Local Photographer Earns Notoriety
Georgetown photographer Justin Jansen has achieved local notoriety for his winning photography. Fans have found his image of a red-tailed hawk on the labels of 10,000 Dripping Springs Vodka bottles, as well as four of his wildlife images in the 2016 Ducks Unlimited calendar.
Justin’s new-found fame came about because he happened to meet a Ducks Unlimited chapter chairman in The Feed Store in Georgetown, where he works. “He asked if I would be interested in having some of my photos in the calendar,” Justin says. “I said, ‘Heck, yeah!’” Then Justin entered a wildlife photography contest held by Dripping Springs Vodka, and his red-tailed hawk photo was selected as one of the winners.
Seeing his work in use has been exciting for Justin. “A lot of people have brought both the calendar and bottles to me to sign for them,” he laughs. Perhaps even more excited about his recent claim to fame is Justin’s mom. “I found out that I was selected for the label on Mother’s Day,” he says. “My mom said it was the best present.”
As a 16-year-old, Justin borrowed a camera from his dad to shoot photos of his bull-riding friends. In the 20 years since, the focus of his work has shifted from rodeos to wildlife, which led him to submit his images to Ducks Unlimited and Dripping Springs Vodka.
Besides appearing in the calendar and on the bottle label, Justin’s work is in use in The Feed Store. Justin says he would love to “someday see my work in a known wildlife magazine; until then it’s a hobby.” In addition, he says he is “writing my autobiography, one shutter click at a time.”