Finishing out the month of April with another HubHack Member Spotlight. We’re thrilled to introduce the talented Jessica Nelson!

Jessica is a part-time wildlife and nature photographer based out of central Maryland where she lives with her
husband, three children, and a spirited rat terrier. Jessica dabbles in all kinds of photography including natural light, studio, film, and macro, but her real passion lies in wildlife and nature genres. She is drawn to all living things, big and small, and strives to capture much of our natural world.

Jessica is a mentor at ClickinMoms and has a wildlife photography workshop that begins April 29, 2019.

Jessica’s love for photography started at a young age. Her father actually had a dark room in their home, and she used to help him develop film in their basement. She used many film cameras during her childhood and purchased her first DSLR camera 12 years ago when her youngest child was born.

She started out taking photos of her children and even tried to open a business and take on clients, but it was through this process that she discovered her real passion was with wildlife photography. She changed her focus at that point and dove head first into all things wildlife. Her photography style is organic, natural, and colorful. She strives to shoot her subjects in their natural environment.

Jessica can be found shooting wildlife with a Canon 7DMII and a Sigma 150-600C lens. She also has a Sony A7III for macro, landscape, and family photos. Her macro lens is a Canon 100L, and she also has a Helios that she uses to freelens as well as Lensbabies. She has a large Manfrotto backpack that allows her to carry her camera and lens attached for easy access. Her go-to tripod is a Manfrotto 190go that she uses for landscapes, but she prefers to handhold her camera for her wildlife shots.

Jessica draws inspiration from animals and observing them in their natural elements. She loves being outdoors and taking nature walks with her camera to capture the mundane and make it beautiful. She is very introverted and shy by nature, so she feels a strong connection to animals. For this reason, she works hard to observe, protect, and defend them when she’s photographing them. Wildlife conservation has become a big part of her photography, and educating people on the ethics of wildlife photography is something she is very passionate
about.

Some of Jessica’s favorite photographers include Melissa Groo (@melissagroo), Konsta Punkka (@kpunkka), Ryan Longnecker (@ryanlongnecker), and Lucy Ketchum (@lucy.ketchum).

Some of her favorite courses that have inspired her work were “The World Around You” with Kristen Ryan, “Communicating with Color and Light” with Caroline Jensen, and “The Art of Macro” with Tiffany Kelly. (All awesome HubHackers!)

When she’s not out photographing this beautiful world of ours, Jessica can be found listening to music. She loves heavy metal/hard rock music genres. She also enjoys reading a good book – mystery stories are a favorite.

Jessica’s workshop “Beauty in your Backyard: A Wildlife Workshop” begins April 29, 2019. This workshop will take you on a journey to observe and capture the wildlife that surrounds you. Whether you are close to home or out in remote locations, you’ll learn the ethics of wildlife conservation and photography, how to find wildlife (and how to lure more birds to your spaces to see them up close), and what gear and settings to use. You will also learn about light, timing, and animal behavior (and how YOU can become an expert).

You will put all of this information together with a section on compelling compositions, showing you how to minimize distractions when shooting in the field.

You can find more of Jessica’s work on Instagram at @gagglephotog or on Facebook at TheGagglePhotography.

Jessica also helps moderate the Instagram Hub @thefreelensed. Jessica’s work can also be found over on her website at www.thegagglephotography.com.

Jessica Nelson

Jessica Nelson

Wildlife and Nature Photographer

Jessica is based out of central Maryland where she lives with her husband, three children, and a spirited rat terrier.

Jessica dabbles in all kinds of photography including natural light, studio, film, and macro, but her real passion lies in wildlife and nature genres.

She is drawn to all living things, big and small, and strives to capture much of our natural world.