hi there.

I'm Desiree, but you can call me Des!

I love creating fun, colorful images for seniors, dancers, kids and brands.

I take a fresh, modern approach when it comes to designing a custom portrait session.  Every session is infused with your own unique personality.  My ultimate goal is to make you feel confident every step of the way and leave you with one-of-a-kind, show-stopping images.


you weren't meant to fit in. 

you were meant to stand out.

Your pictures... YOUR VIBE!  There's only one YOU and I want to celebrate that!  I'll work closely with you every step of the way to make sure your session is a true reflection of your style, your personality and your interests. My sessions are fun and effortless.  I'm passionate about vibrant images that spark happiness and joy.

working with Desiree

"We had an amazing experience with Desiree.  From the moment my daughter and I first met her, we knew she was the perfect choice.  During our initial consultation Desiree got to know my daughter and her personality which helped narrow down a location.  Desiree has an eye for backgrounds that complimented every outfit my daughter was wearing.  Her enthusiasm and excitement during the session made my daughter feel special and beautiful.  The end result were remarkable professional photos of my daughter that captured an amazing memory and a wonderful time in her life... Senior Year!"
-Sean K.
"Des is so incredibly experienced, flexible, and always willing to experiment with new ideas.  When thinking about my senior pictures, I didn't want to do the basic pose by the lighthouse pictures ... and we definitely didn't do that!  Working with Des is such a blast because it is 100% catered towards what you want.  Des makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera, and never fails to capture the best photo of you!  She knows how to work every angle, and is incredible at playing with light.  Shooting with her is an expereience you will never forget!"
-Jenna Z.
"I booked a session with Desiree for writing and branding purposes, and admittedly was nervous!  During the shoot, I laughed and had fun the whole time, and was amazed at how high brow the images came out.  I presented a few ideas to Desiree and she came back with even better ideas, and then some.  I highly recommend and thanks for being just a very cool and good human being, too."
-Lisa C.

let's do it!

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what am I up to?

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Desiree Ortman is a photographer specializing in seniors, kids, dancers, performers and small brands.  She is located just 30 minutes north of Baltimore in Harford County, Maryland but travels to all parts of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, including Bel Air, Fallston, Forest Hill, Havre de Grace, North East, Timonium, Baltimore City, Perry Hall, Roland Park, Ocean City, Rehoboth, and Bethany Beach.

hello@desireeortmanphotography.com  |  443-567-1464

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