Rody & Jen

Rody & Jen

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love (and Carpenter’s quotes), as well as some distraction from the events of current that have been surrounding our lovely city of Minot – and I can think of no better way to accomplish both of those goals than by looking at the sweetlysweet samplesnaps from the glorious wedding of Rody & Jen!

On a day that wasn’t all that long ago, The Otis & James Caravan of Love put on our flight suits & helmets and departed our Minot bureau for a trip to our capitol city, the one & only bizzybee…B-Town…Biz-Markie…Bismarck!  The couple was ready, the wedding party was ready, the whole town was ready for this explosion of goodness that was about to occur.  And I’m here to verify to you, our faithful of blog, that Rody & Jen – as well as their lovely wedding party – brought their A-game to the event.  They were not joking around.  They had a mission, and that mission was to take aweome pictographs.  And then after that to get married.  And they did both.  Fantastically!

But enough of all this gibberjabber, now is the time that we should thank this awesome couple for letting us be a part of their wedding day, and now is also the time that we tell all of our lovely peeps out there in Land of Blog to – Enjoy!

Categorized as Weddings

Ladies & Gentlemen…The Cascade Sun!

The Cascade SunWell, here we go – we’re gonna get things back to normal in this season of abnormal that we find ourselves in.  And we’re going to start it off with our friends in The Cascade Sun.  If you live in Minot, or have been watching the flood coverage on KXMC, then you may have heard a song they have written called ‘Hope Floats’ that is a tribute to the people of Minot during this time – it’s well done, and we thank the boys in the band for doing so!  We are firm believers that part of the rebuilding process will be through the arts and the artistic community.  But, enough of all this blathering – be sure to check out their facebook page, and be sure to – Enjoy!

The Cascade Sun

Categorized as Portraits

A Prayer For Minot

Minot/June 25th 2011

Today will be hard, but we will make it through.

Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
Its not always going to be this grey
-George Harrison

Categorized as Musings

A Message from Matthew & Jamie (aka Otis & James)

As anybody that lives in our great state of North Dakota already knows, the City of Minot as well as other communities along the Souris River are preparing for a flood of unprecedented magnitude.  According to current estimates, the water level from this flood will be nine feet higher than the 1969 flood – which had previously been considered a hundred year event.

First and foremost, the greatest concern to us is our family, friends & clients that have been and will be affected by this disaster.  Because of that, until further notice, Otis & James will be closed to allow for all of us at the studio to help assist in the flood efforts.

At this point, all general portrait shoots & senior portrait shoots for the remainder of this week will need to be rescheduled.  These shoots will only be temporarily postponed – we will find times to reschedule all of these shoots.

To our upcoming wedding clients – do not worry.  Even if we have to evacuate the entire City of Minot we will still be able to provide our wedding services.  We are mobile enough and flexible enough to adapt to this situation.

For those that may be worried about images that we have already shot and have on file – again, do not worry.  The elevation of our studio is roughly 25′ higher than the elevation of the river – meaning that even at projected crest, our studio is at an elevation that is 10′ higher.  In addition, we have contingency plans to protect our data if in the highly unlikely event that the situation should change.

If you have any questions, please call our studio at 701.838.6181 to leave a message, or e.mail us at  It may not be an immediate response, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Our community is strong.  We are strong – and together we will not just survive, we will thrive!

Stay safe, and God Bless Minot


Matthew & Jamie

Main Street 1911  |  Minot, ND


Looking For An Internship?!

Just Wait Until You Change Diapers!

Are you currently looking for an internship position in a super-awesome photo studio?  Then look no further!  Otis & James Photography is glad to announce that we are currently accepting applications for internships!  College internships are preferred, but high school students will be considered as well.  No experience is necessary, but individuals with a background in the creative arts are preferred.

Please call our studio at 701.838.6181 if you would like more information.  And hey – that could be you in the picture above!  Except we don’t use film cameras.  And I’m kind of hoping you don’t wear that hat.  And you probably won’t be smiling that much unless you are on some hardcore happy medication.  That’s about it.  And we didn’t take that picture.  It’s just from the internet.  OK then.


2012 Seniors…We’re Almost Full! Don’t Miss Out!

Just a quick reminder that our calendar is booking up quickly – if you are thinking about getting in for your Summer Senior Portraits – don’t delay & call today!  Sessions are limited, and you will be sad if you don’t get in.  And we will be sad too.  We want you to be our friend!  Yay for friends!

CLICK THIS GIANT LINK to find out everything about our 2012 Summer Senior Portraits.


Adrienne & Brandon

Adrienne & Brandon

Before the great floods came, before a world filled with information about cubic feet per second, when our rivers were just the same old rivers they always were, there was this magical time and place – back just a few weeks ago in the glorious first weekend in May, when the Otis & James Caravan of Love & Pictography rolled on out of Minot town and into Bismarck town (B-Town, as the hipsters like to call it.)

And what was this special occasion, you ask?  Well, I’m just the person to tell you!  You see, we ventured down to the Capitol city for the lovely wedding of the one & only Adrienne & Brandon!  It was a wonderful day – not just in regards to the barometric pressure and wind speed (although, they both seemed to be quite nice, but I’m not a meteorologist, I’m just a simple photographer man), it was a wonderful day because this couple made it that way!

It was a zero stress event, and it was also the first one that the one & only Queen James worked with us since she went off and had her lovely child!  At first, we were nervous about that.  What if Jamie didn’t know how to work the camera any more?  What if she could only talk to adults like they were children?  What if her direction and sense of style moved on from cutting edge to something more along the lines of ‘mom-pants’?

Rest assured, my dear friends, it was clear from the very moment that she slammed her first Red Bull that Queen James was back, and she was ready to destroy that camera.  And destroy it she did, my dear friends.  She destroyed it with gorgeous, beautiful images – the kind that have earned her the title of Queen.  But none of it would have been possible without the hard work of every single person that worked with us during this wonderful event – from the Bride & Groom all the way down to the people at the reception that were ready, willing and able to tear it up on the dance floor.

So, we would now like to give a huuuuuge MuchLove to this wonderful couple for letting us be a part of their wedding day, and we could think of no better way to lead off the 2011 wedding season!  Oh, and to the rest of you good people out there in Land of Blog that continue fighting the good fight – Enjoy!

Categorized as Weddings