over the years.

I hope you enjoy the pictorial issue we have put together, meant to capture the stories of Carroll County, the memories and the important moments. This year marks the 15th consecutive year that Carroll Magazine has been published and this is our first time doing a pictorial issue. And the shutterbug blood still running through my veins is very excited about what we’ve pulled together.

I hope you too enjoy what we’ve pulled together and I look forward to hearing your feedback at