2010…The Year in Review (aka ‘What Happened in Bullet Point Form’)

2010.  What a year.  It was a year where if you multiplied the last two numbers by two you would get the first two numbers.  I know.  I’m blowing your mind, but try to stick with me here.  Not only was there this weird math thing going on, we also had a lot going on in the world of o&j.

Now, I suppose that some out there in Blogville might be thinking that due to the lack of recent posts all up in this place, that we’ve gone into early retirement, but that is far…far…far from the case.  So, enough with these non bullet point words, and on to the year in stats.

In the year of our Lord, Two-Thousand and Ten, we at the Otis & James FunCenter for Fun did the following:

  • We shot a total of 25 weddings across the state, and in the process travelled 3,840+ miles to do so!
  • We had the pleasure of photographing 125 seniors, and we’re not done yet with the class of 2011!
  • Over 300 portrait sessions.  Parents, children grandparents, cats, dogs…you name it.  We did it!
  • We shot approximately 275,000 raw images, which have been edited down to 1.83 TB of final corrected images, and in the process have burned hundreds of backup DVD’s to keep your images happy & safe!
  • We hosted one concert and one fundraiser in our studio, raising over $10,500 for incredible charities!

And then…..

Jamie started cookin’ up a baby in her belly!


Jamie married her longtime boyfriend, Giovanni!  That’s their wedding picture on the right.  I’m kidding!  She’s still waiting for the images to be completed.  So, for any wedding clients out there, she feels your pain.

So you could say it’s been a busy year for Jamie.  And you would be right!  What does this mean for 2011?  It means that in the spring, Jamie & Gio will be welcoming their child into the world!  And Otis & James will still be here for all of your photographicgoodness needs.  She’s not having a lobotomy, she’s having a baby – and she will join the legions of women out there in the world that manage to balance both a family & a career!

Well, now that this is starting to sound like a Christmas letter letting you know how the family is doing, I might as well include news about myself & Kacie – so here you go!

Our General Manager, Kacie, continued to have a wonderful year both here in o&j world and in her personal world too!  She & her husband Scott have continued to raise their oh so beautiful daughter – Arriana!  We should take a look at her & see how she’s growing up!

Holy cow – she’s practically a teenager now!

And now, me!  It’s been another busy year of…well…whatever it is I do.  Raising my wiener dogs!  Yes!  That’s what I’ve been busy with!  And how are they doing?  Well, let’s take a look at them!

Yep.  There they are.  Barking and stuff.  And, I also took the wallpaper down in my bedroom.  And that about sums up 2010.  Oh.  And sometimes I’m by myself.  Here’s a picture of that.

And sometimes I’m with my lady!

But through it all, I’ve always got my righteous beard.

So, to sum up:

  • Jamie:  Growing a baby.
  • Kacie:  Continuing to raise a child.
  • Otis:  Growing beard.

And that’s all for 2010, folks!  More important than any statistics or details about our lives is the fact that none of this would be possible without you – all of our beautiful clients!  You have made our lives good.  Straight up.  And for that no amount of gratitude could ever express how much that means to us.

Here’s to an exciting 2011!

Much Love!


By otis

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  1. Wow what a year! I just wanted to say congratulations to Jamie for her wedding and the oh so adorable parasite cooking in her belly!!! I am very excited for you and hope you have an amazing new year!

    Ryan M.

  2. Wow Jamie! I saw you got married..congrats. AND a baby..ok, I know I hated people telling me I was ‘cute’ when I was preggo but I must say you are! The best to the two of you and looking forward to seeing more of the bump once he/she makes his/her debut. Will have to bring the girls by for a family session before we leave ND (don’t worry..won’t just drop by!) Happy New Year to everyone at O&J. You’ve captured so many wonderful memories as my girls have grown through the years.. All the best in 2011!

  3. Happy New Year Otis and James! Wishing you all the best 2011 has in store for you!

    Much love to you, too,


  4. Jamie, you are becoming more beautiful every day! Matt, I LOVE you (and your rockin beard)!!!

  5. Hello,

    I have a new email address so I don’t know if there has been any update on my wedding pictures.
    My new email address is lrath02@yahoo.com
    Is there any update on a time frame for our wedding pictures?
    Our wedding was the Rath/Klabunde wedding on NOvember 20th.


  6. Lisa – we will put the new address on file. For up to date info about the status of your images, please call the studio at 701.838.6181 for all of the updated info.

    Thank you!

  7. Well Erin,

    Jamie is the secretary. Sometimes we let her take pictures. She has big ambitions, but – as I’m sure you know – there’s only so far a woman can go in this world. But we’ll let her keep on dreaming!


  8. Jamie!
    I am so excited you’re having a baby! You have got to be one of the cutest little pregnant ladies I’ve ever seen! best of luck with the little one to you and your husband! and if hes anything like my son…hope the next 2 years passes slowly haha
    congrats again!


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