Maryland professional photographer, Jodie Holstein-Otte, began as an award-winning artist painting traditional portraits by hand in pastels and oils many years ago – portrait photography as a business became a natural progression. She strives to maintain realism in portraits amongst these days of digital processing and creates images full of warmth and peace with classic rich tones using both natural and studio lighting that has been nationally recognized for excellence in lighting. She photographs children, teens, and families, and she was the original newborn photographer of the Greater Baltimore area in the early 2000s and operated three commercial studios in the Northern Baltimore area.
Jodie’s portrait, nature, and commercial work has been in local publications as well as nationally in Parenting, American Baby, Brio Magazine, Parents, Fit Pregnancy, InStyle, US Weekly, People Magazine, the New York Times, and on Fox News in Baltimore and CNN. Her work has been published in the Big Book of Babies by J.C.Suares, and she is known as the photographer behind the Similac Infant Formula ad campaigns from 2009-2011. Her images may also be seen on greeting cards, in books, publications, and teaching material for medical professionals.
Jodie believes in giving back to the photography community that was a part of her life for so long. She writes free business articles as well as has tutorials, actions, and other products available for photographers on her business website Real Business for Photographers . She is well known for her simplistic natural approach to studio lighting and posing newborns in her books Studio Lighting Naturally for Newborns and The Lost Art of Great Images in Camera
Once the field of photography became oversaturated as in current days “everyone is a photographer”, Jodie took a step back and is now only taking part-time portrait work and special commissions, allowing for better care and attention with each and every client she photographs. With her intense eye for detail and work most noted for lighting ratios and composition which runs parallel with a mathematical brain, Jodie went back to her accounting roots and is currently pursuing higher studies in mathematics and actuarial sciences.
In the present day, you will find Jodie spending time with her husband of 20 years and her teen son and daughter, caring for orphaned kittens, enjoying the outdoors with her horses, or photographing anything and everything as you can see on her Personal Blog. She also works on special projects as she supports her daughter’s artistic endeavors as seen in the many special effect creations. Erynn has become her muse in a sense.
Jodie may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org