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.

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.



Cloud Your Vision

Thank you so much to all who participated in the Cloud Your Vision Giveaway! I have truly loved seeing all the work on my FB wall this past week. SUCH Beautiful work. I’m going to start compiling images from my wall this today and tomorrow to create a slideshow 🙂

Until then, I wanted to announce that the winner of the contest (as selected by Random.Org) was Pam Simmons Dixon. Congratulations Pam!! Please enjoy your prizes and I’m looking forward to getting your input as a tester 🙂

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 Photo Contest and Challenge: Metamorphosis

This month, the contest theme is Metamorphosis.  Whether you live in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, this month is one of change.  For many of us, April is synonymous with spring, a time of warmer weather, rejuvenation, and growth.  For others, it’s autumn, a time of cooler temperatures, the beginnings of nature’s hibernation, and preparation for the winter ahead.  Wherever you are in the world, take this chance to investigate what change means to you.  Get inspired by transitions in focus, color, perspective, or the world around you.  The world is ever-changing; capture the liminal stages between light and dark, young and old, before and after.

General Information:

– The contest will run from Monday, April 15th through Saturday the 20th.  Winners and honorable mentions will be announced here, on this blog, on the 22nd.

Contest entries must be added to a 3rd part tab application not associated with Facebook.  You will find the app on the JD Textures page starting the 15th under the tab entitled “Photo Contest”.

– Don’t feel like competing, but still want to share your work?  No problem.  Just post your image to the JD Textures Facebook Page and mention that it’s for the contest.  You won’t be applicable for any prizes, but you could be one of our 10 honorable mentions!

– To be eligible to win, you must use one of my textures and mention it in your posting.  REMEMBER THIS STEP (some of you have been forgetting . . . Don’t make me call the Texture Police on you ;).

TWO WINNERS will be chosen, one by popular vote and the other by a judge’s selection; winners will receive identical prize packages.  Additionally, I will choose 10 of my favorite images posted to my Facebook Textures Page to feature on this blog as a “thank you” to my participants.

Prizes

Bad Sass Backdrops has generously offered two gift certificates, each for a whopping $300!  Bad Sass offers beautiful, durable, non-glare backdrops — including a whole new JD Textures Line of Backdrops inspired by my textures and now – my new Cloud Overlays, check them out!

Each winner will receive one $300 gift certificate to Bad Sass and a $100 gift certificate to the JD Textures store for a grand total of a $400 prize!

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION: 
This Photo Challenge / Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Winners will be notified via email and announced publicly on this blog. Winners will NOT be notified via Facebook. You MUST be 18 to participate. Information provided when entering the contest is made available to Jessica Drossin Textures and not to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. Winners must follow all guidelines specified in the Rules Section of the application in order to quality for prizes. Please understand that there will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

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.



Cloud Your Vision

Win a $250 Prize Package for Sharing Your Work!

(Plus a chance to be a TESTER for future products!)

Calling all JD Textures Cloud Overlay Pack purchasers!  Thank you so much for your excitement about this new release; you have really made this launch a success.  Now that you’ve had a chance to look over your new toys, I have one question for you: Want a chance to have your image highlighted on my website PLUS win some prizes?  If so, scroll on down to get the details . . .


Photo by Lisa Prystash. Lisa used the “Arisen” cloud overlay from Pack 1.

Here’s How:

1.  Create an image (one per day) that incorporates one or more of my new Cloud Overlays.

Simply post it to my wall, tag my page, or tweet it. I’ve also included some additional ways to earn additional entries 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* Posting the image to my FB fan page will help me identify additional images I’d like to include in my online user gallery. If I include your image in my gallery, I will credit you and get your permission first, of course 🙂

2.  On Tuesday, April 9th:

One name will be chosen from a randomized selector.  For each time you’ve commented/posted, your name will be entered into the system, so the more you post, the greater your chances are of snagging the prize.  I will then contact you and tell you the good news!


Photo by Damien Street.  Damien used the “Billows” cloud overlay from Pack 1.

Questions You Might Have:

What are the prizes?

The winner will receive:

$150 gift certificate to the JD Textures store

$100 gift certificate to Amazon.com

– An opportunity to become a TESTER for my future products!  Get sneak peaks on what’s in the pipeline for JD Textures and give feedback on their quality!


Photo by Amber Lee Richardson.  Amber used the “Painted Sky” cloud overlay from Pack 1.

Can I create multiple images?

Absolutely.  Create as many as you want, but you can only post each image once per site.  For example, if you created 1 image, you could only post a total of 5 times.  If you created 10 images, your chances would increase exponentially, as you could post a total of 50 times.

How will you know that I’ve posted?  Can people cheat?

I’ll confirm each and every post you tell me about, so no, people cannot cheat.

Is this in any way affiliated with or sponsored by Facebook?

Nope. This is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Winners will be notified via email and announced publicly on this blog. Winners will NOT be notified via Facebook. You MUST be 18 to participate. Information provided when entering the contest is made available to Jessica Drossin Textures and not to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. Winners must follow all guidelines specified in the Rules Section of the application in order to quality for prizes. Please understand that there will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.


Photo by Angela Sipes.  Angela used the “Panoramic Sky” cloud overlay from Pack 2.

Best of luck to all!  Have fun!

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.



March Photo Contest: Go Green Winners & Honorable Mentions

This month’s theme was “go green”. Maybe you decided to stay simple and highlight this great color, or perhaps you took a more poetic approach. Either way, there were some amazing examples of what “going green” means to you, and I’m proud to honor a few of them here.
As usual, you people did not make it easy on me to choose just 10 images, so much so that I am posting 11 this month.

Seriously, if you don’t see your photo here, please don’t be discouraged. I saw something unique and beautiful in each and every entry, and these 11 listed below are the end results of much contemplation. That being said, please take some time to admire your fellow contestants’ work:

Top Vote Winner (1,212 Points):

Our “People’s Choice Winner” who received the most votes in the photo contest was Cora Edwards of Cora Edwards Photography.

This photo is entitled “Keeper of New Life” and was edited entirely on an iPhone! Cora comments, There is a small handful of people who have decided Photoshop wasn’t challenging enough (note sarcasm) so we embarked on creating art on our phones. There aren’t many of us. You can find most of us on Instagram. For me personally, it’s the challenge of attempting to use my phone just as I would Photoshop. For this particular edit I added the ivy, the greenery around the whole photo, made her dress red, and finally added the textures. It sounds a lot easier than it actually was. It took me two days to complete. Editing on a 3″ screen can be quite tedious. No stock photos were used at all. The ivy is mine, as well as the model. There is no sentimental story that goes along with this photo, except to say that when I edited this I imagined this woman guarding the secrets of Spring. Tender shoots springing up, green ivy creeping ’round, driving out winter with life and oxygen. Green is life, energy, and the hope of things to come.”
Cora used “Late Moss” and “Pastoral” and will receive a bag of her choice from Epiphanie Bags plus a $100 JD Textures Store Credit. Congratulations, Cora!

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

 

Judge’s Choice Winner:

This month’s judge is Jennifer Pinkerton of Jennifer Pinkerton Photography. Jennifer is a fabulous photographer originally
from Texas, now hailing from Nebraska. She specializes in natural light portraiture and has quite a knack for highlighting the individual beauty of her subjects.

Jennifer’s choice was this photo entitled “The Thinking Tree” by Liz Jeary of Liz Jeary Photography. Liz used the texture“Sublime” and she will receive $80 from Wrapped by Robin Lane and $70 from Norisada Boutique, plus a $100 JD Textures Store Credit. Congratulations, Liz!

 

March Contest Honorable Mentions

“Frozen”

Artist’s comments: “I titled this Frozen. It reminds me of how Spring and Summer eventually do follow Winter. All of the thawing. If I had picked a quote to go with it, it would definitely be this: ‘In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.’ – Albert Camus.”

by Joanne Ellen of Josephiney Photography

Texture used: Shroud

 

“Go Green”

Artist’s comments: “For me this image became about us all putting out trust back in the universe and nature to provide what we need from our good and healthy thoughts… so get positive thinking!!

The girl in this image is my daughter, Lilly and Jessica’s textures are absolutely what turned this image into life for me.. I used Moss in two different lights, overlay and soft light, also Cathederal in soft light and then pinlight. Loved this title, playing with light and Jessica’s work is such an inspiration!

by Maria Shickle of Maria Shickle Fine Art Portraiture

Textures used: Moss, Cathedral

 

“Catch Me If You Can” by Judith Krasinki

Texture used: Distressed

 

“What Will Be Left” by Adriana Varela of Adriana Varela Photography

Textures used: Depression Glass (cool)

 

“Let It Grow” by Krista Vanden Bosch of JeniB Photography

Texture used: Shattered, Chocolate

 

“Looking Up”

Artist’s comments: “Found this awesome wallpaper in a public restroom. Took an instagram picture of it. Knew I had to go back with my daughter and my real camera. Had to promise a donut for her compliance. Well worth it!”

by Kate Parker of Kate Parker Photography

Textures used: Ryder

 

“Spring Goddess” by Jordana Gango of Jordana G. Photography

Texture used: Boxy, Daybreak, Marked

 

“Big Green Tractor” by Beth Coble Eckstein

Texture used: Goldenrod

 

“Tiana” by Katie Huff of Katie Huff Photography

Textures used: Genesis, Starry Night

 

“Woodland Wanderer” by Lisa Prystash of Willow Hollow Photography

Textures used: Elixr, Pastoral

 

by Auburn Wendover of Auburn Wendover Photography

Texture used: Late Moss

 

A big thank you to all who participated. One of my favorite things about these contests is seeing each artist’s view on a theme, and this round was certainly no exception. With each month that passes, the entries just seem to get better and better, and I can’t tell you how much it touches me that you all are taking the time to participate, and with such gusto! Let’s have three cheers for our vendors this month, Epiphanie Bags, Robin Lane and Amanda Norisada: Aren’t they fabulous? If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to browse their pages and admire their beautiful work, and maybe even leave a nice comment or two :). Hip-hip, hurray! Hip-hip, hurray! Hip-hip, hurray!

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.



March Madness = GO GREEN!

March Photo Contest and Challenge

March’s Challenge asks you to GO GREEN: Are you an avid gardener with a green thumb?  Do you have an Irish heritage? Are you passionate about the sustainability movement?  Do you just adore this vibrant hue? Share with the JD Textures group what green means to you.

This month’s challenge / contest will be held between March 15-20th, with winners and honorable mentions announced here, on this blog,  March 22nd. Contest entries must be added to a 3rd party tab application, not associated with Facebook. Anyone can participate in the challenge, but to win a prize, you must use one of my textures and identify it in your description (remember this step – it’s important!).

Two winners will be chosen, one by popular vote and one by a judge’s choice.  Additionally, if you’d like to participate without competing, post your photo to my Facebook wall, mention it’s for the contest, and I’ll pick my top 10 favorites to receive honorable mentions on my blog!

Rules Here (see bottom of graphic).

PLEASE NOTE: The last two months, we’ve been fortunate enough to have two matching prizes for the Top Vote Winner (person receiving the most votes in the contest application program) and our Judge’s Choice (person selected by an independent judge, regardless of votes).  This month, because of circumstances out of our control, we can’t do this. Instead we are offering two different prize packages, both with the approximate value of $250.

 

And now for the fun stuff.  Below you will find descriptions of our outstanding March prizes. 

 Please “like” our lovely vendors’ Facebook pages as an expression of your gratitude to them!

POPULAR VOTE WINNER:

 Popular vote winner gets to pick out a beautiful bag from the Epiphanie Camera Bags online store!
Check out their video here,”like” their Facebook page, and subscribe to their Twitter!

Here is my very own Epiphanie Bag and contents 🙂

JUDGES CHOICE WINNER:

Our judge’s choice winner will receive a $70 gift certificate to the incredibly adorable  Norisada Boutique (“like” the Facebook page!), as well as . . .

  . . . an $80 gift certificate to the ever-so crafty Wrapped by Robin Lane store (“like” this page too)!

POPULAR VOTE and JUDGES CHOICE WINNERS:

BOTH the Popular Vote Winner and Judge’s Choice Winner will receive matching $100 gift certificate to Jessica Drossin Textures.

Please Remember:
There will be two winners, one by popular vote and one by a preselected judge.  In the past, our prize packages have been identical, but this is not the case for March.  In order to be fair, if you happened to win last month’s popular vote, you are now only eligible to be the judge’s pick winner. Finally, another reminder to tell us which JD Texture you used in your entry!  Don’t forget!  
Best of luck to all :).

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION: 
This Photo Challenge / Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Winners will be notified via email and announced publicly on this blog. Winners will NOT be notified via Facebook. You MUST be 18 to participate. Information provided when entering the contest is made available to Jessica Drossin Textures and not to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. Winners must follow all guidelines specified in the Rules Section of the application in order to quality for prizes. Please understand that there will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.