Studio Lighting and Newborns

Studio Lighting Naturally is a book that I put together about 10 years ago.  When I first started with studio lighting, I read new photographers posting that they thought studio lighting looked unnatural.  I had to agree when looking at Sears Portraits and other chain studios.  It was just ugly to me.


I began to travel to client houses and in the Maryland area, there are a lot of great homes but there are not always opportunities with window light for a variety of reasons.  Whether it’s the house itself not having a lot of windows or just the direction of the light coming in the windows, or it was just really overcast or raining or even snowy day.


I needed to learn studio lighting in order to be able to have more flexibility in different locations to shoot.  It didn’t take me long to realize with the right modifier/diffuser and the correct angle of light, I could mimic natural light and in some cases even pull a richer deeper lit image together.


Thus the book was born.   The book has been going strong all the years, and we recently converted it to an E-book which has worked out well.  Although I taught newborn photography and lighting for many years, I always liked the idea of everyone having an instructional book that they can always refer back to.


I have modified the book to also include natural lighting as well as studio lighting.


Just a few images using the studio lighting techniques.  I bring my lights to client houses on location now, and it’s not bad at all to travel with.



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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