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

Main Street 1911 | Minot, ND

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 info@otisandjames.com.  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


By otis

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  1. Well, the current flood situation in Minot has forced us to postpone and decisions. We must first take care of friends and family in need, and very soon when we get back to normal we will let everyone know!


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