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hi there.

I'm Desiree, and I can't wait to work with you!

I am a portrait and event photographer located in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in high school seniors, families + kids and photography for small businesses and bloggers.  I am primarily a natural light photographer but also have a small studio space in Harford County, MD.  I live for real moments, genuine smiles, and beautiful light.

you weren't meant to fit in. 

you were meant to stand out.

Your photos should be a true reflection of you.  Whether you're a high school senior looking for a one-of-a-kind photo experience or a blogger looking to up your Instagram game, I will work closely with you to design a session that's truly unique.  A session with me is fun and effortless.  I have a creative eye and a passion for capturing the real, sometimes overlooked moments. I love bright, vibrant images that evoke feeling and emotion.

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.
"Desiree is an absolute dream to work with!  She has a skilled eye and is wonderful with children.  She is always able to capture so may beautiful photos of my active (and therefore extremely difficult to photograph) boys. Her work is something we will cherish for years to come."  
-Erin L.
"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!

I'd love to capture a special moment in your life. I can't wait to hear from you!

what am I up to?

Check out my latest work or discover more about what inspires me on my blog!

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contact me today

Desiree Ortman is a portrait and event photographer located just 30 minutes north of Baltimore in Harford County, Maryland.  With a small studio space, Desiree also specializes in headshots for business professionals and performers.   She 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