Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. Her projects range from documenting a scoring session for the film, "Red Tails" in Prague to creating book cover art worldwide. Her work has been featured in issues of Digital Photo Pro, Wedding Nouveau, and Practical Photography magazines. She shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and specializes in capturing and retouching portraits with natural light using her own actions and textures.



August Photo Contest and Challenge

 Winners and Honorable Mentions 

August’s theme was “Different World.”  I asked you to get inspired by a narrative, reinterpret it, and channel your vision into a photograph.  And channel it you did.  Wow, guys.  I have loved all of the contests, but this one was on a whole new level.  The creativity of your entries completely blew me out of the water and I had to work painstakingly to choose just a few to feature.  Nice work, all of you.  If you haven’t already, please take some time to admire your peers’ work – it really is incredible. 

Top Vote Winner (595 Points):

 

Our “People’s Choice Winner” who received the most votes in the photo contest was Jill Klicman with her entry “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”.  Jill comments, “In this image I wanted to convey the feelings I had as a child when I dreamed over pictures from old fairy tale picture books.  This image and its dreamlike quality and painterly feel is a compilation of many feelings inspired by those stories and pictures from long ago.” 
Textures used:  Flare 4, Wind 3, Fog 1, Emulsify

  NOTE: Contestants are allowed to win the “People’s Choice” portion of the vote contest only once.

Judge’s Choice Winner:



Our judge’s choice winner was Lis Brewer with this entry entitled “The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove”
Texture used:  Goldenrod


Congratulations, ladies!  Jill and Lis will receive:
$50 to Amazon.com
$150 to the JD Textures store


Top 10 Honorable Mentions : 


(Please remember – to be considered for an honorable mention, you MUST add your photo to my FB wall (even if you already entered the contest).


“Through the Window” by Kali Placencia
Textures used:  Damaged, Cessation
“Nephele” by Karen Coffey Woodrich
Textures used: Batik, Blue Skies, Sun Flare
 
“Catch” by Nicole Persing
Textures used: Brood, Suede

“Heaven” by Neringa Bonsenge
Textures used: Cornered, Daydream, Lost Story


“Unearthly Love” by Leann Beagley Fulton
Textures used: Used
 
“The Lost Queen” by Kristin Villano
Textures used: Harbinger, Fault, Fog 

“In My Dreams” by Catherine Griffiths Auger
Textures used: Mist
“A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Kora Kassweir
Textures used: Bruised Ego, Mysterious Sky

“Miss Peregrine” by Larisa Durbin
Textures used: Distant, Flare 4, Chocolate

“A Different World” by Adrienne Bergonzini
Textures used: Harper

As always, thank you for participating, for supporting this community with your art.  I admire and am inspired by each one of you.  Keep up the good work and stay tuned for next month’s theme – “One Word”!

Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. Her projects range from documenting a scoring session for the film, "Red Tails" in Prague to creating book cover art worldwide. Her work has been featured in issues of Digital Photo Pro, Wedding Nouveau, and Practical Photography magazines. She shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and specializes in capturing and retouching portraits with natural light using her own actions and textures.



July Photo Contest – Winners and Honorable Mention

July’s theme was a tough one.  For many of us, being behind the camera is much more comfortable than being in front of it, and I congratulate you all on taking this risk.  It was particularly beautiful to witness how you all see yourselves, to be able to understand you a little better by looking through your eyes.  Thank you for offering your vulnerability to our community and giving us a peak into your core.

Top Vote Winner (509 Points):

Our “People’s Choice Winner” who received the most votes in the photo contest was Adelyn Baber with her entry “She Waits”.  Adelyn says that this piece was “inspired by the time apart from my husband who was in Afghanistan.” 

Textures used:  Suede

  NOTE: Contestants are allowed to win the “People’s Choice” portion of the vote contest only once.

Judge’s Choice Winner:

Our judge’s choice winner was Krista Vanden Bosch with this entry entitled “Hidden”.  Krista comments,
“July Self Portrait – honestly, hardest month yet not because of lack of ideas, but because *I* had to be the model. I made this a personal challenge to not use liquify at all, but use posing and shadows instead. It made it easier to not look at the camera as well. The main idea behind it was to kind of be hidden and blend in with the field, since that is what I like to do myself . I also didn’t want it to look like I shot this in my back yard, but have it be a place that could be anywhere in the world.”

Textures used:  Extreme


Congratulations, ladies!  Krista and Adelyn will receive:

$50 to Amazon.com
$150 to the JD Textures store

Top 10 Honorable Mentions : 

(Please remember – to be considered for an honorable mention, you MUST add your photo to my FB wall (even if you already entered the contest).

“Rounding Out” by Lesley Morgan
Textures used:  Harper, Encompass, and a light flare
 
“Time Worth Sparing” by Caitlyn Blake
Textures used: Arisen, Sublime, Stained Canvas, Light Beam 2

“Self Portrait” by Tina Monique Keen
Textures used: Extreme, Murmurs, Sublime

 
“Untitled 2013” by Brianna Ramos
Textures used: Murmurs

“Pensive” by Carrie Kizuka
Textures used: Drifter

“Untitled” by Auburn Wendover
Textures used: Wind, Last Hope, Snow 4

“Here I Am, Turn the Page” by Jill S. Klicman
Textures used: Bramble, Light Leak 14

“Untitled” by Lindsey Gutierrez
Textures used: Force of Nature

“Beneath” by Catherine Griffiths Auger
Textures used: Dark World, Atlantic, & Sketchbook
“Air Raid” by Marcie Dawn Pagliaro
Textures used: Star Spangled

A million thank you’s to those who participated.  This was by far one of my favorite contests I’ve hosted yet – so much depth and sincerity in these images.  What a lovely bunch you are.

Stay tuned for next month’s challenge – “Different World”!

Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. Her projects range from documenting a scoring session for the film, "Red Tails" in Prague to creating book cover art worldwide. Her work has been featured in issues of Digital Photo Pro, Wedding Nouveau, and Practical Photography magazines. She shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and specializes in capturing and retouching portraits with natural light using her own actions and textures.



Share Your Work: Enter to Win!

UPDATE: I am very pleased to announce that Crystal Batignani has won our $100 Amazon Gift Card. 🙂

Thank you all so much for participating – I appreciate all the good buzz! 

JD Cloud Overlays User Gallery Giveaway

I’m hosting a giveaway as a way to offer an incentive for users to share the images they’ve edited using JD Cloud Overlays.
You can enter multiple photos, but only one per day (on your wall AND on MY wall for a total of 10 points toward winning a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate and having your images showcased on the JD Textures Store page).
JD Textures, Overlays and Actions can be purchased either at Jessica Drossin Textures’ website or via my FB Shop tab.

Don’t forget that a bundle pack is available if you are interested in both JD Cloud Overlays packs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. Her projects range from documenting a scoring session for the film, "Red Tails" in Prague to creating book cover art worldwide. Her work has been featured in issues of Digital Photo Pro, Wedding Nouveau, and Practical Photography magazines. She shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and specializes in capturing and retouching portraits with natural light using her own actions and textures.



Share Your Work: Enter to Win!

UPDATE: I am very pleased to announce that Therese Marie Photography has won our $100 Amazon Gift Card. 🙂

I’ll be reviewing all the images that have been submitted over the past week to create the User Gallery. I hope to have it up next week. Thank you so much!

 

JD Force of Nature User Gallery Giveaway

I’m hosting a giveaway as a way to offer an incentive for users to share the images they’ve edited using JD Force of Nature Overlays and Actions.
Simply share your best photos you’ve edited using either Force of Nature pack, label the pack and overlays / actions used, and your image will be considered to be included in an online user gallery as a way to inspire others –> to see an example of the user gallery for the JD Clouds Overlays, simply scroll down.
You can enter multiple photos, but only one per day (on your wall AND on MY wall for a total of 10 points toward winning a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate and having your images showcased on the JD Textures Store page).

JD Textures can be purchased either at Jessica Drossin Textures’ website or via my FB Shop tab.Don’t forget that a bundle pack is available if you are interested in both JD Force of Nature packs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want to see the User Gallery for JD Cloud Overlays? Here it is!

Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. Her projects range from documenting a scoring session for the film, "Red Tails" in Prague to creating book cover art worldwide. Her work has been featured in issues of Digital Photo Pro, Wedding Nouveau, and Practical Photography magazines. She shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and specializes in capturing and retouching portraits with natural light using her own actions and textures.



May "No Model" Photo Contest and Challenge Results

May Photo Contest: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Yet another fabulous contest, guys. The “no model” requirement was meant to stretch your creativity, and I absolutely saw this come through. Despite the fact that many of you are portrait photographers, there were a plethora of stunning landscapes, gorgeous florals, and some very unique still-lifes. Thank you once again for all the entries, the thought you put into them, and the beauty you shared. Yet again, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality I saw, and even though I say this every time, I’m going to say it again: You guys keep making it harder and harder for me pick just a few to highlight! Congratulations to you all, and without further ado, here are the winners and honorable mentions.

Top Vote Winner (661 Points):

Our “People’s Choice Winner” who received the most votes in the photo contest was Amy Costello Weiss of AW Photography with her entry “Vanishing Act”. Amy comments, “Sometimes, I wish I was a bird and could fly far, far away. I think everyone would like to escape to a quiet sanctuary every now and then… if only to disappear for a little while. For this image, I used the Storm’s Edge cloud overlay (clean) and blended it into my still life image. I wanted to evoke a feeling of freedom and flying, and the clouds were the perfect touch.”
Textures used: “Storm’s Edge” Cloud Overlay
NOTE: Contestants are allowed to win the “People’s Choice” portion of the vote contest only once.

Judge’s Choice Winner:

“Last Snow of the Season in March” by Karen Griffin
of Karen Griffin Photography
Textures used: Iridescent Clouds Overlays,
Bird Overlays, Dusty Ray
Both Amy and Karen will receive a prize package that includes:
$50 to Amazon.com
$150 to the JD Textures store

Congrats 🙂

Top 10 Honorable Mentions:
(Please remember – to be considered for an honorable mention, you MUST add your photo to my FB wall (even if you already entered the contest).

“Roads to the Past” by Alison Key Lowe
of Alison Lowe Photography
Textures used: Pocket Cloud Overlay, Rain Overlay, Lightbeam, Illuminations Textures

 

“Serenity” by Auburn Wendover
of Auburn Wendover Photography

Textures used: Opening, Sublime

 

“Bottled Spring Green” by Mona Karhemaa

Textures used: Harper

 

“Death on the Water” by Shae Foster Lorigan
of Saflower Photography

Textures used: Harper

 

“The Horizon” by Lisa Prystash
of Willow Hollow Photogrpahy

Textures used: Aurora, Light Beam 2, Pocket Cloud Overlays

 

“Marriage Oils” by Mary Nelson Medina

Textures used: Harbinger, Space

 

“Into the Light” by Amber Carbo Privizzini
of Privizzini’s Passion PhotographyTextures used: Long Flare 10, Light Leak 10, Daydream

 

“Untitled” by Kate O-Brien of Young at Heart Photography

Textures used: Last Hope, Aged, Emulsify

 

“Untitled” by Michelle Olsen of Michelle Olsen PhotographyTextures used: Ancient Map, Mist, Long Flare 8

 

“Untitled” by Raquel Robinson Ruehl of Raquel Ruehl Photography

Textures used: Enigma, Bad Film

 

Great job, everyone. You continue to impress me with your ability to express yourselves with such artistry. I’m so honored to have you participating in these contests, and glad for the opportunity to get inspired by you! Keep it coming!

Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. Her projects range from documenting a scoring session for the film, "Red Tails" in Prague to creating book cover art worldwide. Her work has been featured in issues of Digital Photo Pro, Wedding Nouveau, and Practical Photography magazines. She shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and specializes in capturing and retouching portraits with natural light using her own actions and textures.



April Metamorphosis Contest: Winners and Honorable Mentions

April’s theme was “Metamorphosis”, and you guys really offered up great interpretations. Many of you decided to highlight your own personal transformations, while others showed the simple beauty of nature unfolding. We also saw a lot of love from mothers out there, showcasing the amazing transformation from childhood to adulthood in their kids, as well as the opposite: Children capturing images of their parents in their later years.
All entries had really interesting and unique voices — thank you all so much for participating. Check out the winners and honorable mentions below!

Top Vote Winner (3,504 Points):

Our “People’s Choice Winner” who received the most votes in the photo contest was Jessica Estes with her entry “The Child Inside of Us”. Jessica comments, “My submission is my take on how an adult would like to morph back into an innocent child at times. It shows that there can still be a little bit of child in all of us.” Textures used: “Thread” and “Halo”.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Contestants are allowed to win the “People’s Choice” portion of the vote contest only once.

Judge’s Choice Winner:

“The Miracle” by Erick Claytor of Erick Claytor Photography

Textures used: Chocolate and Toffee

Here’s what Erick had to say about this piece: “This is Chris, he was born with a rare and incurable disorder called, Chronic Pseudo Obstruction Syndrome or “paralyzed stomach.” For 16 years Chris was fed via a feeding tube and during those years he endured 13 surgeries… his parents were told on more than one occasion to prepare for their son’s death! Being a father myself, I cannot even begin to comprehend all that Chris and his parents went through… however, God had a plan for Chris and on Nov. 6, 2011 He healed him from his disorder which mystified his doctors! Now after 16 years of being fed by a feeding tube, he now eats “everything” with no problems! With his arms raised to heaven showing his love and thankfulness to God, he shows his scars on his stomach, clearly displaying his metamorphosis… transformation… his miracle!”

Both Erick and Jessica will receive a prize package that includes:

$300 to Bad Sass Backdrops

$100 to the JD Textures store

Congrats, guys!!! 🙂

Top 10 Honorable Mentions:

(Please remember – to be considered for an honorable mention, you MUST add your photo to my FB wall (even if you al
ready entered the contest).

“Dust to Dust”by Krista Vanden Bosch

Textures used: Star Dust

 

“The World is Ready” by Adriana Varela of Adriana Varela Photography

Textures used: Pocket

 

“Unveiled” by Tonya Wilhelm of Wilhelm Photography

Textures used: Uneven, Daybreak, and Debased

 

“Girl” by Sarah Gates of 24 Feet Photography

Textures used: Uneven and Last Hope

 

“Learning to Love My Body” by Caitlyn Blake of Wild at Heart Photography

Textures used: Chocolate, Enigma, and Bad Film

 

“My Angel” by Shannon Thompson of Angel Eyes Photography

Textures used: Mysterious Sky and Fog

 

“With the Tides” by Beth Ann

Textures used: Edited with Glory

 

“Metamorphosis” by Amy Stickel of Photography by Amy Stickel

 

“Fly Away” by Catherine Griffiths Auger of Vanilla Tree Photography

Textures used: Downpour, Dark World, Glory, Antique Finish, and Birds 1-4.

 

“Dandelion” by Auburn Wendover of Auburn Wendover Photography

Textures used: Breath, Encompass, and Mist

 

As always, thanks to all who participated. This was a really fun theme for me, and I loved seeing the changes in your lives, in the lives of your loved ones, and in your perspectives. Getting an inside look on how you interpret your world is a real treat for me, and I am grateful to all of you.