Learning from a Master | Gilbert Newborn Photographer

When I started to take pictures for people and decided that I could start a small business doing it, I began researching. Researching the responsibilities of being a professional photographer, such as what business license(s) was needed, insurance, sales tax licensing, business name registration, etc. Although important, it was the mundane part. What I truly loved, was looking for ways to improve upon what I was doing, to become better. One of the photographers I found early on was Jodie Otte. Her images captured my imagination and desire to grow and learn, especially her ability to make her studio images appear as though they were taken in natural light. So I began scrimping and saving to take her Studio Lighting Naturally Workshop. (UPDATE: After 5 years, Jodie has retired this workshop as of 8/25/12, though you may still be able to purchase one of her books.) In December 2011 I decided that 2012 was the year to take the plunge and I anxiously awaited her announcement of 2011 workshop dates. I didn’t have to wait long, she announced in January a workshop for the beginning of March 2011 at her studio near Baltimore Maryland. Though the newest addition to our family was but 5 months old and I was still pumping/breastfeeding (TMI?), I talked it over with my husband and we decided that the whole family would go and we’d take a few extra days to explore the DC area.

The workshop was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Some of the things I learned were so simple, yet completely changed the results of my studio lit images. I left her workshop so excited for my first session with my new studio (that I’ll hopefully have in another couple of months)! Here are some of the images from my time with Jodie.  I would like to sincerely thank Jodie for all her time and effort to educate photography peers in the many different aspects of running a photography business.

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