Celeb Editors - The Heart Project

Celebrity Photoshop Masters from around the world have this year become a valued part of The Christmas Wish Project. 

These editors have gone above and beyond to create stunning masterpieces for children from hospitals around the world.

You will find each Celeb Editors final image, selfie and BTS footage below along with their bio and a quote about their involvement. 

This may be used by media for stories relating to Christmas Wish.

Additional links provided by the artists also included.

Ben Shirk - Shirk Photography

Ben Shirk is an internationally award winning professional photographer. Growing up in a log cabin near a small farming community of Wilton Iowa he spent his days exploring the woods, swimming in rivers and developing his imagination. Today his stunning images are known worldwide for the creativity and depth of storytelling. Ben currently holds many International, National and State Photography Titles for his unique images and operates a thriving studio out of that same small farming community attracting clients from across the US creating dynamic images of high school seniors, athletes, and children.

You can find Ben and his work at https://shirkphotography.com/,

https://www.facebook.com/ShirkPhotography, Instagram @shirkphotography and his Photoshop templates and tools at - https://gamechangers.shirkphotography.com/

Direct link to BTS video on Ben's Youtube Channel for embedding: 


"I always enjoy creating unique artwork but getting the opportunity to give some joy to a little girl in the hospital is exponentially more rewarding." - Ben Shirk

Ben Shirk BTS Video

Jason Ulsrud - The Photillustrator

Jason Ulsrud, “The Photillustrator”, has been creating fun and entertaining Composited Portraits all over the country for the past 3 years. Jason also helps photographers bring their visions to life through the magic of Composite Photography and wants to help photographers discover their own unique style, bring it to life in an awesome picture, and make money doing what they love. You can learn more about Jason on his website at www.photillustrator.com or if you have questions you can email him at jason@photillustrator.com

Direct link to the BTS video on Jason's Youtube Channel for embedding: https://youtu.be/g4r8fv7DitQ

"Working on the Heart Project and Aiden’s fun little portrait gave me a chance to reconnect with why I love what I do and Making Awesome Pictures.” - Jason Ulsrud

Jason Ulsrud BTS Video

Lisa Carney

Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries.

Besides being a regular presenter at the CreativeLive, her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students.

Lisa has worked with all major movie studios and many television networks including Disney, Refinery, Gravillis, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers and Sony.

Advertising credits include: Adobe, Best Buy, Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordan, Cosmetics, Guthy-Renker, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Basic Research , and Boy Scouts.

"It was an absolute privilege to work on your project. It’s not often I get to use my skills to bring , little joy to someone in need. It was also an appreciated opportunity to remind me that there are always folks out there going through hard times that could use a little love." - Lisa Carney

Mark Heaps

Mark Heaps is a Professional Creative and the Executive Director of Heaps LLC. A small communications agency based in Austin, Texas, founded by his wife Kristina. He and their team of creatives make things for clients like Capital One, Dell, Intuit, LinkedIn, Facebook, E&J Gallo, and many more. Outside of their shop, Mark is also the founder and creator of ATX Photography & Video Studio, a community-based project in Austin and he is the co-creator of Reactive Exposure, a native exposure plugin for Lightroom. He has been a MAX Masters Award Recipient, teaching at Adobe MAX for 6 years in a row. He also contributes to multiple industry publications, blogs, and more. If he's not shooting, producing, creating, or consulting, he's probably playing music somewhere or hiking with his family.

Social Media: @lifebypixels

"I think what Karen and her team do is magical. It's really great anytime we get an opportunity to use our skills for something that helps others feel positive. I love what her team has done as visual storytellers, and being so imaginative. As a parent, it really touches my heart to know the good they are doing." - Mark Heaps

Mark Heaps BTS Video

Clinton Lofthouse

Clinton Lofthouse is a photographer and digital artist from the UK who specialises in key art for movie posters and digital art for clients around the world.

"I was honoured to be asked to be part of this amazing project alongside people I respect in this industry, bringing joy to families at Christmas" - Clinton Lofthouse

Jesús Ramirez

Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. Jesús has over a decade of professional design experience and has worked with clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Motorola, and Conde Nast. Jesús is best known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel, one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world.

"Being part of the Christmas Wish project was an amazing experience. It was a great feeling to use my skill to bring a smile to a child's face who is going through a difficult time and will not be home for the holidays. Knowing that the children will treasure and remember the photo for years to come is just a fantastic feeling that I cannot begin to explain. It was an honor to be part of this project, and I am so happy to see the video of the children smiling when they look at their photos." - Jesus Rameriz

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald has run a successful studio and fantasy studio for 5 years after becoming obsessed with Photoshop while living overseas. An actual true life fairy magician, fairies, magic, fantasy, vintage illustrations have always been part of her life.


"Working with kids is what makes my heart sing, and giving my time and art to kids that have to battle everyday is my way of giving back, so when i was asked by Story Art to make some templates for Christmas Wish, I was beyond honored. Then I spent the morning at Monash Children's Hospital with a bunch of the best and it made my heart sing. This is christmas. Its a wonderful thing!" - Kelly McDonald

Renee Robyn

Growing up surrounded by the vast prairie of the Canadian north and tales of faraway places, Renée Robyn has chased the perfect backdrop around the world. Approaching photography like a treasure hunter, her compositions are uniquely cinematic, often becoming pieces of a bigger world represented beyond reality. Renée’s style is easily recognizable and distinctly her own. Expertly blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy, she has worked with industry-leading brands like Adobe, Wacom, Corel, Capture One, and Intel. Comfortable facing down gale force winds, climbing fog-shrouded mountains or fast pace commercial studios, her work is impressive and committed. An expert retoucher, Renée applies the same level of commitment to post-processing leveraging her mastery of colour theory, editing, light, and shadow in the digital realm of Photoshop. Renée travels full-time, shooting for commercial and fine art clients.

"It's always a pleasure to combine digital forces to create and share some holiday magic. It's a beautiful series and I was thrilled to be involved." - Renee Robyn

Colin Smith - Photoshop Cafe

Colin Smith is founder of PhotoshopCAFE which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored 20 books. As a commercial artist, his clients include Satcchi & Satcchi, Proctor & Gamble, Toyo Tires and Microsoft. As a leading Photoshop trainer, he's worked with many large companies including Edison, ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He's been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. He loves art and technology and is currently one of the foremost aerial Drone Photography experts. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He's been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including WPPI, Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, Imaging USA, PPE, creativeLIVE, Siggraph, CES, PMA and NAB.


“I love what the Heart Project is doing to help bring joy into the lives of these kids, and it’s a honor to be able to help in the little ways that I can” - Colin Smith

Kris Anderson

Kris Anderson is an internationally award-winning theatre and performance photographer from Brisbane, Australia. Kris is well known for his illustrative personal projects, creating pieces with an uncanny ability to engage viewers by sparking recognition and empathy. He frequently explores narratives concerned with modern life, mental health, and the impact of technology on people and relationships. A Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, Kris was recognised as the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Illustrative Photographer of the Year.

Insta @imagesbyanderson

Website: imagesbyanderson.com

"It's been such a privilege to be involved with the Brisbane sessions for Christmas Wish. The kids and their families have been the most positive, patient, grateful people you could hope to meet, and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to bring them some magic for their Christmas!" - Kris Anderson

Richard Wood

I am a fully qualified professional photographer graduating from the 4 year Bachelor of Design at Massey University along with a 3 year Bachelor of Business. I am a qualified member of the New Zealand Institute of professional Photography. In 2013 I was awarded the title of 'Grand Master of the NZIPP'. An accomplishment I'm very proud to share with only 11 other photographers in the country. I was awarded the 2011, 2014 & 2017 Professional Photographer of the Year. I have also acheived both 2nd and 3rd place internationally within 'Portrait' in the International Colour Awards (Master's Cup). This Event has awarded me with the title of Honorary International Colour Master.

Image Credit Requirements: 

Unless not specified on this site (info bar) please credit each image with the specified caption (ie Edited by Ben Shirk)

For an images not attributed to an artist edit please credit: The Heart Project - www.theheartproject.com.au