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William & Michelle

For this post, I will just let the photographs do the talking. They are a beautiful couple, their wedding party was fabulous, and our day couldn’t have been any better. We thank them for allowing us to be a part of their day, and wish them all the best in their new life together. Enjoy!

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Categorized as Weddings

The Hills Are Alive…With The Family Vinje!

One Word: Possum

This is really all you need to know about this lovely family.
You see, they ride around in a giant possum, and the day after ingesting thanksgiving delights they travel to the studio of Otis & James for family fun.

We thank them for making the trek in today, and offer up some snaps of the festivities as a sign of our thanks – Enjoy!

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Off With The Turkey, On With The Couples!

Oh now, some people spend the day after Thanksgiving running around shopping malls, assaulting each other for video games and what not, but we like to do things a little more relaxed around the Otis & James Super Store (no relation to the Wally-World Super Empire.)

Instead of all this insanity, we spent a little quality time with old, old friends of James – Aaron & Katie (well, Aaron is old school, and Katie is new-old school.) This next summer, we are going to be spending a little more time with them as we are lucky enough to have been selected to be their wedding photographers! We are anxiously awaiting this special day, but for now take a little sneak-peek at our friends – Enjoy!

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Categorized as Weddings

Gobble Gobble, Tukey Lovers.

James and I would like to take this time to say thank you to everyone that has been a part of Otis & James during this past year. We are thankful for many things, but it is with great sincerity that we express how awesome all of you – our Wedding clients, all of our Seniors, all of our portrait clients, and even anybody that just likes to stop by the blog from time to time – all of you have made this year wonderful.

Let me tell you something that I am thankful for. A long, long time ago (doesn’t a song start this way?), old Otis used to work in a nursing home in a far away land called St. Paul. Otis was technically called a dietary aide, but to him and his co-workers, he was part of a group called ‘dirty-dish-dogs.’ Otis spent many years here, making many friends, was fired, re-hired, fired again, and it seemed that perhaps it was his destiny that he would continue to work in the food service industry, perhaps eventually moving away from the dish-machine and on to bigger and better things in the kithen. And he did.

He eventually became what is called a starter, which means that you become really, really fast at putting silverware and plates (not to mention index cards and the appropriate seasonings) on food trays and sending them down a bunch of rollers so somebody can put some food on said trays. From there, he moved into the deli, where the name ‘deli-boy’ was bestowed upon him by one of the lovely nurses that he would so affectionately banter with. He would sometimes drive meals on wheels, work in the storeroom (not quite sure if that is how that word is supposed to be, but oh well), and just occasionaly he would be allowed by his supervisor to announce over the intercom that the main dining room was now open for lunch. Life was good.

Sometimes, however, Otis would feel that even though what he was doing was providing for his basic needs (shelter, ramen noodles and entertainment funds), there was something else out there for him. Never in a million years did Otis envision that this something different would happen in Minot, North Dakota; and that this something different would actually be that the thing he loved – photograpy. This is what I’m thankful for. That I have broken away from the kitchen. That I have been given a blessing by our clients, that they have entrusted us with these moments in their lives. The world of the nursing home seems so far away, so dream-like.

So…as a small Thanksgiving treat to all of you out there, I offer this original artwork to celebrate the day. To all of my peeps back at the Peace Home, much love (and there may even be one or two people that will understand the reason why I have chosen to spell turkey ‘tukey’ – but that story is for another day) and keep up the good fight. To all of our Otis & James peeps – much love as well, and a heartfelt thank you.

Gobble Gobble
Otis & James

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This is actually a turkey/goose hybrid I’ve been working on.

Categorized as Musings


Our day today came to a conclusion with a visit from none other than the one and only Elyse – and her special guest star assistant, Mom! The occasion was not to dress up in a turkey costume and get some great Thanksgiving portraits, nooooooo…instead it was continuing the tradition of being an Otis & James Senior (which is really not as glamorous as it sounds)!

The cavalcade of Senior Fun just kept on a-rollin’ through the ol’ studio (apparently I’ve been spendin’ time raftin’ down the ol’ Miss), and Elyse kept our streak of working with the most fun Seniors possible alive alive (that sentence does, in some weird way make sense.)

We thank both her and her lovely assistant for making the trip to see us today, and we look forward to the conclusion of our shoot once we get a little more sun in the sky, and snow on the ground. But for now, take pride in the work that we have done so far, because it’s sweet, and it’s all because of you – Enjoy!

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Categorized as Seniors


This morning we were joined by two incredibly lovely sisters, for the occasion of getting some pics! Everyone was together for the big Turkey eating festivities that are about to commence – and this time of year is always great for sessions just like this (that sounds real salesperson like, as if I should then go to “so if you want to be like these two and get some great Holiday Pictures, come on down to Otis & James!!” – I’ll stop myself before I lose any more of my integrity.)

These two were great to work with, and we thank them for taking time from their holiday schedules for us – Enjoy!

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Again With the Old Friends!

Our cavalcade of weddings past continued this afternoon with a visit from our old friends the Family Bakk! Going back to the archives for an oldy-but-goody (after typing oldy, I’m pretty sure the reason that we never see this word typed is because it kind of reminds me of moldy), you will find the previous visit from this wonderful family!

It was a lovely way to end the day, and our time together was filled with laughs, some dancing, a couple of tears, and a fancy new coat (Otis had the coat, Shawn cried, James Danced, and Adrianna…wait, I think I have that all wrong.) Regardless of this confusion, fun was indeed had by all! You can actually measure the amount of fun that was had by the number of exclamation points in this post. !!! – it just increased by three, suckas! Make that four! I can’t stop myself! Enjoy!!!!!!!!

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Yesterday afternoon we were paid a visit by our new friend (also the daughter of an old friend) Kelly! Our time together was all too brief, but we made good use of it!

We thank Kelly and her lovely assistant (Mom) for taking time out for us, and we offer these snaps from the day – Enjoy!

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Categorized as Seniors

Old Friends!

Yesterday, we were oh so happy to be together again with an Otis & James Original, the Family Iglehart! It just seems like yesterday that we were at the park in Garrison taking their engagement photos.

We’ve changed a little since then; we’re no longer just a desk with a little sign saying Otis & James, and likewise, the Family Iglehart (if I capitalize Family, it makes it seem like they should have a song and dance act worked up – which they very well could, I guess that we’ve never asked) has increased by one since our last visit. How time flies! Did you know why the man threw the clock out the window?

We thank one and all for making the trip up to see us, and we wish them a big congratulations on their new addition! I’ll stop this novel I’m writing and get to the good part – Enjoy!

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