Category Archives: equine horse photography

Horse and Boy

You cannot help but smile when you meet Jack…. this boy is all personality and no matter if he is happy or being ornery, you can’t stop smiling around him!!!  It’s going to be amazing watching him grow up on a horse farm and have so much confidence!   Here is Jack and his Pedro (one of the most patient horses ever).  ;)

horse and child photography

horse and child photography

horse and child photography

horse and child photography

horse and child photography

horse and child photography

horse and child photography

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PA National Horse Show

I thought I would share something a little different…. Weeks back, a bunch of us went to the GRAND PRIX de PENN NATIONAL I’m always amazed to watch these horses fly. My daughter is competing 3-foot jumpers at some local places, and I’m hovering between 2 and 2-1/2 feet myself. But these jumps are 5-feet jumps… just amazing….

For the photographers, I’m shooting with the Nikon D3s, 70-200 mm/2.8 lens at 12,800 ISO.

Penn National Grand Prix

Penn National Grand Prix

Penn National Grand Prix

Penn National Grand Prix

Penn National Grand Prix

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Maryland horse photography

Has it really been this long since I have updated? Wow… Life has been crazy. After returning from Australia in March, we moved studios – yes, we have moved! I love our new location, it’s in Phoenix, MD which is just outside of Towson. We’ve held a Studio Lighting Naturally workshop in the new studio as well as recently, we did another commercial print shoot. One thing after another, and I haven’t at all had time to update the blog. So here I sit, finally on a much-needed vacation, I have some time to update. I’m going to share some client photos, personal stuff, etc., just go back and forth for a while. I’m going to start with this gorgeous client of mine. We met at a very public location, and I was so thrilled to see the white dress. Her horse behaved himself wonderfully despite the commotion around the location.
maryland horse
maryland horse

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Horse Farm | Baltimore Child Photographer

I loved photographing this little guy at his grandmother’s horse farm.  Gorgeous location, and he was such a challenge as he pretty much ran the entire session – kept me on my toes ;)

child photographer

child photographer

child photographer

child photographer

child photographer

I’m putting this blog on “auto” mode – meaning, I’m away in Australia (or in transit) right now teaching photographers. I’ve never been out of the country, either have my kids or husband, so this is quite the adventure, and I will definitely be sharing our experience. While I am gone, though, I have the blog to automatically post images every day.

I do want to remind photographers, we have ONE Studio Lighting Naturally workshop scheduled for this year. Yes ONE. I have so much going on, this was the only one I could fit in at this time. It’s April 11th and 12th – and that is right around the corner. It is currently half booked. For more information, go to http://www.jodieotte.com/mentoring.htm If you have any questions, contact me at jodieotte@gmail.com (this is the email I will be checking while I am away).

Clients/Customers – if you wish to book a session, please contact me at jodieotte@gmail.com until I get back.

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Equine Photography

This was shot at Patapsco Horse Center. I insist when I photograph children or teens with their horses that we must photograph at sunset – the lighting is simply perfect.

horse photography

horse photography

horse photography

horse photography

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Important Info:

Hello all – I will be resuming posting some portraits here shortly – it’s been a while!  One of my resolutions of course was to shoot more personal stuff, and to share more of everything on this blog.

IMPORTANT: You may or may not know this, we had a computer virus that went across four hard drives on my PC workstation (yes, I am PC and MAC for those who must know ;)).   I’m actually still recovering emails from weeks ago.  If you have emailed me, and I have not responded, please email again – jodieotte@verizon.net   When recovering the outlook express files, some of them over-wrote my inbox, so that’s been fun trying to find everything.

DEADLINES: I’m sending out a deadline to all who have not placed their orders – expect this by email.  I will be leaving for the second half of February.  I’m heading out to Brisbane Australia to teach photographers.   There will be 4 weeks that I will be unable to fill orders.   If you are pregnant and expecting a baby around this time, please keep in contact with me, so we can work out a date before I leave or right after I come back.  I will be gone for about 12 days.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: There is a lengthy waitlist for another workshop here.  I will be notifying everyone on the waitlist as to our next 2011 workshop date.  If you are not on the waitlist, and wish to be on it, please send an email to jodieotte@verizon.net   If you are coming to next week’s workshop, I will be sending out some more details between today and tomorrow, and I look forward to meeting those who are signed up for next week :)

In the meantime, although I would love to commit to a full photo-a-day for a year, I know there is no way I can commit to that with how busy I am with the business, but I would like to share every week some daily random images (minus a day here and there ;))  I’ll try to give the stats of the photos when I remember them for my fellow photogs ;)

This image was taken with my Nikon D3s at ISO 28,000. There would be even less digital noise except that I metered the black cat wrong and had to bring back a little brightness. If I would have nailed exposure, you wouldn’t see any digital noise in this image. The high ISO capabilities of this camera are insane.
high iso Nikon D3s

Ahh… my chicken eggs. You may have followed my chicken saga. Up until now, we were getting beige eggs, cream eggs, white eggs, pinkish eggs, blue eggs, but this past spring, I bred or hatched for two more colors. We now have dark brown eggs (from black and copper marans) and we have the ultimate – the olive egg. The olive eggs comes from breeding barred rocks (which typically lay a medium brown/beige egg) with an ameraucana (which lay blue eggs). Yes, blue and beige/brown make olive! ;) The only one missing below is our pinkish eggs as the hen that lays them has shut down production for the winter.

This should be (if I remember right) 50 mm, F1.6, ISO 500 with the Nikon D3s
colored chicken eggs

Next we have my daughter jumping her horse bareback. She’s definitely a daredevil when she rides. I’m always amazed at her balance when she is bareback. Although this image technically isn’t great (out of focus due to motion blur in this very dark riding ring at night), I do love the look on her face, so decided to show it.
horse jumping bareback

I’m going to show this image as I set my daughter up to take it, and I am seldom in front of the camera. I’m still learning to jump, so here I am jumping one of my horses (yes, my horse is quite fat ;)) She’s a gaited horse, so you don’t see many people jumping gaited horses, but they can do it.
horse jumping

Lastly, here was my lunch. I love taking photos of food. I love food… yes, I do ;)
food photography

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Natural Light Child Photography | Baltimore Maryland

Let’s talk natural light.  As you may know, we now have available a Natural Lighting book for sale at www.jodieotte.com/books.htm  The book, Just Lighting Naturally, was designed by request after the huge success of Studio Lighting Naturally. I will discuss this book a little more in detail here shortly, so stay tuned…

While my business mainly revolves around studio lighting with babies and expecting moms, I do photograph children quite often in natural lighting, as obviously, children need to feel comfortable and not bored stuck in front of studio lights. For the next few days, I will share natural light images, as I also get a chance to prepare the book link above with more information about the latest Just Lighting Naturally book.

This was from a session several months ago that I hadn’t share on the blog – three absolutely gorgeous little girls…. and their ponies. Oh, and a note for the photographers – these images were taken at “high noon” a scarey bright day – you know those dreaded incredibly bright days where you know you have to REALLY work for that light ;)

child and horse
child and horse
child and horse
child and horse
child and horse
child and horse

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For Fun…

Erynn had another pleasure show yesterday —

 horse show

But in the upper ring, they were having a reining show, and I just had to snap a few images, as the dust was awesome flying up and around (but not good for the lungs….)

reining show
reining show
reining show

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Weekend Paper Chase in PA…

My daughter, Erynn, and I just finished up a Paper Chase in PA this weekend… I’m happy to report, no falls, although my mare did rear on me twice as she gets pretty hyped up when there is competition…  I enjoy this with my daughter so very much, and I know I have to hold onto these moments as before I know it, it will be so uncool to ride out with mom… *sigh*  So I will cherish every second!

 Paper Chase
 Paper Chase
 Paper Chase
 Paper Chase
 Paper Chase
Paper Chase

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Quick Post…

Will add some more client pictures soon, just been so incredibly busy – Spring and Fall are always the busiest times of year for portraits!  In our spare time, my daughter has been working hard getting ready for a few horse shows… just had to share – this is her first year English riding.  She’s actually planning on doing at least one jumping show this year – can’t wait! ;)  We’re still not positive what we are going to do with her horse’s mane.  Like Erynn’s own “mane”, it’s incredibly long, but we don’t want to cut it.  This French braid is too loose – must practice getting it tighter.

English pleasure riding
English pleasure riding

 

 

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