Personal Share Sunday | Jodie and Dean Otte

I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to share this image publicly or not.   I will be 37 years old next month.  I have been married to Dean for almost 18 years.  Yes, I did marry him when I was 19 years old.  I cannot believe my oldest is 3 years away from that.  Wow.  I don’t recommend getting married in your teens; however, it worked, and I’m grateful now that I did 🙂

I came into the photography world about 17 years ago.  I briefly worked for another photographer.  Years later, after my kids were already out of the newborn baby stage, I began to photograph pregnant women and babies.  I missed out on having my own children then and getting the photos of my pregnant belly or even just a picture of my husband’s big bare tattooed arms around me.  I considered having another baby a few years ago.  Dean said he would have another if that made me happy.  I thought long and hard about it.  Even though I love babies, my kids were way too old (in my opinion) to start over with a newborn.   I realized that my push for having another baby was because I really wanted those pictures I never had.  Haha.  That’s not quite a good enough reason, now is it?  I didn’t want to mess up a good thing.  Our kids are great, we are having so much fun with them, I knew going backwards wasn’t a wise move.  So I got a puppy haha 🙂

At any rate, I asked Dean to take this picture with me.  He was not so sure about the idea.  Sure, we both have extra weight that we don’t particularly want and I currently have braces on my teeth and I’m re-growing my hair out, but I finally realized there is never a perfect time for pictures.  So I pulled a pop-up backdrop out of the back of my car and a lighting setup, a tripod, and a remote trigger, and just snapped it.  There, finally, I have the tattooed arms around me, and I didn’t have to be pregnant to take that shot!

So what I would like to say is don’t wait.  If you want pictures with your loved ones, don’t wait for the perfect time.  A professional photographer knows the best ways to light, pose, and position you in a flattering way.  Just go for it!


About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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