About the Photographer

Photography Experience & Education

Baby Photographer, Artist, and Photography and Small Business Educator, Jodie Holstein-Otte, was the original fine art newborn photographer of the Greater Baltimore, Maryland area in the early 2000s.  She operated three commercial portrait studios in northern Baltimore County.  In addition, she photographs children and families.

Jodie began as an award-winning artist; she painted traditional portraits by hand in pastels and oils many years ago.  Portrait photography as a business became a natural progression.  Jodie strives to maintain realism in portraits among these days of overdone digital processing.  She creates images full of warmth and peace with classic rich tones using both natural and studio lighting.  She authored the original book Studio Lighting Naturally which combined photographing newborns with studio strobe techniques that mimicked natural light.   Her techniques have been nationally recognized for excellence.

Jodie holds a degree in Accounting and Business Management and has been a loud voice for photographers who wish to run businesses instead of hobbies.  She also promotes high standards in photography and baby safety and additionally, business practices.  She taught workshops from 2002-2012 all over the United States and Australia.  Jodie was also a speaker for the PPA of Ohio and spokesperson for Buckeye Pro Imaging and Multiblitz Lighting. She once again began teaching the art of newborn photography, lighting, and business in 2016 and is currently taking requests for speaking engagements while finishing a new book.  Her Photography Business Best Practices line of spreadsheets Pricing for Profit and Photographer Tax Solutions have been tried and tested and have been available since 2008.

Jodie’s portrait, nature, and commercial work has been published locally as well as nationally in ParentingAmerican BabyBrio MagazineParentsFit Pregnancy, InStyleUS WeeklyPeople 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 2009-2011.  Her images may also be seen on greeting cards, in books, publications, and teaching material for medical professionals.


Jodie is a Maryland native, enjoying farm life in the cornfields and rolling hills of Northern Maryland bordering Pennsylvania with her husband of 20+ years and her adult children that she is very proud of.  Her son is a computer programmer/software engineer and her daughter is pursuing the field of genetics and biochemistry. Jodie helps her daughter run Anomaly Rabbitry, and she shares a little of her life and recent photography work as well as her trials and tribulations of getting a bit back to natural living on her personal blog, MyFauxFarm.

Jodie may be reached at jodieotte@gmail.com