On Location Studio Photography – Baltimore, Harford County and Beyond

Check out this sweet little one as you read up on all the changes with J. Otte Photography….
As you know, we have made a lot of changes in the past year.  The changes have been amazing for both my clients and myself.    I listened to my clients.  I heard you, I know what you want, and I have evolved my business practices and pricing to suit your needs and desires.

Times Have Changed, My Clients’ Comfort is Most Important

Many thought I was crazy when I gave up my commercial studio.  The needs for photography in the Baltimore and surrounding area have changed immensely- we are living in a fast paced area where everyone is busy busy busy.  Most families who want to be photographed prefer to be in a more natural environment, and we have been finding beautiful locations to suit.   With the concern of RSV and other illnesses, parents no longer wish to bring their babies to germ-infested public studios and prefer the convenience and health boundaries of their own homes.  Parents with new additions are finding that the older children are easily frustrated being forced to wait for their newborn sibling to be photographed and instead, being in the home, they get to be photographed, and then off they go into their normal routines without having to leave their house.  My goal is to give my customers an experience that is comfortable, stress free, resulting in beautiful unique quality imagery.

If you would have asked me 10 years ago, I would have sworn to you as a photographer, the only way to go was a commercial studio.  I did love my studio, but it was most convenient for me (not my clients) as I could take 10 customers per week.  Photography is now an oversaturated industry overflowing with hobbyists with illegal businesses.  There is nothing wrong with being a hobbyist, and I encourage EVERYONE to buy a camera and enjoy yourself with it, but buyer beware, a hobbyist is not a legal-business-operating professional that you would want to entrust your family’s time, money, and especially your brand new baby with…..  A logo and a facebook business page does not make a professional…….  But enough about that….

How Does this Location Thing Work?

With scaling down, the doors were opened to proceed back on location.   Some of my long-term clients were skeptical – “How can she create the same images at my home as she did in those beautiful studios from years past?  My home is nothing like a studio?  I have kids toys everywhere!  I don’t want lifestyle images sitting on my couch, I want studio professional images!”

Here’s the key:

  • All I need is a 6 foot by 6 foot section in any room of your home.  I have photographed in foyers, hallways, kitchens, master bedrooms, basements, formal living rooms, and family rooms.
  • A professional can work in ANY situation and create beautiful professional quality images.  If your photographer tells you she/he cannot work in a specific situation because of lighting, run…. run far away, as photography is truly all about light and knowing how to work with ALL available light (from natural to artificial lighting)
  • Lighting is the most important part of photography (I bring my equipment – I always let the clients see the first few images once the lighting is set up, so you can see exactly what this means).
  • As usual, I guarantee my images (please inquire for details)

Check back – soooooooo many images to share from 2014, and with them, I will discuss where we photographed, and you will be amazed at what exactly can be created in some of the most unexpected places.

For the Photographers – Do you want to guarantee your client images by knowing all about creating natural looking light regardless of the conditions of the location?  Don’t forget to check out our PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS – Studio Lighting Naturally for Newborns and the Lost Art of Great Images in Camera (this one covers more variety of lighting from natural to studio to off camera flash).

(Is this little boy not a heartbreaker?  Loved him…. These images were taken in a formal living room with all my equipment.  I shared over 50 unique images with the client from this session.  We were also able to go outdoors and photograph the family as well for even more variety
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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.