Jennie Kemmerer is a Los Angeles, California mom to a two-year-old girl. Jennie has been a member of the Photosanity community since July 2012 and has taken the Photosanity Workshop and the Photosanity Aperture class.

She is a proud participant in the Photosanity + ShutterCal photo-a-day project and is excited to see the transformation in her photos and her ability to capture the moments with her daughter.

Prior to Photosanity, what was your biggest photo frustration?

Before Photosanity I struggled the most with lighting, especially blown out interior shots using flash.

What photo or photo-taking moments are you most proud of?

I am proud of my photo-taking in aggregate: proud that I have used ShutterCal since June 2012, proud of the photo books I have made and proud that mom friends ask me to photograph their kids.

When asked to pick a favorite photo, I usually freeze and become impossibly picky.

About the winning photo...


Why is this photo special to you?

She looks amazing! She has great eye contact and eye-shine. I like how the tent artistically frames her and how the whole atmosphere seems ethereal. It is funny that the photo turned out that way because the tent is the cheesiest Cars pop up tent and my hand and an ugly tag are also in the shot.

Do the PADF challenges encourage you to think about your photography in new ways?

I love a good assignment - I am a teacher and perennial student! Sometimes I go back and interpret recent photos to fit the PADF. Other times (when I have the time), I set out to take photos to fit the theme.

How Jennie captured the moment...

I would love to say this was a carefully composed and thought out photo. But really it is a story of the magic of editing.

We were at the beach - which can be tough because of direct sunlight. My daughter crawled in her friend's play tent and I immediately thought "open shade" and parted the flaps and took a few shots - 5 at most - and this was one of them. It is nice in color but in black and white, it's completely different and special.

Camera Settings: ISO 100, f3.5, 1/320

Do you plan to do something special with this photo to display in your home or share with friends and relatives?

Maybe! I definitely included it in my Shuttercal project and I might use it in a living room photo wall I started on with Alethea.

About the photo challenge

The Photosanity PADF (Photo-a-Day Friday) Challenge takes place weekly in the Photosanity Peer-to-Peer Facebook Group. Each Friday a photo theme is set and photos are due the following week. Detailed feedback is given on three selected photos and a winner is chosen.

Membership in the Photosanity Peer-to-Peer Facebook group is free to anyone who purchases or has purchased a Photosanity workshop or service. It's a great way to connect with other like-minded photo-obsessed parents at all levels - it's an amazing community.

If you have made a purchase and would like to join, fill out this form and you will be admitted once your eligibility has been confirmed.