Day in the Life of an On-Location Newborn Photographer

I got up this morning and thought maybe I should do a little “Day in the Life of a Newborn Photographer.”  If you follow my personal instagram, you may have already seen many of these images.

I used to have commercial studios.  I maintained them for 10 years.  As you may know, I switched to all on-location (although if I need to use a studio, I have access but prefer not to).  Since switching, I have absolutely been on a high of creativity and freedom.  Freedom, because no longer do I have to earn an extra $30,000 per year to pay for the studio and associated expenses, but going on location and not knowing what the conditions will be, makes you work for your images, which creates a stronger more well-rounded and capable professional photographer (not saying that is the only way, but it is really nice if you like to challenge yourself).  Here’s how the day went….

The studio is packed up.  I now travel with my diesel VW Jetta (Dean took over the Passat).  Coming from a Ford Expedition, to my complete surprise, this little compact vehicle fits everything I need easily.

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So what’s in there?  I’ll tell ya.

Camera Bag (we’ll save that for another post), rolling suitcase with all blankets, wraps, clamps, etc.  One pop-up backdrop.  Two props just in case.  A small but very powerful heater.  Going up through one of the seats, you can see four of my wood planks.  When I was first a full time professional photographer 12 years ago, I was well-known for the 100-year-old wood planks at my first studio.  When I left that studio for the second studio, I recreated the planks.  I only bring them now by request and I only bring four.  Any additional planks can be composited later in photoshop.  The long skinny bag contains a blanket stand and light stands.

Last but not least, you can see my small vinyl beanbag in the backseat.  Take notice – full makeup and hair done.  Compare this to the “after” shot you will see later on in this post.

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Starts out quite the foggy morning.  I travel up to 1-1/2 hours (one way) from my home to photograph clients.  This is because I live so far away from everything in the cornfields of very Northern Maryland, right on the border with Pennsylvania.  I’m lucky that my drive is usually quite scenic and sometimes you need time to yourself, even if it is driving, enjoying the music and your thoughts.

Before hitting the Baltimore beltway, a mocha latte and breakfast sandwich from Bagelmeister are essential.  It’s the best way to store up some energy prior to a shoot.  Of course, coffee on the shirt… can’t take me anywhere….

Here’s the aftermath of the shoot.

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Everyone asks me how much space I need to photograph a family.  This.  This is all the space I need.  I made quite the mess of this spot, but I wanted to show a realistic situation.  Even the dog is exhausted!  haha!

And there I am – it was typical soupy humid Maryland, and at the end of the shoot, we did a few shots outdoors as well.  Makeup melted right off, and that’s some hair! haha!  We newborn photographers work for our money!

Lastly, a nap when I got home with Penny.  Then, it’s time to start up on the Statistics homework.  As you may or may not know, with the photography industry oversaturated and going downhill, I highly recommend that everyone consider a backup plan if they do not already have one.  I’m back in college, so my Sunday evenings are usually in front of the computer, finishing up my week of college work as well.

Here are a few of the images from the shoot.  I don’t usually edit the images right after the session but figured it would be nice to show what type of images I get on location at client houses.  And don’t forget, if you want to learn what I do and how I do it — check the e-book out – you may just find a discount when you click to buy.

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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.

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