Jennifer Quinn DeMarco of Hoboken, NJ, is mom to two boys ages 3 and 1 1/2 and owner of Local Barre fitness classes.

Since taking the very first Photosanity Workshop, Jennifer has been an active member of the Photosanity community, sharing photos and tips on the Peer-to-Peer Facebook Group, taking the Aperture Workshop to master photo organization and participating in other workshops. You can even see some of her photos in the Photosanity course PDFs and slideshow presentations at live events!

Congratulations, Jennifer, on winning the "energy" challenge!

Jennifer shares how she captured the moment with her older son, Joey, and what makes the winning photo so special to her.

Prior to Photosanity, what was your biggest photo frustration?

Where do I begin? I only used my camera in Auto, I couldn't shoot in low light, my photos were yellow, I didn't edit at all.

What about your photography makes you most proud?

I am proud of my reputation as a "photographer." A coworker of my husband recently commented, "you must have a professional photographer following you around wherever you go. Your photos on Facebook are gorgeous!".

I am proud to have captured the beauty in our everyday, not just at birthdays and holidays. In fact, I hire a professional for those times, so it's everything in between that is left to me.

Motherhood is the greatest gift that has been bestowed upon me, and I want to capture the joy of my children in a way that will be palpable for years to come.

About the winning photo...


Why is this photo special to you?

This photo captures the spirit that is Joey! He is so expressive- affectionate, intelligent, articulate, and full of imaginative energy!

Since a young age, he has been interested in puppets and now costumes. It is common to find him dressed in rain boots, superhero capes, and most often, this wolf hat. His sense of pretend astounds me every day. He is a special little boy, who brings endless joy to everyone who encounters him.

Do the photo challenges encourage you?

YES!! I take pride in my submissions, and I am so disappointed at the end of the week if I realize that I have nothing to contribute, or haven't used my camera at all. I look forward to feedback from Alethea and peers.

How Jennifer captured the moment...

Getting the shot: This was last Thursday, which was uncharacteristically chilly in NYC. Still, I don't suppose it called for a winter hat, in July! It had started to sprinkle so we took cover under a gazebo in the park, and he and the other kids were having a blast. I had taken my camera out that day knowing that the overcast morning would make for some gorgeous light. I don't mind the food around his mouth, and in his teeth. I find it complements the blue chalk on his forehead quite nicely.

This is his "scary" wolf face. I just love his energy. The light coming through the trellis is beautiful.

Do you plan to do something special with this photo?

I posted it on Facebook, which is how much of our extended family is able to enjoy the lives of our children. Maybe I will frame it for his room, too.

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.