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High School Senior Photography

We are happy to announce this year, that we’ve expanded into more high school senior photography.  As soon as possible, the website will be changed around to include much more in the portfolio.

Here’s Amber and Ping.  Ping actually is related to my daughter’s horse, Stormy – they have the same father ;)  ….. this was a really fun shoot.  Amber is simply gorgeous inside and out.  She participated in horse vaulting at the Horse Expo in Timonium this week, and I was able to be there to photograph it.  I will be sharing some of those images on Wednesday.

teen and horse

Horse Photography

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Photographing horses….

Okay, so I had to also add a photo of my daughter, Erynn, which had to match up with my son’s photos below.   This was a bit more difficult.  So last minute between editing client work and getting Erynn to her vaulting class, I decided to throw my equipment in the back of my vehicle and head over to the barn.  We had 15 minutes to set up as we were losing light fast.  I set the equipment up in the field, and went in to meet up with Erynn who had No-Brakes (the bay/brown horse) ready, and I ran in to get Stormy.  As we started walking them, before they even crossed the street to the field, Stormy was huffing and puffing and very upset that there was something foreign in the field.  Oh, awesome, this should be fun…..

As we got closer, both horses were really really upset.  Neither wanted to have any part of this scene.  No-Brakes kept trying to hide behind Erynn and Stormy was just completely unhappy when the light would flash.  I’d take a picture, then walk around behind the horses and push them to make them go into better positions, come around to the front, take a picture, only to have to return to pushing them.  Erynn didn’t know what to do except her fingers were freezing and she had to keep dodging swinging horse heads….

I really wasn’t sure if I got anything when we had to call it quits and pack up.   I started looking at the pictures and did find a few that I felt were acceptable and narrowed them down even more.  One thing I tried to do was make No-Brakes look as big as Stormy (he’s actually quite a bit smaller than Stormy), so with a wide angle lens and angle to camera, he actually looks bigger than she does in this picture.

At any rate, this is another image I’m in love with and can’t wait to see in my house.

equine photography maryland

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KILE show and National High School Rodeo Association – Harrisburg Pennsylvania

So we attended the KILE show at the Harrisburg Farm Complex this weekend.  I was absolutely amazed.  You typically don’t think when you live in Maryland with Baltimore so close, that not too far away in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, this stuff exists ;)   We were able to see the National High School Rodeo Association have a rodeo, right where my daughter and I had just competed in Western Gaming….

This is how the show started:

bucking bronco

bucking bronco

Then there was the roping and steer wrestling….

kile show

kile show

So did you take notice the age of the kid you just saw?

The National High School Rodeo Association was a big part of this show. Erynn and I were waiting for the bull riding…. and we were not disappointed. These boys were ages 12 to 15 – riding bulls! If you are on my personal facebook page, you already know that both my daughter and I have attempted the mechanical bull in the past month…. we both said “no thank you” on the real thing….

Photographers: The following was shot with the Nikon D3s with 16,000 ISO….

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

bull riding

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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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Finally! | Child photography workshop, baby photography workshop

Finally, indeed, this is the image I have been waiting to capture for a year now.   I know some may not “get it” but my studio is located in the heart of a very Equestrian area – From Shawan Downs to Fox Hunting it’s all here! So a year ago, I had the idea of photographing a baby on an English saddle, and we finally made it happen.

I had an assistant that day, the lovely and talented Virginia Payne She was here for a mini workshop/mentoring. It was so nice having an extra set of hands, and she was wonderful with the baby. Thank you again, Virginia, for helping! Which reminds me, if you wish to attend one of my mini workshop based on my Studio Lighting Naturally book, please go to http://www.jodieotte.com/mentoring.htm or CLICK HERE for child photography, baby photography workshop  to sign up. The seats are filling fast! We also go over business, marketing, and more.

Baby and saddle, equestrian photography in Maryland

Baby and saddle, equestrian photography in Maryland

Baby and saddle, equestrian photography in Maryland

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Horse Photography | Equine Photographer, Maryland

It is no secret that I have an interest in horses.  Let me start out saying, you are either a horse person or you are not.  A non-horse-person has no idea what is so amazing about spending a day at the barn, soaking in the smells of horse breath and hay, feeling a horse’s muzzle graze your hand looking for treats, or gently nosing your hair… the friendly sound of a whinny, or the light sound of leather squeaking, or the total utter peace you feel as you hack out on trails…. the feeling of accomplishment having completed a jump, or the adrenaline rush as you gallop through an open field…  If you are a horse person, you *get* this.  You *know* this…  If you are not, I’m sorry, but please don’t look at us like we are crazy ;)

My parents never understood what the draw was to horses that I had, and I can’t name one horse person in my extended family – it seems to be just me… from a long line of non-horse-people… so I never really had anyone to share this with.  You cannot predict who will be a horse person.  Even those who are raised around them aren’t necessarily horse people.  I always secretly hoped one of my children would be a horse person, and vowed if one was, I would soon own horses… When I started my kids in riding lessons three years ago to let them try it out and see what they thought, my daughter emerged as the horse person.  Although both of my kids have their own horses, and enjoy riding, Erynn has the draw – that draw to be around horses.  She could spend hours just hanging out with them, and I understand her completely… I couldn’t be more delighted that she has taken this interest, as it is something we will always share together.

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All that said, being that my studio is nestled amongst many equestrian activities and horses galore – steeple chases, fox hunting/running of the hounds, polo, hunter/jumpers, dressage, you name it… (although the studio was named Black Horse Studio due to the historic area near), I have wanted to combine working with horses and my portrait photography, capturing the bond between horse and rider.  I’ve been slowly working up to begin doing just this, but I’ve been so busy with regular clients, I hadn’t had time to market this as another aspect, so when I received an email from K, I was thrilled to begin working with her.

This is K  – beautiful girl, inside and out, as well as her beautiful horse, Icee.  Thank you, K, it was wonderful meeting you – you are a photographer’s dream to work with!  And thank you so much for that wonderful email you sent after seeing your gallery :)

 maryland horse photographer
 maryland horse photographer
 maryland horse photographer
 maryland horse photographer
 maryland horse photographer
 maryland horse photographer

 

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