Newborn Photography

Maryland Newborn Photographer, Jodie Otte, is an on location professional photographer specializing in Baby Photography. Baltimore Newborn PhotographerJodie uses techniques that she has perfected over the course of 15 years with both natural light and studio light to create beautiful portraits of newborns as well as babies of all ages.  As the original newborn photographer of the Greater Baltimore area, she was sought out all over to photograph and to teach her techniques in the US to as far as Australia.

If you wish to view a full Gallery of Newborn Images, please  use the links on the page to galleries or here: 

Newborn Image Gallery
Click here for a gallery of Newborn Images


Newborn & Baby Portrait Session Details

Your photo session will take place on location in your home.  Some Notes and FAQs:

Newborn and SiblingBabies (and older siblings) do better in your home!  When you have to pack baby up, she will sleep in the car on the way to the studio, and then you must wake her up and frustrate her to take off her clothing for the pictures.  Once she’s awake, she is not going to curl and sleep again easily.  It is best to have the photographer arrive at your home and set up while  you feed and relax with baby until it’s time to shoot.  These little ones may be new, but they are already used to the smells and sounds of home.  You will have a much more content baby this way.   Making a child sit and wait for two hours while their little baby brother or sister is being photographed is quite torturous to them.  During the newborn session in your home, older siblings can play, have a snack, watch a movie, or do whatever they wish until we are ready for them.  They are much happier this way, and mom and dad are much less stressed.  

studio set up on locationBut I want images like on your website.  They were shot in studio, right?  No.  Any image that you think was photographed in studio on the website was photographed most likely in someone’s home.  Professional studio lighting is brought along and used as needed to create images that look like they were photographed in a studio.  There is nothing better as an artist that can find or create the best light that will result in the best images.


On location NewbornDo I have enough room in my home?   You do.  Jodie has photographed entire sessions in a foyer, in a hallway, in a bedroom, in a kitchen, and even in a tiny hotel room…. If you have or can clear a 6 foot by 6 foot area, she can create images that look exactly like they came out of one of her previous commercial studios.  A professional can accomplish professional images anywhere.

Notice above – this is the most basic newborn setup to create gorgeous natural images of your newborn.  We would share more, but the secrets to these amazing images are carefully guarded in order to allow for a one-of-a-kind experience with each newborn photo session.

Newborn PropsProps

If there is something that is special to you that you wish to have your newborn photographed with, please mention it.  Something special absolutely makes a unique photo and has meaning to you; however, heavy prop use can date an image.  A bow on the head, baby wrapped, in a basket with fluff, on a hardwood floor may look cute now, but 10 years from now, it will look very outdated.  It is best to focus on newborn or with parents or siblings for most of the session, and add a prop or two by request.  This will allow every image to be classic and timeless and loved every time you look at it for years to come. 

Jodie arrives with textured blankets and backdrops, lighting and camera equipment, some simple baby wraps, and a wooden bucket/box/crate in case a simple classic prop is needed for a specific setup.  She has photographed NFL player babies with their footballs, firefighters with their baby inside of their helmet, and many others.

Important Note:  This is an image composite.  This baby was never left alone on this saddle.  This image is a combination of three separate images that are merged into one using PhotoShop as a tool.  Safety is the most important consideration during a newborn photo session.  If you are ever uncomfortable with anything that is done during a photo session with any photographer, please speak up.  You as the parent should override anything that you are uncomfortable with.


Newborn PosingNewborn Posing

Every baby is an individual.  Not all babies will move the same way or hold a pose the same way.  No pose should ever be guaranteed by a photographer or forced.  The photographer should pay close attention to each individual baby and note how they move and what keeps baby most comfortable.

Natural posing is the most beautiful.  Occasionally a baby will move into a position ideal for an interesting or fun pose (also with use of PhotoShop), but why have every baby look alike in the same pose down to finger and toe placement?  Your baby is an individual and will share his/her personality in her posing.

What to WearWhat to Wear

Babies are so tiny that they can easily become lost in an image.  If you want images of you and baby cuddled up, either go skin-to-skin or wear simple solid colored clothing that allows the focus to remain on baby and you.   Newborns will be lost in bold patterns.

Booking Your Newborn Photo Session

If you are pregnant and looking to book a session, please contact her as soon as possible in order to prebook.  If you are a little late in booking and have already had your baby, no worries.  Please email and she will get you in on the schedule.  Newborn clients are top priority and she will do her best to accommodate.

Child Photography

Child Photographer

Jodie Otte photographs children on location through the Greater Baltimore Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia areas.  

If you wish to view a full Gallery of Child Portrait Images, please use the links on the page above in Galleries or here:

Baltimore Child Portrait


child photographer marylandSession Details

Photo Sessions take place on location.  This can be in your home, outside of your home, or a local park.  Due to overcrowding of photographers at public locations, some parks are requiring permits.  Please discuss ideas.  Jodie also has some locations that she works in regularly and will be happy to share these with you.  While a few studio-style shots can be achieved indoors, outdoors is where you will find your child excited, happy, and relaxed for beautiful images.  

It is highly recommended to photograph your little one in the morning after breakfast.  The lighting is wonderful at this time of day and your child will be fresh and happy.  Please discuss nap times and we will work around them.


What to Wear Childrens PortraitsWhat to Wear

Your children’s portraits are a reflection of your child’s personality.  Please feel free to dress your child in anything you wish; however, it is best to consider that busy patterns are often distracting.  If you wish to use busy patterns, feel free to also bring another change of clothes so that we can get a little of each outfit.  This will insure that you have a little of both.  Sometimes the patterns can be beautiful but overwhelm a gallery of pictures of your child. 

Book a Photo Session

To book your session, simply email or fill out the contact form and let her know some dates/times you are available.  She will get back to you within 48 hours and finalize booking or answer any question that you may have. 



Family Photography

Family Photographer

Family photo sessions take place on location in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia at a location of your choice.  Most sessions take place in the Greater Baltimore area in the early morning hours or just before sunset.

Family PhotographerFamily Photo Sessions

Sessions with young children are recommended right after breakfast and before the first nap of the day. Sessions with older children can take place any time of the day depending upon location.  Sessions with newborn babies tend to be photographed indoors in your home (See Newborn Session Details).


To view a gallery of family images, look above in the menu for Galleries, Family or just click below.

Family Portraits in Maryland
Click here for a gallery of Family Images


Baltimore Family PhotographerWhat to Wear

It is highly recommended to avoid busy patterns; however, one family member with a pattern or two with non-clashing patterns are fine- everyone should not wear patterns, as that becomes very busy and hard on the eyes.  The goal of family portraits is to focus on you and your family.  Your clothing choice should be a reflection of you and your personality.   Choosing color palettes that blend well with each other but are not the exact same article of clothing for everyone are usually the best choices.


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Booking Your Session

To book your session, simply contact or fill out the contact form.

Maternity Photography

Maternity Photography

Maternity photography is an excellent option to capture the beauty of your pregnancy.   It is best to schedule your appointment between 6 months and 8 months when you are most comfortable.

Maternity PhotographerPhoto Session Details

Maternity/Pregnancy sessions take place in your home or at a location of your choice in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, or Virginia.  If you wish to achieve a more studio look, it is recommended that these images be photographed indoors.  Lighting equipment and backdrops are brought to the session.  All that is needed is a 6 foot by 6 foot cleared space anywhere in your home to have beautiful artistic pregnancy images that look just like you were standing in a studio.  It is truly all about the lighting.  See image below – that image was taken in a tiny hotel room.

To see a gallery of maternity images, please go to Galleries/Maternity above or click below.

maternity photographer
Click here for a full gallery of maternity images


Baltimore MaternityWhat to Wear

This is up to you.  Some cloth wraps are provided during the shoot, but you can bring your own wraps, dresses, lingerie, or casual clothes such as jeans, or form-fitting items.  

Everyone has their own comfort level in regard to pregnancy photography.  This is totally your call.  If nude or semi nude, Jodie uses beautiful lighting techniques that she has perfected over the course of 15 years.  She uses these techniques to accent your beautiful form and create the most flattering images.  If you want artistic images, not every photographer can achieve this type of lighting.

More casual outdoor lifestyle images can also be done to document your pregnancy or soft images may be achieved in front of your windows.

Maryland Maternity Photographer