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Guest Artist Tutorial: Maria Micaela Arellano

Watch as Maria adds depth, detail and character to her backdrop by adding textures to her studio shoots. It’s always exciting to see how someone else uses my tools. I’m so grateful to my friend Maria Micaela Arellano of Maribella Portraits for demonstrating how she adds Wuthering Heights Textures to her studio images. Read see […]

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Painterly Textures: Canvas & Brush Strokes

There is No Substitute for a Great Texture. I’ve loved textures for a long time…. Why? Because they have the power to instantly transform a photo more than any other editing tool I’ve ever used. Add a texture in multiply mode to darken, in screen or lighten to instantly brighten, in soft light or overlay […]

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JD City Light Overlays

City Lights: Magical Urban Portraits

In January, before the pandemic struck, I went downtown. I’d not been downtown to shoot in years. I’ll admit I am someone who complains a lot about shooting in my area but also hates traffic. I decided to venture outside my comfort zone. I love patterns and natural textures. Details. I’m a more is more […]

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Sisters & Friends: Perfectly Imperfect

It’s not often I get to see my friend Julie who lives abroad with her girls. She was only in Los Angeles for one full day before she got on another plane. Julie’s daughter has modeled for me before and she introduced me to Hannah and her sister Madelyn a year or so earlier. We […]

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Wings & Whimsy: Butterfly Overlays

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.* From a purely aesthetic perspective, butterflies add a pop of color, details, and can […]

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Top Your Image Off: Leafy Top Overlays

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