Life Changes Again

Around two years ago, after over 10 years of being a full-time photographer, I announced I was heading back into “corporate America” as an accountant and then later on, a controller. Photography became secondary and part-time.   I left my position, and this past month, I moved photography back to the primary focus.

I think I like this change 🙂  I decided this morning, to pick up the camera again for myself.  Something I missed greatly was shooting my surroundings, the every day….  If you follow My Instagram, you may have seen a lot of photos  – but guess what?  They were from my cell phone.  I haven’t actually picked up a “good” camera for me in a long time.

For the past two and a half years, my mornings started with racing around getting ready for work and then commuting.   It’s such a stark contrast between what is happening now.

Sleeping in for me is maybe 7 a.m., but usually I am up before then.  I can’t get my morning coffee quick enough….


I went from heels to muckboots daily.mud-room

And everyone is already anticipating my arrival.


I put the grain buckets together in the feed room.  We feed pelleted sweet feed (two of our horses are seniors) mixed with timothy and/or alfalfa pellets, a hand full of calf manna (this makes a huge difference in our horses’ coats which you can see they are growing their winter coats now), and any supplements – for instance, Stormy is on joint supplements.


…and there is always someone waiting at the door when I open it.  This is apparently the highlight of their day 😉


It’s very funny to watch how horses eat.  No Brakes here gets so excited and impatient but as soon as he dumps his nose in, he throws his head up and savors his feed.


While they eat (I like to stick around to make sure that fat Pixie doesn’t steal No Brakes’ feed), I scoop up the night’s manure and place it into our composting bins.


and then check their water and clear any fallen leaves out.


and then fill up their hay racks with fresh hay….



My buddy here (her name is Squirrel), usually begs me to start a small bonfire (not even kidding – she will go to the fire pit and stare at me until I build her a fire), but it’s been extra hot the past few days, so she’s not interested.


So…. I’m back to photographing everything for me and for clients.  I had no idea that my entire routine was going to change so drastically.

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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