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"I'm Jillian Varnea Plaminek. I am a silly and happy spirited person. Most people that know me would say I'm an old soul. Someone once told me that you should always do what you can for others when you are able to, whether it be big or small. I always remember and implement that into daily life.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois where I still reside with my husband and 2 children. My daughter has Cerebral Palsy and becoming a special needs parent has really showed me what is important in life. She works so hard each and every day to do simple motor tasks that we take for granted and that has taught me to appreciate the little things. I am beyond grateful to be her mommy. My son on the other hand... gives me gray hair, but he also keeps me sharp on on my toes.

I have been a professional photographer since 2016 and went full time in 2018. What started as a hobby for me quickly became my passion. Fine art photography has been my main focus for the last 3 years and I love seeing my personal growth year to year. (as much as it makes me cringe sometimes hehe) I love to shoot Maternity and breastfeeding sessions most. There is something very special and sentimental about them. I am so excited to be a part of the wonderful Summerana family and to share my methods of making art with this community. I often wish that this community would have existed when I first wanted to learn painterly style editing. In a world full of online content it can be overwhelming when investing in your future. Summerana's subscription is an amazing value for the variety of instructors and education it offers. I am so happy to help you grow as an artist too!"

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Jillian shoots with:

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 200mm f/2
Canon 135mm f/2 (This lens most)
Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon is 24-70mm f/2.8
Godox V1-C Flashes
I exclusively edit using Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw on a Macbook Pro using a Wacom Tablet.


Jillian is published photographer. Some of her acknowledgements are:

Published in several magazines: Child Couture Magazine, Iconic Child Magazine, Confetti Magazine, Chicago Style Weddings Magazine, A Princess Inspire.

Learn how to create storytelling masterpieces:

Jillian is one of our top product contributors, as well as an instructor for editing workshops.

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Overlays, logos, templates, etc. can all be used in software other than Photoshop as long as layers are supported (such as GIMP which is free). Overlays can also be used in Lightroom 4-6 and CC only if utilizing the plugin ON1 Photo 10.


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