heather o'steen photography

Hey there and welcome to the blog!  I'm Heather, a lover of Chik-Fil-A, the ocean, anything with stripes and all things ballet!  I am a dance and portrait photographer based in the Baltimore, MD area.  This blog is where I share my latest photo sessions, tips on photography, some of my amateur attempts at home organizing and decorating, and just some fun things we want to remember as the ordinary days of family life go by. This blog has become a scrapbook of my children's lives!  Take a look around and you might see my little girls all the way back in 2007, as well as the progression of my photography business since then too!  So glad to have you here and I look forward to chatting with you! 


Show It United 2019 I’ve had this little blog of mine waaaay back since 2007.  I started it way back then to document not only my photography journey, but my life in raising our three girls. Sooo much has changed in the 13 years I’ve been documenting my photography here. About a year ago, I […]


January 22, 2020

Meeting the Leaders in the Photography Industry at Show It United 2019


There is nothing more exciting for a photographer than for our work to be published! I’m starting what I hope to be the start of a nice collection of posts where my work has been published.  Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me! Click here to see my photography featured in a ShootProof Blog […]

Photography, Uncategorized

November 12, 2019

I’ve Been Published!


A Baltimore Ballerina When my love for ballet collides with my love for photography, and you throw in a beautiful city like Baltimore – magical things happen! Madison has been dancing with my girl at the same studio for ten years now. She and my daughter both train at Supernova Dance Company – one of […]

Dance, Photography

June 17, 2019

Madison ~ A Baltimore Ballerina Photo Session


2nd birthday at The Maryland Zoo! Carter celebrated turning TWO at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with a fun photo session. This cute little boy has been in front of my camera since he was just a few days old. He absolutely LOVES zoo animals so it was the perfect location to document everything about […]

Children Portraits, Photography

June 15, 2019

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore – Happy 2nd Birthday Carter!


Whats In My Camera Bag? I get asked so often “Whats In Your Camera Bag?”  or “What kind of camera should I buy?” or  “How do I start a photography business?” or  “What is the very first lens I should buy?”  These questions are some of the most often that I hear on a weekly […]


May 20, 2019

Photography Tools and Resources – What’s in My Camera Bag

camera equipment
Harford County Dance Photographer Heather O'Steen Photography


It’s safe to say I have a love affair with dance photography.  It’s just about my favorite thing to photograph – and it is NOT EASY!! Which is probably one of the reasons I like it so much!  Have you ever wondered what the trick is to getting great images of dancers, in focus, with […]

Dance, Photography

May 9, 2019

Photographing Dancers ~ Heather O’Steen Photography


Tide Point Waterfront Park Family Session Have you ever met someone before and you just kind of “click” with them??  That’s how I felt about Missy Martin! When she contacted me to do a family session with her 17-year-old beagle, I knew we got each other on a level that only fur-baby mommas can understand.  […]

Family Portraits, Photography

May 8, 2019

The Martin Family at Tide Point Waterfront Park, Baltimore

Heather O'Steen Photography
why am i a photographer


I’ve been challenged recently to share more of my story – what drives my soul – what made me become a photographer.  While I really dislike putting myself out there and making myself vulnerable, I really want the world to know the reason behind why I chose photography. My little Boo and I recently took […]

Family Memories, Photography

May 7, 2019

Why Am I A Photographer?


Over the past year I have lost my grandmother and my stepmother. Even though they were both somewhat expected, it has been much harder than I thought it would be.  I recently stopped to buy some early Mother’s Day cards before I took a quick trip to Florida.  Standing in the aisle at Target I […]

Family Memories, Photography

April 29, 2019

The Importance of Photographing Grandparents

Five Reasons You Should Do a First Look by Heather O'Steen Photography


My absolute favorite part of a wedding day is “The First Look”. As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen many weddings done the more traditional way where the bride and groom don’t see each other before the wedding, as well as the much more popular first look.  Today I want to share with you five reasons […]

Photography, Weddings

April 27, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Do a First Look