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.



Featured Artist Spotlight: Angelina Buswell

Back in May, one of my very favorite photography blogs, The Maternal Lens and I collaborated on a fun photo challenge for JD Textures users — a contest where photographers demonstrated their unique creativity in integrating textures into their photos. There was a tremendous response and hundreds of votes cast. It was a huge honor and thrill to see all the beautiful work. The photos were narrowed down to the top ten by fan votes, then a panel of judges selected the winner from those finalists.

I’m thrilled to announce that the winner was Angelina Buswell. All the the following images and words are Angelina’s. Links to her sites are below. She is as sweet as she is talented. Enjoy 🙂

(Texture = Rumble in soft light from JD TP2)

I am arguably one of the biggest Jessica Drossin fans in existence and I am so excited to be featured on her blog ! Each one of her textures is an unique piece of art that combined with my  photos,  gives me infinite possibilities.  It is an honor to be featured by an artist whose work has been so inspiring to me. 

 
(Texture = Goldenrod in overlay from JD Illuminations)
 
Nothing has catapulted my love of photography more than having children.  I love to capture those simple fleeting moments in their lives. For me, photography is my artistic outlet, and being an at-home-mom and homeschool teacher of three young children– boy do I need an outlet! 

 
(Texture = Destitute in soft light from JD TP2)

 In my opinion, more than anything else, photography is about telling a story. I think it is the photojournalist in me that enjoys using my lens to give a narrative.  If I can create an image that people can connect with on an emotional level, I have done my job. My roots in photography started in journalism and I think that will always be evident in my work. 

(Texture = Valentine – cool in overlay mode from JD Illuminations)

If I could give one last bit of advice to all the photogs and future photogs out there reading this, it would be to set aside some of your time and talent to serve one of the MANY wonderful charities and non-profit organizations that can benefit from your work. It could be as simple as one day a year or an ongoing commitment. Not only will it feed your soul and benefit others– it almost never returns void. Please visit my website blog for more information on charities to connect with!

 (Texture = Starry Night – cool from JD Illuminations)

You can view more of Angelina’s beautiful work at http://www.beautifulmomentportraiture.com/ and http://beautifulmomentportraiture.blogspot.com/

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.



JD Illumination Textures, Vol. 2 – FREE TEXTURE CONTEST WINNERS

First, let me say how utterly grateful I am for all the fabulous entries to the JD Illumination Textures, V2  – FREE TEXTURE PHOTO CONTEST. Wow. That was a mouthful.

I really appreciate the willingness you all took in taking risks — it is always hard to feel like you’re competing in art. I mean, it’s completely subjective and it’s your ART so it’s a little nerve-racking. But it’s also really important to remember that this is just for fun and it’s a way to grow and challenge yourself. It’s kind of amazing to see what so many different photographers can do with ONE texture. Mind-boggling in fact. It’s also really important to note that this was the first time a lot of the contestants had EVER used a texture. I am so impressed. I have to say, I think the quality of the entries was extremely high. Kudos to you all. Thanks for making me look good  🙂

Please also let me express my HUGE THANKS to my friends at The Maternal Lens. I was beyond relieved when they graciously agreed to let me outsource my judging duties to them. If you don’t follow their Facebook page, you simply must “like” and bookmark them now. Each of the ladies at TML has their own unique style and perspective, so I thought it would be fun to let each choose a winner. Plus, I figured it would be even more fun to award 5 prizes, 2 more than the originally promised 3, so that was a happy twist as well.

Here are the choices for each judge:

Meg: http://www.flickr.com/photos/izzyjoe/6258839879/in/pool-1233993@N24/

Shannon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61269296@N04/6249049372/in/pool-1233993@N24/

Megan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52983100@N03/6262853868/in/pool-1233993@N24/

Sarah: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carrieferrisphotography/6259747994/in/pool-1233993@N24/

Jen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22444406@N02/6256506941/in/pool-1233993@N24/

Winners are being notified via their Flickr mail to comply with Facebook’s policies 🙂  Each will receive a complimentary JD Illumination Textures, Vol. 2 pack.

Thank you all again so, so much for your participation. Your excitement, willingness to experiment, and your individual artistic visions keep me motivated to keep hosting them 🙂

If you haven’t checked out all the amazing entries, please go here now. I think you’ll be as inspired as I was.

Thanks again to all who participated and lovely ladies at The Maternal Lens.

xoxo,

Jessica